Admittedly Halloween is my favorite holiday and the concept of El Dia De Los Muertos is an occasion I never knew about, having been raised in Connecticut. To conscientiously remember those in life who have died and commemorate them is such a nice tradition. Families and friends will spread picnics of foods and drink enjoyed by the deceased as well as music and mementos at local cemeteries. And in homes, altars will be built to those who have died in remembrance.
Especially for those who do not know about El Dia De Los Muertos, various venues about town will commemorate the day with exhibitions, art work, and altars and include Banda Calaca, a band of “musicians” marching to Altar, which is a community memorial altar in conjunction with the Tucson Museum of Art. Tohono Chul Park will have an exhibition of art work and All Souls Procession will put the finishing touches on the All Souls Procession which takes place the following week.
Congress Street will be the site of the costume contest parade and in a different event, children can trick or treat along Fourth Avenue, venue for a Spooky Kids Costume Contest at 6 pm October 30. Trunk or Treat will be at 604 North 6th Avenue October 31 and will be the site of carnival games, a kids train, petting zoo, music and more.
Nightfall at Old Tucson is designed to scare adults and children alike with ghosts and goblins darting about and appearing as if from no place. Haunted Histories of Tucson will delight those who like macabre history October 31 at Fort Lowell Park, by the Arizona Historical Society. And for those who want to go to the deep dark caves, Howl at the Cave is taking place October 30 and 31 at Colossal Cave
on Old Spanish Trail.
For a complete list of what is happening this weekend, visit www.visittucson.org and check the calendar. Then go out and have a howling good time!