1 October is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month. It’s also Pit-Bull-Awareness month. Both are good reasons to check out Pitbulooza!, a celebration of responsible dog ownership that starts at noon Saturday at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. On the lineup: food trucks, live music, educational speakers, family activities, rescue groups with adoptable dogs, beer from Barrio Brewing Co., and vendors along with the chance to meet Ambass-a-Dogs. Dogs will not be allowed inside the theater, however, for the 5 p.m. screening of “Guilty ’Til Proven Innocent”; tickets are $10.
2 Dogs and cats in need of a forever home will again be part of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association Fall Home & Garden Show happening this weekend at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. The twice-a-year exhibition showcases home improvement trends, remodeling ideas and outdoor living. This show includes more than 300 exhibitors, as well as dozens of presentations, classes and kids activities. Pima Animal Care Center will bring dogs and cats ready for adoption. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; free age 12 and under. Go to SahbaHomeShow.com for additional discounts and details.
3 Only in its seventh year, the Tucson Classics Car Show has already become a fall tradition. On Saturday, more than 400 classic cars will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Gregory College Preparatory School, 3231 N. Craycroft Road. There will also be vendors, a food court, entertainment, and children’s activities along with a raffle for 2004 Corvette convertible. Presented by the Rotary Club of Tucson, the event Benefits Reading Seed, Youth on Their Own and St. Joseph’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Admission is $5. Details: 440-4503.
4 Organizers of the 84th annual Helldorado Days promise that a rip-roaring celebration of Tombstone’s historic past will be in full swing Friday to Sunday. Look for a weekend of continuous entertainment; just head to historic Allen Street between Fourth and Sixth Streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day — with a parade at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Gunfighting groups from all over the Southwest as well as local entertainment from Cochise County have signed on.
Halloween/Day of the Dead
Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros Halloween Stunt Show — Pinnacle Peak/Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. “Sam and Latch’s Haunted Halloween” Wild West Stunt Show. Deputies Sam and Latch are on the hunt for the outlaw Black Jack Gruesome, when they stumble upon a forgotten town with a Phantom’s curse. Wristband nights Sundays-Thursdays, $8 includes show and attractions. Shows: 7 and 8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 3. $4; free kids 4 and under. 398-5618.
Day of the Dead Painting Class — The Kreative Casita, 2844 E. Grant Road. Artist Quetzally Coronado gives insights into the holiday tradition in Mexico and helps students paint their own Day of the Dead skull on canvas. 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17. $40 includes materials. 271-3685.
Nightfall at Old Tucson — 201 S. Kinney Road. Live shows with stunts, pyrotechnics and effects for Halloween. Also, comedy and magic shows. 6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Oct. 31. $25; $20 kids 4-11. 883-0100. nightfallaz.com
Halloween Howl at Colossal Cave Mountain Park — Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail. Candlelight ghost tour of the cave and haunted hayride at the La Posta Quemada Ranch. Purchase tickets for games, jumping castle, maze, pony rides and petting zoo. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26, 27. $1 admission or can of food for the Community Food Bank. Cave tour or hayride: $7. 647-7275.
Buckelew Farm — 17000 W. Ajo Way. 822-2277.
• Pumpkin Festival — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. Wagon rides to and from the 50-acre pumpkin patch. You pick it experience. Pumpkins for 50 cents a pound. $4; free for children in diapers.
• Corn Maze — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays during festival. Also, maze by flashlight. 6 p.m.- midnight Fridays and 5 p.m.-midnight Saturdays through Oct. 26. Eleven acres of corn and four-miles of trail, with 12 checkpoints to gauge your success. Corn Maze during day: $8; $6 children 6-12; free 5 and under. Corn Maze: by flashlight $13.
• Terror in the Corn — Dark-midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26. Haunted cornfield with props and live actors. Open dark-midnight Oct. 24 for College Night Out and dark-midnight Oct. 31 for Halloween. Terror in the Corn: $20. Military weekend Oct. 11 and 12: active military ID get $5 off admission. College night Oct. 24: with college ID get $5 off admission. Halloween Oct. 31: come in costume $5 off admission.
Spooks and Thrills — Pantano Riding Stables, 4450 S. Houghton Road. A 25-minute haunted wagon ride through the desert with spooks and thrills for $6. Haunted maze for $5. Pony rides for $5. Games and food available. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26, 31. Free. 298-8980.
Super Cool Shoe Box Shrine — Kaitlin’s Creative Cottage, 740 N. Main Ave. Create a small, tabletop shrine to celebrate your muses or honor one who has passed. Registration required. All supplies included. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 19. $25. 622-6161.
Kid’s gardening class for Halloween — Harlow Gardens, 5620 E. Pima St. Bring your child to plant a petunia in a pumpkin. 10-11 a.m. Oct. 19. Free. 298-3303.
Pumpkin Carving by Southwest Woodcarvers Association — Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. Faces carved on pumpkins. Purchase carved pumpkin with donation to the Square and Compass Children’s Clinic. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26. Free. 743-1717.
Sugar Skulls Decoration — Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Decorate and keep your own sugar skull in commemoration of loved ones who are no longer with us. Create another for the library’s altar of remembrance. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 594-5305.
Howl-O-Ween — Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. Trick-or-treating at the zoo with decorations and costumed characters. Limited spooks and scares. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25-27. $7. 791-4022.