October 30, 2019 / Modified oct 30, 2019 6:40 p.m.

The 12th Annual Haunted Halloween Show

Don't be afraid - it's a seasonal collection of stories designed to thrill and chill!

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Arizona Spotlight

The 12th Annual Haunted Halloween Show

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Featured on the October 31st, 2019 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

It's that time of year again -- light up the jack-0-lantern and turn up the volume for the 12th annual Haunted Halloween Arizona Spotlight!!

  • Andrew Brown tracks an all-ages group from Vail Taekwon-Do as they go “scare-o-ling”: singing zombie-fied versions of Christmas carols to raise money for the charity Kids Kicking Cancer.

scare-o-lers group hero The all-ages group of "scare-o-lers" from Vail Taekwon-Do, raising money for the charity "Kids Kick Cancer" in true Halloween style.
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la llorona unsized image The cover to Rodarte's book exploring the origins of one of the Southwest's most famous legends.
  • Film essayist Chris Dashiell recommends a classic film that offers a supernatural mystery rather than a horror story, 1944’s The Uninvited, directed by Lewis Allen and starring Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, and Donald Crisp.

the uninvited poster hero The poster for the 1944 supernatural thriller "The Uninvited".

  • What’s shakin’ in the ghost town of Jerome? Tony Perkins interviews Patricia Jacobson, co-author of Haunted Jerome a new guide to the spooky side of its history that offers an explanation for why it is known as one of the most haunted places in America.

grand hotel jerome hero The Grand Hotel overlooks Jerome, Arizona, regarded as one of the most haunted towns in America.
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  • Arizona Daily Star "Street Smarts" columnist & historian David Leighton shares the secret history of a spot near Tucson that was built upon a dark secret, Los Reales.

los reales 1894 photo hero This 1894 photo is believed to have been taken at Los Reales, near the Santa Cruz River.
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  • And, Jacob Tobia, the national best-selling author of Sissy - A Coming of Gender Story, entertains an audience at the Murphy-Wilmot Branch of Pima County Public Library. Jacob relates how the Halloween of 1997 forced their 6-year-old self to confront gender norms on the one holiday they always thought was supposed to be about freedom of expression.
jacob tobia unsized body Activist and best-selling author Jacob Tobia.
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On behalf of Mark McLemore & Jim Blackwood, plus Andrew Brown, Tony Perkins, Rodarte, David Leighton, Chris Dashiell, Jacob Tobia and friends at the Pima County Public Library, and guest musician Mattea -- plus the spirit of La Llorona, and all things that go bump in the Tucson night -- Arizona Spotlight wants everyone to have a very safe -- and extremely scary -- Halloween!! Go and do something fun!!!!

scare-o-lers unsized image One of the "scare-o-lers" from Vail Taekwon-Do, raising money for the charity "Kids Kick Cancer" in true Halloween style.
Andrew Brown / AZPM

If this program becomes too frightening for you to bear, try repeating over and over to yourself "It's only a radio show, it's only a radio, it's only a radio show..."

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