For a doggone good time, head over to the Phoenix Zoo. In 2002, the event was called “Boo at the Zoo.” In 2015 it was re-named “Howl-O-Ween,” which according to Addison Gardner, Special Event Planner, combines scary and merry activities for everyone to enjoy.

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Are you ready to get spooked? Then strap on your boots, partner, because Nightfall is back at Old Tucson. Kicking off its new entertainment season, Nightfall is in its 26th year and it’s loaded with ghoulishly new and returning favorites of comedy, drama, music and scary good times dwelling within Tucson’s one-of-a-kind haunted town. It’s a frightful feast specifically for Halloween. With new and old attractions, walkthroughs, haunted houses and shows, there are hours of fun for every member of the family.

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We took a four-day trip to Fort Worth, Texas. We left Tucson at 5 p.m. and we got there at 8:40 a.m. In Fort Worth, the time is 3 hours ahead, so in Arizona time we got there at 5:40 a.m.

We stayed in a hotel called Best Western. It was a very fun and clean hotel. We got to meet relatives that haven’t seen me since I was just 1.

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Nature has a funny way of doing things! Sometimes it might be a freaky forest or a crazy mountaintop. But have you ever seen some freaky animals before? Be prepared to see animals that you don’t see every day.

The seven-legged lamb: This crazy lamb was found in 2007. It is said that he suffered from a misprint in the embryo formation.

The two-headed snake: This is my worst nightmare. This snake suffers from polycephaly, meaning having more than one head, and despite how scary it is, it is fairly common.

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Attention all space fans! The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has launched a new kid’s magazine called NASA Next! It was created for kids in grades 5–8. The magazine breaks down science and space to a kid’s level. It is only available online. You can download the latest issue for free on any device. Kids can tell their teachers about the NASA Next Educators page so they can learn more about space and science in the classroom. The first issue was presented on May 23, 2016, and the fall issue has already been released.

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Welcome to the Hall of Flame Museum! This museum and the National Firefighter Hall of Heroes is located in Phoenix. The museum has almost an acre of fire history exhibits and is sponsored by the National Historical Fire Foundation. George F. Getz Jr. founded the museum

in 1961. Exhibits include 130 wheeled pieces and thousands of smaller artifacts. There are “hands on” exhibits for children. A special exhibit is now on display

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Did you know the Tucson Community Food Bank relies on about 120 employees?

It takes a lot more than employees to run a food bank!

Doug Ruopp was my guide at the food bank, and Cindy Montano assigned us into jobs.

My job was to put two boxes of raisins and a box of walnuts into a bag. Outside, Ruopp told me that the Community Food Bank helped people get their own gardens. They bring dirt, soil, seeds and even worms to get gardens started.

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“Renoir—A Coloring Book” contains some of the most beautiful paintings by Renoir, and what’s fun is that you, too, can paint and color in the book yourself.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir started his career painting on porcelain, but when the porcelain factory shut down he decided to become an independent painter. He did not find widespread approval during his lifetime, and he lived a life of poverty. Today he is is considered a master painter. Just get out your favorite paints and away you go to create your own masterpieces.

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Would you ever want to eat an insect? Now you can! On Sept. 18, several thousand people went to the Arizona Insect Festival hosted by the Department of Entomology (the study of insects) at the University of Arizona. The festival, which started in 2011, is held in September each year. There were sautéed mealworms and onions on a chip, cricket cookies and protein bars. It may sound gross, but my brother, dad and I tried them and they were actually very good.

 

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