Museum haunted house, ghost tour and chamber costume contest this week

The Desert Spirit Seekers will host ghost tours of the Eastern Arizona Museum in Pima each night after the final performance at the museum's haunted house. - Contributed Photo

PIMA — While a number of traditional Halloween festivities are on hold due to the pandemic, Eastern Arizona Museum announced its annual haunted house will still take place.

The haunted house will take place over four days, Oct. 28-31, from 7-9 p.m. each night. Recommended participation is for those 10 years old and older.

This year there’s an additional opportunity for the truly adventurous.

“As we were preparing for this year’s haunted house, we reached out to by a paranormal investigative team. Their name is the Desert Spirit Seekers (and) they’re based out of Pahrump, Nev.  They wanted to come and bring their equipment, and go through the museum as an investigative team,” said museum board member Clint Woods.

The Desert Spirit Seekers are offering guided ghost tours each night at 9:30 p.m., after the haunted house closes. Participation is limited to no more than 20 people per evening and tours will last as long into the night as participants wish.

Cost to enter the haunted house is $5 per person. Last year’s event raised about $8,000, which went entirely to the museum.

Ghost tours are $10 per person and 100 percent of the admission is being donated by Desert Spirit Seekers to the museum. To book a spot send a message via Facebook to Eastern Arizona Museum or Clint Woods.

Costume Contest

Graham County Chamber of Commerce announced a new event for area businesses this year — a costume contest.

“It’s $100 to enter. And we’re going take all that money, 100 percent of it, is going to go to a local charity,” said Vance Bryce, Graham County Chamber of Commerce executive director.

The winning business will select the local nonprofit organization to receive the funds.

The contest is the brainchild of Copper Hills Dental, who is co-sponsoring the contest with the chamber.

Judging will take place at the end of this week. Contact the chamber about how to participate.