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Nightfall kicks off at Old Tucson

Posted at 10:30 PM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 02:30:27-04

When the sun went down and night fell over Old Tucson, a new season had begun -- a time where creatures, monsters, ghouls and ghosts come to roam the dusty streets, for a highly anticipated event: Nightfall. And this year, the popular attraction is adding new attractions to fear: more shows, and more haunts.

The directors explained each year they try to out-do themselves, and this year will be tough to beat.

Actors, like Scott Thomas, explained they are eager to finally get into character. He plays a zombie anchorman in one of the new comedy shows at Nightfall. That being said, he's been a creature on the street before as well.

"Once you have the garb on, once you have the makeup on," he said. "It's a very transformative experience."

It takes him around an hour to get all dressed up, make up and all. But some characters need to take a longer time to get fully engaged. And to him, that's the key to a successful character.

"It's all about buying in," he said. "It's all about your commitment to whatever character it is."

Jeremy Miller has attended Nightfall multiple times -- and gets a kick out of it every time.

"They come at you from all corners, all sides, and you never know what to expect," he explained.

He enjoys coming to see the changes to the event and the new additions each year. The one character that gets him jumpy? Anything with a chainsaw.

"The characters always change," Miller said. "But the chainsaw guys, they're always scary."

The event runs until Halloween.
Thursdays & Sundays 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays 6:00 p.m. to midnight.

Admission for adults (12+) costs $28, children (9-11) cost $21, and anyone 8 or younger is free.