Best Halloween Events in and around Phoenix This Weekend
Through Oct. 31: Spooktacular Mini Golf
Every night in October starting at sundown, one of the mini-golf courses at Golfland will become a spooky place for 18 holes of Halloween-themed golf. Spooktacular Golf is a family-friendly event—just be careful not to step through one of the graveyards. Costumed characters will be present to say hello and hand out treats.
Details: Oct. 1-31, starting at sundown. Golfland, 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa. $7.99 for adults, $6.99 for kids. 480- 834-8319, golfland.com/mesa.
Through 10/31: Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
Fall for autumn while enjoying the fresh farm air during the annual Pumpkin and Chili Party. Every Thursday through Sunday, families can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, corn mazes and dog shows. Gypsy Time Travelers, a storytelling husband and wife duo, will be performing at the the festival for the first time this season. The party also includes amusement rides, a rock-climbing wall and marshmallow roasting. Train and pony rides, food and pumpkins are available for an extra cost.
Details: Oct. 1-30.10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $18; $15 at Fry’s Food Stores. 480-987-3100, schnepffarms.com.
10/7-29: Monsters Menagerie 17
The Alwun House will display over two dozen dark, creepy and twisted works throughout the month of October as part of its Monsters Menagerie. The art includes plenty of dark humor, demons, and maybe even some twisted political satire. The exhibit, which is found in the front, back gardens and inside the gallery, will include different types of media including sculpture, paintings and more.
Details: Noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, Oct. 7-29. Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. alwunhouse.org/monsters.
Professional actors dress in their asylum worst to perform dramatic readings of tales by the founding father of horror, Edgar Allan Poe. The program varies, so if you have a favorite (such as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Black Cat” or “The Pit and the Pendulum”), be sure to check the schedule before buying tickets.
Details: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 7-29. Hotel San Carlos, 202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $20-$26. poefest.org.
10/8-30: Brick or Treat
Legoland Discovery Center is hosting a family-friendly Halloween-themed Brick or Treat event every weekend in October. The festivities include a Brick or Treat factory brick (while supplies last), a scavenger hunt, costume contests, mask build and more. Bring in a minifigure from home to trade with employees for a special Halloween minifig.
Details: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m.Sundays, Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30. Tickets start at $17; advanced ordering online is recommended. Legoland Discovery Center Arizona, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Suite 135, Tempe. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/arizona.
10/8-30: Arizona Sea Life Spooktacular
Carving a decent-looking pumpkin can be tricky enough on dry land—imagine what it is like to carve one underwater. Attendees at Arizona Sea Life Spooktacular will get to watch divers doing just that in the Ocean Tunnel. Kids can also show off their Halloween costume in a contest located in the Bay of Rays.
Details: 1 p.m. underwater pumpkin carving. 2 p.m. costume contest. Every weekend in October starting Oct. 8. Arizona Sea Life, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Ste. 145, Tempe. Tickets start at $10.50. 877-526-3960, visitsealife.com.
10/17-10/31: Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden
This free 14-day event welcomes people of all ages to come stroll through the four acres of the Carefree Desert Gardens and check out the amusing Carefree pumpkins enjoying fall to the fullest and working in the “Carefree Pumpkin Town,” as well as other displays. Attendees are sure to enjoy life-sized, whimsical scarecrows, pumpkin carving, and can admire 3D pumpkin carvings by world-renowned carver and artist, Ray Villafane.
Details: Oct. 17-Oct. 31. Daily. Check website for specific schedule details. 101 Easy St., Carefree. Free. 480-488-3686, carefreepumpkingarden.com.
10/22: Library Murder Mystery Night
This adult-only night at the library will feature food, drinks and a murder mystery. Everyone is a suspect at this mystery party, so join in the fun to figure out whodunit. The after-hours fundraising event will sell alcoholic drinks and raffle tickets to support the library.
Details: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. Costs vary, registration required. 623-333-2602, avondalelibrary.org.
10/22-30: Orpheum Theatre Ghost Tours
Just in time for Halloween, the 60-minute tour of the Orpheum Theatre will feature stories of ghostly people who seem to still visit the theater, even after their deaths. The tour, which will include historically accurate facts about the theater, is hosted and sponsored by Phoenix Ghost Tours and The Friends of the Orpheum Theatre.
Details: 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23 and Sunday, Oct. 30. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. $25. phoenixconventioncenter.com/orpheum-theatre.
10/27: Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Spooktacular
Attend this family-friendly fundraiser at Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill that will benefit Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock. This Halloween-themed Spooktacular will feature live music, make up station, silent auction, a raffle, trick or treat goodie bags and food and drinks. Alice Cooper’s will receive 15 percent of the proceeds from sales that day.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. 2121 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix. $10; $5 for children younger than 12 includes $10 and $5 food credit respectively. 602-977-2700, halfmoonsportsgrill.com.
10/27-11/5: ‘A Vampire Tale 13’
Dubbed “The ‘Nutcracker’ of Halloween,” Scorpius Dance Theatre’s holiday tradition is a sort of bloodsucker’s circus with sexy aerial dance and a touch of campy humor set to an original goth-electronica score.
Details: Thursday, Oct. 27, through Saturday, Nov. 5. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. $33. 602-254-2151, scorpiusdance.com.
10/28: Monster Ball
Enjoy a spooky night in Anthem by enjoying Halloween snacks, drinks, pizza, games and trick-or-treating. A costume contest will award prizes to the best dressed boy, girl and family. Community trick-or-treating will also be available before the start of the event at 4 p.m. around local businesses.
Details: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Anthem Community Center, 41130 N. Freedom Way, Anthem. $6 per person, $10 per couple, $20 per family of four ($3 per additional child). 623-879-3011, onlineatanthem.com/monster-ball.
10/28: Pumpkins At the Peak
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak is sponsoring the 20th annual Halloween celebration that is set to include game including ring toss and bowling in addition to activities like crafts, face painting and fortune telling. Have fun with the family while also giving back to the community by bringing canned food items to support St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Details: 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Hole-in-the-Wall’s River Ranch, 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix. $5 per person or donation of 3 cans of food. 602-997-2626, http://www.squawpeakhilton.com/activities/events-en.html.
10/28-29: Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular Festival
Satisfy your sweet tooth when more than 20 hot-air balloons will hand out more than 4,000 pounds of candy to trick-or-treaters in Scottsdale. Get a fright at the haunted house or take a ride in a tethered balloon. Catch live music and see a fireworks display to close the evening. Written waiver required for balloon rides.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. $15 adults; $10 for children ages 3-12; balloon rides $25 for adults, $5 for ages 10 and under. 480-270-5000, saltriverfields.com.
10/28: Chandler Halloween Spooktacular
Any age group can have fun at Chandler’s Halloween Spooktacular, featuring food, games, arts and crafts, costume contests, photos and a haunted house. Take part in this free family-friendly event that brings together the community through holiday-themed fun.
Details: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Downtown Library Plaza, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2665. chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=605.
10/28: Halloween kayak in Tempe
Enjoy a scary night paddling on the water at Tempe Town Lake where you can hear spine-chilling stories told by professionals. Get in the spooky spirit by wearing your costume. Children must be at least 10 years old to participate.
Details: 6:45-8:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Tempe Town Lake, 550 E. Tempe Town Lake, Tempe. $35 for adults, $20 for youth 10-17. 480-350-8069, tempe.gov/city-hall/community-services/classes-leagues/boating/kayaking.
The Phoenix Zoo’s Howl-O-Ween offers the best of both worlds—activities that are scary or merry. The spookier things to do—which are meant for kids 8 and up— include walking down Urban Legend Lane looking for characters typically heard about in mythical stories and encountering zombies on Walking Dead Way. Those who like a tamer evening will like the family-friendly camel rides, and character meet-and-greet with the Arizona Avengers and Arizona Ghostbusters.
Details: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. $12 general admission, $10 for members, free for age 2 or younger. 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org.
10/28: Zombie Larp VI: Nuclear Fallout
Back again for its sixth year, Zombie Larp VI: Nuclear Fallout invites teens to help save the world from invading zombies. In addition to helping ward off the undead, who have taken over the library thanks to nuclear fallout, teens will enjoy food and prizes.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St., Glendale. Registration begins Oct. 14. 623-930-3537, glendaleaz.com/library.
10/28: Foothills Neighborhood Halloween Event
Kids ages 10 and under can get a head start on their Halloween sugar rush during the Foothills Neighborhood Halloween Event. The evening includes fun carnival games, temporary tattoos, a costume parade, arts and crafts, candy and more. Train rides are also available for an additional cash-only cost. Adult supervision is required.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale. $4 for kids, $5 non-residents, free for parents. 623-930-4610, glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.
10/28: Pinnacle Concert Series: Phantom Night
Bring the whole family for an evening of classic Halloween-themed music. Enjoy songs from “The Phantom of the Opera” performed by Adrienne Goglia and Drake Sherman and other spooky selections by Valerie Perkins and Mark Leal. A display of carved Jack O’ Lanterns will help put the audience in a festive mood.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Free, donations are accepted. 480-585-9448, pinnacleconcerts.com.
10/29: Halloween Fright Hike
Don your Halloween costumes and get ready to enjoy a family-friendly spooky evening at San Tan Mountain Regional Park. The event includes a one-mile hike, so be sure to wear closed-toed shoes that are comfy for walking. Look and listen for desert creepy crawlies and pose for photos along the way.
Details: 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek. 480-655-5554, maricopacountyparks.com.
10/29: Downtown Phoenix Zombie Walk
It’s back, with the help of a new charitable and production partner, the Arizona Hemophilia Association. This year’s event will be shorter than in years past, and without the larger festival portion. There will still be a “zombification station” on-site, free with five-10 canned-food donations. The walk will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the horde heading west to First Avenue, making its way south to Lincoln Avenue, and then back to the Second Street starting point. The costume contest will take place at 7:30 p.m., and the event ends at 8 p.m. After the walk, the 21 and older crowd is welcomed to join in on the “Blood Crawl” bar crawl at various downtown Phoenix locations.
Details: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Meet at Second and Jackson Streets in downtown Phoenix. Free. Suggested donation of $5. Canned-food donations welcome. 602-254-8696, dtphx.org.
10/29: Apache Junction Halloween Festival
Bring the whole family and your dog to this Halloween festival packed with fun activities. Kids can enjoy bounce houses and a petting zoo, while parents can compete in pumpkin carving contests and everyone can watch your pooch compete in a K-9 costume contest. Local non-profit organizations will be selling food at the event to raise money.
Details: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. MGC parking lot, 1035 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction. Call for prices. 480-983-2181, active.com/apache-junction-az/classes/halloween-festival-2016.
10/29: Halloween Pancake Run in Gilbert
If you’re looking for an active way to prepare for Halloween, register for the Gilbert High School orchestra’s annual Pancake Run fundraiser event. Runners often don costumes as they run/walk either a 5k or 10k race. After the run, a pancake breakfast will be served while the orchestra students perform. Kids and non-runners can also participate in a costume walk following the runs that shows off the event’s best costumes.
Details: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Gilbert Riparian Preserve, 2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. $25 per individual per race, includes pancake breakfast, $20 student price, $5 for non-runners pancake breakfast. 480-497-0177 ext. 274, active.com/gilbert-az/running/distance-running-races/halloween-pancake-run-2016?int.
10/29: Halloween Monster Bash
Bring the kids along for some scary Halloween fun where they can play all night on inflatable activities, carnival games, a rock wall, the scare walk and more. This event will donate canned goods to St. Mary’s Food Bank. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. Free admission with canned food items, some activities require a minimal fee. 623-773-7137, peoriasportscomplex.com/sportscontent.aspx?id=38626.
10/29: Arizona Coyotes Howl-O-Ween
Kids 12 and under can get a head start on candy collecting during the Arizona Coyotes Howl-O-Ween event. Trick-or-treat on the suite level prior to the game, which will see the Coyotes take on the Colorado Avalanche. The “sweet” event is courtesy of Fry’s Food Stores; kids need a ticket to the game to participate.
Details: Saturday, Oct. 29. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. Ticket prices vary, see website. nhl.com/coyotes.
10/29: Cave Creek Wicked
What do you get when you combine an amazing costume contest with a pub crawl? Cave Creek Wicked, of course! Billed as the state’s only all-day, all-night Halloween event, Cave Creek Wicked features family-friendly daytime activities as well as nighttime stops to at least five local bars. Party buses will be provided to transport revelers to the various pubs.
Details: Saturday, Oct. 29. Most times and locations to be announced soon; pub crawl starts at 7 p.m. cavecreekmerchants.com/cave-creek-wicked.
10/29: City of Tempe’s 39th annual Family Halloween Carnival
Gather together the kiddos and head to Kiwanis Park for a free and family-friendly festive fall event. Try your luck at carnival games, enjoy live entertainment and face painting, jump on the inflatables and, when hunger strikes, check out the food booths. Everyone is also welcome to dress up and take part in the Halloween costume contest.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Kiwanis Park, Guadalupe Road and All American Way, Tempe. Free admission, tickets for attractions cost 25 cents each. 480-350-5200, tempe.gov.
10/29: The Paisley Pumpkin Holiday Festival at Dana Park
People of all ages will enjoy a wide variety of vendors at the Paisley Pumpkin Holiday Festival. Check out arts and crafts made by talented artisans, peruse a selection of toys, foods, clothing and more, and enjoy plenty of tasty eats and beverages in the open-air festival. Non-profits and local business vendors will also be on hand with information about their organizations.
Details: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Village Square at Dana Park, 1758 S. Val Vista Drive, Mesa. thepaisleypumpkin.com.
10/29: Sonoran Spooktacular Howloween Fest
Dress up in your Halloween costumes and head to White Tank Mountain Regional Park for an evening filled with spooky fun. Trick-or-treat along a half mile of desert trail lit by luminarias, hear stories by the campfire, and learn about the real creepy crawlies that call the desert home.
Details: 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Area 4, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. 623-935-2505, maricopacountyparks.com.
Desert Ridge Marketplace is hosting a family-friendly Halloween-themed event. Bring the little ones from store to store for trick-or-treating, and enjoy music and the chance to win cool prizes. Everyone is welcome to be in costume at this cute and not-so-scary annual event.
Details: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Desert Ridge Marketplace, District Stage, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. 480-513-7586, shopdesertridge.com/malloween.
10/29: The Howling Night Run 5K
If Halloween is not enough to get your heart rate pumping, the Howling Night Run 5K is sure to do the trick. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the evening event at the base of Estrella Mountain. Dress up in a costume or wear your regular running duds and get ready for a great kickoff to Halloween weekend.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Race starts at 7 p.m. Estrella Mountain Regional Park, 14805 W. Vineyard Ave., Goodyear. $45. 623-932-3811, howlingrun.phxfr.org.
10/29: Scottsdale Fall Festival
This free and family-friendly evening event features a trip through the haunted forest, game booths with candy prizes, costume contests and a “tot area” for the wee ones. The fall festival will literally end with a bang with a colorful fireworks show.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale. Free. scottsdaleaz.gov.
Kids and adults are not the only ones who can have fun dressing up for Halloween—our four-legged friends can also get in the spirit of the holiday by wearing a costume. Puff & Fluff Grooming and Pet Sitting is hosting Barkoween at Arcadia O.H.S.O. Brewery; bring your dressed-up pooches and let them enjoy pup-themed goodies and treats. A professional dog photographer will snap shots of your adorable fur baby’s costume and prizes will be awarded.
Details: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Arcadia O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano-Brewery, 4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Free. 602-266-5360, puffandfluffspa.com.
Info and photos courtesy of Alison Stanton, Special for The Republic | azcentral.com