HINGS TO DO FOR HALLOWEEN IN PHOENIX
We’ve got the lowdown on haunted houses, trick-or-treat events, family-friendly festivals and more things to do for Halloween in Phoenix.
Halloween spirit invades Carefree in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings from master sculptor Ray Villafane. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is open to the public and woven throughout the 4 acre Carefree Desert Gardens. Visitors are invited to stroll the gardens where Villafane’s 3-D characters will be posed.
October 20-21, 27-28
On select October dates, Legoland Discovery Center will feature Halloween-themed activities to celebrate the spooky holiday, including scavenger hunts, costume contests, mask building and a pumpkin patch.
Ghosts gather around for haunted stories with a historical twist. Kids of all ages are invited to wear their spookiest costumes to enjoy snacks, story time, a free book giveaway, and chalk art mural.
Trunk or Treat provides a safe environment for families to enjoy an inexpensive evening of Halloween fun in a festival atmosphere. Children trick-or-treat by going from car trunk to car trunk on “Trunk or Treat Street” to get their bag filled with goodies. The event will also feature carnival games, costume contests and a Teen Zombie Film Festival.
Westgate hosts a day of spooky activities featuring games, entertainment, costume contests and the ultimate candy crawl with goodies from restaurants and retailers. The little goblins won’t be the only ones going home with bags full of delicious treats, adult trick or treaters will be gifted with several discount cards from over 15 participating Westgate businesses.
Chandler invites all ghosts, goblins, ghouls, creatures, characters and superheroes to join them for an evening of safe family fun. There will be food, games, arts and crafts, costume contests, souvenir photos, and a Haunted House.
The Balloon Spooktacular features more than 20 hot air balloons on display and 4,000 pounds of candy for trick-or-treaters, live music, food and beverage, a Kids Zone, vendor market, tethered balloon rides, a haunted house, fireworks and much more.
The Desert Botanical Garden gets spooky this Halloween. Mad Botanists will dazzle you with stories about peculiar plants and you’ll dance ’til you drop at the Monster Bash. Bring the whole family to witness strange sights, fun tricks, and enchanting creatures.
Howl-O-Ween features delightfully spooky experiences for the whole family. Activities are designated as “Merry” for all ages or “Scary” for guests over eight years old who like a good scare. Enjoy themed crafts, a trick-or-treat trail, games and monster mash dance party. And if you’re looking for thrills, be careful where you turn: witches, ghosts, and the Headless Horseman could be lurking around the corner.
The city of Peoria’s annual Halloween Monster Bash features a wide variety of family fun including trick or treating, entertainment and contests. It wouldn’t be Halloween without candy, so safe trick or treating is held throughout the complex. Additional fun includes a haunted house, inflatables, a rock wall, arts and crafts, carnival-style games and more.
Scottsdale’s annual Fall Festival invites you to come win candy at the game booths, jump around in one of the many bounce houses, view live entertainment and more. End the evening with a bang by staying for the fireworks show.
Join Cave Creek Wicked for its all day and night Halloween event. Bring family, friends, and pets to compete in the costume contest, enjoy live music, visit the petting zoo and have fun with arts and crafts. When the sun sets, a late-night costumed crowd is invited to board a complimentary bus to the town’s top saloons for contests, themed cocktails and prizes.
Creepy Candy Crawl at Westgate
Goblins, ghosts, and ghouls alike are invited to the first Creepy Candy Crawl. Dress up in your best costume for a chance to win a special prize, parade through Fountain Park, and trick-or-treat through the shops of Westgate.
Your family will have a bewitching good time with live entertainment, a costume contest for goblins of all ages, carnival-style games and food booths. The carnival also features bounce houses, train rides and the return of the popular Tot Town, which includes activities for children ages five and under and their parents.
October 20-21 and 27-28
If you’ve wanted to cross underwater pumpkin carving off of your bucket list, now’s your chance! Head to the SeaLIFE aquarium for haunted stories of deep sea creatures, a children’s costume contest, and yes, underwater pumpkin carving.
Head to Fountain Hills for a scary good time for all ages. Halloween in the Hills features two costume contests for best kids costume and people and their pets, as well as trick or treating, games, a spider village, martial arts demonstrations, music and much more.
Daily throughout October
This year, one of Golfland Sunsplash’s popular mini golf courses will once again undergo a spooky transformation. While playing on the spooky miniature golf course be sure to avoid stepping through one of the many graveyards. You may also encounter a few spooky costumed characters, but don’t worry, they only want to give you a Halloween treat.
HAUNTED HOUSES AND FARMS
October 4-7, 10-14, 17-31, November 2-3
Fear Farm is the largest outdoor haunted attraction in Greater Phoenix, with 30 acres of pure terror, 6 indoor/outdoor haunted attractions and, for the faint of heart, a 10 acre corn maze.
October 5-6, 12-14, 19-21, 24-31, November 2-3
For years, Sanctum of Horror has been scaring Phoenix with breathtaking makeup and incredible detail that will surely frighten the soul. Not only will you be terrified, but be immersed in the Sanctum’s world. Will you have what it takes to enter?
Enter a world of thrills, chills and terror. Visitors will enjoy a haunted hayride through the park and encounters with various creatures of the night. And just as you thought it was safe, more fear awaits you as you are dropped off at the front of an eerie haunted house. Sweeten up your scary night with free candy.
October 26-28 and 30-31
Step onto the haunted grounds of Mount Mayhem, a family-run Halloween display, for a thrilling encounter with creatures of the dusk. As the story goes, these creatures have been swarming among us without any restrictions. It is certain that as the sun sets, they will make themselves known at Mount Mayhem.
Fridays and Saturdays in October, and October 31
Do you have what it takes to enter the corn field planted over an old forgotten cemetery, where the dead now seek revenge on anyone trespassing on their grounds? Have a screaming good time with your friends and family in this haunted corn maze at Tolmachoff Farms.
Thursdays through Sundays in October; and October 31
Tour two haunted houses and fight off zombies on a zombie paintball course. Attempt the chainsaw gauntlet to see how fast you can escape! The Scaregrounds also features different nightly entertainment, live bands, DJs, and the Beer and Wine Cemetery where “spirits” come to life.
Select days throughout October
Created by nationally-recognized and award-winning haunted house designers, the 13th Floor will transport you to new levels of horror. Prepare to be terrified by two epic haunted attraction walkthroughs for one all-inclusive price. The 13th Floor is an intense, graphic, theatrical show that will take you on a gut wrenching ride of visceral thrills and psychological horror.
Select days throughout October
The Crypt and Asylum houses return with all new scares to torment those who dare enter. For more spine-tingling thrills, enter the haunted Chaos Maze.
Thursdays through Sundays in October
The spread of an infectious disease has turned legions of people into zombies. Your mission: Hop in the back of Schnepf Farms’ Zombie Combat Vehicles (hayrides) and shoot a paintball gun to protect the farms’ fields from the undead.
Fridays and Saturdays throughout October, and October 31
PoeFest—a month-long celebration of the works of Edgar Allen Poe and other horror authors of the era—is not a reading. The actors perform Edgar Allan Poe’s stories in character as inmates from a 19th Century asylum for the criminally insane. New thrills await festival-goers this year with PoeFest Séance, an evening that promises creepy demonstrations, experiments, and manifestations.
Get in the spirit and with themed acts and performances during Ghostfest, featuring 80 different shows from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Often referred to as the “Nutcracker of Halloween”, this very popular, original dance production pre-dates all of the current vampire pop-culture. A Vampire Tale indulges audiences with all of the trimmings: dark and sexy drama, quirky and comedic episodes, and visually stunning dance and aerial feats.