PHOENIX - You know it's fall in Arizona when the temperatures drop below the 100-degree mark in the Valley, the leaves change colors, and Halloween-themed activities pop up everywhere.
To help with your fall-theme activities, we've put together a list of various festivals, events and family-friendly haunts happening throughout the month.
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SCHNEPF FARMS PUMPKIN AND CHILI PARTY
Oct. 3, 10 a.m.
Hay rides, 4-acre corn maze, mini golf, jumping pillows, honeybee adventures, witch mountain giant slide, bon fires and marshmallow roasting. More info: Schept Farms website
BOO! A HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR SHOW
Oct. 12 - 26. Show times vary.
Theater Works and PuppetWorks present a family-friendly Halloween-themed puppet show this fall. Denny, Kenny and Penny encounter witches, a sad ghost and a sparkling vampire in this glow-in-the-dark adventure. For tickets and information: Theater Works website
CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN 1930S-STYLE
Tour through the Main House at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical Area to learn how the Smith Family (the original owners) might have celebrated Halloween in the 1930s -- decorations, costumes, and party games. The Sahuaro Ranch Park is located at 9802 N. 59th Avenue in Glendale, Ariz.
THE GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Oct. 17-20, Hours vary
Enjoy a hay ride to the pumpkin patch at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Make sure to venture through the Hay Bale Maze, interact with the farm animals an be entertained with some country/western music. Included with Garden admission. More info: Desert Botanical Garden
BOO! AT THE ZOO
Oct. 19-20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Go on a scavenger hunt throughout the zoo in search of masked animals, help Luka, the zoo's Andean bear cub, celebrate Halloween, while enjoying games and activities with Radio Disney. Don't forget to watch the Pumpkin Stomp and Chomp. More information: PhoenixZoo.org
2013 PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT FREEMAN FARMS
Every Saturday & Sunday in October, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Enjoy the cooler temperatures in Northern Arizona at Freeman Farms. Pick your own pumpkin, listen and dance to musical entertainment, as well as enjoy a horse and dog show among other family-friendly activities. More info: Freeman Farms website
GHOST HUNTING: THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BEHIND GHOST HUNTING
Oct. 19, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
The Ghosts of Arizona Paranormal Society stop by the Glendale Public Library to discuss the science and technology behind ghost hunting, as well as some shot and tell about the equipment they use. This event is scheduled for Oct. 19 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Glendale Public Library, 5959 W. Brown Street.
CHARMING PONY PARTIES FALL FESTIVAL
Oct. 19-20 & 26-27
Pick your very own pumpkin. Enjoy pony rides, a hay maze or take a stroll through a pumpkin carriage. Fee: $10. More info: Charming Pony Parties
ZOMBIE LARP III: BAD AND DEADER THAN EVER
Oct. 26, 6 p.m.
The Zombie Apocalypse has taken over the Glendale Public Library. Help fend of the Zombies, or risk becoming one, in this live-action role-playing event. Your team will face physical and mental challenges in this all-our NERF gun battle. Space is limited and registration begins Oct. 12. The event takes place at Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.
HOWL-O-WEEK AT THE ZOO
Oct. 26 -27
Are you bring enough to venture through the Phoenix Zoo at night? With three levels of fright, there is an experience perfect for any child 8 and up. People will enjoy animal shows learning about nocturnal animals, camel rides, Fields of Fear, the Terror of the Yeti and wonder through Vampire Manor. For the ultimate scarer: Horror story time train ride. Some events cost a fee. The event takes place October 25 & 26. More info: PhoenixZoo.org
VERTUCCIO FARMS CORN MAZE AND FALL FESTIVAL
Sept. 27-Nov. 3
Celebrate fall and stop by the Vertuccio Farms for their Fall festival. With new attractions, such as the Extreme Air Pillow and the Spider Web Rope Climb, children and family can find something to enjoy. Other attractions: Rubber Duck Race, Pumpkin Patch, Pedal race Cars and a Petting Zoo. The festival runs through November 3rd . Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The cost: $8. More info: Vertuccio Farms
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