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Boo! 24 Halloween events for families around Phoenix

Posted: 12:51 PM, Sep 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-29 18:30:42-04
BOO! 24 Halloween events in PHX for families
BOO! 24 Halloween events in PHX for families
BOO! 24 Halloween events in PHX for families
BOO! 24 Halloween events in PHX for families
BOO! 24 Halloween events in PHX for families

Fall is here and Halloween is on its way!

Soon pumpkin patches, haunted houses and festivals will pop up around the Valley.

We've compiled a list of Halloween-themed festivals, activities and events good for the whole family -- from the little tykes to the teens. Scroll down to check them out.

Looking for something a little scarier? Check the video above to see some of the ghost towns in Maricopa County.

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Golfland Fright Nights (and Spooktacular Mini Golf) (Sept. 30 – Oct. 31)

When summer ends, Golfland Sunsplash gets revamped for Halloween. The golf course has some Halloween features added to it, while The Gauntlet Haunted House is built for those who enjoy a little fright.

IF YOU GO:
Golfland, 155 W. Hampton Avenue, Mesa AZ 85210
Time: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. (schedule varies by date).  View schedule .
Admission: $15 for haunted house, Spooktacular golf - $6.99 - $7.99
View event info


Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party (Oct. 1-30, Thurs. through Sun.)

Schnepf Farms hosts its annual Pumpkin & Chili Party during the month of October. There will be a petting zoo, marshmallow roasting, bonfires, rides and entertainment shows. That is all included in admission. Extras include train or pony rides and food. 

IF YOU GO:
Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek AZ 85142
Time: Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: $18 (plus tax) or $15 at any Fry’s Food Store
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Valley Youth Theatre – Charlotte’s Web, The Musical (Oct. 7-23)

The classic story of friendship between a spider and a piglet hits the Valley Youth Theatre stage.

IF YOU GO:
Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First Street, Phoenix AZ 85004
Time:  Fridays, 7 p.m., Saturdays, 12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m., Sundays, 12:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Admission: $18
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Barktoberfest (Oct. 8)

It is touted as a "party in the park" for dogs and their human families. There will be an agility course, pet adoptions, a police K9 demonstration, arts and crafts, and food trucks. Admission is free, but organizers are asking for donations to benefit the Friends for Life Animal Rescue.

IF YOU GO:
Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert AZ 85296
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
View event info


Brick or Treat at Legoland Discovery Center (weekends in October)

Throughout October Legoland will have Halloween-themed activities, including mask building, Lego pumpkin building, and a costume contest.

IF YOU GO:
Legoland Discovery Center Arizona, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe AZ 85282
Time: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: $22 at the door (some discounts possible available online).
View event info


Great Arizona Puppet Theater - Little Bunny’s Halloween (Oct. 12-30)

Little Bunny learns from his mom that Halloween doesn't have to be so scary.

IF YOU GO:
Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302. W. Latham Street, Phoenix AZ 85003. (recommended for preschool to 2 years old)
Time: Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $10 – adults, $7 – children. Tickets bought at theater.
View event info


Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden (Oct. 17-31)

Take a stroll through Carefree's Enchanted Pumpkin Garden and see various pumpkins hand-carved by Arizona sculptor, Ray Villafane, including 400-pound pumpkins. In 2016, the garden is adding two exhibits, a series of scarecrows crafted by Villafane, and Jelly Belly pumpkins.

IF YOU GO:
Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, 101 Easy Street, Carefree AZ 85377
Time: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Admission: Free
View event info


Queen Creek Trunk or Treat (Oct. 22)

Get your trick-or-treating done early at the Queen Creek Trunk or Treat event. Businesses will decorate their windows and organizations will decorate their trunks with festive themes. Both will also be giving out candy! There will be carnival games, a horse costume contest, the BubbleManiacs Bubble Zone and a Teen Zombie Film Festival.

IF YOU GO:
Queen Creek Town Center, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: Free
View event info


Scottsdale's Dunkin' for a Pumpkin (Oct. 22)

Scottsdale is hosting a floating pumpkin patch. Don't worry, the pool is heated. After you pick your pumpkin, you'll be able to decorate it!

IF YOU GO:
McDowell Mountain Ranch and Eldorado Aquatic Center, 2301 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale AZ
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person (includes pumpkin)


Mesa Arts Center's annual Dia de los Muertos Festival (Oct. 22-23)

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Mesa Arts Center. There will be live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts for sale.

IF YOU GO:
Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, Mesa AZ 85201
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
View event info


Dia De Los Muertos Phoenix Festival (Oct. 23)

Put on by the Cultural Coalition, the Dia de Los Muertos Phoenix Festival is a Mexican holiday that celebrates and remembers those who've passed on. There will be masked performances, local artists will showcase their works, and a Candlelight Procession. Food will also be available for purchase.

IF YOU GO:
Steel Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ 85012
Time: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
View event info


Howl-O-Ween at Phoenix Zoo (Oct. 28-29)

Halloween is taking over the Phoenix Zoo. There will be over 20 different activities -- some scary and some not -- throughout the zoo. For the daring, there is the urban Legend Lane and Walking Dead Way. If you don't like the scary stuff, the Arizona Avengers will be there for pictures, as well as magic shows, Moon the Mermaid, and Tarot card readings.

IF YOU GO:
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix AZ 85008
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Admission: $12 – general admission, $10 – members
View event info


Chandler Halloween Spooktacular (Oct. 28)

Bring your trick-or-treat bags to Chandler to collect candy as you play various games and go trunk-or-treating. There will also be a haunted house, a pumpkin cemetery and an inflatable corn maze.

IF YOU GO:
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler AZ 85225
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
View event info


Balloon Spooktacular

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular (Oct. 28-29)

Over 20 hot air balloons will light up Salt River Fields, and its operators will pass out over 4,000 pounds of candy to trick or treaters. There will also be live music, food for purchase, tethered balloon rides and fireworks.

IF YOU GO:
Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale AZ 85258
Time: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Admission: $15 – adults, $10 – children (3-12)
View event info


Pumpkin at the Peak

Pumpkins at the Peak (Oct. 28)

This is the 20th anniversary of Pumpkins at the Peak. The River Ranch water park will be turned into a poolside carnival. Kids will be able to play games, get candy, dress up in their costumes and look at glowing jack-o-lanterns.

IF YOU GO:
River Ranch, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th Street, Phoenix AZ 85020
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person or 3 canned food items to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank
View event info


Dem Bonez Archery 101 (Oct. 29)

This is an introductory class to target-style archery. The class is included in the day's park fee. You have to be at least eight years old to participate and the class is capped at 20. Call 480-655-5554 to register.

IF YOU GO:
San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek AZ 85242
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Admission: included with park free. Registration required: Call 480-655-5554. Limited to 20 people.
View event info


Halloween Fright Hike (Oct. 29)

Can you handle a hike in the dark? This is a one-mile, one hour hike in search of creepy crawlies. Feel free to dress up and bring black lights and glow sticks, but no masks and wear closed-toed shoes.

IF YOU GO:
San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek AZ 85242
Time: 7 p.m. (one mile walk, should take an hour)
Admission: Free (included with the $6 vehicle day-use permit)
View event info


Phoenix Zombie Walk

Phoenix Zombie Walk (Oct. 29)

The Phoenix Zombie Walk was killed and revived in 2016. New this year, it will take place in the Warehouse District in partnership with the Arizona Hemophilia Association. There will be a costume contest as well as an adults-only pub crawl after the event.

IF YOU GO:
Warehouse District (44th Street and Jackson)
Time: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. View schedule.
Admission: $5 donation to Arizona Hemophilia Association
View event info


Tempe’s 39th annual Family Halloween Carnival (Oct. 29)

Tempe's free Halloween party will have a costume contest, live entertainment and carnival games. Tickets for the games can be bought at the festival.

IF YOU GO:
Kiwanis Park, 5500 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe AZ 85283
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: Free
View event info


Peoria’s Halloween Monster Bash (Oct. 29)

The monsters are coming to Peoria for their Halloween Monster Bash. This Halloween party will have a paradise of costumes, trick or treating, inflatable games, carnival games, a rock wall and crafts. 

IF YOU GO:
Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria AZ 85382
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: Free (bring canned item to benefit St. Mary’s)
View event info


Apache Junction Halloween Festival (Oct. 29)

Apache Junction's Halloween Festival will have a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest for the little ones and dogs, a petting zoo and bounce houses.

IF YOU GO:
Apache Junction Multigenerational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction AZ 85119
Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: Free


Desert Ridge Marketplace “Malloween” (Oct. 29)

For two hours, little trick-or-treaters can go from store to store collecting candy and prizes.

IF YOU GO:
Desert Ridge Marketplace – District Stage, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix AZ
Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
View event info


Pre-Halloween at Butterfly Wonderland (Oct. 30)

Hang out with thousands of butterflies while in your Halloween costume. Kids who come in costume will receive 1/2 off child admission ($12.95 normally). One note, no masks allowed.

IF YOU GO:
Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale AZ 85256
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission:
View event info


Halloween in the Hills (Oct. 31)

Spend Halloween night in Fountain Hills for their Halloween in the Hills carnival. There will be costume contests, trick or treating, games, fire truck candy drops and more.

IF YOU GO:
East Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills AZ 85268
Time: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
View event info