Updated for 2015. We’ve got the lowdown on haunted houses, trick-or-treat events, family-friendly festivals, zombie walks and more things to do for Halloween in Phoenix:
Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo: October 23-24
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.
Halloween Balloon Spooktacular: October 23-24
The Balloon Spooktacular features over 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.
Great Pumpkin Festival: October 23-25
Find that special pumpkin at the Desert Botanical Garden during this fun festival. Take a hayride to the Garden’s pumpkin patch, where children 12 and under can choose their own free pumpkin. Get lost in the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, visit with adorable farm animals in the petting zoo, enjoy lively Country and Western entertainment and carnival-style games in the Garden’s spacious Events Plaza, and much more!
Carefree Pumpkin Carving and Enchanted Garden: October 16-31
Halloween spirit invades Carefree in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings from master carver Ray Villafane. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is open for two weeks to the public and woven throughout the Carefree Desert Gardens. On October 16, photo opportunities will be available with “King” Pumpkin, an over 500-pound carved masterpiece, as well as kid’s activities, music, and autumnal refreshments.
Costumes and Cocktails Play Date at Children’s Museum of Phoenix: October 17
Costumes and Cocktails Play Date is a night for grownups to get together with friends and play at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume and play like a kid in three floors of interactive exhibits. The night will feature costume contests, cash bars, DJ and dancing, photo booth, retro board games, candy bar bingo, and more.
Zombie Walk 7: October 24
Have you been practicing your zombie walk? Slump and limp your way through the heart of downtown Phoenix with the fellow zombie community. After the 1.5-mile movement, the best zombie costume will be crowned as king or queen of the dead. Whet your appetite at beer gardens, and shake your undead limbs to headlining act Alien Ant Farm.
Autumnfest at Anthem: October 24-25
Celebrate all things fall at the community’s Autumnfest. Immerse yourself in the fall-flavored festivities including arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, pumpkin picking, and live entertainment. And for all the bakers and pie lovers, bring your most delicious apple pie and participate in the banking contest and win a prize (and bragging rights).
Dia de los Muertos PHX: October 25
The Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival is an interactive, cultural immersion event blending traditional Mexican experiences with a twist of Southwestern flavor. Participants will be greeted and entertained by more than 150 performing artists, many as masked characters. The Artists Mercado will feature some of Arizona’s best local artists. There will also be food booths and art activities.
Dia de los Muertos Festival: October 24-25
Hosted at the Mesa Arts Center, this vibrant Day of the Dead festival will feature live entertainment and a colorful mercado of authentic foods, jewelry, and arts and crafts.
Adora Trails Halloween Treat Street: October 26
Enjoy trick-or-treating around five decorated model homes, free food, carnival games, a petting zoo and more for a frighteningly good, family-friendly evening event.
Hallowe’en 1930s Style at Sahuaro Ranch: October 29-31
Experience Halloween in the 1930s at the Main House Museum at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area. From decorations to costumes to party activities, learn how people of the era celebrated the holiday on a free tour.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration at the Desert Botanical Garden: October 31-November 1
Celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, at the Garden during this two day family-oriented festival filled with music, dance, and storytelling that explore the beauty and symbols of this special holiday. In addition to enjoying live entertainment, families can browse jewelry and art at the Mercado, make and add paper flowers to the community altar, and enjoy delicious food.
Peoria’s Halloween Monster Bash: October 30
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.
Chandler’s Halloween Spooktacular: October 30
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.
Haunted Hotel Ball: October 30-31
Don your most sultry, gruesome or creative costume, put on your dancing shoes, bring friends and check-in to the Haunted Hotel Ball, an annual Halloween festival of adult fantasy and fun. The bash will feature three epic parties with over a dozen of Arizona’s top nightclub and radio DJs at The Saguaro in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. The fantasy and fun will even extend to daylight hours, with Haunted Hotel Ball’s Masquerade Pool Party on Saturday afternoon.
Haunted Halloween Express: October 31
The Verde Canyon Railroad has invited ghosts and goblins to socialize with passengers on the annual Haunted Halloween Express. The journey into the autumn-splashed canyon features a costume contest, spine-tingling tales and plenty of treats without tricks.
Cave Creek Wicked: October 31
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.
Halloween in the Hills: October 31
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.
Scottsdale Fall Festival: October 31
Adventure through the haunted forest, win candy at game booths, jump around in one of the many bounce houses, view live entertainment and more at the Scottsdale Fall Festival. The night caps off with a fireworks show.
Crawloween Bar Crawl at Westgate: October 31
Westgate Entertainment District invites ghouls and goblins to Crawloween, a Halloween-themed bar crawl, to have a scary good time with costume contests and a variety of discounts at more than 20 establishments.
Family Halloween Fun at the Arizona Capitol Museum: October 31
Enjoy a costume contest for kids of all ages, games, activities and much more at this free Halloween event. Special speaker Marshall Shore, the Hip Historian, will also be sharing stories full of thrills and chills in his presentation “Macabre, AZ.”
“Classic Halloween Novel” Party at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour: October 31
Both literary lovers and craft cocktail fans will love this book-themed bash where guests are encouraged to dress up in their best horror novel- or classic literary-inspired costume for a chance to win prizes.
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party: Thursdays-Sundays, October 1 – October 31
Join Schnepf Farms this October for fun fall activities such as hay rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili and more autumn comfort food.
Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms: Through November 1
The family-friendly Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival celebrates the season with a seven-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, farm animals and lots more. Pick up a perfect pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern while you’re there.
Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze at Tolmachoff Farms: Through November 8
Get lost on the farm’s a six-acre family corn maze, mini corn maze (perfect for the little ones), or the haunted corn maze (if you dare to enter). Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more.
Corn Maze and Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms: Through November 1
Celebrate the season at Vertuccio Farms with this family-friendly festival. A seven-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, farm animals and lots more are part of the festivities. Pick up a perfect pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern while you’re there.
Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Fest and Corn Maze: Friday-Sunday, October 2-November 1
This huge festival’s centerpiece is a 15-acre pumpkin patch and 25-acre corn maze. Younger guests can join in on pig races, farm animal petting zoo, and bounce playhouse farmland, while the whole family can enjoy the antique tractor show and pull, hay rides, live music and entertainment, barn dance, craft vendors, and “a-maize-ing” farm food.
AZ Field of Screams: Fridays and Saturdays throughout October
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.
Scarizona Scaregrounds: Thursdays through Sundays in October; November 1, 5, 6 and 7
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 Cemetary where “spirits” come to life.
13th Floor Haunted House: Throughout October and November 1, 6-7, 13-14
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, Feral Moon and Patient Alpha, 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.
The Gauntlet Haunted House: Friday and Saturday, October 2-10; Thursdays through Saturdays, October 15-31
The Gauntlet is a terrifying maze full of heart-pounding terror. This multi-level haunted house contains ground-breaking special effects, animatronics and skilled actors. Participants will be required to crawl and climb over objects and stairs.
The Crypt Haunted Attractions: October 2-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-31
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.
Ahwatukee Haunted House & Hayride: October 23-25
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, heart thumping, scream-curdling haunted house.
The Outbreak at Schnepf Farms: 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.
Halloween at Hogwarts at the Phoenix Symphony: October 16
Join The Phoenix Symphony as this year’s musical potion offers a full-length concert of seasonal selections, memorable music from the Harry Potter films and an all new spooktacular dose of magic.
Ghostfest Improv Marathon: October 23-25
Get in the spirit and with themed acts and performances during Ghostfest, featuring 80 different shows from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Desert Overture’s Trick or Treat Halloween Concert: October 24
Join Desert Overture for their annual Halloween concert. Don your favorite costume and enjoy an evening of memorable Halloween music, trick-or-treating, and a Halloween costume contest with prizes awarded to the best costumes for kids and adults.
Poefest at the Hotel San Carlos: Fridays and Saturdays throughout October
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. Poe’s stories rotate nightly and are presented inside the Ghost Lounge at the historic Hotel San Carlos, frequently listed among the top ten most haunted hotels in America.
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror: October 25
The hauntingly fearsome vampire Count Orlok returns in the 1922 silent film Nosferatu, brought to life at the Tempe Center for the Arts Theater by amazing classical music and a live orchestra.
Orpheum Theatre Ghost Tours: October 28-31
Do you believe in ghosts? The historic Orpheum Theater of Phoenix was saved from the wrecking ball over 25 years ago. Residents of Phoenix are grateful, but perhaps not as much as some deceased Phoenicians. Come join the theater – and them – on a unique tour.
Halloween with the Tetra String Quartet: October 30
Enjoy a free performance at the Tempe History Museum as the Tetra String Quartet brings the spooky sounds of Halloween to life, from hissing cats to screams.
Monster Mash Music Festival: October 31-November 1
Celebrate Halloween weekend with the sounds of Tool, Linkin Park, Deftones, Rob Zombie, Puscifer and others. Enjoy a free water station, local food vendors on site, artist merchandise for sale and more.