Round up your crew this Halloween for a weekend full of tricks and treats. Still on the search for how to celebrate? Head to our Halloween Blog for over 40 ways to get spooky this year or check out our suggestions below:


Gelato Festival of America

October 27

After traveling through Italy for almost a decade, the Gelato Festival makes it's way across the Atlantic. Twelve of the best Italian gelato artisans go head to head this Friday night as the public votes on who takes home the gold. Start preparing your taste buds and grab your tickets here.

Kierland Commons, 15205 N Kierland Blvd, Scottsdale

Strange Garden

October 27-28

Something strange is creeping into the Desert Botanical Garden this Halloween. Dance the monster mash, carve pumpkins, and look out for Mad Botanists as they tell tales about enchanting wild creatures and spooky desert plants. 

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
(480) 941-1225

Desert Botanical Garden evening
Photo credit: Desert Botanical Garden


Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular

October 27-28

Save your knuckles for knocking this Halloween and opt for trick-or-treating at the baskets of tethered hot air balloons this weekend.  Round up your crew and head to Salt River Fields for a spooktacular night of festivities with local entertainment, a firework show, a pumpkin patch and 4,000 pounds of candy.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick,7555 North Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 270-5000

Photo credit: Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular


Dia de Los Muertos Festival

October 28-29

The Day of the Dead comes to life this weekend at Mesa Arts Center. The free event features authentic foods, a colorful mercado, jewelry, arts and crafts, and live entertainment from noted local and regional acts.

Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa
(480) 644-6500

Dia de los Muertos Mesa Arts Center
Dia de Los Muertos Festival. Photo credit: Mesa Arts Center


Dia de Los Muertos PHX Festival

October 29

Celebrate life as spirits arise at the annual Dia de Los Muertos festival. Decorate a sugar skull, create a mask and grab a bite at a food booth. Don't forget to bring a blanket and a lawn chair to experience an authentic celebration of ancestors and a diverse community. 

Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix
(480) 834-5731

Dia de los Muertos
Dia de Los Muertos PHX Festival. Photo credit: Cultural Coalition, Inc


Last Weekend of the Arizona State Fair

October 27-29

If you have yet to experience deep fried pumpkin pie or the view from the 150 foot ferris wheel, head to the Arizona State Fair for their final weekend. The third largest fair in the country is packed with dozens of rides, vendors, and performances from local and national headliners. Tip: Go Saturday and Sunday before 2 p.m. for $5 admission.

1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix
(602) 252-6771

Arizona State Fair
Photo credit: Arizona State Fair


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