Happy Halloweekend! There’s more to find than just tricks and treats—get details on festivals and more top things to do in Phoenix this weekend.

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular

October 28-29

Forget knocking on doors—at this event, kids can trick-or-treat at the baskets of tethered hot air balloons as they glow against the night sky (and with 4,000 pounds of candy on hand, there’s plenty to go around). Families can enjoy live music, vendors, a kid’s zone and fireworks display in the evening. See the festival from a new perspective with a tethered hot air balloon ride.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 North Pima Road, Scottsdale 85258
(480) 270-5000

salt river fields halloween balloon spooktacular via facebook

Salt River Felds Halloween Balloon Spooktacular. Photo via Facebook


October 29

One part local music festival, one part chicken wing feast: It’s Wingstock, and it’s back with wing recipes from restaurants around Phoenix. Grab some tasting tickets and get the kids ready for a costume contest or Halloween egg hunt.

Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St, Mesa 85201
(480) 644-2171

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

October 29-30

Celebrate the traditional Day of the Dead holiday at the Desert Botanical Garden with two days of crafts, music, performances and shopping. Don’t miss La Procesión beginning at 5 p.m. each evening, when performers lead guests in a colorful march through the garden in honor of the departed. The celebration is included with garden admission, so you can spend the day exploring the trails and enjoying cultural activities.

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix 85008
(480) 941-1225

Phoenix, AZ, November 2nd, 2014. Day of the Dead celebration at Desert Botanical Gardens. Photo Credit: Leavitt Wells / Leave it to Leavitt Photography

Day of the Dead celebration at Desert Botanical Garden. Photo by Leavitt Wells

Last days for fall festivals

The season of pumpkins, hay rides and caramel apples is almost at an end, so be sure to head down to these family farms through the first weekend of November. The Arizona State Fair‘s last day is also October 30.

  • Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party through October 30
  • Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze at Tolmachoff Farms through November 6
  • Corn Maze and Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms through November 6
  • Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest through October 30
  • Rocker 7 Farm Patch Festival through October 30
  • MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch through October 31

Halloween events

Have a spooky and spirited Halloween weekend with family fun at Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo, Spooktacular Mini Golf at Golfland Sunsplash, and celebrations around town in Scottsdale, Peoria, Chandler, and Tempe. You can also slump and shuffle through downtown’s warehouse district during Zombie Walk 8, a free and costumed event ending in a bar crawl for ages 21 and up. Find more adult events, haunted houses and performances on our Halloween events blog post.

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