Fall is finally here, bringing the thrills and chills of Halloween! Time to sift through the patches for that perfect pumpkin, get lost in a corn maze and get spooked at the many haunted attractions right here in Greater Phoenix.
Rawhide’s annual Doomtown event returns this year, adding extra goblins and goo to complement the already haunting experience. The new Halloween season brings the spine chilling Train of Lost Souls, The Digger Payne Saga: The Return of the Prodigal, Legend of the Zombie Hunter, the Kreepy Kidz Zone and more.
Details: Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, 5700 West North Loop Road, Chandler, AZ. Wednesday 5-10pm; Thursday-Sunday 5-11pm; Open Monday October 31st 5-11pm. 480-502-5600.
As one of the top rated pumpkin patches in the Southwest, the farm hosts this annual party through the whole month of October. Join the fun with hay rides, live music, food, plenty of kid’s activities, a 10 acre corn maze, and of course a pumpkin patch!
Details: Schnepf Farms, 24810 South Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek. $15 per person at gate, children 2 and under free. Discount tickets $12 at Fry’s. Wear a costume the last weekend and admission is $8. Thursday and Sunday 10am-9pm. Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm. 480.987.3100
Families can enjoy the festivities of the season with a 10-acre corn maze, mini hay maze for younger children, barrel train rides, farm animals, air pillows, hop-along pony rides, a bounce house, educational pizza farm, pedal race cars, a pumpkin patch and more.
Details: Vertuccio’s Farm 4011 S. Power Rd, Mesa. $7 a person ages 4 and younger Free. Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm Friday-Saturday 9am-10pm Sunday 10am-6pm. 480-650-6611
This patch is stocked with pumpkins daily, and also features an air bounce, hayride, straw bounce, animal feeding, and Alexander’s Adventure Maze.
Details: Mother Nature’s Farm 1663 E. Baseline Rd, Gilbert. Admission is $7 per child and includes a pumpkin and activities. Adults are $3. Hours are 9am – 9pm. 480-892-5874
The World famous 13th Floor Haunted House is created by nationally recognized and award-winning haunted house designers. Prepare to be terrified by 60,000 square feet of horror, two epic haunted attraction walkthroughs for one price.
Details: 2814 W. Bell Rd, Phoenix. General Admission $25, VIP $30. Friday and Saturday 7pm – Midnight; Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 7pm – 10pm. 602-456-2250
Chambers of Fear, was named top haunt in 2010, is returning in 2011 with more scares and screams that will keep you coming back for more. Chambers of Fear is re-themed and ready to make you scream!
Details: Bell Mar Plaza 11340 W. Bell Road, Surprise. General Admission $18, Fast Pass $25. Thursday and Sunday 7pm – 10pm; Friday and Saturday 7pm — Midnight. 623-255-6896
Jack and Jill went up the hill, and never came back down! Join the search party at this haunted house, now in its sixth year. This unique experience promises to be more spine tingling than ever.
Details: 9847 N 14th Street, Phoenix. General $10, VIP $15. Friday – Sunday 7pm – 10pm. 602-380-6913
Attractions include Horror High, 3D Fear Factory, Castle of Darkness, and Goldminer’s Revenge. Park also features Monster Midway, snacks and treats, MonStore Booth, glow accessories, Psychic corner with tarot and palm reading, and the Last Ride Coaster.
Details: Loop 101 and McDowell, Scottsdale. Admission $22, All attraction pass $27, speed pass $32, VIP package $80. Open 7 days 7pm-11pm, Friday and Saturday open 7pm-1am. 480 444-2590
If you are interested in encountering real spirits, take this tour through the haunted Hotel San Carlos. As you are guided through this Phoenix landmark, you will visit the paranormal hotspots and hear stories about the personalities who are said to haunt them. Guides will provide some historical information, along with stories passed down by staff members and past guests.
Details: Hotel San Carlos 202 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Tickets are $13 for ages 13+ and $7 for ages 8-12. 602-414-0004
Held at the Desert Botanical Garden, this festival features hay rides, petting zoo, carnival games, pony rides, live music and more.
Details: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Free with paid garden admission. Thurs and Friday 9am -12pm. Sat and Sun 8:30am – 3pm. 480-481-8188
Don’t miss this once-a-year tour of downtown Mesa’s historical sites paired with tales of ghosts and goblins. Go above, below and beyond Main Street and hear firsthand accounts of things that go bump in the night from Mesa business owners. The tour will feature actual accounts of paranormal happenings in some of Mesa’s oldest buildings and share the incredible history of the past helping explain Mesa’s present-day haunting.
Details: Arizona Museum of Natural History 53 N MacDonald, Mesa. Tickets $12. 6pm – 8pm. 480-835-7358
If you’re lookin’ to get your groove on, then check out this costume dance party with fog machines, decorations and music.
Details: Just Breathe, A Wellness Sanctuary 828 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix. Admission $5. 8pm-midnight. 602-256-1400
This tour takes participants on a historical walk through some of Phoenix’s early cemeteries with costumed reenactment characters telling the stories of our pioneers and notorious underworld inhabitants, and who knows what else you may encounter on this visit!
Details: Pioneer and Military Memorial Park 1317 W. Jefferson ,Phoenix. $10 per adult, $5 per student aged 6 through 12. 10:30 am. 602-534-1262.
This event, now in its fourth year, is a celebration of all things Fall. This year, event activities include: an Arts ‘n’ Crafts Fair, a Pumpkin Patch to purchase and decorate pumpkins, Kids Zone with inflatables, Eurobungee, pony, barrel and hay rides, live entertainment, food court and Rotary Beer Garden, Frazier Shows Carnival, a Hot Chili Cook-Off and much more.
Details: Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem. Free event. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. 623-742-4510
Boo at the Zoo is a fright-free Halloween tradition enjoyed by families and guests of the Phoenix Zoo for more than 20 years. Guests will be treated to a fall festival including games and activities for the little ones at the Zoo’s Harmony Farm. Find your way through our Fall Festival Maze, home to friendly scarecrows. Look for fun and festive photo opportunities in our Pumpkin Patch
Details: Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Free with Zoo admission. 9am – 4pm. 602 273-1341
Join renowned parapsychologists Dr. Barry Taff and Loyd Auerbach as the entertaining crossroads where thought-provoking research meets the truly spine-tingling. They will share their stories of hauntings, poltergeists and things that go bump in the night. These are ghost stories for grown-ups!
Details: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. $24-$34. 7pm.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak will transform its famous River Ranch into a spooktacular scene this Halloween season. Guests and locals are invited to indulge in festive treats and family fun including over 20 activities and craft booths, fortune telling and face painting.
Details: River Ranch at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak 7677 North 16th Street, Phoenix. Two cans of food or $5 per person. 5pm — 7pm. 602 997-2626
Come to the screening of the film production schools student created videos for the Halloween season. The genre of the videos is horror so expect some bloody, gory, and scary material.
Details: Collins College – 14th Street Studios 1425 W. 14th St, Tempe. Free Event. 7pm — 10pm.
Follow your ghoul guide through the museum as they share legendary stories of Southwest disasters, murders, hangings, and lost loves. Many of the buildings at Pioneer have been moved from their original homes, from locations in remote areas of Arizona. Many have seen horrible deeds performed and, in some of them, the ghosts of the past still reside.
Details: Pioneer Living History Museum 3901 West Pioneer Road, Phoenix. Tickets $11. 6pm to 8pm. 623-465-1052
Celebrate this Halloween with fun activities for the whole family such as the Pumpkin DNA extraction, alien Mars rocket rover and carnival games.
Details: Challenger Space Center Arizona 21170 N. 83rd Ave ,Peoria. $5 per person, children under 3 free. 6pm – 10pm. 623 322-2006
Held on the field at the Peoria Sports Complex, this family event includes a Parade of Costumes contest, trick or treat from lighted hot air balloons, carnival games, make-n-take crafts, entertainment and much more.
Details: Peoria Sports Complex 16101 N. 83rd Ave. Peoria. Free with canned food donation. 5pm — 9pm. 623 773-8700
Children of all ages will enjoy a night of safe and friendly Halloween fun as they visit Frankenstein’s Fishing Hole, play Ghost Bingo and decorate pumpkins. The event will also have a variety of games, inflatable bounces and slides, free activities, a food and beverage court, vendor and sponsor booths and an entertainment stage.
Details: Freestone Park Ballfield Complex 1045 E. Juniper Road, Gilbert. Free event. 5pm-9pm.
Come Saturday, October 29th, 2011, when the dead will take to the streets of downtown Phoenix and you’re invited to join the horde!
Details: Heritage Science Park 115 North Sixth Street , Phoenix. Free event. 5:30pm — 10pm. (602) 262-5029
Head to the Zoo for a night of frights for the entire family. Activities will include a zombie graveyard, an alien invasion, horse-drawn wagon ride, haunted trails, trick or treating, live DJ, movies, camel rides and more.
Details: Phoenix Zoo 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $6 for members, $8 for general public. 6:30 pm — 11pm. 602 273-1341
While joining the hoard of the undead at the Zombie Walk, head over to the Rose and Crown for live music, costume contest, beer garden, and horror films.
Details: Rose and Crown Pub 628 East Adams St, Phoenix. Free event. 7pm — 10pm.
Taking place Halloween night, this annual blockparty is an all night ghoulish celebration with live music by Hot Chelle Rae and 51Fifty. The streets will be filled with an expected 5,000 scary spectators as well as in Axis/Radius and Suede. A costume contest will also be held awarding $10,000 in prizes.
This family-friendly event takes place in Fountain Hills along the Avenue of the Fountains. The kids will enjoy free carnival games, trick-or-treating and bounce houses, and your four-legged canine kids will enjoy trick-or-treating too, at an event where pets are welcome.
Details: Ave of the fountains, Fountain Hills. Free event. 4pm – 8pm. 480-837-8168
This Halloween weekend, get all dolled up and get ready to sip bottomless bootleg hooch with the ghosts of pre-prohibitionery times. For one night only, Narcisse Champagne and Tea Lounge will transform into a 1920’s speakeasy for a Murder Mystery Dinner and Halloween Party featuring music, dancing, freak show street performers, fortune tellers, bubbles, booze and more.
Details: Narcisse Champagne and Tea Lounge 15257 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. $20 for party, $125 for mystery dinner and party. Dinner seating 5:30pm, Halloween Party at 9pm. 480.588.2244
An annual party that will have a Luminarias ceremony, live DJ, a catwalk and costume contest. While taking part of the festivities hang out at the Oasis pool area or the rooftop SkyDeck overlooking the city skyline and surrounding mountain ranges.
Details: The Clarendon Hotel 401 W. Clarendon Ave, Phoenix. Tickets $25. 8pm. 602-252-7363
Wizards, witches, and owls, oh my! Create a fun and spooky craft inspired by instruments on display, including the pig-headed fiddle used in the filming of the last Harry Potter film. Adults and children can let their imaginations run wild as they decorate and embellish their own miniature zither. Gain further inspiration from the Desert Echoes Flute Project as they play musical selections from the Harry Potter movies.
Details: Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix. $2 per craft with admission. 11am – 4pm. 480 478-6000
Ready for some sweet treats? Join the public for a Free safe and fun evening at Eldorado Park’s annual event. Take a trip through the Haunted Forest, win candy at the game booths, and enter into one of the many competitions for costumes and pumpkins! End the evening with a bang by staying for the fireworks show!
Details: Eldorado Park Ball Field 1909 N Miller Rd, Scottsdale. Free event. 6pm — 9pm. 480-312-0217
Join Apache Junction Parks and Recreation at Prospector Park on Monday, October 31st from 5-8pm for our Free Halloween Festival. The Costume Contest will be at 6pm for all ages. Pumpkins for our pumpkin carving contest needs to be submitted by 7pm. Food and Games will be provided by our local non-profits for a fee.
Details: Prospector Park 3015 N. Idaho Rd, Apache Junction. Free event. 5pm — 8pm. 480-983-2181