Stay tuned for next year's post! In the meantime, check out what happened this past year.
We’ve got the lowdown on haunted houses, trick-or-treat events, family-friendly festivals and more things to do for Halloween in Phoenix. You can always find more Halloween-related events here. We've also rounded up the best pumpkin patches and corn mazes around town, as well as iconic haunted places in Greater Phoenix.
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Play Date: Costumes & Cocktails
Run wild at Play Date: Costumes & Cocktails, an outrageously fun, adults-only night at the Museum! Come dressed to impress and ready to compete in the Halloween costume contest! Enjoy DJ & dancing, silent disco, food trucks, cocktails, craft beer, cosmic bingo, glitter tattoos, retro board games, giant games, and play in three floors of interactive exhibits! Must be 21+ to attend.
Scottsdale Halloween Bar Crawl
Ever wondered what a Haunted Bar Crawl would be like? Look no further because this is perfect for those who love to drink and enjoy a spooky atmosphere. The Scottsdale Halloween Bar Crawl is back and just in time to freak the night away. The bar crawl consists of visiting several bars in the city, each with its unique Halloween drink specials, decor, and spooky surprises. From ghostly cocktails to pumpkin beer, each bar offers a special drink to fit the Halloween theme. One of the most exciting parts of the event is the costume contest. Participants come dressed in their scariest or most creative costumes, and the winner receives a prize.
Get immersed in the spooktacular world of cannabis as top brands showcase interactive activations to spark guests curiosity. Dance through the night at the costume party and experience the excitement of the Cannabis Capitol Cup awards, celebrating the finest Arizona brands. Don't miss out on this extraordinary event!
The Walter Halloween Costume Party
It's time to clear the cobwebs from the halloween costume closet because the 14th Annual Walter Halloween Costume Party is here soon! Walter is bring global DJ Francis Mercier into the mix for his Arizona debut alongside N2N and Enmeshed. It's going to be a spooktacular night.
Nevermore at W Scottsdale
Step into a world where darkness meets eccentricity, as the W Scottsdales bring you an Halloween event that combines the haunting allure of Nevermore with the frightful charm inspired by the Addams Family. Throughout the evening, dance to dark melodies spun by talented DJs. Guests are encouraged to don their most ghoulish and creative costumes.
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Oct. 6 - Oct. 27
Backdropped by panoramic views of downtown Tempe, guests will enjoy Skysill’s shareable small plates and cocktails, popcorn and a specialty holiday menu at each week's spooky cinema on the Skysill Rooftop Lounge.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
See the original unedited movie alongside Barry Bostwick, the original 'Brad Majors' with a live shadow cast and audience participation! Plus a memorabilia display, costume contest, and more!
Arizona Opera’s eagerly-awaited third world premiere, based on Mary Shelley’s iconic novel by the same name, comes to the stage to open the 2023/24 Season in the McDougall RED Series. With a riveting, cinematic score and libretto by Gregg Kallor, the living, feeling Creature is brought to life only to be forsaken by its creator, Victor Frankenstein. Embracing Shelley’s original text, Frankenstein gives poignant voice to the Creature’s struggle and lays bare the horror of alienation and “otherness” with exquisite nuance.
The Addams Family
Celebrate October with the family that’s mysterious, spooky, and altogether ooky with Valley Youth Theatre. The Addams Family is a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family. Find out what happens to this frightening family when secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.
A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions
Oct 13, Oct 20
Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Phoenix. Discover Halloween inspired music at the Phoenix Zoo under the gentle glow of candlelight. Must be 8 years old or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert
Relive the magic of year six in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ in Concert live to film. With giant screen projection and expert accompaniment by the Phoenix Symphony, guests can join in on Harry’s adventures as never before. Nicolas Hooper’s wonderful score and J.K. Rowling’s classic tale combine to deliver all the adventure, humor and suspense attendees remember in an experience they'll never forget. All witches and wizards are welcome to wear their finest robes or costumes.
Artists Assemble Horror Fest
Horror Fest will feature artists, exhibitors, celebrity sightings, photo ops, and panels. Don't miss the costume contest or the trick-or-treat event on Saturday and Sunday!
National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
Bewildered and alone, Frankenstein’s creature is cast out into a hostile universe. Faced with cruelty everywhere he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful creature is determined to track down his creator. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller bring this thrilling and disturbing classic tale back to life, captured live on stage in 2011. Rated R. Estimated runtime: 2 h.
Phoenix Art Museum
Spooktacular offers a safe and memorable trick-or-treat experience where there is family fun for everyone. Enjoy over 20 glowing hot air balloons acting as trick-or-treat stations that will be passing out over 4,000 lbs. of candy to the kids. Kids of all ages will love the free Kids Zone, with over 30 unique inflatables. Guests can also stroll the free Spook Trail if they dare, which is a fan favorite featuring surprises around every corner!
Cave Creek Wicked
The town of Cave Creek is celebrating Halloween with the return of their Wicked Bar Crawl & Costume Contest. Guests can enjoy a spooktacular evening featuring drink specials and activities at participating bars and restaurants. A complimentary party bus will be offered to take guests to and from each venue.
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari at Orpheum Theatre
Just in time for Halloween, catch a unique showing of "The Cabinet of Dr Calligari," featuring a live performance from the Tetra String Quartet. Tetra String Quartet will be providing an authentic 1920s movie going experience, accompanying the film of the Orpheum's monstrous Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Doggy Costume Contest
Dress up your doggy in their best Halloween outfit to compete for the Doggy Costume Contest at Greenwood Brewing.
Friday Night Film: Psycho
Catch a classic film in a timeless space! Psycho (1960) is a cinematic classic set in Arizona. This Alfred Hitchcock thriller is about a psychotic motel owner who obsesses over his late, controlling mother while becoming the prime suspect in a murder case involving one of his recent guests, a pretty secretary who checked into the Bates Motel after impulsively stealing $40,000 and never checked out. *Please note that this program grants guests access only to the program location.
Night of the Living Dead at Orpheum Theatre
Spend Halloween night at Orpheum Theatre, for a showing of Night of the Living Dead. Directed by horror master George A. Romero, Night of the Living Dead is a deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role.
Halloween at Rosson House
Celebrate Halloween inside Phoenix’s own 1895 Victorian house. Explore the Rosson House and experience spooky and historic objects, including a mourning dress, wicker coffin, and a replica Ouija board. After exploring the house, check out crafts and stories in The Bungalow museum store where we will be sipping spiced cider, eating candy, and savoring desserts from the aptly named Vampire Penguin food truck. Costumes and photographs are encouraged for this unique Halloween event.
The Raven at the Rosson House Museum
The Raven, presented by PoeFest, returns the The Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square in Downtown Phoenix. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe will be performed every 20 minutes in the main hall/grand staircase of a Gothic Victorian Mansion as on the spookiest night of the year. $20 per ticket will go to supporting the Rosson House Museum and Arizona Curriculum Theater's mission for arts education.
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Ghosts are said to roam in bars, hotels, theatres, and museums around the Phoenix area — are you brave enough to find them? Many of these "haunted" places, such as The Rosson House, are still offering tours, with social distance and cleaning procedures in place. Check to verify hours before you go. Check out our favorites here.
Select Days, Sept. 25 - Nov. 1
Weird noises echo from the rafters. Tools left in one section of the brewery at the end of a shift mysteriously move elsewhere overnight. And several employees have even encountered - and in one case, conversed with - ghostly apparitions. Haunted Brewery Tours start at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, September 26 – November 2, plus a special tour on Sunday, Oct. 30. Each ticket includes your tour, a small pitcher of Pumpkin Porter, and a commemorative T-shirt.
AZ Field of Screams
Select Days, October
Haunted corn mazes with new spine chilling scenes every year. According to legend, the mazes were plant over an old forgotten cemetary.
Sanctum of Horror
Select Days, September-October
Enter the twisted mind of Lenore, and relive her violent past. Navigate the decaying walls of her childhood home, and witness the brutal murders of her kin. As you weave your way through an ancient graveyard filled with the undead, you will arrive at St. Charlotte Asylum. The inmates have taken over the compound, and experiment on the doctors who tried to help them. The only way out is through Lenore’s cell and into the basement where she tortured her victims. But be warned, Lenore will sense your presence. She will not take kindly to those who don’t belong in her memories.
Superstition Springs Center
Terror Nights is your Fun and Safe place to be for your Halloween Scares. Come see Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis, and the Clowns won't be that far away. However, The Nun and Scarecrows will be looking for you too.
The House of Haunts is an intense walk-thru haunted house experience. Those who enter must be free of any medical conditions including health, physical, and psychological limitations.
Select Days, September-October
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 several epic haunted attraction walkthroughs 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.
One of Phoenix's most revered residential haunted houses is returning this year, with wild and scary monsters lurking around every corner. Make sure to book a reservation.
Select Days, September-October
Fear Farm is the largest outdoor haunted attraction in Greater Phoenix, with 30 acres of pure terror, six indoor/outdoor haunted attractions and, for the faint of heart, a 10 acre corn maze.
Select Days, October
Inside the park awaits five jaw-dropping mazes that even the bravest of souls can barely make it through. Best not to eat before you go through and best not to drink either. Plus, whatever you drop in the haunt, the monsters get to keep. But try not to drop anything of yours, because they might use it to find you.
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Screamin' Green Haunt-O-Ween
Sept. 23-October 31
Creep your way through spooky, family fun! Get in costume at Paint Palette with a Make-Your-Own Monster Mask. Fly over to Activity Studio to craft a Bat Bookmark – never lose your place in your spell book again! Scurry to Modeling Madness to create a Spooky Spider friend. Decorate a paper pumpkin to add to our “Pumpkin Patch." It's a FANGtastic event with so much to BOO! Buy tickets ahead & SAVE $3!
Schnepf Farms' Pumpkin and Chili Party
Oct. 5 - Oct. 29
Head down to the farm for this family-friendly festival. Celebrate autumn with seasonal cuisine, hayrides, a petting zoo, corn mazes, kids rides and activities, mini golf, and much more. Don't miss the big fireworks show each Friday and Saturday night.
The Phoenix Zoo is hosting three spook-tacular nights featuring: Trick-or-treating, free face-painting, live animals, ghoulish games, creepy crafts, and more!
Sensory-Friendly Trunk-or-Treat Bash
The Bierman Autism Center in Scottsdale will host a sensory-friendly fun evening with carnival games and spooky treats. Their haunted halls beckon all, from ghouls to goblins, for a night of fall fun. It’s a free fest, designed to impress, so come and be a spooky night guest!
Bierman Autism Centers - Scottsdale
Tempe's Family Boo Bash
Tempe's Family BOO Bash will include train rides, face painting and a dance party. Children are welcome to dress up and participate in the costume contest and parade. Bring blankets to settle in for the featured flick, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (PG). Food concessions and carnival games will be hosted by non-profits and will be available at a cost.
Kiwanis Parks - North Soccer Field
Boo & Brew
Boo & Brew has free fun for everyone! Bring family and family pets to celebrate fall at Scottsdale Quarter. Wander the pumpkin patch, and enjoy music, art, crafts, and more!
Downtown Mesa's Haunting on Main Street
All boos and ghouls are invited to float down to Main Street for some Halloween trick-or-treating! Downtown Mesa merchants are handing out individually wrapped treats to costumed children beginning at 11am until all candy is claimed, so families should come early. This is a free event for the whole family to enjoy. After trick-or-treating on Main Street, visit the North side of Macdonald for some kid-friendly activities, food, and music. The fun on Macdonald will go until 2pm.
Tricks and Treats at SEA LIFE Arizona
SEA LIFE is SHELL-ebrating spooky season with their Tricks and Treats event! Join them from October 1st to 31st for a unique a-SCARE-ium experience. Featuring spooky underwater displays, photo ops, and interactive stations that will teach you to become the ultimate ocean defender! Learn the tricks and earn some treats along the way to becoming the ultimate underwater expert.
Monster Party at Legoland Discovery Center
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona is throwing a Halloween celebration, featuring a creepy-crawly spider scavenger hunt in miniland, a bone-chilling build that you can take home, and a brand new 4D movie.
Spooktacular Outdoor Movie & Halloween Party
Grab a blanket, chair, your family & friends and enjoy the free big screen Halloween themed family movie night featuring "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."
Centennial Plaza Park
Strange Garden at Desert Botanical Garden
Trick or treat yourself to a spook-tacular Strange Garden. Experience jaw dropping performances, encounter mad botanists, peculiar plants and creepy-crawlies of the desert. Stop for a photo-op and take home a free pumpkin from the patch.
Spooky Safari at Phoenix Zoo
Enjoy a stroll around the Phoenix Zoo at night with games, activities and candy/treat stations. And don’t forget to visit Dinosaurs in the Desert, a spook-tacular experience after dark.
Trick-or-Treat at the Children's Museum of Phoenix
Ghosts and ghouls are invited to trick-or-treat through the Museum, monster mash on the dance floor, create a Spooky Tree in the Art Studio, take part in the fashion fright show, and explore three floors of imaginative exhibits.
Family Halloween Bash
Join in on the family-friendly costume contest at this free Halloween Bash! Then trick-or-treat for candy, enjoy bounce houses, slides, face painting, live entertainment, family-friendly performances, shopping, raffles, and more!