Every October the Phoenix area goes into Halloween mode, hosting spooky shows, festivals, community events, adult parties, and costume parties. Before you head off to Phoenix there are some Halloween activities you should look into, such as pumpkin patches, hayrides, haunted houses.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.
Look out for zombies, witches, vampires and other frightening characters hiding around every corner. All Howl-o-Ween activities are broken down as either “Merry” or “Scary.” Those listed as Merry are appropriate for all ages and those listed as Scary are for guests eight years and older who like a good scare. Extra charge for some activities/rides.
A safe, fun and easy trick-or-treat extravaganza for the whole family. More than 20 hot air balloons on display, over 4,000 pounds of candy for Trick-or-Treaters, live music, food and beverage, a Kids Zone, petting zoo, Haunted Trail, tethered balloon rides (extra fee), fireworks and more.
An evening of safe family fun. Food, games, arts and crafts, costume contest, souvenir photos, and a Haunted House. Winners in the costume contest will be announced in various age groups/categories. Free admission. Some activities have a nominal charge.
Experience an 18-hole miniature golf course that has undergone a terrifying transformation! Evenings starting at 7 p.m. Closes between 10 p.m. and midnight, depending on the date.
Guests who book a room or room package at Hermosa Inn during the month of October will receive a list of ghost stories associated with the resort allowing them to take a self-guided ghost tour.
Ghosts, goblins and monsters of all ages will love the Sprinkles Halloween BOO Box! Inside, you'll find Vanilla Milk Chocolate, Red Velvet, Black and White and Caramel Apple cupcakes adorned with Sprinkles ghost and BOO sugar decorations.
Produced by Arizona Curriculum Theater, PoeFest is a celebration of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The actors perform the works of Edgar Allan Poe in character as inmates from a 19th Century asylum for the criminally insane. Poe's stories rotate nightly. Children under 13 not permitted without an adult. On Halloween Night, October 31, they will present performances of 'The Raven' every twenty minutes inside the Rosson House Museum in Downtown Phoenix.
Boys and ghouls are invited to a Halloween celebration at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona in Tempe. Experience an assortment of festive, fall-themed fun, from a Halloween Mask Build to an opportunity for guests to build their own pumpkins to add to the Pumpkin Patch.
Haunted house, inflatables, a rock wall, arts and crafts, carnival-style games, entertainment, and safe trick-or-treating are all available at the Halloween Monster Bash. Note: some activities cost extra (like the haunted house).
SEA LIFE Arizona will be hosting a spook-tacular event featuring an array of family-friendly activities and other frights intended for boys and ghouls of all ages.
The Town of Cave Creek gets “wicked” with trick or treating at businesses (come in costume) along with live music, events, and food along Cave Creek Road. During the daytime, enjoy community-wide trick or treating, arts and crafts at Frontier Town, fire and police fun; games, haunted house and more; children and pet costume parades, horse costume contest and more.
A pub crawl at various saloons takes place in the evening, with wicked staggered costume contests, specialty themed cocktails, and prizes.
In the City of Maricopa residents decorate their homes in hopes to gather your votes for bragging rights with the best and spookiest props and scenes in their front yards. There will be judging late in October, but the public is invited to view the homes that have entered the contest, no charge.
Theater Works PuppetWorks presents a 40-minute show in a black-light style of puppetry—the puppets, scenery and audience glow in the dark. Three friends set out on a fun filled Halloween adventure filled with hilariously spooky shenanigans. Each show includes a post-show tutorial on the puppets used in the show and a brief overview of puppetry manipulation. After the show there is an option for a make and take workshop (extra charge) where audience members can make their own simple puppet to take home with them. Productions are geared towards audience members ages 3-8, but are enjoyed by all.
The Town of Carefree will host a two-week long Enchanted Pumpkin Garden display, featuring pumpkin sculptures from world-renowned artist Ray Villafane. Take a self-guided tour and see Villafane's whimsical village filled with a cast of enchanting characters. Photo opportunities are also available with colossal pumpkins carved by Villafane. Live pumpkin carving demonstrations and other activities will take place on special event days, so check the calendar online.
The Goodyear Fall Festival is a family-friendly event with trick-or-treating; a pumpkin patch; costume contest; arts and crafts and performances by local dance and martial arts groups. Other activities include: Trackless train rides; inflatables; corn hole; Friends of the Library Book Sale; and arts & crafts vendors.
Guests are invited to celebrate the Halloween holiday at Butterfly Wonderland. Families are encouraged to visit dressed in costume of their favorite butterfly or critter (no masks).
Zombie Walk is a gathering of the undead, hosted by and supporting the Arizona Hemophilia Association. Besides the parade, there are live bands, costume contests, food trucks, kid zones, and more.
Children trick-or-treat by going from car trunk to car trunk on “Trunk or Treat Street” to get their bag filled with goodies. Individuals or groups sign up to host and decorate a trunk, and the town provides all the candy.
Each year the Great Arizona Puppet Theater presents a Halloween-themed performance. Not scary and meant to be enjoyed by little kids, ages preschool to Grade 2.
Nightmare on Maine is a Halloween-themed part of the 2nd Friday event in downtown Mesa. It includes an art walk with live bands, galleries, and contests. Attendees are encouraged to come out dressed as zombies, vampires, robots, super heroes, or any creative costume.
Trick-or-treat at the Audubon Center's annual fall festival. Glow lights transform the nature trail into a magical adventure. See live Arizona animals, encounter costumed characters, Halloween crafts and more family fun.
Enjoy the outdoors and Halloween activities at Maricopa County Parks. Various programs at different locations include trick-or-treating, costume contests, ghost stories Locations include Cave Creek Regional Park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, Usery Mountain Regional Park, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Check calendar online to see details and which events are at which park.
The Phoenix Ghost Tours are miniature history lessons that describe the specifics of the people involved and the details of consistent paranormal activity. You can opt for a walking tour, bus tour, or specific tours of locations like the Orpheum Theater in Downtown Phoenix.
Calling all ghosts, goblins, and other costumed characters! Stop by the Scottsdale libraries for safe trick-or-treating.
Weird sights, fun tricks, enchanting creatures, and other alluring curiosities. Spook-tacular monster bash. Kids, come dressed to impress in your Halloween best. Don’t leave empty-handed—kids 12 and younger can pick the perfect pumpkin to take home. Strange Garden admission is included with Garden admission fees or with a Garden membership.
This haunted hayride through the park gives you an up-close encounter 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 the eerie, scream-curdling haunted house. All proceeds benefit youth programs at the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center.
Free entertainment, costume contests, fireworks, and a haunted forest await at the Scottsdale Fall Festival. Plus, there are more than 25 game booths for kids just looking for some fun (and a prize!).
Tempe's Halloween Carnival
Your family will have a bewitching good time at this free event featuring live entertainment, costume contests, train rides, inflatables, and face painting. "Tot Town" for ages 5 and under. A safe alternative to trick-or-treating. Carnival games and food booths are provided by local civic groups as a fundraiser with tickets sold for those activities.
Carnival games, trick-or-treating, bounce houses, zombie thriller dance and more can be found at Halloween in the Hills. There's also a Spider Village, pet costume contest, photo booths, and more.
The Town of Florence will host its popular costume contest with categories for kids of all ages, from babies to adults. The Pumpkin Carving Contest is a tradition at the event.
This isn't a Halloween celebration, but rather a recognized two-day holiday in Mexico that happens to take place right after October 31st. Day of the Dead celebrations include activities, altars and other rituals to honor loved ones who have passed.