Every October the Phoenix area goes into Halloween mode, and there's no holding back! In this listing you'll find all the shows, festivals, community events, adult parties, costume parties and other activities that are Halloween-related. These are arranged primarily in date order. Of course, there are other ways to celebrate Halloween, and you'll find those here:
- Pick-a-Pumpkin, Harvest Festivals and Pumpkin Patch Farms
- Haunted Houses
- For Your Own Party: Halloween Snack and Treat Recipes from Local Chefs
- For Your Own Party: Halloween and Fall Cocktail Recipes from Local Chefs
And there's more to celebrating Halloween in Phoenix, like costume stores, photo galleries and more: Everything You Need to Know About Greater Phoenix Halloween
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.
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Look out for zombies, witches, vampires and other frightening characters hiding around every corner. All 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.
Photos of Howl-o-Ween
How to Get to Phoenix Zoo
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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.
See photos of the Balloon Spooktacular!
Salt River Fields, Scottsdale
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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.
See photos of festivities at Chandler's Halloween Spooktacular.
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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. See a photo and recipe of a Zombie Cocktail from Lon's and read more about reported ghost sightings at the Hermosa Inn.
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Ghosts, goblins and monsters of all ages will love the Sprinkles Halloween BOO Box! Vanilla Milk Chocolate, Red Velvet, Black and White and Caramel Apple cupcakes adorned with Sprinkles ghost and BOO sugar decorations. Sealed with a BOO Spooky Cupcakes sticker.
Sprinkles Cupcakes, 4501 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
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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.
Photos of Poefest.
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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.
More about LEGOLAND® Discovery Center.
Map and Directions to LEGOLAND® Discovery CenterContinue to 9 of 31 below.
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Haunted house, inflatables, a rock wall, arts and crafts, carnival-style games, entertainment, and safe trick-or-treating. Parade of costumes. Nominal fee for some activities. Haunted house (extra charge). Free parking. Free admission with canned food to help benefit the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance.
See photos of Halloween festivities at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Peoria Sports Complex (map)
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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.
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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.Continue to 13 of 31 below.
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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.
Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
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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. Free.
Carefree Desert Gardens (map)
More About Carefree Desert Gardens
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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; arts & crafts vendors. Costume contest. Some activities have a charge.
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Guests are invited to celebrate the Halloween holiday at Butterfly Wonderland. Guests are encouraged to visit dressed in costume of their favorite butterfly or critter (no masks).
More about Butterfly Wonderland
See another photo of Halloween at Butterfly Wonderland.
Butterfly Wonderland MapContinue to 17 of 31 below.
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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. Carnival, local entertainment, zombie stuff.
See photos of Queen Creek's Halloween Trunk or Treat!
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Art walk, live bands, art, contests. Attendees are encouraged to come out dressed as zombies, vampires, robots, super heroes, or any creative costume. Dog-friendly. Part of 2nd Friday event in downtown Mesa. Free admission.
Downtown MesaContinue to 21 of 31 below.
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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. Free admission. Open to the public.
See pictures of Enchanted Trail at Audubon Arizona.
Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 South Central Avenue, Phoenix
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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.
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"Each tour is a miniature history lesson. Our research includes supporting historical information that provides a framework for the ghost stories, the specifics of the people involved, and the details of consistent paranormal activity." Walking tours, bus tours, and tours of specific locations, like the Orpheum Theater in Downtown Phoenix.
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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.
More about Desert Botanical Garden.
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A haunted hayride through the park and encounters with… well….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, heart thumping, eye closing, scream-curdling……. haunted house. All proceeds benefit youth programs at the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center.
4700 E. Warner Road, Phoenix
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More than 25 game booths, entertainment, haunted forest. Costume contests. Food available to purchase. Fireworks. Free admission. Eldorado Park, 1909 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale
See pictures of Scottsdale's Fall Festival
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Your family will have a bewitching good time at this free admission 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.
See photos of the Tempe Halloween Carnival.
Kiwanis Park, Tempe (south soccer fields)Continue to 29 of 31 below.
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