Every October the Phoenix area goes all out for Halloween with many local towns hosting trick-or-treating nights and local businesses putting on special events like haunted houses and costume parties. In the area surrounding Phoenix, there are also plenty of places to grab a seat on a haunted hayride or pick out your seasonal squash at a pumpkin patch.
Look out for zombies, witches, vampires, and other frightening characters hiding around every corner at the Phoenix Zoo. 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.
What could be cooler than going trick-or-treating in a field of hot air balloons? This safe and easy trick-or-treat extravaganza is fun for the whole family with more than 20 hot air balloons, over 4,000 pounds of candy, a haunted trail, a petting zoo, fireworks, and tethered balloon rides.
You can experience an 18-hole miniature golf course that has undergone a terrifying transformation. During October, Golfland Sunsplash goes all out with decorations, so you can get into the Halloween spirit while you golf.
Produced by Arizona Curriculum Theater, PoeFest is a celebration of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. During the show, performers will act out scenes from some of Poe's most famous stories and on Halloween night, you can catch a performance of "The Raven" every twenty minutes inside Rosson House Museum in Downtown Phoenix.
Every Halloween, children are welcomed to discover a Halloween celebration at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona in Tempe. There is a lot of fall-themed fun in store, from a Halloween Mask Build to an opportunity for guests to build their own pumpkins out of Legos to add to the Pumpkin Patch.
In the town of Cave Creek, you can get really wicked with all the Halloween-themed events. The daytime along Cave Creek Road is great for kids with Frontier Town, haunted houses, and costume parades, but the night has the most fun in store for adults with haunted pub crawls, themed cocktails, and costume contests.
Halloween decorations are serious business in the City of Maricopa, where residents hope to win prizes for the spookiest decorations, which are awarded by a community vote. Winners are announced in late October, but the public is invited all month to view the homes that have entered the contest.
In Carefree, Arizona, the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is a two-week long display of pumpkin sculptures by world-renowned artist Ray Villafane. You can take a self-guided tour and see Villafane's whimsical village filled with a cast of enchanting characters. Live pumpkin carving demonstrations and other activities will take place on special event days, so check the calendar online.
For young kids, between preschool age and second grade, the Great Arizona Puppet Theatre is always good for a fun day out. And in October, there is always a Halloween-themed performance that isn't scary, so concerned parents have nothing to worry about.
In downtown Mesa, the second Friday of each month is always an occasion to celebrate on Main Street with live bands, galleries, and contests. During October, the theme of the event is Nightmare on Main and attendees are encouraged to come out dressed as zombies, vampires, robots, super heroes, or any creative costume.
At the Audubon Center's annual fall festival, glow lights transform the nature trail into a magical adventure. Visitors are invited to trick-or-treat, see live animals, encounter costumed characters, make some Halloween crafts, and more.
Like a miniature history lesson with plenty of ghost stories thrown in, the Phoenix Ghost Tours share stories of paranormal activity around Phoenix. This tour can be done by walking or by bus. You can also choose to take a more in-depth tour of a single haunted place, like the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Phoenix.
At the Desert Botanical Garden, with every Halloween comes the return of the Strange Garden. Filled with curious plants and enchanting creatures, the Strange Garden invites kids to come dressed up in their costumes. Children younger than 12 can even pick the perfect pumpkin to take home with them.
This haunted hayride through the park gives you an up-close encounter with various creatures of the night. At the end of the ride, you'll be dropped off in front of a blood-curdling haunted house. If you're really daring, enter after 7:30 pm when things go from "not so scary" to super scary.
After Halloween is over, you can take part in one of Phoenix's many Day of the Dead celebrations. There will be an ofrenda, or altar, at the Desert Botanical Garden and many other festivals and events going on around town.