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Monday, February 19, 2018

Halloween events and fall fun in metro Phoenix

There are plenty of opportunities to wear Halloween costumes all month at pumpkin patches, haunted corn mazes and not-so-spooky family events in metro Phoenix.

The Valley is bursting with fall festivals and Halloween parties this month. Get the comprehensive list in our day-by-day calendar and see a roundup of pumpkin patches in Arizona here. Here are some of our favorite annual events:

Nightfall at Old Tucson (Sept. 29-Oct. 31). Terrifying town with live shows, haunts and a collection of live characters.

AZ Field of Screams (Sept. 30-Oct. 31) Dare to enter the haunted corn maze. Children younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze (Oct. 1-Nov. 5). Six-acre family corn maze, mini corn maze (for little ones), petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, farm activities, play area and more at Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale.

Pumpkin and Chili Party (Oct. 5-29). Hay rides, miniature golf, 10-acre maze, petting barn, inflatables, rides, climbing wall, live entertainment, extreme canine dog show and more at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek.

Sea Life Arizona’s Halloween Spooktacular (Oct. 7-29). Enjoy costume contests, prizes, underwater pumpkin carving and Halloween-inspired décor at this made-for-kids aquarium inside Arizona Mills mall.

Monster Party: A Halloween Tale (Oct. 14-28). See what monsters do during the biggest party of the year. This not-so-scary puppet show is performed under black lights.

Barktoberfest (Oct. 14). Friends for Life Animal Rescue hosts the 18th annual Barktoberfest, featuring shopping, fine arts and crafts, life entertainment, dog wash, agility course, dog adoptions, dog costume contests, raffles and more.

Photo courtesy the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden.

Photo courtesy the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden (Oct. 20-29). See dozens of sculptures from pumpkin-carving artist Ray Villafane, plus kids activities, music and entertainment in downtown Carefree.

Enchanted Trail (Oct. 20-21). Explore a bat cave, crafts, live wildlife and more at this Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center fall festival.

Family Fright Night (Oct. 20). Something wicked is coming to the Arizona Science Center. Enjoy frightfully fun science activities and demos, costume contests and special Halloween Laser Shows.

Brick-or-Treat (Oct. 21-29). Enjoy Halloween-themed builds, scavenger hunts, costume contests, prizes and more at Legoland Discovery Center inside Arizona Mills mall.

Goodyear Ballpark Fall Festival (Oct. 21). The spring-training home of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds hosts its fall festival with costume contests, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, inflatables, a climbing wall, arts and crafts, a book sale, live entertainment and more.

Creepy Candy Crawl (Oct. 27).Trick-or-treat from store to store and enjoy music, costume contests, prizes and more at Tempe Marketplace.

Pumpkins at the Peak (Oct. 27). Trick-or-treat stations, arts and crafts, games and more. 5:30-7:30pm. $5 or five cans of food per person to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Allliance.

Halloween Spooktacular (Oct. 27). Join the city of Chandler for a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. From toddlers to teens, everyone can enjoy Halloween-themed crafts, games and activities, a haunted house, souvenir photos and light food and refreshments.

Howl-O-Ween (Oct. 27-28). All activities at the Phoenix Zoo are broken down as either merry (all ages) or scary (ages 8 and up).

A baloon glow is part of the Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, on the Salt River Reservation near Scottsdale. Photo courtesy of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community.

A balloon glow is part of the Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular on the Salt River Reservation near Scottsdale. Photo courtesy of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community.

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular (Oct. 27-28). Haunted house, costume contests, hot-air balloon glow, live entertainment, kids zone, trick-or-treat candy stations, fireworks and more.

Strange Garden (Oct. 27-28). Mad botanists will dazzle with fascinating and peculiar plants. Dance with groovy ghouls at the spooktacular Monster Bash. This new Desert Botanical Garden event includes pumpkin carving by Villafane Studios, live performances, face painting and food and beverage vendors.

Dia de los Muertos Festival (Oct 28-29). All ages. Community altar, live entertainment, mercado, children’s activities and more at the Mesa Arts Center.

Boo! Scottsdale’s Fall Festival (Oct. 28). Take a trip through the haunted forest, win candy at the game booths, enjoy food and entertainment and a firework show.

BooFest (Oct. 28). This free fall festival hosted by Phoenix Parks & Recreation offers live entertainment, costume contests, hayrides, train rides, inflatables, candy and games.

Creepy Candy Crawl (Oct. 28). All ages. Trick-or-treat from store to store and enjoy music, prizes and more at Desert Ridge Marketplace.

Halloween Monster Bash (Oct. 28). The City of Peoria hosts a scary good time at this annual celebration. Costume parade, carnival games, inflatables, crafts, live entertainment and balloon illumination.

Dia de los Muertos at Desert Botanical Garden. Photo: Adam Rodriguez.

Halloween Comic Fest (Oct. 28). Participating comic book speciality shops celebrate Halloween by giving away Halloween themed comic books.

Kids Halloween Carnival (Oct. 28). Changing Hands Phoenix hosts this free family event with carnival-style games, ghost crafts, cookie decorating, a costume contest for kids, and more.

Tempe’s Family Halloween Carnival (Oct. 28). Beware of a bewitching good time at this family event. Carnival games, mini-train rides, inflatables, toddler play area, costume contests, live entertainment, face painting and food.

Zombie Walk 9 (Oct. 28). The largest gathering of zombies in the Southwest has a new event site: The Warehouse District in downtown Phoenix. Live bands, costume contest, food trucks, kid zone, zombification station and thousands of zombies!

Halloween in the Hills (Oct. 31). More than 40 Fountain Hills businesses and charities set up carnival-style family game booths along the avenue, and businesses stay open for trick-or-treating. Bounce houses, costume contests, “Thriller” dance lessons, live entertainment and food vendors.

Trick-or-Treat on Main Street (Oct. 31). All ages. Trick-or-treat at participating downtown Mesa businesses at this sixth annual event.

Trick-or-Treat at the Museum (Oct. 31). Get your Halloween costume ready and trick-or-treat throughout three floors of exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Dia de los Muertos (Nov. 4-5). All ages. Honor departed loved ones with an Ofrenda exhibition, Mexican food, Mercado, live entertainment and activities at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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