2021 Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, & Fall Fun in Arizona

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Make the most of the fall season with pumpkin patches, spooky corn mazes, and fun fall or Halloween themed events at all your favorite local haunts!

Last updated October 7, 2021

AVONDALE

Billy Moore Days (Oct. 14-17). A City of Avondale yearly event for over 50 years. Enjoy carnival rides, barrel wars, cornhole tournaments, and more! Get in touch with your wild west spirit and join the fun. Free. Check for times and schedule of activities. 

CHANDLER

Screamin’ Green Hauntoween (Sept. 25-Oct. 31). Hauntingly colorful activities are sure to wrap families in a web of SPOOK-tacular creative play. Kids will be spellbound by the BEWITCHING crafts, pumpkin painting*, and FRIGHTFULLY fun photo ops. They’ll also have a skele-TON of fun starring in their own MONSTER-ific coloring page and finding their SPOOKY color name! Guests are encouraged to dress-up in their most colorful costumes.

Pedal  Haus Brewery Octoberfest (Oct.2).Enjoy authentic German Oktoberfest fare and beer, live music by local bands and a spirited polka band, a sausage eating contest, a stein holding contest, carnival games and more at the Pedal Haus Chandler Oktoberfest block party.

DEWEY

Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze (Oct.1-Oct. 31). Farm-inspired rides, hayride farm tours, barrel train rides, pig races, circus shows, grain train rides, tetherball, zip lines, dog races, farm-to-table foods and ropes course races, obstacle course, and the “pick your own” experience. And of course the signature 15-acre pumpkin patch and corn maze!

GILBERT

The Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature’s Farm (Sept. 25-Oct. 31) includes a hayride, spider web crawl, feeding the farm animals and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. Bring a picnic lunch; there are picnic tables, grassy fields and big shade trees.

Gilbert Oktoberfest (Oct. 23). Gilbert Oktoberfest taking place at Gilbert Regional Park in Gilbert is an authentic, family-friendly celebration of German culture with several Oktoberfest-themed activities including stein holding competitions, a bratwurst eating competition, traditional polka music and a performance by event host and musician, the ”Queen of Oktoberfest.” The family-focused celebration will have oversized games, a kids’ zone, and themed food and drinks.

GLENDALE

Ghosts and Goodies (Oct. 16). Get ready ghouls & girls for a chilling day of spooky activities! From 3 to 6 p.m well-dressed pirates & pixies, wizards & warlocks of all kinds can indulge in costume contests, fill up treat bags with candy & goodies from participating Westgate restaurants & retailers & enjoy games, prizes & entertainment! The little goblins won’t be the only ones going home with bags full of delicious treats, adult trick-or-treaters will be gifted several discount cards from participating Westgate businesses!

Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Days (Oct. 1-Nov. 1). Six-acre corn maze, mini corn maze, haunted corn maze, petting zoo, jumping pillow, hay pyramid, farm activities and play areas.

Fear Farm Haunted House & Corn Maze (Sept.24-Oct.31). WARNING: may be too intense for those under 12 years old. Phoenix’s Largest Halloween event! Featuring 5 haunted houses and a haunted hayride all at one location!

PEORIA

The Great Pumpkin (Oct. 9). The City of Peoria and Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE) will be holding their first of eight Second Saturdays on October 9. A free, family-friendly event that will feature a night market curated with a diverse mix of local vendors, art installations, live music, and a variety of performers. Second Saturday’s themes will differ each month starting with October’s, The Great Pumpkin, which will kick off the series of events and the fall season.

PHOENIX

Creep Candy Crawl (Oct 22). Venture out to Desert Ridge Marketplace from 6 to 8 p.m. for an evening of spooky surprises during Creepy Candy Crawl. Children and families are invited to dress to impress for the annual Halloween costume contest and trick-or-treating. Plus, enjoy Halloween-themed music, dancing, games, prizes and more.

Desert Ridge Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 15-31). The third annual Pumpkin Patch returns to The District near AMC Theatres. Pick the perfect pumpkin (while supplies last), snap a seasonal photo and enjoy free face painting and balloon twisting on select dates. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Dia de los Muertos Festival (Oct 4). Enjoy a family day in the park at the 10th annual MIKIZTLI: Dia de los Muertos Festival at Steele Indian School Park on October 4 from 1 to 6 p.m. Presented by Cultural Coalition, featuring multicultural music, dance, food, and interactive arts activities for children. A celebration of ancestors, culture, and family, attendees are invited to add photos or gifts to the community altar and join the candlelight procession with giant animated skeleton puppets!
Family Fun Friday Paint Night: Spooky Tree (Oct. 8). Grab the whole family to have fun and paint a spooky tree together. No artistic ability needed. Instructors will guide step-by-step. Customize your paintings with your favorite colors. Supplies are provided. Ages 5 and older. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Price range 1 person/$24.50–6 people/$126. 


Halloween Spook-Track-ula (Oct. 8-31).
The family-friendly event is perfect for kids of all ages. We’ll creep it real with the event’s feature, a spooky train ride created with younger children in mind… a bit spooky, but not too frightening. The event will feature limited capacity of 750 people per one and a half hour time blocks at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly. The park will only be accessible to those who have purchased tickets during a specific time block. Visitors will have an opportunity to ride the train and carousel as many times as they’d like during their time block. 6 to 9:30 p.m. $15, Free ages 2 and younger. Tickets must be purchased online.

Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 14-31).  have some fall fun with arts and crafts, carnival games, rides, face painting, food and more. Costumes encouraged!

Old MacDonald’s Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 8-31). When all of the animals on Old MacDonald’s farm need to find Halloween costumes, fun and silliness ensues. Told with hand puppets and rod puppets with lots of singing along. Recommended for ages 3 and up. 10 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.  and 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. (subject to change) Sunday. $12 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 12 and younger. Advance ticket purchase required.

13th Floor Haunted House (Sept.24-Oct.31). WARNING: may be too intense for those under 12 years old. 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 two epic haunted attraction walk-through for one all inclusive price including 60,000 square feet of shocking twists and horrifying turns are waiting for you at 13th Floor Haunted House!

Halloween Little Leapers (Oct. 30). Bring your little ghosts and goblins in for a ‘Not So Spooky’ event with candy and costume contest at Sky Zone. For ages 5 and younger. Tickets are $10/60 Min, $14/90 Min, $16/120 Min. 

Strange Garden Spirit Walk at Desert Botanical Garden (Oct. 21). Spirits and ghosts are welcome to a night at Desert Botanical Garden to uncover botanical history and mysteries with a “spirited” cocktail in hand. Ages 21 or older. Included with general admission or membership.

Strange Garden at Desert Botanical Garden (Oct. 22-23). Lift your spirits at Strange Garden. Encounter weird sights, fun tricks and curious creatures. Kids, if you dare, come dressed in your Halloween best. Dance ‘til you drop at the spook-tacular monster bash. Don’t leave empty handed, kids 12 and younger can pick the perfect pumpkin to take home.Included with admission or membership.

MARANA

Marana Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 2-31). Take a wagon ride to the 50-acre pumpkin field and enjoy a corn maze, straw mountain, sand toy area, Coronado swing, cyclone swing, super slide, petting zoo, pig races, a 1/4-scale diesel train, pedal cart ride, tractor train ride and little tractors.

MESA

Celebrate Mesa (Oct. 16). A free family event. Activities include: tot spot, live music, food trucks, carnival rides ($5 wristband for unlimited rides), inflatables, a movie and more. Free event. 5 to 9 p.m. 

Día de los Muertos Festival (Oct. 23-24). Spirits collide at the annual Día de los Muertos Festival at Mesa Arts Center! This FREE two-day festival features cultural performances, live music, delicious food, beautifully created Altars by local artists and a GIANT community altar and a colorful Mercado with jewelry, arts & crafts and more!

Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze & Fall Festival (Oct. 1-Oct. 31) features a five-acre corn maze, mini golf, pumpkin patch, inflatables, petting zoo, mini zip line, barrel train ride, giant jump pad (requires socks), giant tube roll, mini hay maze, spiderweb climb, duck races, train ride, animal area, pumpkin bowling and more.

QUEEN CREEK

Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farms (Oct. 1-Oct.31). Pick out the perfect pumpkin and enjoy a chili dinner, rides, corn maze, mini golf, petting zoo, tractor play yard, deer feeding, Carousel Museum, giant yard games, corn hole games line dancing, face painting and more.

SCOTTSDALE

Pumpkin Fest at the Princess (Sept. 16-Oct. 31). The resort makes a spooktacular transformation to present a Pumpkin Patch, Jack-o-Lantern Lawn, SPOOKeasy, and a NEW Cider Orchard!

Boo & New (Oct. 18-23). Boo & New is a chance to celebrate the season while exploring the newest offerings at Scottsdale Quarter. Free family fun, live musical performances, local art, fall-themed activities, and local craft brews. All week long, guests can wander through the pumpkin patch and enjoy nightly live musical performances by their favorite local bands. The celebration continues on Friday with the addition of live artist mural paintings and curated workshops hosted by Scottsdale Quarter tenants. Guests will also have the opportunity to paint a section of a giant, paint-by-numbers art mural, designed by local artist, Lauren Lee, which will later become a permanent art installation at the property. The festivities end with a bang on Saturday with The Quarter’s Fourth Annual Boo & Brew. During the event, grownups can treat their taste buds with local craft brews from Huss, Walter Station and Grand Canyon breweries, while listing to live music and watching their favorite college teams in the football lounge. Meanwhile, the younger crowd will be entertained with oversized games, crafts, character appearances, balloon twisting and face painting.

Glass Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 22-24). This festive event will showcase over 1,000 whimsical, vibrantly colored glass pumpkins handmade by Gregory Tomb, an acclaimed local glass artist known for his unique, intricate designs. These one-of-a-kind works of art will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Holland Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to enhancing arts, education and community in the Desert Foothills region. Free to attend. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

SUPERIOR

Burro Run and Apache Leap Mining Festival (Oct. 22-24). Celebrate Superior’s rich history as a mining town with a series of fun, family-friendly activities, ranging from pack burro racing to a hands-on mining competition and more. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free, except for the race participants. Dogs are not allowed.

TEMPE

Creepy Candy Crawl (Oct. 23).Venture out to Tempe Marketplace from 6 to 8 p.m. for an evening of spooky surprises during Creepy Candy Crawl. Children and families are invited to dress to impress for the annual Halloween costume contest and trick-or-treating. Plus, enjoy Halloween-themed music, dancing, games, prizes and more.

Halloween Stroll Downtown Tempe (Oct. 24). Ghosts, goblins, and princesses of all ages are invited to head over to Downtown Tempe for some not-so-spooky Halloween fun. This free event includes Halloween-themed crafts, games, a costume contest and outdoor trick-or-treating at various Downtown Tempe merchants. All participants will be given a map with a list of businesses. 2 to 5 p.m.

Moonlight Jack-o-Lantern (Oct.1-Oct. 31). Snap the perfect fall photo at Tempe Marketplace with the Moonlit Jack-o-Lantern. The giant, seven foot Halloween installation will be on display for the entire month of October in front of Harkins Theatre.

ROCK IT UP Fall Concert Series Oct.6 & 30, Nov. 2 & 3). As the weather cools down, Tempe MarketplaceDave & Buster’s and ALT AZ are heating things up with the ROCK IT UP concert series, featuring four free, full-length concerts from some of rock’s hottest national acts, including Mod Sun on October 6, Tessa Violet + Twin XL on October 30, iDKHOW on November 2 and Grabbitz on November 3. All four evening shows will feature an outdoor bar from Dave & Buster’s while guests rock out at The District Stage.

WILLCOX

Fall Pumpkin Celebration at Apple Annie’s Orchard (Sept. 18-Oct. 31). Go back in time for some old-fashioned family fun picking pumpkins and vegetables, exploring a 12.5 acre corn maze (with two levels of difficulty), taking a hayride and more.

VALLEY WIDE

Bashas’ Halloween Celebrations (Oct 30). Families across the state are invited to creep and crawl into their neighborhood Bashas’ supermarket for some fun-filled holiday treats and activities the day before Halloween. There will be employees in costumes, trick-or-treat candy stations at each department. A free cookie (individually wrapped from the Bakery Department) and free apple cider. At 1 p.m. each store location will award $25 and a dozen donuts for the best children’s costume. Plus seasonal treats will be available to purchase and take home decorating kits. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., no advance registration required.

October Fright Nights (Oct. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, & 29-30). Celebrate the spookiest time of the year at select Harkins Theaters all month long. See your favorite frightening films on the big screen every Friday and Saturday for only $5. The Exorcist (Oct.1-2), The Frighteners (Oct. 8-9), The Shining (Oct. 15-16), Halloween (Oct. 22-23), A Nightmare on Elm Street (Oct. 29-30). Check for times. 

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