Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, & Fall Fun in Arizona

Billy Moore Days in Avondale.

Make the most of the fall season and visit these pumpkin patches and fun fall and Halloween-themed events happening all across Arizona.

Last updated October 20, 2023


Fright Nights (Oct 6-28) Moviegoers can enjoy spooky family favorites back on the big screen with Harkins October Fright Nights every Friday and Saturday night in October. Tickets are only $7 each and include family-friendly films such as Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Tickets are on sale now at Harkins.com.


Billy Moore Days (Oct. 19 – 22). Avondale celebrates its history and heritage during this multi-day festival that features favorite elements including the Billy Moore Days Carnival, Parade, Western Stunt Shows, Live Music, and hands on activities, crafts, face painters, and more! avondaleaz.gov

Creepin Candy Crawl (Oct. 31). Kick off your night of trick or treating as exhibitors and city departments line the park to pass out candy and goodies to all the kids. Family-friendly activities including crafts and entertainment. avondaleaz.gov


Screamin’ Green Hauntoween (Sept. 24 – Oct. 31). Get Ready for Spooky Family Fun! Screamin’ Green Hauntoween is back and more colorful than ever! This event is chalk full of spooky happenings: a themed scavenger hunt, monster-ific crafts, slime classes, and more! Plus a trick-or-treating event in the attraction daily! All this colorful fun is in addition to the 18 hands-on attractions! There is so much to “BOO” you’ll never want to leave! Kids are welcome to wear costumes. crayolaexperience.com

Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 19-29). Located at Chandler Fashion Square. Grab your family, jump on your broomsticks, and fly through Halloween Town! Admission is $5 and parking is always free! Adventure awaits for every age. Get ready to be magically transported into the fun of Halloween with fun rides, games, and other attractions (face painting, pumpkin painting, and more). And don’t forget to pick your perfect pumpkin right from our Patch! halloweentownaz.com


Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze (Sept. 29 – Oct. 31). Something for everyone! Get lost in a giant corn maze, find the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, enjoy farm-inspired rides, games, activities, and farm-to-table food. Plus, each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Columbus Day, guests will enjoy an extensive list of shows, entertainment, Grain Train rides, Barrel Train rides, hayrides, and vendors. And when the sun sets, enjoy all the activities at the farm plus fire dancers, karaoke, barn dances, and navigating through the corn maze in the dark, and entertainment! mortimerfarmsaz.com

Viola’s Pumpkin Patch in Flagstaff.


Viola’s Pumpkin Patch at Viola’s Flower Garden (Oct 1 – 31). has a little bit of everything! Bring the family to enjoy a straw-bale maze, pumpkin decorating, old fashioned games, and lots of photos ops! Open daily all October. $4 per person. Children 3 and younger are free. flagstaffpumpkinpatch.com


The Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature’s Farm (Sept. 23 – 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. mothernaturesfarm.com


Ghosts and Goodies (Oct. TBA). Get ready ghouls and girls for a chilling day of spooky activities! Well-dressed pirates and pixies, wizards and warlocks of all kinds can indulge in costume contests, fill up treat bags with candy and goodies from participating Westgate restaurants and retailers and 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! This event is free to attend with convenient parking. Plus, attendees will receive free treat bags for the ultimate candy crawl around the district. visitglendale.com

Front Porch Festival (Oct. 14). Many of the shops and eateries throughout the Historic Catlin Court and the Old Towne Entertainment Districts have special fall-themed activities planned for the day including themed make-and-take crafts, seasonal flavored menu items, specialty tea experiences, and Autumn-inspired gifts and décor. Local artisans, makers and crafters will have displays and live art demonstrations all throughout the area. visitdowntownglendale.com


Halloween Monster Bash (Oct. 28) is back at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue. The free, family-friendly event takes place from 5-9 p.m. and will include plenty of delicious treats, as well as live entertainment, costume contests, family activities, and more. peoriaaz.gov/events


Family Maker Night: TOYpocalypse (Oct. 27) at the Arizona Science Center. 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Cost: Individuals: $25 | Families of Any Size: $50 Have an old doll or toy that’s waiting patiently to go from cute to creepy? On October 27, Makers of all ages and crafting backgrounds are invited to zombify their dolls and take apart their toys during CREATE at Arizona Science Center®’s Family Maker Night, TOYpocalypse! We’ll have all the tools needed to terrify your toys, perform doll dissections, scarify your stuffies and more. We invite you to bring your own old toys, dolls or stuffed animals—or simply show up and use the toys available. We encourage you to come dressed up in your Halloween best for this frightfully fun Family Maker Night! To learn more or to reserve tickets, click here.

Science Skele-Bration 2024 (Oct. 28-29) at the Arizona Science Center. 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost: Included with General Admission. BOO! Science Skele-bration is creeping through the doors and flooding the floors at Arizona Science Center this Hallo-weekend. Demystify the science behind Halloween with spine-tingling activities, demonstrations to die for and more. Don’t ghost this once-a-year signature event!  To learn more or to reserve tickets, click here.

Trick or Treat at the Museum (Oct. 28-29 & 31) is a day of spooktacular fun! From 9a.m-4p.m ghosts and ghouls are invited to trick-or-treat through the Museum, monster mash on the dance floor, create a Spooky Tree in the Art Studio, take part in the fashion fright show, and explore three floors of imaginative exhibits! Costumes are optional but strongly encouraged! Please no costume masks that fully cover your face or prop weapons. Free with museum admission. childrensmuseumofphoenix.org

Dia de los Muertos Festival (Oct. 29). The Dia de Los Muertos Phx Festival will take place starting at 2 p.m. at the Steele Indian School Park (on 3rd Street and Indian School Rd) in Phoenix, AZ.  The Artists Mercado features some of Arizona’s best local artists. There will also be food booths, kids arts activities and of course, and the traditional Candlelight Procesión. Bring a picture (no originals) or memento to place on the Community Altar. diadelosmuertosphx.com


Trick or Treat at Prescott Mall (Oct. 28) will include trick or treating with participating merchants (while supplies last) as well as trunk or treating by Prescott Cars & Coffee. The day’s activities include balloon twisters, superheroes, craft booth, face painters, a bounce house and DJ. Cotton candy and hot dogs will be provided by Third Shot Coffee and local food trucks will offer a variety of classic and unique fare. Get spooked with a variety of haunting noises and chilling sounds and end the frighteningly fun evening with a picture at the Trick or Treat photo wall. shopprescottgatewaymall.com/events.

Boo at the Zoo (Oct. 31). Boo at the Zoo is a fun family event held every October 31st. This year, gates will open for Boo at 5:00 pm for families with children 6 and under and at 6 p.m. for all ages. Last admission will be at 8:30 p.m. Come in costume and trick-or-treat at different stations around the Sanctuary with your favorite animals. Bring a flashlight and see all the nocturnal residents and don’t forget to visit the new Boo Zone! heritageparkzoo.org


Día de los Muertos Festival (Oct. 21-22). Mesa Arts Center is pleased to celebrate Día de los Muertos with an annual event created in collaboration with the community. Día de los Muertos is a celebration of Latin American art and culture related to the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. The annual free event offers a variety of features, performances and more in celebration of the memories of the deceased. mesaartscenter.com

Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze & Fall Festival (Sept. 29-Oct. 29). This 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. vertucciofarms.com

Halloween Boo at the Mesa Public Library (Oct. 25 & 31) hosts a special Preschool Storytime, Halloween Boo, at all four branches. Trick-or-treat stations and other activities outside the libraries will bring spooky fun for the community to enjoy. Mesa Public Library encourages children to wear a costume and bring a treat bag to Halloween Boo. mesalibrary.org

Halloween Boo will take place:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road. The Halloween Boo parade will be in the east-covered parking lot. The Mesa Fire and Medical Department staff members will be providing information to families about trick-or-treat safety. Councilmember Alicia Goforth and Councilmember Mark Freeman are scheduled to participate.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. at the Main Library, 64 E. First St. Mayor John Giles and Councilmember Duff are scheduled to participate.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. at the Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road. Vice Mayor Francisco Heredia and Councilmember Julie Spilsbury are scheduled to participate. The event includes a Halloween Boo Storywalk in Dobson Ranch Park and Mesa Arts Center’s Mobile Art-Based Engagement Lab (MABEL).
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. at the new Mesa Express Library, 7045 E. Monterey Ave.


Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farms (Oct. 5-Oct.29). 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. pumpkinandchiliparty.com

Trunk or Treat (Oct 21). Join in the fun at the Town Center to celebrate Halloween in a festival atmosphere! The whole family can enjoy carnival games, escape rooms, haunted houses, and more while children trick-or-treat by going trunk to trunk on “Trunk or Treat Street” collecting their Halloween goodies! queencreekaz.gov

Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival in Scottsdale.


Glass Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 20 – 22). 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. glasspumpkinpatchfundraiser.com

Halloween Spook-Track-ula (Oct. 6 – 31). This 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. therailroadpark.com

Annual Fall Festival (Oct 21). Kids 16 and under and families are invited to participate in their not-so-spooky costume contest for HUGE PRIZES! Other activities include character meet & greets, face painting, trick-or-treating, make and take crafts, activity stations, music, games, and more! Free Outdoor Event. No Admission or Activity Fee Required! arizonaboardwalk.com

Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival (Oct. 27 – 29). Over 20 Hot Air Balloons on display and passing out over 4,000 pounds of candy to Trick-or-Treaters, live music, food and beverage, a FREE Kids Zone with over 30 inflatable slides and attractions, costume contest, vendor market, tethered balloon rides, fireworks, and much more. Please note that balloons will begin coming down before the event time is over. There will be no refunds issued if you arrive after balloons are deflated. Arrive early to ensure maximum happiness! 5-9:30 p.m. azspooktacular.com

SHOW LOW & Surrounding Areas

The Willis Farm (Sept 23-Oct 31). Come pick your own pumpkin at this 4th generation local farm! Families can also partake in movie nights, family dances, hayrides, corn mazes, kid zones, train tickets, games, and laser tag. Please check the weather before arriving. thewillisfarm-ranch.com

Halloween Stroll in Downtown Tempe.


Halloween Stroll Downtown Tempe (Oct. 29). Ghosts, goblins, and princesses of all ages come to 6th Street Park in Downtown Tempe for some not-so-spooky Halloween fun! Play Halloween-themed games including, make spooky crafts, or enter our Kids-Only Costume Contest! Did we also mention that there is trick-or-treating with over 25 downtown merchants?! See you at the Downtown Tempe Halloween Stroll in October 2023. downtowntempe.com

TUCSON & Surrounding Areas

Marana Fall Festival (Oct. 23). Join your friends and neighbors as the community celebrates its agrarian roots at the Marana Heritage River Park. This event promises a good time down on the farm with music, animals, farmer’s market, live music, rock climbing, Halloween costume contest, hay rides, barn dance, food trucks, rodeo demonstrations and more. There is a steak cookout for a fee. maranaaz.gov

Creature Features at the BOO!seum (Oct. 25-26). Learn about the not-so-spooky Halloween creatures that call the Sonoran Desert home at the first-ever Creature Features at the Boo!seum. Bats, owls, snakes, tarantulas, and bugs take center stage in this fun and educational weekend. Visit activity stations around grounds, each with a fun activity like meeting a snake, making enrichment toys for the animals, or creating an art project, then unscramble the clues you receive to get a treat! Docents will showcase Halloweeny animals, and you may even get a chance to meet the Museum’s newest Barn Owls! desertmuseum.org

Tucson Fall Festival (Nov. 1 – 5). Enjoy delicious food, exhilarating rides, daily concerts and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. More details to come. pimacountyfair.com


Fall Pumpkin Celebration at Apple Annie’s Orchard (weekends Sept. 23 – Oct. 29). Fall time at the farm means pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, sunflowers and fall weather!  Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day in the country. Our 12.5-acre, 600,000-stalk corn maze opens every day with three levels of difficulty. The hayride will take you on a ride through the farm to the pumpkin patch where you will find the biggest selection of pumpkins growing on the vine in Arizona! Visit the sunflower field with flowers taller than you, and check out the variety of vegetables to be picked in the fields including fall favorites like broccoli and winter squash. appleannies.com

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