Halloween Spooktacular

Kids age 2 to the teen years ought to find something they like here. Pumpkin bowling and painting, scary piñatas, a haunted house, face painting, cupcake walks and something called an “alien autopsy” are among a long list of games and attractions offered — and everyone gets candy at every game station. Chandler Lions Club will sell snacks and drinks. Costume contests abound, so call or go online for guidelines to create your winning look.

DETAILS >> 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. Free admission. (480) 782-2735 or


Halloween Treat Street

Enjoy trick-or-treating at 10 decorated model homes in Gilbert’s Adora Trails subdivision, plus hay rides and popcorn, face painting, a balloon artist, kids’ activities and a free family photo from a professional photographer.

DETAILS >> 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Adora Trails, 2272 E. Galileo Drive. Admission is one canned food item per person to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank. (480) 988-9098 or


Trick or Treat on Main Street

Little ones can don costumes for this daytime stroll up and down Main’s wide, shady sidewalks. Downtown businesses will host kids’ activities, live music, candy giveaways and more. Pick up a free trick-or-treat bag and enter to win gift cards at the Downtown Mesa Association booth.

DETAILS >> 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Start at the southeast corner of Main and Center streets. Free. (480) 890-2613 or


Tempe’s Family Halloween Carnival

A Tempe tradition for 36 years, this outdoor carnival features games, live entertainment, face painting, train rides, inflatables, food booths and Tot Town — a space with arts and crafts projects, sports activities and a bounce house just for tykes age 5 and younger. There are also costume contests with prizes.

DETAILS >> 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All America Way, Tempe. Free admission; tickets for games and food are 25 cents each. (480) 350-5200 or

Haunted HOWL-o-ween Bash

Remember trick-or-treating in a mall? Give your kids the opposite experience on a quarter-mile “Trick or Treat Trail” through the Sonoran Desert. The staff at this county mountain park will also host engaging live animal presentations, face painting, a photo station, and a costume contest for prizes. (A “Halloweiner Walk” for costumed dogs is on Nov. 1; be sure to ask about that.)

DETAILS >> 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle; activities are free. (480) 655-5554 or

Salt River Fields Spooktacular Balloon Festival

This family-friendly Halloween bash boasts 2,000 pounds of candy, a haunted house and petting zoo, live music, fireworks and, most novel, more than 20 glowing hot air balloons. The luminous orbs will be tethered to the ground, so trick-or-treaters can go from balloon to balloon, collecting candy and gazing at each colorful design.

DETAILS >> 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26. Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3-12. Balloon rides are $15-$20 per person; haunted house is $8 per person. (480) 270-5000 or

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