Thursday, Oct. 22
Great Pumpkin Festival: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to Sunday, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Features pumpkins, hayrides, country-western entertainment, carnival games, hay bale maze and the Arizona Big Train Operators’ interactive exhibit. All activities are included with Garden admission. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
Friday, Oct. 23 y, Oct. 3
Eighth Annual Haunted House and Hayride: 6 to 10 p.m. tonight through Sunday, Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. A special time slot, 6 to 7:30 p.m., is designated as a “less scary” time for all the younger goblins. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids two to 12. Concessions will also be available. All proceeds will benefit the Center’s youth programs. Tickets are available at the Center in advance or at the door. (480) 893-3431 or (480) 893-1942.
Haunted Hayride at South Mountain: 6 to 9 p.m. today to Sunday, 10409 S. Central Ave. The entire family will enjoy this spooky ride on a horse-drawn wagon through South Mountain’s Box Canyon. $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 12. (602) 438-2928.
Saturday, Oct. 24
Bashas’ Boo! At the Zoo: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow, Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Families are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to enjoy the fun. Activities include the popular pumpkin stomp and chomp, mascot parades featuring costumed characters, and numerous kids’ activities throughout the Zoo. Free with regular admission. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Zumba with a Spooky Twist: 2:30 p.m. registration, 3 to 5 p.m. Zumba class, Rhodes Junior High Gym, 1860 S. Longmore, Mesa. Presented by the Certified instructors (the AZ3Pack - Frankie, Suzanne and Sara) will lead the class in dance moves complemented by a fusion of Latin and International music. Also features African Drumming, Jesse Parker on percussion, T-shirt cutting by Edna, DJ Leo Blaze and Zumba friendly costume contest with prize giveaways. $15 in advance at www.az3pack.com or $25 at the door.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Free! Safe! Fun! Children’s Halloween Event: 4 to 8 p.m., Kids Korner, Fry’s Food and Drug Store, 3616 E. Ray Road. Features games, prizes, Trick or Treating and a costume contest (6 p.m.). (480) 706-0601, ext. 2196.
Halloween Wine Dinner: 7 p.m., Caffe Boa, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Features Vampire wines, live music, prizes and more. $39 per person. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 893-3331.
Friday, Oct. 30
Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. The event will offer experiences sure to terrify those looking for a good scare, but younger ghosts and goblins will have their own merry-not-scary pathways where they’ll find more treats than tricks. Guests are asked to arrive in their scariest or favorite costume. Activities include DJ music, ghostly storytelling, outdoor movies, trick or treating and more. Admission is $6, $8 for non Zoo members, free for ages two and younger. Visit www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.
Halloween Spooktacular: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Downtown Library Plaza, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Trick or treat with the city of Chandler. Dress to impress and participate in the annual costume contest, visit arts and craft booths and explore the pumpkin patch and haunted house. Various food vendors will be on site along with a night full of music. $2 admission for ages 15 and younger. (480) 782-2730 or www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Harvest Festival Carnival: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Desert Vista High School courtyard, 16440 S. 32nd St. The family-friendly event, being held just before the Homecoming game, is open to the community and will include rides, games, food, live performances and a costume contest for those under eight. Admission is two cans of food, and the Senior class will sell tickets for games and refreshments for 50 cents. Planned activities include buddy pictures, bounce houses, pie-in-the-face, fishing game, ping pong toss, cake walk, rock band and a dunk tank.
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers Halloween Rock & Roll Show: 6:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. “When In Rome” Roman Toga Party tonight, ‘70s night tomorrow. All ages show. $500 Marquee gift certificate for best costume each night. Door prizes. www.luckymanonline.com.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: seatings at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. tonight, midnight tomorrow, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Madcap Theatres, 730 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe. Features live stage cast, costume contests, musical numbers, audience participation and more. Shows generally begin 30 to 45 minutes after seating. Deals with mature subject matter in an immature way – not recommended for the easily offended. Prop bags available for sale at show. Dress for all attendees, especially under age 18, must be street-legal. $15. Advance tickets available through www.madcaptheaters.com. www.AZROCKY.com.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Inaugural Boo Bash Dash 10K & 2-Mile Family Fun Run: 7:30 a.m. registration, Mesa Riverview, 1061 N. Dobson Road, Mesa. Benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, Grant Woods Branch-Mesa. After the run, join the costume contest for youths 12 and under, Halloween games and activity booths. Enjoy light snacks and live music while checking out community resources, information and local vendors and participate in varies raffles. The pet-friendly facility welcomes four-legged family members. All registered participants will receive a T-shirt. Registration: (480) 844-0963 or www.active.com, keywords: Boo Bash Dash.
Peek-a-Boo at Pecos: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pecos Community Center picnic area, 17010 S. 48th St. Family Halloween carnival fun featuring costume contests with prizes for all ages, free carnival games, fun houses (inflatable bouncies) and a craft area for youths. Refreshments will be available for purchase. (602) 534-5252.
Dia de los Muertos celebration: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The colorful Mexican and Native tradition honors and celebrates departed loved ones in a festival setting. Enjoy entertainment via song, dance and storytelling. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
Androcles and the Lion: 1 and 4 p.m., Studio at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Presented by Childsplay. Recommended for young people age five and above and their families. The actors will invite costumed audience members to Trick or Treat on stage after both shows. $25 for adults, $20 for children, students and seniors. (480) 350-2822 (press 0) or www.childsplayaz.org/boxoffice.
Halloween costume contest at Phoenix Symphony “Trick or Treat” concert: 1:30 p.m. pre-concert activities, 2:30 p.m. concert, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. From Glaser’s March of the Little Goblins and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, to the suite from John Williams’ Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone and the memorable theme from Ghostbusters, the afternoon’s program will be sure to put a chill down the spine of the young and old. Pre-concert activities include a Halloween costume contest, meet and greet with the Arizona Ghostbusters, a photo booth and a Halloween-themed craft. $10 to $18. (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.
The Screwtape Letters Halloween performances: 4 and 8 p.m., Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe. The play is a funny, provocative and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ brilliant novel that explores the theme of spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. $29 to $49. (602) 254-7399 or www.herbergertheater.org. Guests may receive $10 off the price of two full price tickets by mentioning the code E111 when ordering (valid only for today’s performances). This offer may not be applied to previously purchased tickets and is subject to availability.
Halloween Night Golf at Palo Verde: 5 p.m., 6210 N. 15th Ave. The course will be lined with glow lights, and glow balls will be provided. Costumes are encouraged. $25 per person – one child plays free when playing with paying adult. $15 for each additional child. (602) 249-9930.
Ongoing through Oct. 31
Doomtown at Rawhide – “Refuge of the Unwanted:” Wednesday to Sunday evenings, Exit 162 off Interstate 10 east. Extra goblins and goo have been added this year to complement the already haunting experience. The Rawhide Roughriders bring you the ultimate Halloween show, with fantastic stunts and bone rattling explosions plus the spine chilling Train of Terror and the Haunted Hike. Children and adults alike are invited to experience two spine-chilling haunted houses this year, The Crypt and The Asylum. www.Rawhide.com.
Pumpkin & Chili Party: Schnepf Farms, Rittenhouse and Combs, Queen Creek. Features hay rides, miniature golf, four-acre Sonic Burger Maze, country road rally, honeybee adventure, carousel rides, petting barn, Hillbilly Bob’s Pig Races, rides, Pumpkin Launch, a celebrity corn maze (open through Thanksgiving), a fireworks show Friday and Saturday nights and much more. www.schnepffarms.com or (480) 283-3612.
Monsterland: 195 W. Ocotillo in San Tan Valley – free parking sponsored by Schnepf Farms on Rittenhouse and Combs, Queen Creek. Shuttles will safely transport you to and from the Monsterland location (absolutely no parking around the Monsterland location). Haunt Worlds Mask Maker of the year 2008 and 2009 Midnight Studios has created over two acres and 400 years of fear, fun and adventure for the entire family. www.monsterland.com.
Fright Nights: Golfland, 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa. Features The Gauntlet Haunted House and Spooktacular Golf, an 18-hole miniature golf course that has undergone a terrifying transformation. (480) 834-8319 or www.golfland.com.
The NEST Haunted House: CJS Film Studios, 2005 N. 103rd Ave., Avondale. Scream your head off as more than $250,000 in special effects and 70 actors and stuntsmen bring to life the legend of Arizona’s most notorious serial killer at its new 22-acre location. www.frightened.com.
Arizona’s Original Scream Park: Loop 101 and McDowell Road, Scottsdale. Includes four haunted attractions – Alice’s House of Nightmares, 3-D Fear Factory, Castle of Darkness and Goldminers Revenge. www.azscreampark.com, (480) 444-2590 or email@example.com.
Little Bunny’s Halloween: Great American Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St. 10 a.m. Wednesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The cute show is not scary and meant to be enjoyed by kids ages preschool to third grade. Reservations: (602) 262-2050.