Thursday, Oct. 28
Pumpkin Party: 4 to 6 p.m. today or 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 30 (arrive at any time), City of Chandler Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. Decorate and deconstruct harvest pumpkins. Examples will be provided of mindful ways to use every part without wasting a seed. Pumpkins and supplies provided. All ages welcome. $11 to $14. Pre-registration required (children under 6 are free and do not need to register). (480) 782-2890.
Friday, Oct. 29
Zombie Walk and All Hallows Eve Festival: 5 to 10 p.m., Heritage Square between Fifth and Seventh streets off of Monroe. See the streets filled with mindless, decaying corpses hungering for human flesh. Or become one yourself during the Zombie Walk at 6:30 p.m. and parade throughout Downtown Phoenix. The goal is to terrorize (and entertain) the folks strolling around the Arizona Center, Hyatt Regency and U.S. Airways Center. After the scary stroll, additional adult fun awaits at the Nightmare on Adams Street - also known as the Rose & Crown Beer Garden from 7:30 p.m. to midnight). Enjoy live bands and DJ Larue spinning haunting tunes, a costume contest with cash prizes, palm readers, food and flowing taps. A special showing of the silent Dracula flick, Nosferatu, will be shown outside the Arizona Science Center on a 90-inch screen. Families are welcome at the All Hallows Eve event. Pint-size ghouls will enjoy a children's costume contest, face painting, a cake walk, pumpkin carving, candlelit tours of the Rosson House, carnival games, a jump house, Halloween crafts and more. Free event. DowntownPhoenix.com/zombie.
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 & craft booths and visit the pumpkin patch and haunted house. Various food vendors will be on site along with a night full of music. Free admission. (480) 782-2730 or www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Halloween Wine Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Cafe Boa, 5063 E. Elliott Road. The annual Halloween Wine Dinner will feature Vampire wines, live music and more for $39.99 a person. Costumes are encouraged but not necessary. Reservations: (480) 893-3331.
Nature's Nightmares Night Camp: 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. tonight and again tomorrow night, Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. This overnight experience will get you up close and personal with the characters and haunts from the Zoo's spookiest event. Enjoy a private train ride, a guided trip through the Howl-O-Ween haunts and activities, a barbeque dinner, creepy campfire stories, up-close creepy crawly animal encounters and late night lip-smacking s'mores. After the camp-out, enjoy a continental breakfast and then let your instructors give you the inside scoop about your favorite animals during a guided morning tour of the Zoo. Recommended for families with children 7 and over. $70 for nonmembers, $65 for members. Reservations required at www.phoenixzoo.org or (602) 914-4333.
Howl-O-Ween, Nature's Nightmares: 6:30 to 11 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. As the full moon rises and the howling begins, nature's worst nightmares come out to play prey. Dare to come face to face with some of these terrifying creatures and experience other frightening encounters at the Phoenix Zoo's wildest event. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $8 for nonmembers, $6 for members. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Hocus Pocus Pops: 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Conductor Michael Krajewski will lead The Phoenix Symphony in a chilling performance of ghoulish favorites inspired by Halloween themes. From Psycho, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Adams Family Fantasy to the Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns and Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette, this will be a show guaranteed to spook you right out of your seat! Tickets start at $18. The Hocus Pocus Pops Family Concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Daddies, mummies and little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes for this "spooktacular" Halloween event. The concert includes Lemony Snickett's The Composer is Dead, a creepy, murder mystery from the same author of the popular book series that teaches children about the different instruments in an orchestra. This will be an afternoon of tricks, treats and suspenseful music. An imaginative blend of chilling music and spirited fun is sure to spook you into the season. Pre-concert activities start at 1:30 p.m. - dress up the whole family and participate in the ever-popular Halloween costume contest. Winners will receive a prize. Tickets are $10 to $18. (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: seating at 11 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, MADCAP Theater, 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. Features full live stage cast, audience participation, virgin sacrifice, costume contest and more. Prop bags sold at the show. Costumes encouraged - especially Rocky-themed (street legal attire only). Deals with mature subject matter - not recommended for the easily offended or for young children without adult accompaniment. $15 per person per show. http://madcaptheaters.com/, www.AZRocky.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (602) 705-6685.
Saturday, Oct. 30
Mad Scientist Party: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St. Parents are invited to bring their little ghosts, goblins and princesses to a fun and safe alternative to trick-or-treating. The Center's four floors of immersive exhibit galleries will be transformed into mad scientist labs exploring a variety of hands-on, ooey-gooey science themes. Activities will range from "bloody" hand prints to eyeball dissections and more. Also special-themed presentations in the Dorrance Planetarium and IMAX Theater. Free with paid general admission - guests in Halloween costumes receive $5 admission! Limit 2. www.azscience.org.
Spooky Species: 11 to 11:45 a.m., City of Chandler Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. Participants will get up close and personal with live animals (spooky species and creepy crawlies) that represent the Halloween season. Also includes a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. All ages welcome. $6 to $9. Pre-registration required (children under 6 are free and do not need to register). (480) 782-2890.
Gilbert Family Halloween Carnival: 5 to 9 p.m., Freestone Park Ball Field Complex, 401 N. Lindsay Road, Gilbert. Features pumpkin bowling, Ghost Bingo, fishing for prizes at Frankenstein's Fishing Hole, Chick-fil-A Children's Costume Parade, inflatable bounces and slides, games, vendor and sponsor booths, a food court, live entertainment by Jonnie and Brookie and more. Free parking. $4 admission for ages 4 and up, free for ages 3 and under. Advance discount tickets available through Oct. 29. (480) 503-6200 or www.gilbertaz.gov/parks/events-info.cfm.
Halloween Block Party: 5 to 11 p.m., The Living Room Wine Café lawn, 2475 W. Queen Creek Road (between Price and Dobson), Ocotillo. Features food and beverage stations, live music, costume contest, photo booth, a dunk tank, door prizes and lots of scary fun. Guests will be entertained and encouraged to dance by The Polyesters, the Southwest's premiere disco party band. The "Best Dressed" costume winner will be awarded $500 for sporting the grooviest 70's themed get up. Guests must be at least 21 to attend. Advance ticket purchasers will receive a commemorative pink pumpkin t-shirt - while supplies last. $10 admission. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and 100 Club's Survivors Fund. (480) 855-2848.
Clarendon Hotel Halloween Party: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., 401 W. Clarendon Ave. Dress-up hours with make-up artists available until 8 p.m. Midnight costume contest. $20 pre-purchase, $25 at door - $5 of every wristband sold goes to charity. Special room rates available. www.GoClarendon.com, promo code BOO, (602) 252-7363 and dial 0, or e-mail Ben@GoClarendon.com.
"Ghouls Gone Wild" Halloween Party: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Hurricane Bay Night Club, 4139 W. Bell Road. Psychics, tarot card readers and other maestros of the underworld will haunt the party providing a good scare for those who dare. The club will expand for and indoor/outdoor party scene to house four additional bars, multiple dance floors, video DJ's and plenty of space to get your Monster Mash on. Guests will enjoy spooky cocktails, music and a costume contest with over $1,000 in prizes. VIP tables and cabanas may be reserved by calling (602) 843-6100. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League/SPCA.
Fright Night at the Castle: 8 p.m., Cliff Castle Casino, I-17, Exit 289, Camp Verde. Registration for costume contest (with $7,500 in prizes) is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Parade of costumes after judging. Live entertainment. "Trick or Treat" Hot Seats from 8 to 11 p.m., Blackjack and Poker Hot Seats, and a $1,500 "Great Pumpkin" raffle drawing. Must be 21 or older. (928) 567-7999 or www.cliffcastlecasino.net.
Sunday, Oct. 31
Halloween Zumba Bash: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Joyful Yoga Studio, 3900 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Dance to "Thriller" and the "Monster Mash" to get ready for Halloween night. Costumes are welcome but not required. Zumba events fill up fast, so pre-registration ($12) is recommended. The cost is $15 at the door (cash only). www.joyfulyogastudio.com or (480) 726-6399.
Spooktacular Celebration: 3 to 6 p.m., Arizona Mills Food Court, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe. Arizona Mills offers a fun and safe way for kids and their families to enjoy Halloween with family-friendly trick-or-treating throughout the mall. Kids and families who come in costume will have the opportunity to take part in the costume contest for a chance to win prizes. Code of Conduct rules apply - no toy weapons, no hoods or hoodies covering the head and face, masks allowed or full face paint only on children 12 and under only, and costumes may only be worn during designated Spooktacular hours. Registration for the costume contest is from 3 to 3:30 p.m., and the contest starts at 3:30 p.m. Store pumpkin carving voting takes place 3 to 5 p.m. Free. (480) 491-9700 or www.arizonamills.com.
Hula's Freaky Tiki Halloween Party: 7 to 11 p.m., Hula's Modern Tiki Restaurant, 4700 N. Central Ave. Hula's will show classic horror movies and offer happy hour all night long. Show up in your most creative costume for a chance to win trendy prizes. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to Phoenix Children's Hospital. Free registration at www.freakytiki.eventbrite.com. Information: www.hulasmoderntiki.com or (602) 265-8454 (TIKI).