This weekend the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center will be hosting its 12th Annual Haunted House and Hayride for the entire family.

Susan Hyden, community center director, said the event has always had a tremendous following within the Ahwatukee community, having upwards of 1,400 individuals attend the weekend festivities at Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road.

Patrons will be able to walk through a haunted house and enjoy a hayride around the park where participants will go through an alien farm and a graveyard, seeing a few zombies roaming the area.

The event is put on with volunteer assistance from students at Desert Vista High School, Mountain Pointe High School and Horizon Community Learning Center.

“They participate with helping us put it on, which helps us and them with getting community service hours for school, so it’s a win-win situation for all of us,” Hyden said. “We look forward to it every year. We have kids of all ages and adults of all ages that have just as much fun, and compared to all the haunted houses in the Valley its very reasonable.”

The Haunted House and Hayride will be a three-night event, Oct. 25-27. Hours for Friday and Saturday are 6 to 10 p.m., and Sunday is 6 to 9 p.m.

For individuals a bit uneasy when it comes to haunted houses, the fright fest is toned down from 6 to 7:30 p.m., where actors will not jump out to scare the crowd.

“Also on Sunday during the farmers market, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there is a behind-the-scenes tour where people can see all of the props and the making of it, without actually going through it,” Hyden said. “It’s kind of a way for people to see how much work we put in.”

Admission is $7 per adult and $5 per child. For more information, visit

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