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Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 12:06 pm


Halloween Festival

A pumpkin-carving contest and petting zoo are among the activities at this event with trick-or-treating, game booths and costume contests.

DETAILS >> 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Prospector Park Sports Fields, 3015 N. Idaho Road. Free admission; small fees for some games and food. (480) 983-2181 or www.ajcity.net.


Howlin’ Halloween Spooktacular

A haunted house, goblin and ghoul egg hunt, pumpkin bowling, cupcake walks and pumpkin painting are among the Spooktacular’s attractions. There are also costume contests and trick-or-treating.

DETAILS >> 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Downtown Library Plaza, 22 S. Delaware St. Free admission. (480) 480-782-2711 or www.chandleraz.gov.


Fall Music & Halloween Festival

Two stages of live music and entertainment acts anchor this festival with games, inflatable bounces and slides, and food and vendor booths.

DETAILS >> Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Freestone Park Ballfield Complex, 1045 E. Juniper Road. Discounted admission and activity tickets on sale through Thursday, Oct. 27, online only at www.gilbertrecreation.com. Admission tickets purchased online are $4 per person age 4 and older, or get a $12 Music Pack (four admission tickets), or $30 Halloween Family Pack (four admission tickets and 30 activity tickets). Tickets will also be available at the gate. (480) 503-6200 or www.gilbertaz.gov/parks/events-info.cfm.


Trick or Treat Main Street

Pick up a treat bag from the Downtown Mesa Association at Main and Center streets, then head to participating downtown merchants to fill it with candy. Mesa Community College will be on site with treats, and The Royale movie house will screen Halloween cartoons in its theater for free.

DETAILS >> 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Center and Main streets in downtown Mesa. Free. (480) 890-2613 or www.downtownmesa.com.


Family Halloween Carnival

Tempe’s 34-year-old carnival moves out of the street and on to the soccer fields near Guadalupe Road this year, where you’ll find a magician, Footsie the Clown, costume contests with prizes, games, bounce houses, mini-train rides and face painting. A new area called Tot Town will host activities for children 5 and younger and their parents.

DETAILS >> 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Kiwanis Park, 6011 S. All America Way. Free admission. Tickets for food and games are 25 cents each. Tot Town admission is $1 per child. (480) 350-5200 or www.tempe.gov/events/halloween.


Trunk or Treat

Children in costume may collect candy from decorated vehicles on “Trunk or Treat Street.” There are also carnival game booths and food vendors.

DETAILS >> 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Desert Mountain Park, 22201 S. Hawes Road. Free. (480) 358-3700 or www.queencreek.org.

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