Family-Friendly Arizona Halloween Events

Seeking some seasonal fun for both kids and kids at heart? These family-friendly Arizona Halloween events are brimming with treats, tricks and plenty of spooky (OK, maybe not-so-spooky) surprises for tots to teens.

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Oct. 14: Pic or Treat at Scottsdale Promenade

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, families can stop by Scottsdale Promenade for Pic or Treat, a Halloween event benefiting Impact One Breast Cancer Foundation. Get into the spooky szn with pumpkin-decorating, candy, photos with the characters of “Hocus Pocus” and much more just outside of outside of Nordstrom Rack. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com.

Oct. 15: Creepy Candy Crawl at Desert Ridge Marketplace

Children and families are invited to don their costumes and venture out to The District at Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix for an evening of sugary fun during Creepy Candy Crawl on Oct. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition to trick-or-treating, this family-friendly Arizona Halloween event includes a Halloween costume contest, themed music, dancing, games, prizes and more. Through Oct. 30, Desert Ridge Marketplace also hosts its fourth-annual Pumpkin Patch at The District, where guests can grab a pumpkin and check out festive photo opps. For more information, visit shopdesertridge.com.

Oct. 16: Spooktacular Halloween Bash at Queen Creek Marketplace

Queen Creek Marketplace hosts the Spooktacular Halloween Bash from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Attendees of all ages will enjoy music, games, prizes, candy bags, free photo opps and more. Plus, the event will host costume contests for different age groups and families, with each winner receiving a $50 Kohl’s gift card. For more information, visit queencreekmarketplace.com.

Oct. 19 to Oct. 30: Hocus Pocus Literary Tea at Drink Me! Tea Room

Tempe’s Drink Me! Tea Room hosts a Hocus Pocus-themed afternoon tea service with reservations available from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 19 to Oct. 30. Reservations includes a pot of tea in any flavor, as well as gluten-free and plant-based savories and sweets. There will be Sanderson Sisters-inspired decorations, plenty of books to enjoy and amazing photo backdrops that’ll transport tea attendees to Salem. Dressing up in theme is highly encouraged. To make reservations, visit drinkmetearoom.com.

Hocus Pocus Literary Tea at Drink Me! Tea Room

Oct. 21 to Oct. 23: Glass Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser

Scottsdale’s Holland Community Center hosts its popular Glass Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser during the weekend of Oct. 21. This festive event will showcase over 1,000 whimsical glass pumpkins handmade by Gregory Tomb, an acclaimed local glass artist. These one-of-a-kind works of art will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting Holland Community Center’s efforts as a nonprofit committed to enhancing arts, education and community in the Desert Foothills region. Admission is free. For more information, visit hollandcenter.org/event/glass-pumpkin-patch.

Oct. 22: Fall Festival at Uptown Plaza

From 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 22, the public is welcome to trick-or-treat at participating tenants (like Scoopwell’s, Local Nomad, Manor, Shake Shack, Francesca’s, Capsule, Camelback Sports Therapy, LATHER and more) and stop in the courtyard for mini golf, face painting and balloon sculptures during Uptown Plaza’s Fall Festival. For more information, visit uptownplazaphx.com/events.

Creepy Candy Crawl at Desert Ridge Marketplace

Oct. 22: Christian Care’s Fall Festival

Christian Care’s Fall Festival will take place at Fellowship Square Phoenix on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., welcoming families for live music, a bounce house, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, a photo booth, fall-inspired games, face painting, a petting zoo and vendor booths. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, visit fellowshipsquareseniorliving.org.

Oct. 28: Pumpkin-Carving Party at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar

On Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar host an all-ages pumpkin-carving party (pups are invited, too!). Pumpkins and carving kits are complimentary (while supplies last). Match Market & Bar will be offering food and drink specials, and guests are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes. To register, visit eventbrite.com. (Note: Registration does not guarantee a pumpkin, which are first come, first served.)

Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival

Oct. 28 and Oct. 29: Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival

Get into the spirit just before the big day at the 10th anniversary of Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival, one of Arizona’s favorite family-friendly Halloween events. Locals can check out 20-plus glowing hot air balloons, which act as trick-or-treat stations passing out candy to the kids. The littlest guests will enjoy the Kids’ Zone with over 20 inflatables, and those who dare can stroll the Spook Trail presented by Saguaro High School Choir. Event-goers can take part in costume contests, a vendor marketplace, eats and drinks from on-site vendors and more. General admission tickets are $22 for adults; $17 for kids 3 to 12 years old. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event are $27 for adults; $22 for kids; and admission for kids 2 and under are free. The event takes place Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.azspooktacular.com.

Oct. 29: Boo Bash at Park West

Boo Bash returns to Park West in Peoria on Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m. The annual family-friendly Arizona Halloween event includes spooky vignettes for viewing and photo opps, including a haunted horse and carriage; live entertainment, like a master pumpkin carver, magic shows and a balloon artists; truck-or-treat candy stations; Halloween-themed characters; and more. For more information, visit shopparkwest.com.

Oct. 29: Candy Crawl at Scottsdale Quarter

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and ready to collect tasty treats from participating Scottsdale Quarter retailers during Candy Crawl, starting at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29. Be sure to arrive by 3:30 p.m.; after that, your spot will be given to those on the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required here to secure a treat bag.

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge Arizona

Oct. 30: 2022 Halloween Stroll 

2022 Halloween Stroll will be returning this Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. Taking place at 6th Street Park in Tempe, the special event includes Halloween-themed games, crafts, a costume contest and trick-or-treating courtesy of local merchants around the downtown area. For more information, visit downtowntempe.com/HalloweenStroll.

Through Oct. 31: Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge Arizona

Time to get spooky at Great Wolf Lodge with its month-long Halloween celebration, Howl-O-Ween. In addition to being decked in fall décor, the resort hosts a Trick-Or-Treat Trail; Great Pumpkin Patch Adventure Trail; seasonally themed crafts, treats and trivia; Monster Bash Dance Party; and a brand-new floating pumpkin patch where families will get the opportunity to swim through a sea of floating pumpkins to find their favorite gourd. For more information, visit www.greatwolf.com/howl-o-ween.

ZuZu’s Spooktacular “Show Stopper” Shake

Through Oct. 31: ZuZu’s Spooktacular “Show Stopper” Shake

Available throughout October, ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho dishes up a Halloween-themed Spooktacular “Show Stopper” Shake–the ultimate treat for kids and adults, alike. The orange-flavored milkshake is topped with a marshmallow mummy, red velvet cupcake brain, marshmallow spider web, pretzel green monster fingers, chocolate spiders, sour gummy worms, chocolate milk crumb and whipped cream. The shake is $20, and $1 for each one sold in October will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central & Northern Arizona. For more information, visit www.hotelvalleyho.com.

Through Oct. 31: Spooky Science at Arizona Science Center

Spooky Science returns to Arizona Science Center, taking place now through Oct. 31. Enjoy the science of Halloween with frightfully fun demonstrations and activities that will not only be cool for for kiddos, but educational as well. All activities are included with general admission to Arizona Science Center. For more information, visit www.azscience.org.

Through Oct. 31: Scarizona Scaregrounds and Frights in the Lights

Open through Halloween night in Mesa, Scarizona features two haunted attractions and is recommended for those ages 12 and up. New this year, Scarizona is also hosting a Halloween-themed light show, Frights in the Lights, which is a separate drive-through event that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Guests can expect to be dazzled by larger-than-life pumpkins, spiders, ghosts, goblin and more during the mile-long attraction. Prices for the Scarizona haunted house attractions start at $24.95 per person; prices start at $24.95 per car for Frights in the Lights. For more information, visit www.scarizona.com.

Through Oct. 31: Zombie Games at Octane Raceway

Crank Halloween into high gear at Octane Raceway in Scottsdale with $10 off Velocity VR Zombie Games through Oct. 31 when booking with code ZOMBIE. Then, head over to the axe-throwing lanes to turn a zombie into a bullseye. For more information, visit www.octaneraceway.com.

Through Oct. 31: Spooky Laser Tag at Mavrix

From Oct. 21 to Oct. 31, Mavrix in Scottsdale hosts family-friendly Spooky Laser Tag in which players navigate through spider webs (kids 12 and under receive a free laser tag lesson on Oct. 31). On Halloween, get a specially priced $15 Unlimited Fun Pass for bowling, laser tag and billiards and enjoy some candy and surprises at various spots throughout Mavrix. For more information, visit www.mavrix.com.

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