The events of October 7 to discover
Looking for some not-so-scary events where the whole family can dress up in their Halloween costumes and have some fun? Metro Phoenix has hay rides, festivals, and costume contests this month that are perfect for this.
These events take place across the valley, from Queen Creek to Fountain Hills and Apache Junction to Glendale. And they’re not just on Halloween – which falls on Sunday, October 31 – either.
At Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, the annual Pumpkin and Chili Pepper Festival is held monthly. The Tempe Town Center Halloween Walk, which features crafts, a costume contest, and candy-giving businesses, lasts a full week before October 31.
Here are seven events that will get you into the Halloween spirit this year.
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Apache Junction Halloween Festival
The Apache Junction Halloween Festival is back with Trunk or Treat, costume and pumpkin carving contests, food and games on October 30 at Flatiron Park.
Local businesses will be lined up along the road to hand out candy to candy-lovers in their vehicles during Trunk or Treat. At 6 p.m., all ages are invited to participate in the costume contest. Immediately after, it’s the dog costume contest. (Dogs must be kept on a leash.) Families can carve pumpkins at home and submit them to the pumpkin carving contest before 6 p.m.
There will also be food and games, which accept tickets. They cost 25 cents each and can be purchased in advance online. The event will be cash only.
A screening of the Pixar film “Monsters, Inc.” will start at 8 p.m.
Details: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 30. 100 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction. To free. https://www.apachejunctionaz.gov.
Halloween walk in Tempe
Downtown Tempe is bringing back its Halloween Walk, which promises free themed games, crafts, treats, and a costume contest. Many businesses along Mill Avenue and surrounding streets will be distributing candy. Print a map from the website below.
Details: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 24. 24 E. Sixth St., Tempe. To free. https://www.downtowntempe.com.
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Halloween at the Arizona Science Center
Scary Science is back at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix with hands-on scary-themed demonstrations. Costumes are encouraged, and everyone aged 2 and over must wear a face cover (not including costume masks).
Details: October 23-31. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Free with entry or membership. 602-716-2000, http://azscience.org.
Halloween Carnival at Tastea in Glendale
Anime and K-pop fans will find treats and treats, carnival games, gifts, and a trunk or treat during this pop-up Halloween carnival in Glendale. The entrance fee is the purchase of a drink from Tastea, which sells smoothies and tea drinks. Head over to @kpoparizona’s Instagram for a full list of anime and K-pop sellers. RSVP is encouraged through the Eventbrite page.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, October 30. 9184 W. Northern Ave., Glendale. Free with the purchase of a drink at Tastea. https://www.instagram.com/kpoparizona.
Gay Skate Arizona
Gay Skate Arizona returns for the first time since 2019 with a roller skating event to benefit the Phoenix Pride Scholarship Program. For $ 10, participants of all ages can rent roller skates and wrist guards and ride Great Skate at Glendale Towne Center. Halloween costumes and outfits that incorporate the colors of the pride flag are encouraged.
Details: 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 10054 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale. $ 10. https://www.facebook.com/gayskatearizona.
Monster Mash concert in Fountain Hills
A band will perform “all the monstrous tunes associated with Halloween” at the Fountain Hills Theater on Sunday, October 24th. The Halloween-themed episode of the city’s âSeries of One Night Standsâ will also feature a candy drive and costume contest. .
According to the event’s website, the venue does not require masks for people with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours. Others are advised to wear a face covering indoors.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday 24 October. 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. $ 35, $ ââ18 for students and youth. 480-837-9661 ext 3, https://fhtaz.org.
Pumpkin and Chili Festival at Schnepf Farms
The annual pumpkin and chili festival is back at Schnepf Farms with nearly 45 rides and attractions, home-cooked meals and corn mazes. From Thursday to Sunday of this month, the farm will offer hay walks, a petting zoo, rock face, miniature golf and rides.
Details: Thursday-Sunday, October 1 to 31. 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $ 23.95, free for ages 2 and under. 480-987-3100, https://www.pumpkinandchiliparty.com.
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