Looking for something spooky to do this Halloween in Phoenix? We've got the lowdown on haunted houses, trick-or-treat events, ghost tours, zombie walks and more things to do in Phoenix for Halloween!
13th Floor Haunted House (Through November 9)
The world famous 13th Floor Haunted House has come to Phoenix! Created by nationally-recognized and award-winning haunted house designers, the 13th Floor will transport you to new levels of horror. Prepare to be terrified by two epic haunted attraction walkthroughs for one all-inclusive price. The 13th Floor is an intense, graphic, theatrical show that will take you on a gut-wrenching ride of visceral thrills and psychological horror. 60,000 square feet of shocking twists and horrifying turns.
Chambers of Fear Haunted House (Through November 2, closed October 21)
Chambers of Fear has been featured on national and local TV, newspapers, and is regarded as one of the top haunted houses in the United States. This year’s haunted house features more than 25,000 square feet of screams, with three spine-chilling attractions; Chambers of Fear, Den of Darkness and the all new Scary Tales-themed attraction Twisted.
Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo (October 26- October 27) Haunted attractions include zombies, witches, vampires and other frightening characters hiding around every corner. Sneak through the Fields of Fear and be careful not to awaken what is lurking inside. Test your luck against the creepy clowns of the Monster Midway and dare to enter the Vampire Manor. Enjoy other haunted activities, DJ music and much more. This event is recommended for ages 8 and up.
On Saturday, October 19, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix opens “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibition features stage outfits, original handwritten lyrics, instruments, concert posters and videos from artists including Billie Holiday, Maybelle Carter, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and more.
The MIM will celebrate the opening of the exhibition with a variety of activities for the entire family on Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can learn to play a chord on an electric guitar, receive a “rock star” makeover and learn about the female musicians featured in the exhibit. MIM Music Theater will also host performances by Phoenix female musicians, including Pick and Holler, French Girls and Catfish Mustache. All activities are included with paid museum admission.
Pick out the perfect pumpkin (or just enjoy a hayride), treat yourself to some of the best tacos in Phoenix, explore a local arts community plus more. Here are our top picks for things to do this weekend in Phoenix.
Great Pumpkin Festival at the Desert Botanical Garden (October 17-20)
Fall season activities come to the Desert Botanical Garden this weekend for the annual Great Pumpkin Festival. Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch where children 12 and under can pick out a free pumpkin, visit the petting zoo, try your luck at carnival games and enjoy plenty fall family fun.
Arizona Taco Festival (October 19-20)
With so many places for great tacos here in Phoenix, it could take many nights out to try them all. Or you could head to the Arizona Taco Festival this weekend where more than 50 teams will put their taco skills on display for a chance at winning a $10,ooo cash prize. The judges aren't the only ones who'll get to enjoy the goods as the teams will also be selling tacos for $2 a pop.
The festival will also feature lucha libre wrestling, a tequila expo with more than 100 types of tequila, hot chili pepper eating contests, music and more.
Fall has arrived and the seasonal festivals that come with it are kicking into full swing this weekend in Phoenix. Here are our top picks for things to do this weekend in Phoenix:
The whole family will enjoy Tolmachoff Farms' great big pumpkin patch, six-acre family corn maze, mini corn maze, and a haunted corn maze. Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, jumping pillow and much more.
The month-long CALA Alliance Festival continues with the Tradiciones Dance Company Residency at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. More than 40 dancers in an array of colorful costumes will perform joyful, kinetic dances from South America, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.
Head to the shores of Tempe Beach Park for this free and family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration that features 15 kinds of German beer, authentic German food, wine gardens, Daschund racing, Kinderfest KidsZone, music and much more.
The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral hosts this opportunity to share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece. In addition to the authentically prepared Greek cuisine, please sample some imported Greek wine, beer and, of course, ouzo and the Greek classic Metaxa. Additionally, our nationally recognized community dancers, in traditional costumes from the various regions of Greece – and the Greek world – will be performing throughout the weekend.
The Phoenix New Times Best Arts Festival of 2012 returns with more than 130 artists showing and selling their original work ranging from fine art painting and ceramics to jewelry and more. There will also be live music, a kids zone and family-friendly raffle prizes.
Fall is in the air, pumpkins are in our lattes and fun festivals are happening all across town. Here's our roundup of fall festivals in Phoenix:
Have an unforgettable fall season at Tolmachoff Farms and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family: A great big pumpkin patch, six-acre family corn maze (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze, and a haunted corn maze. Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more.
Fun for the whole family on the farm! For the entire month of October (Thursdays-Sundays) Schnepf Farms offers fun fall activities like hay rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili.
The month-long valley-wide celebration allows audiences and participants to enjoy the artistic, musical and culinary offerings of the regional Latino community through various exhibits, concerts, street fairs and more. Audiences can look forward to a cornucopia of exhibits, performances and cultural activities showcasing the work of top-notch Latino and Latin American artists.
There will be something for everyone in the family at the Arizona State Fair this year. Numerous food booths will be there to get your carnival cravings. Musical guests Alabama Shakes, Billy Currington, The Wanted, Trace Adkins, ZZ Top and more will be performing. With Native Spirit Dancers, the Great American Petting Zoo, and the Great American Duck Race, there will always be attractions for the family.
Before you know it, summer will fade into the beautiful Arizona horizon. Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2) lets you savor the last precious moments of vacation season. Whether you crave just one more relaxing day by the pool or want to accompany the kids on an adventure before school gets into full swing, Labor Day weekend is your window of opportunity. To help you make the most of the holiday, we have gathered our favorite Labor Day weekend events in Greater Phoenix.
The 9th Annual Phoenix Cooks! will ignite your appetite on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. Phoenix Cooks! is a food-lover's paradise, designed to make taste buds salivate and stomachs satisfied. For one day, the Valley's best chefs convene to share tasty dishes that will intrigue your palate and broaden your culinary experience — all while benefitting Phoenix Children's Hospital. Tickets are $75 in advance and $90 at the door.
Spend the day or an afternoon tubing the Lower Salt River in the beautiful Tonto National Forest. Just minutes from Phoenix, the cool waters of the Salt River are the perfect complement to a hot, late-summer day. You can choose a two-, three- or five-hour trip along this mountain stream. The trips include float time and a shuttle-bus ride, weather and water flow permitting. Tube rentals and shuttle service are available seven days a week starting at 9 a.m. Costs is $17 per person/tube. The 2013 season for the Salt River begins to wind down after Labor Day with tubing reduced to only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September.