From buying a costume to trick-or-treating and pumpkin patches, this is your guide to Halloween in Phoenix.
If you’re not going to make a costume, you have several convenient options for purchasing them.
Your best bet to buy cheap Halloween costumes is to shop the thrift stores.
WHERE TO TRICK-OR-TREAT
- Paradise Valley
- North Mountain
- Camelback East
- Ahwatukee Foothills
- Deer Valley
Zillow picked the locations based in part on home values, population density and crime rates. The idea was to pinpoint safe and populated areas, not necessarily where to find full-size candy bars instead of the minis. As for my family, I admit that we trick or treat outside of our neighborhood but only because there are few participating houses where we live. It’s just more fun with a crowd of mini princesses and ninjas.
HALLOWEEN PARTY PLANNING
Décor – Here’s where your creativity can run wild. Spirit jugs made with milk jugs and holiday lights are a simple and classic way to welcome guests. Here’s a fun thing we did one year: glue a gummy eyeball to your doorbell for the night. It’s fun to see which guests will knock and which ones are brave enough to “poke the eye.”
October is my favorite month of the year and the Fall Festivals and pumpkin patches are the reasons why. Schnepf Farms has been part of my family’s tradition for years but there’s lots of fun happening around the Valley.
Schnepf Farms – Pumpkin patch, corn maze, mini golf, petting zoo, carousel, gravity roller coaster, train ride (haunted at night), play area and lots more. Don’t miss the delicious chicken and chili dinner. Fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights. Buy discount tickets for $3 off at Fry’s stores.
MacDonald’s Ranch – Horse drawn hayrides to pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, and games. Additional charges apply for: bounce house, small train, carnival rides, face painting, and sand creations. Donate a can of food for $1 off admission. Limit 1 discount per person.
Tolmachoff Farms – Six acre corn maze, kid-sized maze, petting zoo, bounce house (weekends only), and train ride. Also enjoy play areas with adult/child pedal cart track and farm themed activities, like grinding corn to feed chickens. Go online to print a coupon for $1 admission. The large corn maze is haunted Halloween night. Visit AZ Field of Screams and print a coupon for $2 off admission.
Mother Nature’s Farm – Entry for each child includes a pumpkin, pumpkin decorating, bag of stickers, air bounce, straw bounce, hayride, animal feeding and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. Parents can relax at the picnic tables or under a shady tree while kids can run around in the grassy fields.
Great Pumpkin Festival at Desert Botanical Garden – Entrance to the festival included with paid Garden admission. Hayride to pumpkin patch, children’s crafts and activities, petting zoo, carnival style games, and country and western entertainment.
One day I’ll be brave enough to go to one of these super scary haunted houses.
HALLOWEEN IN THE MOVIE THEATER
If you want to get a babysitter, there’s plenty of frights for parents too.
→ V/H/S (R) – A group of petty criminals is hired to find a rare piece of footage among piles of VHS tapes. In their search they watch horrifying videos that are increasingly strange.
See it at Harkins