Get your kids in their costumes—it’s Halloween time! We’ve gathered up a slew of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos events and activities for kids around Phoenix that will get you in the spooky mood for sure. Scroll through and get ready for the sugar rush!
Corn Maze & Pumpkin Days
Kick off your fall season memories at Tolmachoff Farms and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family, including a great, big pumpkin patch, a six-acre family corn maze, a mini corn maze and a haunted corn maze. Other activities: petting zoon, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more. Tolmachoff Farms. Wed.-Sun. through Nov. 3. Event details.
Howl-O-Ween at the Zoo
Put on your costumes and head to the zoo for a spooky night of fun. There’s fun for all ages with “spooky” activities for the more brave and “merry” activities for all ages. Phoenix Zoo. Oct. 25-26. Event details.
Fireworks on the Farm
Throughout October, Schnepf Farms offers fun fall activities like hay rides, a four-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili. Grab party food like a burger, chili dinner or succotash, and take a spin on exciting rides or the farm’s train. Fireworks light up the sky Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t forget to grab your Halloween pumpkin during your visit. Schnepf Farms. Fireworks on Fridays and Saturdays in October. Event details.
photo: Quiet Events
Underwater Superhero Spooktacular
Stop by this festive, family-friendly celebration complete with superheroes, costumes, some unconventional pumpkin carving and plenty of goodies and prizes up for grabs. Kids can test their superpowers against the Super 5 with interactive superhero pods throughout the aquarium. Do you have a grip as strong as a sea star? Pinchers as strong as a crab? Camouflage like an octopus? Now you can find out. Sea Life Arizona. Daily in October. Event details.
Fifth Annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden
This is a one-of-a-kind fall festival celebrating the magic of the Halloween season! The incredible artistry of Ray Villafane and Villafane Studios’ carvers will be on display live each day and their carvings found throughout the four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens. On weekends, this annual event boasts magical Halloween activities for both kids and adults, plus culinary delights and autumnal refreshments including a beer garden, a harvest market and live music. Town of Carefree. Oct. 18-27. Event details.
Come for a bewitching good time at Tempe’s 42nd Annual Family Halloween Carnival. There will be carnival style games, inflatable bounce houses and slides, train rides, Tot Town, food booths and more. Kiwanis Park South Soccer Fields. Oct. 26. Event details.
photo: Desert Botanical Garden
Strange Garden is creeping back into the Garden, so stop by to encounter weird sights, fun tricks and enchanting creatures. Stroll the trails to spot Villafane Studios pumpkin vignettes and Wild Rising glowing creatures. Dance until you drop with groovy ghouls at the spooktacular monster bash. Kids, if you dare, come dressed to impress in your Halloween best. Kids 12 and younger can also pick up the perfect pumpkin to take home. Desert Botanical Garden. Oct. 25-26. Event details.
Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Spirits collide during the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Mesa Arts Center. This magnificent festival will offer delicious food and a colorful market of crafts, jewelry and various items related to the Day of the Dead celebration. Visitors have been delighted each year with wonderful live performances and engaging family activities. Mesa Arts Center. Oct. 26-27. Event details.
Dunkin’ for Pumpkins
Forget bobbing for apples; try dunkin’ for a pumpkin. Pumpkins float! Pick a pumpkin then decorate it. Crafts, games and water safety. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center. Oct. 27. Event details.