Get the Halloween costumes ready for the many kid-friendly and family-friendly events held in the Phoenix-Prescott area in Arizona in 2017. Children will get to trick-or-treat and show off their Halloween costumes at the safe events, many of which will be free to attend.
Town of Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden
Oct. 20-29 @ 10 a.m.
101 Easy St., Carefree, AZ 85377
The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden has been highlighted in the October issue of Food Network Magazine, so the event is getting national attention. Ray Villfane will host the family-friendly event on the 4-acre Carefree Desert Gardens exhibit, with pumpkin characters and newly carved pumpkins every day. Admission will be free.
Halloween Spooktacular and Car Show at The Shops at Norterra
Oct. 20 @ 6 p.m.
2546 W Happy Valley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85085
The annual Halloween event will offer a night of family fun, including a Halloween car show with trunk-or-treating, music, games, prizes, and more. Adding to the excitement will be costume contests for kids, family, and pets.
Enchanted Trail-Sendero Encantado
Oct. 20-21 @ 5:30 p.m.
Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040
Enchanted Trail gives families a rare chance to see the Rio Salado by night, where they will learn about nocturnal wildlife in Arizona. Enchanted Trail is a bilingual and educational family festival featuring night hikes, wildlife, crafts, a spooky bat cave, and food concessions.
Howl-O-Ween at the Zoo
Oct. 27-28 @ 6 p.m.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Visit the zoo for a family-friendly Halloween event with entertainment for kids, including Fantasy Meet & Greets, Extinct Animal Graveyard, Dinosaurs in the Desert, Camel Rides, Trick or Treat Doors, and more. General admission will be $12.95 and free for children 2 and under.
Oct. 27 @ 5:30 p.m.
Dr. A. J. Chandler Park, Chandler, AZ 85225
The family-friendly fun will be offered at this event, including games, arts & crafts, trunk-or-treat stations, and a Haunted House. There will be costume contests for kids and for family/groups. Admission will be free. There will be fees for some activities and for food.
Family Halloween Carnival
Oct. 29 @ 5 p.m.
Kiwanis Park, 5500 S Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ. 85283
Tempe’s 40th Annual Halloween Carnival will be free to attend featuring games, live entertainment, face painting, train rides, inflatables, and a toddler play area. Dress in costume for the annual Halloween costume contest. Tickets will be sold for food, attractions, and games.
Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 31 @ 6 p.m.
Heritage Park Zoo, 1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott, AZ 86301
Dress in costume to trick-or-treat at stations around the animal sanctuary. Bring a flashlight to the nocturnal animals out and about during this family-friendly event. Special admission will be $6 for non-members and $4 for members.
Halloween in the Hills
Oct. 31 @ 4 p.m.
Avenue of the Fountains: E. Ave. of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Halloween in the Hills will be a ‘Spooktacular’ event with fun for the family in a safe environment. The festivities in the valley will be kid-friendly and pet-friendly. More than 40 booths will provide family games along the avenue. There will be bounce houses, entertainment in the stage area, and a Fountain Hills Fire truck candy drop. The costume contests will offer prizes for “Pets and Their People” and “Best Kids Costume.” Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.