Halloween Happenings

Whether you prefer scary movies, ghost stories and haunted houses or, if you’re just into celebrating the season with pumpkins, costumes and candy, there’s plenty happening this time of year. We’ve done our research and arrived at the ten Halloween-themed festivities in the Valley, so take your pick.

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular will light up the night.

October 20-31


Now in its 9th year, the wicked words of the legendary Edgar Allan Poe will be celebrated in frightening fashion at spooky locales in downtown Phoenix. Trained performers will portray inmates in Poe’s fictional insane asylum while acting out scenes from such infamous Poe tales as The Cask of Amontillado, The Premature Burial, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Masque of the Red Death.

Performances of the stories will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from inside the Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos. Seances will be conducted on October 21 and October 28. And on Halloween night, The Raven will be recited every 20 minutes from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rosson House.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 

Saturday, October 21


Of course there’s a showing of the 1975 cult-classic film starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, complete with all the trappings including costumes, and crazy fun. Expect all the usual zany activities of a Rocky Horror screening when Frankie’s Fishnets hosts a special screening at the Chandler location of Alamo Drafthouse. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the Halloween Masquerade Ball will benefit Arizona Apparel Foundation.
Halloween Masquerade Ball

October 21


The Arizona Apparel Foundation and local fashion-resource center F.A.B.R.I.C. are hosting this Halloween-themed event.The block party will feature food and fashion vendors, multiple bars, live music, a fashion show and roaming costumed performers. Those who purchase the VIP ticket can also enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, festive cocktails plus enter a costume contest for prizes. The masquerade begins at 7 p.m.

A Vampire Tale 

October 26 – November 4


Scorpius Dance Theatre will once again stage this provocative work. Penned and produced by Lisa Starry, this sensual, yet scary, production portrays an innocent ingenue who’s led astray into the seductive underworld of vampires. The talented company will combine modern dance elements and aerial maneuvers.

Storyline Slam: Haunted

Friday, October 27


Local storytellers will serve up true tales of a twisted and terrifying nature during this slam-style event. Organized by The Storyline Collective and held at Changing Hands Bookstore location in Phoenix, yarns will last six minutes. The audience will award points for each participant and a cash prize will be awarded to the best storyteller. The tales begin at 7 p.m.

 At PoeFest, professional actors will perform scenes from Edgar Allan Poe’s tales.

October 27 – 28


For two days, the zoo will transform itself into a Halloween wonderland, filled with activities and distractions that will appeal to both the young and the young-at-heart.

Events at Howl-O-Ween will fall into two categories: “scary” and “merry.” The former includes a number of haunts set up at various locations around the zoo. Each will feature its own theme such as “House of Voodoo,” “Area 51,” and “Walking Dead Way.” “Merry” activities will include psychic and tarot readings, an extinct animal graveyard, the “Boo Ball” dance party, an arcade and various games.The festivities run from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on both nights.

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular

October 27 – 28


A flotilla of 20+ hot air balloons will light up the night during this annual family-friendly Halloween event. There will be tethered balloon rides, fireworks and, for those brave enough, a haunted trail to conquer. More than two tons of candy handed out to trick-or-treaters. Live music, food and  beverage vendors and a kids’ zone will add to the fun.

Cave Creek Wicked 

Saturday, October 28


The activities at this 13-hour Halloween extravaganza depend entirely on what time you attend. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., it will focus on more family-friendly activities like a pet costume contest, arts and craft demos and a costumed bike ride. From 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. ride along with other cyclists on the bike pub crawl.

After sunset, things become more adult-oriented with a bar crawl starting at 7 p.m. that will include stops and costume contests at five Cave Creek bars and haunts, including the Buffalo Chip, Harold’s Corral, and the Road House.

 Hotel San Carlos is one of the stops on the Haunted Phoenix Bus Tour.
Phoenix Zombie Walk 

Saturday, October 28


The Arizona Hemophilia Association and Downtown Phoenix, Inc. are hosting the 9th Downtown Phoenix Zombie Walk. The 2017 event promises to be  bigger and better, the gutsiest and the most charitable one of them all. John Holmberg from KUPD is back as the Grand Marshall. The pre-party kicks off at 3 p.m.and will include live entertainment, music, a costume contest, food trucks, kids’ zone, a “zombification” station, and of course, thousands of Zombies.

Haunted Phoenix Bus Tour

October 28

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Join the unofficial Arizona Hip Historian, a.k.a. Marshall Shore, for a bus tour of historic graveyards, ruins, and ghostly haunts in downtown Phoenix. The tour begins at the Clarendon, a boutique hotel with a wildly checkered past.

The tour will include a drive by of the historic Orpheum Theater, a visit to the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park, a peek inside the ruin of the historic First Baptist Church and a stop at the San Carlos Hotel. While the first tour of the day is sold out, there are two more scheduled to take place in the late afternoon and early evening.