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Halloween & Fall Events in Scottsdale for 2019

Heather Tawes Nelson

Heather holds an MBA as well as a Masters in International Management...

Heather holds an MBA as well as a Masters in International Management...

Sep 18 6 minutes read

Although it does not feel like it outside, Fall and Halloween are almost here!

And with Fall and Halloween come Fall Festivals, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more in Scottsdale and around the Valley. 

Halloween and Fall Festivals in Scottsdale and Greater Phoenix

  • Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze and Fall Festival - September 30th - November 3rd - This Fall Festival in Mesa is sure to delight. It will offer a ton of fun activities including a zip line, multiple mazes, mini-golf, a jump pad, a barrel train, an animal area and so much more. On the weekends, there will be magic shows.
  • Mother Nature's Farm - October 1st- 31st - This family-run farm in Gilbert's pumpkin patch will be open daily in October. Admission for the little ones is $10 each and that includes an OZ pumpkin, a hayride, bounce area, petting zoo, spider web crawl and maze. There will be food for sale, but you are encouraged to bring your own picnic and make a day of it.
  • Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Days - October 2nd - November 3rd - This popular farm will be packed with pumpkins, a six-acre haunted corn maze, a corn maze for the little ones, train rides, a petting zoo and more. Like a challenge? Search the maze for the missing pieces of your map.  (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays and some activities like the train ride and tomato cannon cost additional.)
  • MacDonald's Ranch Annual Pumpkin Festival - October 4th - 31st - This is one of my all-time favorite local events. MacDonald's Ranch in North Scottsdale transforms into a Halloween and pumpkin patch wonderland. Catch a ride on the train, visit the petting zoo, navigate the hay bale maze and more. There will be food for purchase, a marketplace, a mechanical bucking bull and so much more. (Closed Tuesdays. Some activities, like hayrides and pony rides have an additional fee.)
  • Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farms - October 4th - October 29th - Thursdays through Sundays - This is one of the largest events in the Valley. Head south to Queen Creek to enjoy a day of mazes, rides, animals, mini-golf, bonfires, zipline, dog shows and way too many other activities to list. There will be a large selection of food for purchase. This year, they will be open additional nights over the Fall Break dates. Check the website for more information and to see how you can get discounted passes.  (Some activities have an additional fee.)
  • Carefree's Enchanted Pumpkin Garden - October 18th -27th - Get ready for some awesome pumpkin art! Ray Villafane and his team are back to carve their masterpieces this year. Besides the pumpkin art displays, there will be haunted happenings, costume contests, live music, family carve night, pumpkin pie eating contests and more. Here is the schedule of events.
  • Spooktacular Balloon Festival at Salt River Fields - October 25th - 26th - This "fun for all ages" event is back for the 9th year.  Check out over twenty hot air balloons, visit the pumpkin patch and kids zone as well as take your chances on the Spook Trail. There will also be fireworks, live music and food and crafts for sale.
  • Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo - October 25th - 26th - Both evenings of Howl-o-ween will offer "Scary" (for ages 8 and up) and "Merry" experiences suitable for all ages. Make your way around the zoo trick-or-treating, meet some of your favorite characters, go to a dance party and more. Be sure to get your tickets early as this event sells out!
  • Strange Garden at the Desert Botanical Garden - October 25th - 26th - Mysterious and glowing creatures will take over the Desert Botanical Garden at the end of the month. Revel at the Villafane pumpkin art, dance away at the monster dance party more. Kids are welcome to wear their costumes!
  • City of Scottsdale's Fall Festival - October 26th - The City of Scottsdale will be hosting its Fall Festival in Eldorado Park. From 5PM to 9PM, there will be games, a haunted forest, live entertainment and more. The evening will also feature a firework display. The Inflatable Arena will also be back with over 10 inflatables and face painting. (Free entry. $5-$10 entry fee for the Inflatable Arena.)
  • Cave Creek Wicked - October 26th - Harold's Corral is throwing an all-day party to celebrate Halloween. During the day, the event is family-friendly and then move into a 21+ party in the evening. There will be costume contests, live music and more.
  • Nightmare on Princess Drive- November 1st - 2nd - This grown-up Halloween party will take place at the Scottsdale Princess Resort's Plaza Bar. There will be DJs spinning, specialty drinks and a midnight costume contest.
  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration - November 2nd - 3rd - The Desert Botanical Garden will host a two-day celebration of this festival. There will be a market selling art, food and crafts, music, dancing and activities for the little ones.

Prefer to be Scared Out of Your Wits? These Haunted Houses Are Not for the Faint of Heart

Scottsdale Haunted House

If zombies, ghouls, terrifying creatures and getting frightened out of your mind are your preferred way to celebrate Halloween, here is a website that has all of the haunted houses, scary events and more. There are several locations all over the Valley, feel free to visit them all and scream your heart out! Arizona Haunted Houses


This collection only includes a small number of Halloween and Fall festivals and events. If you have any others that you would like to add, please feel free to do so in the comments section!


Disclaimer: Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Event dates, times and pricing subject to change. Most events are paid admission.

Originally posted on Live Better in Scottsdale

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