– Halloween and Fall Events in Scottsdale – 2014 –
If you have ventured into any stores lately, it feels like Halloween has already been here for weeks. But, now it is just over a month away and I thought I would compile a list of some Halloween and Fall Festival Events going on in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas.
PUMPKIN PATCHES, PARTIES AND FESTIVALS
- MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch – MacDonald’s Ranch is located in North Scottsdale and is one we visit annually. Take a hay wagon ride or train ride out to the pumpkins and pick out your favorite. Plus, there are tons of activities, a petting zoo, a maze, pony rides and more. It opens on October 1st and runs through Halloween. It is open daily, except for Tuesdays.
- City of Scottsdale’s Fall Festival – On October 25th from 5-9PM, the City of Scottsdale is hosting a free Fall Festival. There will be costume contests for kids and pets, games to play, a haunted forest, pumpkin decorating, fireworks and more.
- Mother Nature’s Farm – This family-owned farm is down in Gilbert has a ton of activities for kids and adults to enjoy including a maze, air bounce, animals and more. People are encouraged to bring a picnic and make a day of it or you can buy food on-site. Opens October 1st and runs through October 31st.
- Desert Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Festival – From October 23-26, the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix will be hosting its annual Great Pumpkin Festival. There is a hayride to the pumpkin patch, live music entertainment and more. Price included with DBG admission and it is free to members.
- Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party – Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek is going all out for their Pumpkin and Chili Party this year. The party will be taking place Thursdays through Sundays during the month of October. Besides picking out a pumpkin or enjoying some chili, you can also ride on a roller coaster, catch some pig racing or a BMX show, navigate through corn mazes and so much more.
- Vertuccio Farms – Vertuccio Farms in Mesa is the site of another fun Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch. In addition to pumpkins and hay and corn mazes, there are lots of other activities including an air bounce, an 1800’s variety show, spider crawl, slides and more. Food available for sale. It runs daily from September 27th through November 2nd.
- Enchanted Trail – The Enchanted Trail can be found at the Rio Salado Audubon Center on October 17, 18 and 19. This evening hike allows you to see and learn about nocturnal desert animals. Participants get to make a mask, perfect for Halloween.
- Phoenix Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo and Howl-o-ween – Boo! at the Zoo runs from October 20-26 from 9AM to 5PM and features pumpkins, a maze, a scavenger hunt and more. Howl-o-ween will be taking place from 6:30-9:30PM on October 24-25. Come dressed for tricks and treats, including animal encounters, a DJ, haunted trails, magic shows and more.
- Cave Creek Wicked on October 25th – From 11AM to 4PM, come enjoy family-friendly costume contests for kids, dogs and horses, trick or treating and lots of fun activities. Starting at 7PM, events for adult fun are planned including a bar crawl and costume contests.
PREPARE TO BE FRIGHTENED
Here are three attractions that feature haunted houses, terror and more. Obviously, these are not for the faint of heart…
- Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare – The Great American Nightmare is now open at WestWorld in Scottsdale. It features three different haunted houses and other frightening experiences. It is open on Friday and Saturday nights through mid-October and then switches to Thursday through Sunday nights through November 1st.
- House of Screams Haunted House – This haunted house is located on Thunderbird just west of I-17. In this attraction, you are trying to avoid being one of homicidal Clyde Bailey’s next “victims.” A portion of the proceeds will go to Alice Cooper’s The Rock Teen Center and Bosom Buddies of Arizona, a breast cancer awareness non-profit. It opens September 27th and runs through November 2nd.
- AZ Field of Screams – The Field of Screams is located in Glendale. Here, you navigate a cornfield maze, waiting for the next horror to appear. Open Friday and Saturday nights from October 3rd through October 31st.