20 Spooky Halloween Events in the Phoenix Metro Area for 2012

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Still working on filling your calendar with all of the spook-tacular events this season? Check out the following local Halloween events that should not be missed!

The Haunt at Monsterland Arizona’s only haunted attraction that can boast Hollywood quality sets, costumes and over 50 animated props! After your scare, get a bite to eat at the Monsterland Restaurant. When: Varies throughout October, view schedule here. Where: Monsterland, 18 W. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201 Cost: $10, or $15 front-of-the-line pass

Horrific Movie Night Mondays at SanTan Brewery Join SanTan Brewery for a month of spooky movies! Showing: The Strangers; The Firefighters; Thirteen Ghosts; Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer; and Pet SemataryWhen: Every Monday night in October, 10pm Where: SanTan Brewery, 8 South San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ 85225 Cost: Free (with cost of food and drink)

Costume Trade-In Sale at Kidstop You can pick out your Halloween outfit for 50% OFF when you bring in last years costume as a trade in! We're joining the trend to make sure ALL kids enjoy Halloween this year! When: Now through October 23rd Where: Kidstop, 6990 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ Cost: 50% discount on new costume with last year's trade in!

Haven Halloween Party! You are invited to a an evening of fun and frivolity. Don your best costume get 25% OFF one item in the shop PLUS you will be entered into a best costume contest, the winner receives a $50 Haven Gift Card! When: Friday, October 5, 5pm-9pm Where: Haven Boutique, 133 West McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85003 Cost: FREE!

The Enchanted Trail at the Rio Salado Audubon Center “Come solve the mystery of the Enchanted Trail!  Experience a magical evening stroll along the Audubon Center’s beautiful nature path.” When: October 19-21, 5:30pm-8pm Where: The Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040 Cost: FREE!

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Boo at the Zoo "EEK-O" Costume Swap, Pumpkin Stomp and Comp, Costume Parade, and more! When: October 20 & 21, 9am - 4pm Where: The Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 Cost: Free with admission ($10-$20, or free for children under 2)

Halloween Story Telling with Larky Hodges Inviting all kids and kids at heart to join acclaimed storyteller Larky Hodges for an evening of spooky Halloween tales. Tales will be appropriate for K-7th graders with a special scary story for the 4th graders and older at the end. Younger children with older siblings can do a craft project while waiting. Costumes encouraged! When: Tuesday, October 23, 4:30-6pm Where: Pomegranate Cafe, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85048 Cost: $5

Horror Remix presented by ZIA Records Horror Remix takes forgotten horror classics and slices them down to a power-packed themed anthology. We dig through hours and hours of cinema boredom to find those magical moments that make obscure horror so amazing. Showing: Halloween (21+ event) When: Thursday, October 25, 10:00pm Where: The FilmBar, 815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004 Cost: FREE![/column]

The Great Pumpkin Festival Every autumn the Desert Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the Valley’s favorite places to find that special pumpkin. When: October 25 & 26, 8:30am-12pm; October 27 & 28, 8:30am-3pm Where: Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 Cost: Free with admission ($8-$18)

Howl-o-Ween Look out for zombies, witches, vampires and other frightening characters hiding around every corner! (Recommended ages 8 and up) When: October 26 & 27, 6:30pm-10:30pm Where: The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008 Cost: $8, or $6 for members

Bashas' In-Store Halloween Party All Bashas’ stores will hold a free Trick or Treating Party for families. Join us in costume and enjoy free cookies and apple cider. Also, decorate your own Halloween cake for only $5! When: Saturday, October 27, 10am-2pm Where: ALL Bashas' Stores! Find locations online. Cost: FREE!

Railbirds & Halloween Party Join us on Halloween weekend, Saturday, October 27th, for Phoenix's own wildlife scavenger hunt! Tickets are just $15 and include a light rail pass, a tee-shirt, and loaner binoculars. When: October 27, Scavenger Hunt: 9:00am; Halloween Party from 12:30-2:30pm Where: Convene at "The Lot: What Should Go Here," 1005 N 2 St. in Phoenix; Halloween Party following at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S Central Ave., Phoenix Cost: $15


Zombie Walk 4 Limp and moan your way to Heritage & Science Park in Downtown Phoenix for Zombie Walk 4 and Hallowe’en Festival spectacular! When: Saturday, October 27, 2pm-11pm Where: Downtown Phoenix (see zombie route) Cost: FREE!

Little Zombie Zone at the Arizona Science Center Bring your little ghouls, goblins and, well, zombies to Arizona Science Center’s Little Zombie Zone for some seriously scary science fun! When: Saturday, October 27, 2:00 - 5:30pm Where: Heritage and Science Park, 115 N. 6th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 Cost: FREE!

Haunted Hotel Ball at the Hotel Valley Ho Arizona’s grandest and scariest costume party, with the opportunity to win cash and prizes! (21+ event) When: Saturday, October 27, 9pm-2am Where: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Cost: Tickets starting at $20 for early birds!

Ben’s Annual Halloween Bash The most popular Halloween party in all of Phoenix! When: Saturday, October 27, 8:00pm Where: 401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013 Cost: $20 advance purchase, $25 at door.

Smelly Dog's Halloween Costume Contest It's time for our 4th Annual Halloween Costume Contest.  So dress up your four-legged friends and join us for a howling good time! There will be prizes for dogs and people from Smelly Dog and other vendors at the event. When: Sunday, October 28, 3pm-7pm (costume contest at 5pm) Where: 7th Ave. Stroll in Michael's Cafe Parking Lot at 5025 N. 7th Ave. just South of Smelly Dog behind the cleaners. Park behind Smelly Dog and walk through gate. Cost: FREE!

Halloween at the Phoenix Art Museum Presented By The Dr. Diabolic Show Dr. Diabolic, Phoenix's newest horror host will present a screening of the 1978 John Carpenter horror film Halloween! Prior to the screening there will be a Halloween Costume Contest where the winner will be awarded a cash prize.  Museum admission is complimentary! When: Wednesday, October 31, 7:00pm Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Cost: $12

Cuisine and Culture of Dia de los Muertos Learn about food related to Dia de los Muertos and enjoy a catered meal by Barrio Cafe! When: Thursday, November 1, 6pm Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008 Cost: $62, or $50 for members

Dr. Diabolic's Traveling Roadshow & Fun Time-Variety Hour Dr. Diabolic will present the November edition of his Traveling Roadshow & Fun-Time Variety Hour during November's First Friday.  The show will feature live Day of the Dead Musical & Flamenco performances, an animated short film and a special 35mm vintage Mexican Film trailer tribute.  Museum admission is complimentary! When: Friday, November 2, 7pm Where: Phoenix Art Museum (Whiteman Hall), 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Cost: $15