How to Celebrate Halloween in the Valley

How to Celebrate Halloween in the Valley

Spooky season is upon us, and while celebrations may look a little different this year, there are still a ton of festive and safe activities going on in the Phoenix metroplex. Between apple picking, petting zoos, and pumpkin patches, there are so many great outdoor destinations for safely enjoying Halloween and the fall season this year. 

We have the scoop on the best activities for celebrating this month, with everything from haunted houses to more local family-friendly events. Get ready for lots of pumpkins, costumes, and autumnal fun!

Mother Nature’s Farm Fall Festival

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Head over to Gilbert to take advantage of the fall season at this family-owned farm. Not only does Mother Nature’s Farm have an outstanding pumpkin patch, but they also have a straw bale maze for you and your family to explore.

As a safety measure, masks are required while indoors or on the hayride, but enjoy forty-seven acres of fresh outdoor air on the farm, perfect for social distancing. Admission is only $10 a person and that includes a one-ounce pumpkin, hayride, and lots of other outdoor games and activities. The farm will be open every day through October 31. 

Apple Annie’s Orchard 

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You definitely have to drive fairly far to get to this charming destination, but if you are looking for the best apple picking spot in AZ, look no further! Apple Annie’s is located in Wilcox, AZ and is open daily through the month of October. 

This is a fun spot where you can bring the whole family and pick your own fruit, including apples and peaches. Not only will your whole family enjoy getting in on the hands-on fun, but you will get to go home with some very fresh produce. The beautiful apple orchids also make a great spot to take family photos. One thing to note is that Apple Annie’s Orchard is not pet friendly, so leave your dogs at home!

On your way out, make sure to spend some time wandering through their country store, where you can pick up fresh apple pies and homemade fudge. This is truly the perfect spot for a fun fall-themed day trip. 

Pumpkin Nights at The Princess 

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For the first time ever, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is transforming this month into the ultimate fall celebration. There is truly something for all ages as part of this celebration, from seasonal treatments at the spa, a fall culinary class series, to roasting marshmallows on the Jack-O-Lantern Lawn. For adults, there will be a “Spookeasy” bar, a romantic place to sip a cocktail and watch the sunset. You can also enjoy a spooky firework display every Thursday-Sunday night at 8 pm during the month of October. 

The resort is offering an enticing overnight stay option as well, perfect for a fall staycation. You get $100 towards daily resort credit, a VIP Express Pass admission to the fall festival and other perks when you book. This sounds like the perfect way to get your fill of the season in a relaxing resort setting!

MacDonald’s Ranch

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Calling all animal lovers! MacDonald’s Ranch is the perfect spot for one-on-one time with all your favorite farm animals.The highlight of the ranch is the petting zoo, where you can meet and interact with everything from horses, to goats, to pigs! This is the perfect sensory experience for families with younger children. 

They also offer a lot of other fun activities geared towards kids, including cow milking and lawn games. For an additional cost, you can also pay for a pony ride or a chance to feed the petting zoo animals yourself. 

Also, in addition to the petting zoo, you will want to stock up on your pumpkins because MacDonald’s Ranch was rated the #1 pumpkin patch in Arizona by Reader’s Digest in 2018 and 2019!

Field of Screams

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If something spooky is more your style, visit the Field of Screams in Glendale. The price of admission is $25, and it’s open from 7pm-11pm every night until Halloween. The Field of Screams is not recommended for children under ten years old. 

Dare to enter this haunted corn maze at your own risk! The Field of Screams promises “new spine chilling scenes every year.” This spot is ideal for those who love horror movies and enjoy all sorts of monsters popping out from the corners. Reviewers say this place is good for thrill seekers and those who really like to be scared. 

Fear Farm Haunted House 

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Fear Farm is a long-time beloved haunted attraction in Phoenix. The premise is that there are a variety of interactive exhibits that you can explore, and along the way you will encounter lots of spooky creatures and people. However, no touching is allowed by either the guests or actors at Fear Farm.  

This year, they have reduced the capacity and are encouraging guests to buy their tickets in advance online. The price depends on which day of the week you go, so a tip is to plan your visit during the middle of the week for reduced lines and a lower rate. 

They also offer a “fast pass” for $10 that allows you to reduce your wait time for certain events at the haunted attraction. Fear Farm suggests that their experience is too intense for children under the age of twelve. 

This year they are offering several different attractions including “The Plague,” “The Bunker,” and a haunted corn maze filled with 20 acres of pure terror. While Fear Farm is definitely not for the faint of heart, it makes for a great Halloween-themed date night, or a fun outing with friends during the fall. 

Halloween BOOtique & Fall Festival 

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This outdoor event is perfect for those looking for ways to safely celebrate Halloween this year. The fall festival takes place on Saturday, October 24th from 10-3pm. The event is free to attend and includes so many fun activities! 

The main attraction is the opportunity to shop from thirty local vendors, trick-or-treat at each vendor booth, and enter the costume contest with prizes. There will also be a taco food truck, an exotic animal petting zoo, and bouncy houses. Enjoy a live musical performance from the students of East Valley School of Music. You won’t want to miss this! 

Enjoy a Pumpkin Carving Party 

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Head over to the Thunderbird Lounge on Monday, October 26th at 6 pm for a festive Halloween week pumpkin carving party! Bring your friends and enjoy carving pumpkins and drinking pumpkin beer. The Thunderbird Lounge will be playing the holiday classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. 

This year the party will be socially distanced on the back lawn of the lounge. The safety precautions include: hand sanitizer available at each table, tables spread six feet apart, and masks are required for all attending. This event is free and is only for those 21 and up. 

While traditional parties and trick-or-treating might be off the table this year, there are still plenty of fun ways to get out and celebrate in Phoenix this October. Having fun outside is definitely the theme of all the Halloween events happening in the Valley this year, which is perfect for enjoying the cooler desert nights.

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