Fun and Frightening Halloween Festivities in the Scottsdale Area

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Are you ready for some spooky, silly and seriously bewitching Halloween excitement? If you’ve been counting down the days to this fearfully fun holiday, you might want to gather your family and friends and head to Scottsdale. During the month of October, the city seems to transform into Halloween Central. You’ll find plenty of activities, events and attractions that are full of both tricks and treats.

Fall Festivals

The biggest autumn fest in Scottsdale takes place at Eldorado Park Oct. 29. This family-friendly celebration is a great alternative for parents who are skittish about their little ones trick-or-treating. Themed bounce houses, game booths, pumpkin decorating, a haunted forest and an awesome fireworks display make this festival one to remember. Your little ghouls can even participate in a costume contest and earn some sweet prizes.

Throughout October, MacDonald’s Ranch hosts an equally entertaining pumpkin festival. While you’re there, you can search for the perfect pumpkin in a charming patch, visit the sweet farm animals at the petting zoo, play some games, and let your youngsters find their way through the easy hay maze. If you don’t satisfy your pumpkin fix at the ranch, stop at McDowell Mountain Aquatic Center Oct. 22 for some pumpkin dunkin’ in the floating patch.

Spine-Chilling Experiences

No Halloween season would be complete without a few shadows and screams. If you’re prepared to feel your blood tingle and your stomach flip flop, go ahead and brave Chris Birkett’s Haunted Graveyard on Valley Vista Drive. Held Oct. 27-31, the free attraction is loaded with bizarre and terrifying sights and sounds. Mysterious and eerie otherworldly occurrences will leave you shivering and breathless but thoroughly entertained.

For those who want slightly less horrific hocus pocus, Scottsdale Stadium hosts a Haunted Date Night Oct. 22. You can certainly test your courage in the hair-raising haunted house, or you can just sit back on the stadium lawn and enjoy a good horror flick. There will be plenty of scrumptious food, tasty adult beverages and even a costume contest to balance out the fear factor.

Boo Balls

Numerous bars and resorts in and around Scottsdale hold masquerade balls and costume parties, so you really just need to decide which location seems the most enchanting. One truly unique option is the Monsters Ball at the Alwun House in Phoenix. Taking place Oct. 29, this Halloween-style art bash includes gruesome artwork, peculiar costumes, bizarre stage performances and a generally macabre and mystical atmosphere.

Whether you want to have your witch’s hat scared right off your head or you prefer a more whimsical Halloween experience, the Valley area won’t disappoint. You can even enjoy the best of both worlds if you cannot choose. Gather your little hobgoblins for a safe and cheery daytime outing, and head out after dark for a freak-filled fright night. With so many options, you’re guaranteed to have a spooktacular time.

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