Families and Kids

Celebrating Halloween in Tempe

It’s about that time of year to make plans for Halloween! If Halloween is quickly creeping up on you, and you just don’t know what to do, check out these awesome events in Tempe, AZ. Whether you are looking for a fun activity for the kids, an event for the grown-ups, or something for the whole family, everyone will be sure to have a spooky good time in Tempe.

Arizona SEA LIFE Underwater Superhero Spooktacular – October 4-31, 2019

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium – Arizona Mills, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. #145, Tempe, AZ 85282
Seeking something not-so-spooky to do with the kids this Halloween? Then stop by SEA LIFE Arizona’s Underwater Superhero Spooktacular October 4-31 for a festive, family-friendly celebration complete with superheroes, costumes, some unconventional pumpkin carving and plenty of goodies and prizes up for grabs. All activities are included in the price of admission.

Brick or Treat – October 4-31, 2019

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona
5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., #135, Tempe, AZ 85282
Jump inside the world’s spookiest box of LEGO® bricks at the only Halloween Party that’s built for kids! Those crafty LEGO® FUNgineers are busy making the attraction boo-tiful and are conjuring up awesome activities including a Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt, Halloween and pumpkin LEGO mask builds, positively perfect LEGO pumpkin patch through MINILAND, spooky minifigure trading and a crazy costume contest. Dates include Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21; Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, and Wednesday, October 31, 2018. All activities are included in the price of admission.

Haunted Brewery Tours – through Oct. 30, 2019

Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
We all love the historic building that houses Four Peaks, but who knew that it was haunted? Now you can learn all the spooky tales, from employee’s own ghost stories to tragic events that happened over the years at the brewery building, during Haunted Brewery Tours. These late night tours take place every Monday and Wednesday night through October. Tickets are $20 and include the tour, a pitcher of Pumpkin Porter and a commemorative T-shirt. Tour guests must be 21+. Check out the website for more details.

Halloween Dog Costume Parade and Competition – Thursday, October 24, 2019

Casey Moore’s Oyster House
850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
The paw-fect event for you and your furry companion. Head on down to Casey Moore’s Oyster House as they co-host with Huss Brewing Company a Howl-aween event you’ll love attend! First 20 people to register will be a part of the parade/competition. Top 3 winners receive prizes. Top prize includes a custom pet portrait from Painting with Canvas! Registration 6 – 6:30 p.m. by back bar gate. Parade starts at 6:45 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Creepy Candy Crawl – Friday, October 25, 2019

Tempe Marketplace – 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
Goblins, ghosts and ghouls get ready for a haunted Halloween bash at the first-ever Creepy Candy Crawl at Tempe Marketplace at The District Stage! Show off your spookiest and kookiest costumes in contests, parade through The District, trick-or-treat from store to store, snap free photos in our booth and enjoy games, prizes and entertainment. Costume contests are divided into four categories and everyone can participate. First place winners of each category will walk away with bragging rights, a trophy and a special prize! The first 1,000 guests will receive a free and festive reusable trick-or-treating bag!

Howl-O-Ween – October 25-26, 2019

Phoenix Zoo – 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008
Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family. This event takes place October 25 and 26 from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. SCARY activities are for guests eight years and older who like a good scare! If sweet treats are more your style, the MERRY activities are appropriate for all ages. Merry activities include camel rides, Trick or Treat Doors, Fantasy Meet & Greets with superheroes, princesses, Star Wars favorites, Ghostbusters and more and the Extinct Animal Graveyard. For a more spooky Halloween, guests can check out the House of Voodoo, Zombie Laser Tag,, Camp Nightmare, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other chilling experiences. Tickets for members are $9.95; non-members are $12.95 and children under 2 are free.

Strange Garden – October 25-26, 2019

Desert Botanical Garden – 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008
Strange Garden is creeping back into the Garden and you’re invited! Encounter weird sights, fun tricks and curious nature. Look out for our Mad Botanists as they dazzle you with tales of fascinating and peculiar plants. Wander along the trails to see Villafane Studios pumpkin vignettes and glowing creatures from the Wild Rising exhibit. Dance ‘til you drop at the spooktacular monster bash. Kids 12 and under can choose the perfect pumpkin to take home. Friday and Saturday, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Admission is free with paid Garden admission or membership.

Annual Family Halloween Carnival – October 26, 2019

Kiwanis Park South Soccer Fields – northeast corner of Guadalupe Rd. and All-America Way, Tempe, AZ 85283
Come join all goblins, ghouls and ghosts of the city at the Annual Family Halloween Carnival from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., which is offered as a safe alternative to trick or treating. Your family will have a bewitching good time with carnival games, live entertainment, face painting, food booths, train rides, inflatables, a toddler play area and more! Be sure to dress up and participate in the annual Halloween costume contest for your chance of winning fabulous prizes. Admission to the Family Halloween Carnival is free. Tickets for attractions, games and food booths can be purchased for 25 cents a piece. Most activities require 3 to 4 tickets.

Halloween Stroll – Sunday, October 27, 2019

Downtown Tempe
Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Tempe! Ghosts, goblins, and princesses of all ages, come to Downtown Tempe’s 6th Street Market (near Tempe City Hall) for some not so spooky Halloween fun. Join us starting at 2:00 p.m. for festive crafts, games, trick-or-treating and a costume contest. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag! At 4:30 p.m. meet at Hayden Station (located on 4th St., West of Mill Ave) for a Costume Contest. Prizes will be given to the top contestants. All ages welcome to participate. Parking is free on Sundays in Downtown Tempe.

Spooktacular Soiree at the MOXY Phoenix Tempe – Thursday, October 31, 2019

MOXY Phoenix Tempe
1333 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281
The team at the MOXY Tempe invites you to a Halloween Party at the coolest hotel in Tempe. With a live DJ, a costume contest with a cash prize, reverse happy hour and most importantly, food, you’re sure to have a wicked time at this 21+ event! Your $20 wristband gets you hooked up with entry to the costume contest, MOXY grub buffet, and one adult beverage. Party starts at 8:00 p.m. til midnight. Make it a fun party and stay the night with great rates. Plus when you book your hotel at the MOXY for Halloween night, you’ll get 2 wristbands for being awesome. So be responsible and don’t drink and ride your broomstick. Make a reservation, by calling 480-968-3451, or visit their website. You can purchase your wristbands, here.

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Written Michael Martin