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.

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.

Brick or Treat – Saturdays and Sundays, October 20-31, 2018

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.

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 26 and 27 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. Watch the Garden become a living canvas with Electric Desert | A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective. Dance ‘til you drop at the spooktacular monster bash. Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Admission is free with paid Garden admission or membership.

Annual Family Halloween Carnival – October 26, 2019

Kiwanis Park Softball Complex – 5805 S. All-America Way, Tempe, AZ 85283
Come join all goblins, ghouls and ghosts of the city at the 41st 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.

Written Michael Martin