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Top Ten Things To Do This Weekend in Phoenix

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Halloween is slowly creeping up—slowly? Who are we kidding!—but with these Valley events you’ll at least be able to savour part of the year's sweetest season. Be sure to catch festivities from all corners of the Valley for a fabulous Halloween treat. From The Day of the Dead to tasty wholesome dining, you'll have every reason to rock this beautiful fall weekend! Here are our picks for Oct. 23-Oct. 26.  


Phoenix Pumpkin Patches

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There are so many different ways and places to pick out your perfect pumpkin this year, from a farm to a train to a zoo. Which one will you choose?

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Tolmachoff Farms, Glendale

In addition to letting you pick out the perfect pumpkin, Tolmachoff Farms offers an array of other fun activities for your day at the patch, from haunted corn mazes to petting zoos to train rides and more. Admission is $9 for ages 2 and up. Throughout October, the farm is open from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Check here for coupons and November hours.

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MacDonald’s Ranch, Scottsdale

Make your pumpkin-picking experience a little more country at MacDonald’s Ranch. Learn how to pan for gold and play old western games while petting cute farm animals. Admission is $10 Monday-Friday (closed Tuesdays) and $15 on Saturdays and Sundays. The ranch is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 31. http://www.macdonaldsranch.com/pumpkin-patch-info.htm

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Mother Nature’s Farm, Gilbert

No pumpkin is too big or too small at Mother Nature’s Farm, offering pumpkins of up to 500 pounds! The entrance fee is $10, which includes pumpkin decorating, hayride, corn maze and air bounce. The farm is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days a week through the month of October. For more information, go to http://www.mothernaturesfarm.com/pumpkinpatch.aspx.

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Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek

If pumpkin picking just isn’t enough for you, then join Schenpf Farms for their Pumpkin & Chili Party, complete with all your favorite things about fall such as yummy food, pig races and marshmallow roasting. The farm is open Thursdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission is $17. http://www.schnepffarms.com/event/pumpkin-chili-party/


Apple Annie’s Orchard Farm, Willcox

Apple Annie’s doesn’t just specialize in apples, but pumpkins of all shapes and colors too. Get lost in the huge pumpkin patch and stop by the Snack Shack for lunch. The patch is open from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. until the end of October. Pumpkin prices range from $3-$25. Go here for more info.

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Crooked Sky Farms, Phoenix

Support local community-supported farming when going on your pumpkin hunt this year and select the perfect one in addition to gourds and other vegetables of your choice. The farm will be open from 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. through Oct. 31. Each pumpkin is about $5. http://www.crookedskyfarms.com.


Vertuccio Farms, Mesa

If you’re just interested in getting a pumpkin, Vertuccio Farms makes it easy by just charging you for the pumpkin and not for the entire park. If you want to make a day of your search, though, the farm offers a seven-acre corn maze, mule rides, a giant tube slide, rope climb, race cars, and more. Through Nov. 2, visit the farms Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or Friday- Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $9. http://www.vertucciofarms.com.


Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

For any last-minute pumpkin pickings, the Desert Botanical Garden’s has you covered with the Great Pumpkin Festival. The festival runs from Oct. 23-26 and offers special pumpkins for every guest, crafts and activities, a hayride to the patch and live entertainment. The patch is open Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Prices range from $10 to $22. Check here for more info.


Grand Canyon Railway, Grand Canyon

Why take your car to the pumpkin patch, when you could take a train? The Pumpkin Train will take you to find your perfect pumpkin, as long as you’re dressed up for the occasion in your best costume. Tickets prices are about $20 for adults and $15 for children. Go here to make your reservation.


Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix

For one week only, the Phoenix Zoo will be participating in the pumpkin festivities with seven different themed pumpkin patches. You can also participate in a Click or Treat Scavenger Hunt and watch the zoo animals “chomp and stomp” their own pumpkins. The Boo! at the Zoo event is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Oct. 20-26. Admission is $20 for adults and $14 for children. http://www.thetrain.com/special-events/the-pumpkin-patch/.


Top Ten Things To Do This Weekend in Phoenix

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The season has finally graced us with crisper air and perfect Valley events! From The State Fair to Halloween spooks, you'll wish the weekend came even sooner. Check out our picks for Oct. 16-Oct. 19.  


10 Phoenix Halloween Parties For Adults and Kids

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Midnight Mayhem: Ghouls Night Out at Hotel Valley Ho

On Halloween night, dance to the songs of DJ Mad Hatter and Whiplash, a duo female DJ team who have traveled around the world, while enjoying drink specials from Grey Goose and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. Costume contest winners will receive prizes including four 90-minute spa treatments; three two-night stays with breakfast and a grand prize of $1,000 cash. Early bird tickets are $30; general admission is $50 and $75 at the door. VIP packages are available. The optional Halloween Package includes a signature guest room, two Halloween party tickets, two welcome drinks and a surprise amenity and starts at $319. Visit www.ValleyHoHalloween.com for more info.


10 Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend: Family Edition

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This weekend, get your family in the Halloween spirit with Halloween-themed shows and concerts or fun fall festivals. Educate them about all things safety, bugs and music, and even get a little bit dirty at a mud run! Check out all your options for a fun weekend here.




Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS

Act One Youth Theater tells the tale of the 16-year-old Princess Aurora who must be woken up from her deep slumber, placed on her by the evil Maleficent. Find out if she will ever wake up at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids. Check http://actoneyouththeater.org for more information.


Kids Night Out

If you’re a family that loves to rock out, then Kids Night Out is the event for you. A night filled with games, movies, rock bands, an open mic and more, your family will leave feeling like rockstars. The event goes from 6 to 9 p.m. and is located at Baker School of Music in Gilbert. Admission is $10. See more info at bakerschoolofmusic.com.


Little Bunny’s Halloween

If you're looking for a show to get you ready for Halloween, let Little Bunny’s Halloween do the honors. This show is perfect for the littler kids, and takes place at 2 p.m. at Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. For more information, go to azpuppets.org.



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Fall Festival: Fall Into Safety

Before sending your kids out for a night of trick-or-treating, take them to meet local fire and police heroes who will teach them about safety in a fun way. Kids will also be able to meet and greet the authentic Marvel comic heroes Captain America and Iron Man. The festival will take place at Rancho Solano Preparatory School from 2 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Go here for more info.


Touch-a-Truck Event

This Saturday, let your children experience life-size work vehicles used in construction, as well as vehicles utilized by the military, police and firefighters. Food trucks, mascots and other vendors will also be there to provide scrumptious food and fun. The event is at Paradise Valley Mall Sears parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 a person or a family pack of five tickets for $20. Go to http://www.jlp.org for more info.


Front Porch Festival

An event for all ages, the Front Porch Festival treats guests to activities, demonstrations and treats. You can even make your own crafts and take them home to hang on the fridge. Stop by the Glendale Visitors Center to see a map from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visit visitglendale.com for more information.

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Fun Mud Run

Get a little dirty this weekend at a family mud run obstacle course. What says family bonding more than a little competition? Tickets are $10 per person. The obstacle course is located at AJ Rodeo Park Event Center from 9 to 11 a.m. Go to http://www.ajcity.net/DocumentCenter/View/11519 for more info.





Experience music the way it was meant to be, set against a beautiful Arizona desert backdrop. MIMFest celebrates international musical traditions and cultures and brings you musical acts, lively dancers, street performers, the Valley’s best food trucks and more. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15-$30 daily. For more information, check http://mim.org/exhibits/mimfest/.

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Keep Phoenix Beautiful Park Cleanup

Teach your children about the importance of keeping the environment clean for the community. PHX Renews is turning a vacant lot into a community park and garden, something your family could have a personal hand in. The event is free, taking place on Central Avenue from 10 to 11 a.m. Go to familiesgivingback.org for more info.

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Jeeper’s Creeper’s: Bugs in Art

If your little boy or girl loves all things bugs, then take them to learn about the creepy crawlers with puzzles, games and arts and crafts at Idea Museum. Admission is $8, which will get you in from 12 to 4 p.m. Check ideamuseum.org for more information. 

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