From an outdoor Dia de los Muertos celebration to a Spooktacular hot air balloon event, here are the top 10 things to do this weekend for families in Phoenix.
HOWL-O-WEEN AT THE PHOENIX ZOO
6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
The Phoenix Zoo's wildest and scariest event is back! Created for guests ages 8 and up, Howl-O-Ween is a fun event that features spooky activities for both the brave and the not so brave. All activities are broken down into three levels, with Scare Level 1 being the least scary and Scare Level 3 being the scariest. Level 1 activities include camel rides, a Creatures of the Night Animal Show, a Mad Scientist Laboratory, magic shows, and a "scare"ousel where you can ride the web-covered carousel to some haunting music. Join the zoo's Monster Mash and dance to some top hits as well as classic Halloween music. More details about this fun night at the zoo, and which event lean towards scary or truly terrifying, can be found at phoenixzoo.org.
PUMPKIN DAYS & CORN MAZE AT TOLMACHOFF FARMS
11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Tolmachoff Farms welcomes you to make the fall season unforgettable by experiencing their holiday outing in Glendale where there are things to do for the whole family. Travel around the six-acre corn maze while searching for pieces of your map as you walk through. Perfect for little ones, there is a mini corn maze, a petting zoo, train rides, hay pyramids, and farm activities like feeding chickens and a play area. Tickets are $9 for ages 2 and up. Go to www.tolmachoff-farms.com for more information, and to find coupons.
WILD WEST FESTIVAL
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sahuaro Ranch Park hosts this year's Wild West Festival, an Arizona event that includes gunfights and stunt shows, American Indian dancers, trick horses, magic shows, and live music from cowboy and cowgirl singers and musicians. Bring the kids over to the Kids Korral, where they can ride Dozer the Buck 'n Bull, or saddle up for a pony ride. Also offered is the big bounce house area where kids can play around and have a good time. Artisans and crafters will also be there, so you can find great gifts and rare finds. For ticket pricing and specials see wildwestfestival.com
SPOOKTACULAR MINIATURE GOLF
7 - 10 p.m.
Mesa Golfland Sunsplash puts one of their most popular miniature golf courses through a spooky transformation and turns it into a scary-fun event the whole family can enjoy. The 18-hole golf course is full of spooky and festive Halloween decorations. While golfing, be sure to avoid stepping through one of the many eery graveyards. You may even encounter a few spooky costumed characters, but do not worry—they only want to give you a Halloween treat. Tickets are $7.25 for adults ages 12 and up and $6.25 for kids ages 4-11 and for seniors ages 65 and up. For more information click here.