13 of the Best Spooktacular Sites in the Valley This Halloween Season

By Alyssa Grabinski

Don’t wait until October 31 to join in on all the Halloween fun.

For Adults

Freak Show at The Hot Chick 

Time to freak out: The Hot Chick is back again with their annual Halloween party. Alongside DJs, fire performers and more, party the day and night away on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Old Town Scottsdale. With alcohol specials and a spooktacular atmosphere, Halloween will be your new favorite holiday. Reserve a table by calling 480.255.7733. For more information, visit www.thehotchickaz.com.

Spooky Sangria Social at Queen Creek Olive Mill

Think Halloween costumes are just for kids? That’s a bunch of hocus pocus! Those who show up in costume at the Spooky Sangria Social on Oct. 29 can grab $2 prosecco Jell-O shots, while everyone else will just have to “settle” for seasonal sangria. Di Oliva Restaurant & Bar is also joining in on the celebration and guaranteeing that there will be no scar(e)city of fun—for $38, attendees can get a carafe of sangria and an antipasto board.  For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com.

Spirit of Halloween party at Skysill Rooftop Lounge

Rooftop views, alcoholic beverages and no entrance fee are exactly what you need for a magical evening this Oct. 29. From 8 p.m. to midnight, jam alongside DJ Iceman, drink some boos (booze, get it?), like a domestic draft for $5, and enjoy some classic scream-worthy scary movies. Plus, enter the giveaways for a chance to win a one-night hotel stay, dinner for two at Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits or a $50 gift certificate at the rooftop lounge. How de-frightful!  For more information, visit www.skysillrooftop.com

Nightmare on Princess Drive at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is bringing spooky back. Here’s what you can expect at the event: “Discover the history and hauntings of The Plaza Bar prison this Halloween weekend. Only the most infamous, dangerous delinquents get sentenced to a place as wicked as this…,” according to their website. For no charge, experience a live DJ, enjoy some cocktails and get your Halloween fill on Oct. 29. For more information, visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com

Masquerade Vibe Ball Dinner at STK Steakhouse

Always wanted to attend a masquerade ball? STK Steakhouse to the rescue. On Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, attendees can dance to a DJ, try a handful of pumpkin-inspired dishes and show off their masks! An Instagram costume contest will also grant one lucky winner a $250 gift card. For more information, visit www.stksteakhouse.com.


Frights in the Lights 

Frights in the Lights, a drive-thru light show infused with eye-catching spiders, ghosts and pumpkins—oh my!—will put a spell on the entire family. From now until Oct. 31, you can experience the fa-boo-lous Mesa site from the safety of your own car for just $29.95. For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.frightsinthelights.com

Scottsdale Día de Los Muertos 

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos in Old Town Scottsdale throughout October and into early November. Running through Nov. 2, attendees can see large art installations celebrating and honoring those who have already passed. A Mexican folk ballet performance, as well as a Noche de Muertos—a night full of art, music and more—is also on the agenda. For more information, visit www.scottsdalediadelosmuertos.com.

Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival 

The event, taking place on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 is filled to the brim (of the cauldron) with events for all— kids and grownups are welcome! Over 20 hot air balloon trick-or-treat stations, over 4,000 pounds of candy, costume costumes and hot air balloon rides are here to help you lift your spirits. (Literally.) Bouncy houses and a “spook trail” make the event a must-attend attraction this spooky season. For more information, visit www.azspooktacular.com.

MacDonald’s Ranch

Halloween just isn’t Halloween without a couple of jack-o’-lanterns. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday (excluding Tuesdays), grab your family and prepare to pick some pumpkins. For the ultimate experience, your kiddos can ride a pony, play lawn games and attend a petting zoo. Should we just get in the car right now? For more information, visit www.macdonaldsranch.com/pumpkin-patch.

Haunted Houses

13th Floor Haunted House Phoenix

Hey scare-devils, for around $30, this Phoenix haunted house will have your heart pounding and your adrenaline surging as you make your way through the terrifying terrain. Be warned: They advise against wearing heels or flip-flops.  Why? According to their website: “They tend to end up in our lost and found.” Let me put it another way: You will be running from the “Midnight Maniac Cult” and “The Daywalker.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.13thflooraz.com

AZ Field of Screams 

Field of dreams? More like Field of Screams. Starting at 7 p.m., this late-night Glendale haunted corn maze will have you frozen with fear. According to the website, the description is as follows: “A corn field planted over an old forgotten cemetery. Do you dare enter where the most horrifying dreams become a reality?! Don’t let what happened to the other happen to you!” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  www.azfieldofscreams.com.  

Fear Farm Haunted Fairgrounds & Corn Maze

Walking through the dark when you have no idea where you’re going is already enough to have your senses on high alert. Sprinkle in the fact that you’re actually walking through a corn maze while being terrorized by characters lurking in the shadows, well, you’re doomed. If that’s exactly what you’re looking for, you can get all the frights you want, plus access to a haunted carnival for under $30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.fearfarm.com.

Haunted Graveyard

No scary actors chasing you down, just a live 13-minute experience that will send shivers down your spine. Family-friendly, but not recommended for those under 13, this free haunted house in Old Town Scottsdale is no walk in the park. With fog and colorful animations, you’ll be thoroughly shaken. For more information, visit www.hauntedgraveyardaz.com.

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