Once children come along in your life, your Halloween holiday entails passing out candy at your doorstep, dressing up the kids in their spooky costumes, pumpkin carving (with caution), guiding some trick or treating and, if you’re lucky, squeezing in a Halloween party with friends. For those with the kids this Halloween, let them enjoy some frightful fun inside one of the Valley’s menacing, bloodcurdling, terrifying haunted houses! Pick your frightening fate…
Haunted House and Hayride
Oct. 23-25. 6 to 10 p.m.
Only the brave can venture this haunted house in Ahwatukee. Ghosts and goblins are set to terrify, while others can take a hayride through the park and stock up on free candy. Take the little ones to the less scary version between 6 and 7:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit youth programs at the community center.
$6 for adults; $4 for children 2 to 12-years-old. $1 off coupon available online.
Ahwatukee Community Center and Swim Club
4700 E. Warner Road, Phoenix.
Nightmare on 37th Ave.
Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 23-31. 7-10 p.m.
Prepare to be scared at Moon Valley High School’s haunted house. The theatre building turned a “nightmare” includes 20 different fear scenes and 50 actors set to freak you out at every corner. Boo!
Moon Valley High School
3625 W. Cactus Road, Phoenix
Chris Birkett’s Haunted Graveyard: “The Mansion”
Oct. 27-31. 6:30-10 p.m.
Leave it to the professionals when your worst nightmares are to come alive. Chris Birkett’s Haunted Graveyard, “The Mansion” will features illusions, air-compressed grave jumpers, flickering candlelight and animated figures. Plus, experience the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas” first-hand with Chris Birkett’s Town Display.
Cost: Free. Donations accepted
Chris Birkett’s Haunted Graveyard
8414 E. Valley Vista Drive, Scottsdale.
Morbid Manor Charity Haunted House
6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 29-31.
Don’t get lost in this 8,000 sq.-ft. haunted house filled with all things to terrorize you. Plus when you visit the Morbid Manor and make a donation, you will be benefiting the American Heart Association, the Desert Southwest Alzheimer’s Association, the Arizona State Veterans’ Home and the Ryan McBride Memorial Music Fund.
7426 W. Foothill Drive, Glendale.
Oct. 29-31. 6:15-10 p.m.
For the ultimate in Halloween horror and displays of the dead experience Terror Nights in Tempe! This shock show features a haunted yard with a chamber of the Living Dead, Michael Myers, Haunted Library, Walk Through Graveyard, Haunted Picture Gallery and the Phantom Organist.
Free but bring a non-perishable item for the holiday food drive.
511 E. La Donna Drive, Tempe.