From family-friendly forays to horrifying haunted houses, here's a trio of terrifyingly fun things to do this Halloween.

Phoenix Frights

Written by Arren Kimbel-Sannit Category: Lifestyle Issue: October 2016
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Who doesn’t love a good scare? We at PHOENIX magazine are no strangers to horror – the incessant rap-tap-tapping of keyboards and whirring copy machines coupled with a high risk for carpal tunnel syndrome certainly can be scary – so we assembled this list of ghoulishly great Halloween festivities to see around the Valley.

Jack and Jill’s Haunted Hill
Open most of October and November 1, save for select weekdays.
3401 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix
Arguably the scariest and most activity-filled haunted house in the Valley, Jack and Jill’s Haunted Hill has something for everyone – except the faint of heart. Those looking for a real fright can go through the site’s abandoned mineshaft in search of Jack and Jill, who went looking for water in the shaft and never came back. Non-mortifying attractions include a  bar and grill, pool tables, arcade, darts and even black light go-karting. Tickets range from $25-$35, plus taxes and fees. Those less keen on horror can visit the Hill from 12-5 p.m. and explore the shaft without anybody jumping out at them or chasing them for just $5.
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden
October 17-31
Carefree Desert Gardens
101 Easy St., Carefree
For frighteningly family-friendly fun this October, look no farther than the second annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in the town of Carefree. Renowned sculptor and pumpkin carver Ray Villafane will debut a series of scarecrows and provide tips at a DIY carving area for kids. Food will also take center stage. AZFeastivals will provide a variety of pumpkin-based meals, and the especially hungry and/or competitive can get in on the pumpkin pie-eating contest and bake-off. Adults can search out the food trucks and craft beer garden, or perhaps hit the proverbial lanes and go pumpkin bowling.
Arizona Field of Screams
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays throughout October, plus Halloween
Tolmachoff Farms
5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale
Those looking to satisfy a love of both puzzles and haunted houses should head to Arizona Field of Screams in the West Valley. Visitors have to navigate a haunted corn maze filled with all manner of things ghastly and murderous. General admission costs $17, though on October 1 and Halloween, prices are reduced to $11. An adult must accompany children younger than 15.