Excitement and suspense permeate the Valley as Halloween draws closer. Get in the spirit with festive local events, from spooky laser tag to a dog costume contest.
Octane Raceway Velocity VR Scream Fest
Looking for a way to immerse yourself in the horror of Halloween? Fight for your life against virtual reality zombies at Octane Raceway’s Velocity VR Scream Fest. A variety of games are available, including Zombie Survival, Far Cry, Undead Arena and more. Plus, players get $10 off Velocity VR from October 18-31.
9119 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 602-302-7223, octaneraceway.com
Mavrix VIP Halloween Bash and Spooky Laser Tag
There’s plenty to do at this dynamic entertainment destination year-round, but Mavrix is turning it up a notch this Halloween with a high stakes costume contest (the winner wins a $500 prize) and a VIP Halloween package (one game of laser tag, a VIP bowling lane, unlimited arcade games for two hours and a Black Magic margarita tower). On October 30 and 31, kids under the age of 12 dressed in costume can score a free game of Halloween-themed laser tag.
9139 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480-291-7500, mavrix.com
Pedal Haus’ Howl-O-Ween
On Halloween, pets get to join in on the holiday fun at Pedal Haus’ Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest. At the Tempe and Chandler locations, each customer’s first Day Drinker Light Lager will be one dollar for those who bring in their dogs in costume, and a $100 Pedal Haus gift card is at stake in the contest. This Halloween celebration is not only adorable, but it is also for a good cause as proceeds from specific drinks will be donated to Valley Dog Rescue and the One Love Pitbull Foundation.
Two Valley locations, pedalhausbrewery.com
ComicX Social Media Costume Contest
ComicX, a comic book-themed restaurant in Phoenix, is hosting this modern costume contest on social media. Contestants post a photo of their costumes to Instagram and tag the restaurant to be considered for the $10 gift card prize. Employees will also be in costume all Halloween weekend and diners are invited to dress up as well.
21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, 480-306-6780, comicx.us
Scarizona Scaregrounds in Mesa has three haunted houses that focus on different themes, including Slayer’s Slaughterhouse, Epic Fear and Startled Darkness. Enjoy these frightening delights every day through October 31.
1901 N. Alma School Road, Mesa, Arizona 85201, 480-444-2590, scarizona.com