Spooktacular Arizona: 6 Can’t-Miss Activities to Plan For This Fall

Ava PattonOctober 15, 2023
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Photo courtesy Schnepf Farms

Arizona comes alive in October, when the leaves start to fall, the evenings lengthen, and the temperatures drop. This Halloween season, look forward to local fall activities from pumpkin patches to pub crawls.

Schnepf Farms
Calling all pumpkin and chili lovers! Schnepf Farms invites you to its annual Pumpkin and Chili Party, which will be held every Thursday through Sunday from October 5 to October 29. Admission includes access to all of the event’s exhilarating rides and spectacular performances. Explore the bakery and country store for sweet treats and gifts, and savor the flavors created from scratch on the spot. Keep your camera handy – you’ll come across adorable farm characters and endless photo opportunities. 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, 480-987-3100, schnepffarms.com

Tolmachoff Farms
Get ready for a whole month of harvest-time fun at Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale, which boasts a large pumpkin patch and three corn mazes. Open daily from October 4 to October 29, with the exception of Mondays and Tuesdays. 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale, 602-999-3276, tolmachofffarms.com

Desert Hills Book Festival
Immerse yourself in the literary world at the second annual Desert Foothills Book Festival, presented by the Desert Foothills Library. The event will honor nearly 70 writers from the greater Phoenix area on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be two raffles, one with baskets of delights valued at more than $100 and the other with free door prizes. The Holland Community Center’s “Creative Kids: Tell Me a Story” program, which allows children of all ages to appreciate literature by showing them how to create their very own picture book from beginning to end, will benefit from the event’s proceeds. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, 480-488-1090, hollandcenter.com

Scottsdale Official Halloween Bar Crawl
Prepare for a spooky extravaganza at the Scottsdale Official Halloween Bar Crawl, which will take place on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, at Old Town bars like Boondocks Patio & Grill, 50 Shades of Rosé, Casa Amigos, Patty’s and The Hot Chick. A free afterparty at Wasted Grain is scheduled to keep the fun going until midnight. A digital bar crawl map will guide participants throughout the night. Boondocks Patio & Grill, 4341 N. 75th St., Scottsdale, 480-949-8454, scottsdalebarcrawl.com

Spookfest at Lakeside Bar and Grill
Lakeside Bar & Grill’s 15th annual Spookfest will bring the Halloween spirit to life on Saturday, October 28. Enjoy creepy décor and an eerie mood while sipping on Halloween-themed cocktails. It’s also a family-friendly event – children in costume can eat for free until 4 p.m. Prepare for the Cactus Keys Dueling Pianos Show at 7 p.m. and enter the adult costume contest for a chance to win various prizes. 9980 W. Happy Valley Pkwy., Peoria, 623-566-1470, lakesidebarandgrill.com

Fear Farm
Get ready to scream your heart out at Glendale’s legendary Halloween event, Fear Farm Haunted Fairgrounds & Corn Maze. The Rot Shop, Hollow House, Depths of Darkness, Infestation and more spooky attractions are all open through October 31. Fear Farm is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 7 p.m. 6801 N. 99th Ave., Glendale, 623-866-5378, fearfarm.com