10/7-15: ‘The Addams Family Musical’

The worst has happened. Wednesday Addams, darling daughter of Gomez and Morticia…has fallen in love. But her creepy and kooky family can’t decide what’s worse – that Wednesday is growing up, or that her boyfriend is “normal.” The beloved family comes to life in this musical that’s ghoulishly fun for kids and adults alike.

Details: Oct. 7-15. 7 pm. Friday, 2 p.m. Sundays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays. $16-$21, youth tickets $14-$16. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. 480-488-198, dftheater.org/addams-family.

10/13: Kid’s Cauldron Mug Painting Party

Time to create a vessel for your very own witches’ brew! Children will use bubbles to paint a cauldron mug. The $25 fee covers the cost of the mug and paint. Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Details: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. As You Wish, various locations. $25. asyouwishpottery.com.

10/14: BARKtoberfest!

Bring your furry, four-legged friend to BARKtoberfest, a dog friendly festival that both your dog and you will enjoy. There will be live entertainment, a dog wash, agility course, adoptions and costume contests. All funds raised will go to Friends for Life, a no-kill animal shelter.

Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Gilbert Town Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert. Free; some activities may require small fee. 480-497-8296, azfriends.org.

10/14-15: Spooktacular Kids Night Out

Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance Center will be holding a spooktacular kids night out. Kids will enjoy trampolines, foam pits, obstacle courses, pizza and lots of fun. Participants to opt to spend the night will enjoy a late night and morning snack.

Details: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 through 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. $50 sleepover; $30 kids night out. 602-992-5790, facebook.com/ArizonaSunraysGymnasticsDanceCenter/.

10/20: Halloween Spooktacular and Car Show

This free family event features a Halloween-themed car show with trunk or treating, live music, games, food samples and a costume contest for kids, families and their four-legged friends. Enjoy the chance to win prizes and eats lots of tasty candy during the fun evening.

Details: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The Shops at Norterra, 2460 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix. Free. norterrashopping.com.

10/20: Halloween Harvest Festival

Kids and adults of all ages are sure to enjoy El Mirage’s annual Halloween Harvest Festival. The event features a pumpkin patch—with free pumpkins for the first 500 families, a haunted house, large corn maze, inflatables and a costume contest for multiple age groups.

Details: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. El Mirage Gentry Park, 14010 N. El Mirage Road, El Mirage. Free. 623-876-2942, cityofelmirage.org.

10/20-21, 10/29, 10/31: Orpheum Theatre Ghost Tours

Just in time for Halloween, the 60-minute tour of the Orpheum Theatre will feature stories of ghostly people who seem to still visit the theater, even after their deaths. The tour, which will include historically accurate facts about the theater, is hosted and sponsored by Phoenix Ghost Tours and The Friends of the Orpheum Theatre.

Details: 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. Oct. 20-21 and 29 & 31. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. $25. orpheumghosttours.com.

10/20-21, 10/27-28: Haunted Harbor at Lake (Un) Pleasant

For two weekends in late October, Lake Pleasant transforms into a spooky and haunted harbor. Enjoy cruises on the lake for kids and adults, live entertainment and Halloween festivities galore.

Details: 12:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, and 27-28. Lake Pleasant, 40202 N. 87th Ave., Peoria. facebook.com/pleasantharbormarinaaz.

10/28: City of Tempe’s 40th annual Family Halloween Carnival

Gather together the kiddos and head to Kiwanis Park for a free and family-friendly festive fall event. Try your luck at carnival games, enjoy live entertainment and face painting, jump on the inflatables and, when hunger strikes, check out the food booths. Everyone is also welcome to dress up and take part in the Halloween costume contest.

Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Kiwanis Park, Guadalupe Road and All American Way, Tempe. Free admission, tickets for attractions cost 25 cents each. 480-350-5200, tempe.gov.

10/28: Scottsdale’s Fall Festival

The annual fall festival features plenty of spooky and free fun. Check out the haunted forest, enter a costume contest and try to win candy at game booths. Finish off the night with a fireworks show.

Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale. Free. scottsdaleaz.gov.

10/28: Halloween Monster Bash

Bring the kids along for some scary Halloween fun where they can play all night on inflatable activities, carnival games, a rock wall, the scare walk and more. This event will donate canned goods to St. Mary’s Food Bank. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. Free admission with canned food items, some activities require a minimal fee. 623-773-7137, peoriasportscomplex.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/183/1225.

10/31: Trick or Treat Main Street

Enjoy fun and safe trick-or-treating in downtown Mesa. The family-friendly event is great for kids of all ages; stop in at the participating downtown businesses for a treat. When hunger strikes the ghosts and goblins, enjoy kettle corn and candy while watching a balloon artist.

Details: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Main St. between Center St. and Country Club Drive, Mesa. 480-890-2613, downtownmesa.com.

Through Oct. 31: Spooktacular Mini Golf

Every night in October starting at sundown, one of the mini-golf courses at Golfland will become a spooky place for 18 holes of Halloween-themed golf. Spooktacular Golf is a family-friendly event—just be careful not to step through one of the graveyards. Costumed characters will be present to say hello and hand out treats.

Details: Oct. 1-31, starting at sundown. Golfland, 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa. $9.99 for adults, $7.99 for kids. 480-834-8319, golfland.com/frightnights/spooktacular-mini-golf/.


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