Family-friendly Frights & Fun in Downtown Phoenix
Halloween is fast approaching. as you can see by our color scheme, it is one of our favorite holidays :-) and we are always looking for fun ways of celebrating!
In addition to the usual adult fright-fare, there are several fun events that cater to families occurring in downtown Phoenix. Here’s a few of our favorites:
Friday, October 29
2nd Annual Zombie Walk
There are plenty of urban legends, like the one that suggests if there was no more room in hell, the dead would walk the Earth. Well, we’ve started an urban legend in the heart of the urban core and you’re invited to walk it in your best zombie get up, bandages and blood a plus. Led by Arizona’s official Ghostbusters (including car, proton packs and more), Zombie walkers will parade, or walk straight legged, throughout downtown entertaining or terrorizing a few folks strolling around the Arizona Center, Hyatt Regency and U.S. Airway Center.
All Hallows Even Festival
Families are invited to join in the festival that includes a costume contest, live music, Rose & Crown Beer Garden, pumpkin carving, palm readers, food, crafts and more. Also don’t miss the special showing of the silent Dracula flick, “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror,” to be shown outside on the wall of the Arizona Science Center. Move over “Twilight,” we’re putting the “old school bite” back in Halloween.
Friday, October 29 and Saturday October, 30
Ghosts of Phoenix Tours
The Hotel San Carlos is famous for its history and alleged hauntings. It has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Weird Travels” and received the #3 spot on Horror.com’s list of “America’s Top 10 Haunted Hotels.” The Ghosts of Phoenix Tour is a walking tour (approximately one hour long), that allows you to see the sites and form your own opinion. We have access to areas that are not open to the general public.
As you are guided through this Phoenix landmark, you will visit the paranormal hotspots and hear stories about the personalities who are said to haunt them. Guides will provide some historical information, along with stories passed down by staff members and past guests.
The Ghosts of Phoenix Tour does not stage re-creations or special effects. Your tour will be authentic. You will want to bring along a camera (digital, disposable cameras with flash, or video). You never know what you will catch on film.
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Mad Scientist Party at Arizona Science Center
For parents looking to bring their little ghosts, goblins and princesses to a fun and safe alternative to trick-or-treating, Arizona Science Center presents the Mad Scientist Party. Arizona Science Center’s exhibit galleries will be transformed into mad scientist labs exploring a variety of hands-on, ooey-gooey science themes.
We will explode pumpkins every hour! ASU Spider Lab will be here on Sunday, Oct 31st from 10am-1pm with many eight-legged friends. Activities will range from “Bloody” hand prints, slime, Eyeball Dissections and more! There will even be special-themed presentations in the Dorrance Planetarium!