Now that cooler fall air has finally begun to set in, it is time to kick off the holiday season with Halloween festivities. This year's Chandler Recreation Halloween Spooktacular is next Friday, Oct. 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and it's going to be bigger than previous years as it has expanded to take over the Downtown Chandler Library courtyard at 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.
This free family event offers a little fright and fun for everyone from toddlers to teens. There will be carnival games, arts and crafts, a costume contest and a haunted house. Games like pumpkin bowling, scary piñatas and cupcake walks will keep youngsters entertained throughout the evening. Every participant will get candy at each activity area, so attendees are encouraged to bring their trick-or-treat bags. There also will be pumpkin painting, face painting and a goblin-and-ghoul egg hunt for younger children.
The costume contest is always popular with all ages, and there will be a winner in the following categories: best family or group, scariest, best superhero, best cartoon character and best princess. Children can have a souvenir photo taken with a special scary guest and create their own picture frame before heading to the haunted house for an adventure through a custom-made maze with a surprise around every corner. For those seeking to avoid scary surprises, there will refreshments available to purchase from the Lions Club. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events or call the events hotline at 480-782-2735.
Mesquite Groves hosts "Haunted Swamp"
The Chandler Aquatics staff will host its first "Haunted Swamp" at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center (5901 S. Hillcrest Dr. next to Basha High School) on Friday, October 29 from 4-6 p.m. There will be a haunted river, face painting, candy and games such as pumpkin penny toss, mummy wrap, apple bobbing and candy jar guessing game. Admission is $1 for children and $2.25 for adults. For more information, call 480-782-2635 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics.
Winter Break Time available
The winter Break Time is now available at many city facilities and Chandler Fry's stores. You can also read it online at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. Registration for winter classes and programs starts Saturday, Nov. 6 (Friday, Nov. 12 for non-residents). Call 480-782-2727 for more information.
Reminder about customer satisfaction survey
A reminder that the annual Chandler Recreation customer satisfaction survey is in progress and can be filled out by visiting www.chandleraz.gov. The survey will close next Friday, Oct. 29.
Chandler Special Olympics golf fundraiser
Chandler Mayor Boyd W. Dunn's Committee for People with Disabilities presents the 14th annual Chandler Golf Challenge at Bear Creek Golf Complex on Friday, Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m. Foursome teams, individual players and sponsorship opportunities are available until Wednesday, Oct. 27. The funds raised from the event benefit Chandler residents with physical and developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/therapeutic or call 480-782-2709.
EEC Sonoran Sunset Series on Nov. 10 On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Environmental Education Center's "Sonoran Sunset Series" outdoor fall entertainment program continues at Veterans Oasis Park (northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads) with a performance at 6 p.m. by Cowboy Ted, a singer and storyteller. For more information, call 480-782-2890 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
TRC fall toddler activities
Tumbleweed Recreation Center will host its popular fall parent and toddler drop-in activities "Bubble Blast" and "Bikes, Bounce & Boogie" from 9-11 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Nov. 24. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. TRC Family Nights continue every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. The schedule is available at www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed or call 480-782-2900.
Parade of Lights floats due Nov. 10
The deadline for groups and organizations interested in participating in the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 4 in downtown Chandler to submit their applications is Wednesday, Nov. 10. The form is available at www.chandleraz.gov/special-events or call 480-782-2665 or more information.
For the latest information, you can sign up for the monthly e-newsletter at www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html (the November e-newsletter will be sent out next Friday, Oct. 29), follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) or Facebook (Chandler Recreation). The winter episode of "Come Out & Play Chandler!" will begin airing Friday, Nov. 5 on Channel 11 with the "Top 10 of 2010" Chandler Recreation, Parks and Aquatics highlights.
Liam O'Mahony is an information specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.