"The Nest" Media tour of the haunted house at Rawhide.
It’s not like most of us need help looking forward to Friday, but the end of this work week has something special in store: Friday begins 18 days of rides, games and deep-fried food at the Arizona State Fair.
Despite the persistent heat, it feels like we've made a subtle shift toward fall. Tailgating, crockpot meals, pumpkin lattes and Halloween costumes aren't far away, and neither is the state fair.
Local nonprofits are invited to host food or game booths at Tempe’s 34th annual Family Halloween Carnival.
Advanced tickets go on sale Monday for the Oct. 29 Gilbert Fall Music and Halloween Festival.
Cooler weather has brought pumpkin patches, corn mazes and haunted houses to the Valley, but you can find fall color and seasonal frights farther afield. Get your autumn on with a day or weekend trip to these destinations not (too) far from home.
Put on your Halloween costume and play 100 holes of mini putt for $20 Oct. 20 at Mesa's Golfland Sunsplash, 155 W. Hampton Ave. When you do, you'll be helping raise money for youth with physical and mental disabilities to take part in the Arizona Magic of Music and Dance camp.
Gather the kids and a camera: the season of autumn-themed backdrops is here. Pumpkin patches open across the Valley on Saturday. From basic, get-your-pumpkin-and-get-out places to festivals with farm animals and fireworks, here’s your guide to a month full of fall fun.
Now that October is upon us and football season is well under way, it is time for Chandler Recreation school intersession camps to begin next week followed by a variety of all-ages community special events later in the month. From the annual Day of Play event to Rhythm Fest to Halloween festivities, October offers a lot of outdoor fun opportunities and the promise of cooler temperatures to help us forget about the long summer.
You may love it when little goblins ring your doorbell and shout "Trick or treat!" but what about your dog? The scary sights and sounds of Halloween can spook dogs, so the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering workshops to help dogs and their owners have a happier holiday.
Universal City, Calif. - With his legs propped up on a teacher's desk, shock rocker Alice Cooper looks right at home inside a demented science classroom filled with phony spiders and snakes. The eerie enclave is just one of the stops in a haunted maze attraction inspired by the "School's Out" headmaster at Universal Studios Hollywood's annual Halloween Horror Nights event.
Yes, it's only October, and I'm as disturbed as you to see Santa Claus next to the Halloween candy on store shelves (lay off the Reese's Pieces, St. Nick). But the holiday season is just two months away. I'm sorry to bring it up, but it's time to figure out your holiday gift-giving and merriment budget.
Hybrid novels are all the rage with young readers, who love the mix of pictures and text in a chapter book.
The Centers for Habilitation (TCH), a local nonprofit that provides an array of services and support to Arizona's special needs community, will host its second TCH Monster Mash on Saturday, Oct. 22. This "Spirit of Giving" gala, for guests 21 and over, will feature live entertainment, food, beverages, costume contest, silent auction, an elaborate haunted house display, and more.
Color usually peaks Thanksgiving weekend at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, when the facility hosts a two-day festival.
A scary clown greets guests at The Nest a haunted house at Rawhide. Darryl Webb/AFN
Essence Bakery Cafe chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos combines organic pumpkin, brown sugar and European butter with freshly ground nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger to create a creamy pumpkin filling, which is sandwiched between a dense, chewy, delicately flavored orange spice macaron, shown Thursday, September 29, 2011 in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
A fun new exhibition features the skeleton-heavy work of 20 local artists, including Patrick Murillo and Blackbird Music & Art Center’s Melody Smith (whose art is pictured). Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 5. Xico, 44 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. Free. (480) 833-5875 or www.xicoinc.org.
Mother Nature’s Farm Pumpkin Patch
Admission includes one Oz pumpkin per child, pumpkin decorating, a hayride, feeding the farm animals, a hay bale maze and air and straw bounces. Food is available for purchase, but families are welcome to bring their own picnics. If you’re just looking for fall decorations, you can visit the pumpkin patch and autumn market only, and skip the farm entry fee.
When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Oct. 1-30, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily Oct. 31 through Nov. 4
Where: Mother Nature’s Farm, 1663 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert
Cost: Admission is $7 per child age 1 and older, $3 per adult; prices for pumpkins vary
Information: (480) 892-5874 or www.mothernaturesfarm.com
Inside Monsterland in downtown Mesa, shown Monday, September 26, 2011 which is opening early in October. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]