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Boo at the Zoo & Howl-O-Ween

Two Phoenix Zoo Halloween traditions all in one! That's right; this year Boo at the Zoo is joining forces with Howl-O-Ween for two nights of ghostly fun. Enjoy everything Boo at the Zoo offered, just in the evening. And thrill seekers need not worry, because all the scare Howl-O-Ween is known for is also planned.

Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family. So whether you're looking for scary tricks or sweet treats  Howl-O-Ween is a delightfully spooky event for all ages.

$10 Members
$12 General
Children 2 and under are free

All activities are broken down as either "Merry" or "Scary." Those listed as Merry are appropriate for all ages and those listed as Scary are for guests eight years and older who like a good scare! Please be aware of the activity's description before participating.

4-D Theater* Great ready for a spooky, family-friendly adventure with "Haunted Lighthouse 4-D!"
Camel Rides*: Take a ride and get your picture taken on one of the world's most amazing animals.
Character Meet & Greet: 6:30  9:30 p.m.

Due to the popularity of the Character Meet & Greet, be sure to line up early. The line may cut off before 9:30 p.m. to ensure that guests already in line have the opportunity to meet the characters.

Phoenix Zoo Howl-O-Ween Meet and Greet
Extinct Animal Graveyard: Take a walk through the graveyard and learn about endangered species and what you can do to help protect them.

Mad Science Laboratory: Visit our mad scientists and enjoy unique, hands-on science experiments that will be sure to spark your imagination.

Monster Mash Dance Party: Calling all spooks and ghouls, pirates and princesses! Join DJ Mars and dance to top kid hits as well as classic Halloween tunes.

Magic Shows: Experience magic in a mysteriously fun way! 7 p.m., 8 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Mascot Parade: Your favorite mascots are invading the Zoo! Be sure to wave to them as they pass by! (location TBD) 7  7:30 p.m.

Magical Midway Carnival Games : This isn't your typical midway. Test your luck at spooktacular carnival games.
Nature's Nightmares Animal Encounters: Get up close and personal with some of the Zoo's very own "Nature's Nightmares" and learn fun facts about these creatures of darkness. 6:30 p.m.  9:30 p.m.
Pirates of the "Scare"abbean: Aye Matey! Come aboard and witness this thrilling pirate sword fight! It's sure to shiver ye timbers! 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Psychic & Tarot Readings: Want to know what the future holds for you? Sit down with psychic Robert Jerome to find out.
Pumpkin Pathway: Wander along a pathway full of jack-o-lanterns and be sure to keep your eye out for all of the fun carvings."Scare"ousel*: Enjoy a special ride to haunting music on our spider web-covered carousel.
Shipwreck Bay*: Experience this interactive encounter allowing you to come hand to fin with stingrays.
For the safety of the animals, we have restrictions for those entering Stingray Bay during the event:
Anyone with make-up, paint or glitter on their hands or arms must refrain from entering the exhibit.

Be aware of costume pieces or accessories that may fall or dip into the pool. They must be removed or secured, keeping them from touching the water.

Tootsie Pop Ghost Craft: Join the ZooCrew 4-H group for a ghoulishly fun craft activity!
Trick or Treat Trail: Stroll through the Arizona Trail for fun tricks and candy treats.
Candy for children only.

For more information visit:

Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 273-1341

Desert Botanical Great Pumpkin

Every autumn the Desert Botanical Garden's Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the Valley's favorite places to find that special pumpkin. Take a hayride to the Garden's pumpkin patch, where children 12 and under can choose their own free pumpkin. Get lost in the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, visit with adorable farm animals in the petting zoo, enjoy lively Country and Western entertainment and carnival-style games in our spacious Events Plaza, and much more! The event takes place this Friday,October 23rd from 8:30 am-12 pm and Saturday and Sunday,Oct. 24th and 25th  8:30am-3pm.

Free for members and children under 3. Must show member ID to be admitted. 
Garden Admission Rates  
Adults $22 (19-59)
Seniors $20 (60+)
Students with ID $12 (13-18)
Children $10 (3-12) 
Garden members and children 3 years and younger are admitted free.

For additional information call 480-941-1225 or  visit:         

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ  85008
*Event located in the Garden's Event Plaza and in the Pumpkin Patch. 

Ballon Spooktacular

Salt River Fields lights up the Halloween sky with the fifth annual Balloon Spooktacular!
Good times for the whole family! Fireworks, food, live music, kids zone and more!
Trick-or-treaters can graze for candy in more than 20 glowing hot air balloons! 

The event takes place this Friday,Oct 23rd and Saturday, Oct 24th from 5 pm to 10pm.

Spook Trail: Pathways within the footprint of Salt River Fields will be transformed into an excitingly frightening walkway developed and guided by more than 20 Saguaro High School students. The walk has surprises around every corner and the experience is free! Not to mention, the Spook Trail benefits the Saguaro High School choir program. 
Kids zone: A wonderland of kids' favorite new games and inflatables bigger than ever. A small fee applies. Fireworks: Friday & Saturday night, Spooktacular ends with a spectacular fireworks show at 9pm.
Live Music: The Mainstage will rock all night with live music, from a variety of School of Rock Bands. 
Spooktacular Marketplace: Arts, crafts and merchandise from local shops.

For more information visit:

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 North Pima Road,
Scottsdale, Ariz. 
phone: 480-270-5000 

MacDonald Ranch Pumpkin Farm

The McDonald Ranch is hosting their annual Pumpkin Patch, October 1st thru October 31st from 9 am to 6pm. They are closed every Tuesday and close at 3pm on Halloween.

Ticket information:
Monday to Friday   - Closed every Tuesday
$10.00 each  ADULTS & CHILDREN  (Children 1 YEARS OLD or younger are FREE) 

Saturdays & Sundays  - Close at 3pm on Halloween
$12.00 each  ADULTS & CHILDREN  (Children 1 YEARS OLD or younger are FREE)

Donate a can of food or non-perishable item to receive $1.00 off admission per item! 
All donations go to our friends at Desert Mission Food Bank!
Limit $1.00 per person, but you are welcomed to donate more items!

Military Discount: receive $1.00 off of admission for military personnel and veterans.

Above discounts valid weekdays and weekends
THURSDAYS in October - Parent and Grandparent Days: 
Parents and Grandparents receive $2.00 off their admission!  

Friday, October 30th & Saturday, October 31st  TRICK OR TREAT: 
Wear your costume to receive $2.00 off your admission! Kids can trick or treat* at each activity from 9am to 6pm Friday and 9am to 3pm on Halloween! * While supplies last, bring own bag for treats, Adults: please no masks or "full" face paint.

Limit one discount per transaction, discounts cannot be combined. 
For more information visit:

26540 N Scottsdale Rd,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Near the intersection of N Scottsdale Rd and E Jomax Rd
(480) 585-0239

Creepy Cocktails

How about some creepy cocktails! We're with Jordan Catapano author of Cocktails for Cougars & Cowgirls....she's in town for a book tour, but stopped by our studio's to whip up some of her signature drinks...
and Sunda
She will at Bevmo in Chandler this Friday Oct.23rd from 5pm to 7pm, Saturday, Oct 25th 4pm -6pm and  at the Pottery Barn, Saturday,Oct 24th in Phoenix from 11 am - 1pm and Sunday,Oct 25th in Chandler 11 am- 1pm.

For more information on her book and how to make her signature drinks visit:

Planet Middle School

An international psychologist, parenting and relationship expert, Dr. Leman provides guidance for parents facing their child's transition to the Middle School years.  In his new book, Planet Middle School, Dr. Kevin Leman helps parents find their way through the challenging and sometimes downright scary transitions that take place as their child moves through the ages of eleven to thirteen. 

Dr. Leman uses humor and common sense advice to help parents understand and cope with the challenges that will face their child as they navigate this new phase in their life.  Entering middle school is like stepping onto a different planet both for the child and for the parents.  It's a time where peer pressure, technology, and hormones can wreak havoc in a child's life, damaging their relationship with their parents in the process.  Struggling with immense changes doesn't have to leave your family in chaos or ruin your relationship with your child. Dr. Leman presents time-tested principles that will show parents how to help their middle-schooler not only survive but thrive in those hard years on Planet Middle School. 

-Understanding your middle-schooler and their rapidly expanding universe.
-How to respond but not react to drama (and keep your sense of humor while you're doing it).
-Molding your child to possess the most important character quality: an attitude of gratitude.
-How to relate to the survival-of-the-fittest struggles your child experiences every day.
-Identifying signs that your child is struggling or at risk. 
-How to grapple with the powerful force of technology that takes hold of your child. 
-Protecting your child from the myriad of information and online predators that are at their fingertips. 
-How to teach your child respect for themselves and the basics of sex (before someone else teaches them their version). 
-Talking in ways that your middle-schooler will hear and relate to. 
-Using your positive parental expectations in ways that foster the good things in your child. 

For more information on his book visit :

Slider Throwdown

What could be better than sampling some of the most unique and delicious sliders in the Valley? Doing so while helping a good cause, of course.

The Slider Throwdown, held at Kierland Commons on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., is set to pit local food trucks against one another to battle for the title of Best Slider! Well-known food trucks including Jamburritos, Phil the Grill, Aioli Burger, Buzz N Bee, Island Loco, Comfort Cravings and more will be serving up their most creative and scrumptious sliders for attendees to sample. The sliders will be judged by local "slider experts" as well as by the attendees via their People's Choice votes.

Just $25 includes admission into the event and one slider from each participating food truck. Slider lovers of all ages are welcome, and a beer garden with cash bar as well as non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF).

To purchase tickets and all info, visit:
Kierland Commons 
15205 N Kierland Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254