Ladies and gentlemen of the Valley, it’s time to get your spook on. Whether you’re making the holiday all about the kids or looking for some adult Halloween fun, here are our picks for All Hallows’ Eve events and haunts around town.
Poe 2010, for the Literary Halloween
Do not underestimate the horror or creepiness evoked by way of poetry. Curriculum Theater will be performing Edgar Allan Poe’s best-loved and darkest rhymes in an insane asylum setting. Hear “Annabel Lee,” “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Raven” at 8 p.m., and “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” at 10 p.m. Admission is $25.
Oct. 29 & 30, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. | Soul Invictus theater at 1022 N.W. Grand Ave. in Phoenix | web
Ghost Tours of Hotel San Carlos, for the Paranormal Enthusiasts
The Hotel San Carlos in Downtown Phoenix is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the U.S. Two persons, in separate incidents, jumped to their deaths from the hotel’s windows, one just a few short months after the San Carlos opened. People claim to have seen their ghosts and those of children — possibly children who died of the swine flu epidemic in 1918 — wandering the property. Now you can tour this legendary hotspot of paranormal activity with Ghosts of Phoenix and see parts of the hotel that are off-limits to even hotel guests. Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for kids.
Check online for dates and times | Hotel San Carlos at 202 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix | web
Pumpkin & Chili Party at Schnepf Farms, for the Kid in All of Us
Who doesn’t like Schnepf Farms, regardless of the time of year? Well the Schnepf family does Halloween up right for sure, with a pumpkin patch, hay wagon, roller coaster, carousels, trains, bonfires, a rock-climbing wall, live entertainment, arts and crafts, grilled food and more. And for the “big kids,” there’s a super-scary 10-acre cornfield maze. Admission is $15 per person ($10 military), children aged 2 and younger are free, senior citizens and Queen Creek residents qualify for discounts on certain days, and $12 discount tickets can be acquired at certain Fry’s grocery store locations. But if you wear a costume any day this weekend, the final weekend of the event, you can get in for just $8.
Oct. 28 & Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Oct. 29 & Oct. 30 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Scary cornfield maze Oct. 29 & Oct. 30, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. | Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek | web
Halloween at W Scottsdale, for a Sexy Spooky Holiday
The luxe W Hotel will be transforming into everyone’s favorite hangout for vamps — the Louisiana Fangtasia bar from the hit HBO show “True Blood.” Wear a seductive costume and get ready to sip some ghoulish cocktails while checking out your costume competition. Admission is $25, must be 21 or older to attend.
Oct. 30, 8 p.m. | W Scottsdale at 7277 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale | web