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From ghost tours to creepy musicals: 13 spooky Halloween events in Downtown Phoenix

by Elizabeth Montgomery
Arts & Culture Music & Events Elizabeth Montgomery October 20, 2022

It may be 90 degrees outside, but that won’t stop us from celebrating sweater weather.

When ghosts and pumpkin spice is in the air, Halloween is approaching. In Downtown Phoenix, there are fun and spooky events for everyone to enjoy.

Historic Downtown buildings are filled with more than just vintage decor. Stop by the Orpheum Theatre or Rosson House for tours and stories of what lurks within the walls. If wine is your treat of choice, Genuwine has a sweet pairing you won’t want to miss.

Get cozy watching Hocus Pocus with live music from the Phoenix Symphony or keep it kid-friendly with spooky-themed activities at the Children’s Museum.

Here is a list of fun events happening in Downtown Phoenix over Halloween weekend.

Spooky Science at Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center will become bewitched with bats, black cats, bones and more bizarre beasts during Spooky Science, their signature Halloween event. With four levels of thrilling themes, daring demonstrations and mysterious activities, these activations are sure to inspire, educate and entertain guests of all ages about the science of Halloween.
Details: Oct. 3-31 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St. Activities are included with general admission.

Wine + Halloween Candy Pairing

Kick off the spooky weekend with an important question: What’s better than Wine + Halloween Candy? We’ll wait. The lovely folks at GenuWine have paired four wines with four candies. Stop by to enjoy the pairing. You’ll also receive 20% off any bottles you purchase from the tasting.

DetailsOct. 27 beginning at 6:00 P.M. at GenuWine Arizona Wine Bar, 888 N. First Ave. Tickets are $20.

Community Pumpkin Carving Party

FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar is the host of an all-ages community pumpkin carving party for guests and local residents. Best pumpkin carving techniques get a chance to win an award! Pumpkins and carving kits are complimentary — while supplies last — there will also be food and drink specials. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes. Children and pets are welcome at this family-friendly event.

Details: Oct. 28 from 6-9 p.m. at FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar, 1100 N. Central Ave. Free. Pumpkins are first come, first serve.

Trick Or Treat at the Museum

Trick-or-Treat at the Phoenix Children’s Museum is back with three days of FA-BOO-LOUS fun! Boogie down on the dance floor, enter the Fashion Fright Show, make a Spooky Tree in the Art Studio, attend story time with local children’s book authors, Teydon Rae and A.M. Foree, AND Trick-or-Treat through all three floors of imaginative exhibits. Grab your family-friendly costumes and get ready for a day of Halloween festivities.

Details: Oct. 29-31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh St. Free with general admission.

Hocus Pocus in Concert Live to Film – The Phoenix Symphony

Join The Phoenix Symphony for this magical Halloween romp through Salem. Follow Max, Allison, and Dani as they match wits with the legendary Sanderson sisters of the film Hocus Pocus. The Phoenix Symphony plays the score as the film is shown on the screen above the stage.

Details: Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Tickets are $34 – $102.

Spookley The Square Pumpkin, The Musical

Based on the wildly popular books and animated special, Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical combines the spectacle and joy of Halloween with delightful songs that people of all ages will love. Airing every year on Disney, the animated television special, adapted from the bestselling Spookley book series, has been a long-time Halloween tradition for families all across the country. A Theatre For Young Audiences musical with a big heart, Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical is no tricks and nothing but a treat for all ages.

Details: Oct. 29-30 at 7 p.m. at Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St. Tickets are $26.

Old MacDonald’s Pumpkin Patch

Get ready for some silly animal antics and sing-along fun in their original show “Old MacDonald” redesigned for a delightful experience.

Details: Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St. Tickets are $8 – $12.

Orpheum Ghost Tours

Immerse yourself in the history and haunts of the Orpheum Theatre after dark. The Orpheum Ghost Tour is a 60-minute walking tour that will take you to the darkest recesses of the theatre. It is a unique way to experience the theatre’s spirited history with a knowledgeable guide from Phoenix Ghost Tours. Each tour offers you opportunities to explore places normally off-limits to the public, ask questions, and perhaps leave with a story of your own. All proceeds go to The Friends of the Orpheum Theatre, a non-profit that serves to provide historic, educational, and fundraising support for the historic Orpheum Theatre.

Details: Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Tickets are $25 – $45.

Monsters Ball 2022

Doors creak open to performances, continuing into the wee hours. The blow-out killer stage show opens with spirited music by the Blood Feud Family Singers and Haus of Prowl. Elixirs du jour will flow: VooDoo Ranger is bringing his Atomic Pumpkin and Juicy Haze, Fat Tire, Spider Venom y mas. On View in the gallery includes Monsters Menagerie 23 – an Alwun House infamously provocative and uncensored annual juried fine art exhibit of profane art in a variety of media by dozens of local artists. This event is for adults ages 21 and up.
Details: Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St. Tickets are $20.

Día de Muertos Festival at ALAC

Join Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center and celebrate those that have moved on. The event includes an art exhibit, vendors, a car show and so much more including a special dance performance by Rascapetatiando Dance Company.
Details: Oct. 29 from 4 – 11 p.m. at the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center, 147 E. Adams St. Free. 

Silent Sundays – The Phantom of the Opera

Silent Sundays in October features Lon Chaney in the horror classic Phantom of the Opera from 1925. Enjoy the movie-going experience of the bygone era of silent film, seated in the wonder of Phoenix’s only remaining movie palace, the beautifully restored Orpheum Theatre. Now in its 21st season, Silent Sundays features a classic silent film accompanied live by world renowned organist Brett Valliant on the Orpheum Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. Bring the whole family!

Details: Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Tickets are $20. Children under 12 are free.

Halloween at Rosson House

Celebrate Halloween inside Phoenix’s own 1895 Victorian house! Explore the Rosson House and experience spooky and historic objects, including a mourning dress, wicker coffin, and a replica Ouija board. After exploring the house, check out crafts and stories in The Bungalow museum store for spiced cider, candy, and desserts from the aptly named Vampire Penguin food truck. Costumes and photographs are encouraged for this unique Halloween event.

Details: Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m. at Rosson House Museum, 113 N. Sixth St. Tickets are $8.

Performance Pop-Up -Thriller Master Dance Class with Hodjie Jo

Master dance teacher, Hodgie Jo will teach “Thriller” on the Pavilion with live music by Mucci. Attendees are encouraged to come in Halloween costumes. The Performance Pop-Up series is a free outdoor presentation that celebrates the depth and variety of Phoenix’s talent and provides high-quality music, dance, and theatrical programming in a safe and welcoming environment.

Details: Oct 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Herberger Theatre Center Pavilion, 222 E. Monroe St. Free.