PHOENIX — Halloween may look and feel a bit different this year as events and officials make changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the season is not canceled.
Pumpkin patches, fall festivals, and haunted houses will go on as planned with safety changes including limited attendance, reservations, and wearing masks when unable to socially distance.
How will Halloween be changed due to the pandemic? Investigator Sonu Wasu looks into events, both physical and virtual, that parents are considering putting on, tonight on ABC15 News at 10 p.m.
For those looking for something to do, here are a few of the events and festivals going on now — and coming up in the next few weeks!
Pumpkin Nights #AtThePrincess, now through Oct. 31
Families can get into the fall spirit at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort’s inaugural “Pumpkin Nights” event. There will be a multi-acre hay maze, carnival rides, bonfires and s’more making stations, a pumpkin patch, an animated Halloween show, and nightly fireworks. The restaurants are also showcasing special fall dishes and cocktails.
Details: Sept. 17-Oct. 6, Thursday – Sunday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Oct. 7-11, Wednesday – Sunday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Oct. 14-31, every night, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Admission/parking is $40 (self-park, four wristbands), $60 (valet, six wristbands). Individual wristbands (walk-up, rideshare) are $10. If you spend $60 at a resort restaurant, get valet parking and six wristbands. Included with admission: pumpkin patch, Jack O’ Lantern Lawn, rides, hay maze, Lantern launch, fireworks. Some activities might have additional fees. More information.
Mother Nature’s Farm Fall Festival, now through Oct. 31
Spend a day at Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert, Arizona. The family-owned farm puts on a yearly fall festival with a pumpkin patch, straw bale maze, hayrides, petting zoo, and outdoor games and activities. Visit Maneau’s Market for treats and decorations.
Details: The farm is open every day, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. through Oct. 31. Admission is $10 and includes a one-ounce pumpkin, hayride, straw bale maze, animals, and outdoor games. Larger pumpkins are available for purchase. More information.
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party, Oct. 1 – Nov. 1
Schnepf Farms’ signature fall event — its Pumpkin and Chili Party — begins on Oct. 1. People can explore two corn mazes, pet the animals at the petting zoo, ride carnival-style rides, feed deer, and play backyard games. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance will be limited each day. People are encouraged to purchase their tickets online, but it is not required. Several of the farm’ food vendors will be open.
Details: Oct. 1 – Nov. 1, Thursday – Sunday. Hours vary by day. Admission is $23 per person, $10 for military, veterans, police officers, or first responders (ID required for individual tickets). Entry includes most rides, corn maze, mini-golf, petting zoo, play yard, pig races, among others. Food and the train ride are separate costs. More information.
Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Days, Oct. 1 – Nov. 1
Head over to Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale, Arizona to explore their six-acre corn maze, haunted corn maze, petting zoo, hay pyramid, or shoot tomatoes out of a tomato cannon. You can also buy a pumpkin from their pumpkin patch (prices vary) in time for Halloween.
Details: Oct. 1 – Nov. 1, Wednesday – Sunday. Hours vary by day. Admission is $15 per person and includes the activities above. Pumpkins, train ride, and tomato cannon are additional costs. More information.
Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze & Fall Festival, Oct. 1 – Nov. 1
At Vertuccio Farms in Mesa, Arizona, families can explore a five-acre corn maze, pick pumpkins (extra fee), play mini-golf, and go on a mini zip line during the farm’s yearly fall festival. There is also an area for photos. If you get hungry, they’ll have snacks for sale.
Details: Open daily, Oct. 1 – Nov. 1 (closed Oct. 5 & 12). Hours vary each day. Admission is $12 per person. Entry includes five-acre corn maze, mini-golf, mini zip line, hay climb, duck races, and other activities. Pumpkins and some other activities have additional fees. More information.
MacDonald’s Ranch, Oct. 3 – Nov. 1
Head over to MacDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale for a taste of the Old West. The ranch’s annual fall festival and pumpkin patch opens on Oct. 3. Families can visit a petting zoo, go through a maze made out of hay bales, and play various lawn games, including Jenga, Connect Four, and Conk the Crow.
Details: Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays). Admission is $10 during the week and $12 on weekends. The petting zoo, hay bale maze, pedal car ride, photo areas, and lawn games are included with admission. Pumpkins, food, pony ride, mechanical bull, and hayride are additional costs. More information.
Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 22-31
The Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch will be located on the east side of Paradise Valley mall. In addition to pumpkins, there will be a hay maze, pumpkin painting, bounce houses, carnival games, a ferris wheel, and kiddie rides.
Details: Oct. 22-30, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Oct. 24, 25, and 31, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Admission is $5, ride tickets are $1 each (most rides require 2-4 tickets). An all-day wristband is $20. More information.
The haunts will still be — well, haunting — at some of Phoenix’s haunted houses this year. But, because of the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve added some extra precautions and safety measures to protect their guests and actors.
13th Floor Haunted House, now through Halloween
13th Floor will debut two themes for 2020: Dead End District and Deadly Reflections. Because of the pandemic, they are limited attendance each night and tickets have to be bought online and in advance. Some nights are expected to sell out and tickets will not be sold at the door.
Masks will be required for both employees and guests, and groups will be further separated from other groups once inside the haunted house.
Details: Sept. 26 – Nov. 1. Hours vary by date. Admission is $20-$33 per person and varies by date. Pricing increases closer to Halloween. The reserved time is when you’re allowed on the property, not when you will go into the haunted house. People will have to wait in line. Fast passes are available for $10-$20 additional. More information.
Fear Farm Haunted House, now through Halloween
Fear Farm and 13th Floor are owned by the same company so the same “Scary Safe” safety precautions apply: limited attendance, tickets need to bought in advance, and masks are required.
Fear Farm will have four themed experiences this year: The Plague, Fallout, Bunker, and The Reaping, Fear Farm’s 20-acre haunted corn maze.
Details: Sept. 26 – Nov. 1. Hours vary by date. Admission is $25-$33 per person and varies by date. Pricing increases closer to Halloween. The reserved time is when you’re allowed on the property, not when you will go into the haunted house. People will have to wait in line. Fast passes are available for $10-$20 additional. More information.
Scarizona Scaregrounds, Oct. 9 – Nov. 1
The Scarizona Scaregrounds will have three haunted houses this year: Slayer’s Slaughter House, Epic Fear, and Startled
Darkness. They will also debut a family-friendly drive-thru haunted house.
The drive-thru has nine themed experiences, including fear fair, fright lane, the haunted west, the graveyard, and zombie takeover. There will also be an escape room and photo opportunities.
Details: Oct. 9 – Nov. 1. Hours vary between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Make sure to check the calendar on the website. Tickets to the haunted houses are sold in pairs of two, four, or six and range from $70-$180, plus processing fees. The drive-thru experience is $50 per vehicle. More information on Scarizona. More information on drive-thru experience.