Fun and Spooky Halloween Events in Tempe this weekend

Posted on: October 26, 2011

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How will you enjoy Halloween in Tempe this year?

Halloween is on Monday. Not the optimum night for trick or treating, but it does mean that you can enjoy lots of Halloween-themed activities this weekend in Tempe.

The whole family will enjoy watching “Spooky Buddies” at the Kiwanis Movies in the Park on Friday, October 28. The movie will start at dusk (around 6 p.m.). The movie will be shown on a large inflatable screen on the west side of the lake at Kiwanis Park. Snacks, drinks and glow sticks will be available for purchase.

The Family Halloween Carnival will also be at Kiwanis Park on the next night, Saturday, October 29. From 5-9 p.m., you can enjoy activity booths, a costume contest, performances from a magician and a clown, a mini train ride, a bounce house and more. There’s a new feature called “Tot Town” with art and crafts, games and other activities for children 5 and under.  Admission to the Family Halloween Carnival is free, and tickets for food and game booths can be purchased for 25 cents apiece. Admission to Tot Town is $1 per child.

For individuals in the mood for a fright, the Tempe History Museum is hosting an evening of real life ghost stories – for free – on Friday, October 28 on 6:30 p.m. Marshall Shore will present Haunted Places, Nefarious Deeds and Other Oddities, which will feature stories and images about Winnie Ruth Judd, also known as the Trunk Murderess, as well as the hauntings of local establishments like Monti’s La Casa Vieja, Casey Moore’s, Tovrea Castle, the Stockyards, San Carlos Hotel and Aunt Chilada’s. There will also be a Halloween costume contest with prizes awarded in three categories: Most Historic, Spookiest and Funniest. Prizes include a $40 gift certificate to Monti’s La Casa Vieja, dinner for two at Tempe Mission Palms and dinner for two at Casey Moore’s. For more information, call the museum at 480-350-5100.

At the Tempe Town Lake Marina, anyone from age 10 and up can go on a moonlight kayak ride on Saturday, October 29. Costumes are encouraged. No experience is necessary, and all equipment will be provided. Cost is $30 per person. Participants must register in advance at www.tempe.gov/brochure with code 26888. For more information, call the City of Tempe at 480-350-8069.

Happy Halloween everyone!


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