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Tempe celebrates Halloween with family-friendly events
Posted Date: 10/16/2012 3:00 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. – The City of Tempe invites community members of all ages and interests to celebrate Halloween with neighbors and friends at a number of family-friendly events, held prior to Halloween.

Free Art Friday - Halloween Harvest
Friday, Oct. 26, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Edna Vihel Center, 3340 S. Rural Road

Bring the little ones and enjoy a Halloween harvest-themed morning of activities! Pre-schoolers and their caregivers are invited to enjoy free, family-friendly event features art, music and movement. No registration is necessary. For more information, visit or call (480) 350-5287. 

Movies in the Park- Scooby Doo: Music of the Vampire (G)
Friday, Oct. 26, Dusk (around 6 p.m.)
Kiwanis Park, Mill Avenue and All-America Way

Families can bring blankets and picnic dinners to watch Scooby Doo: Music of the Vampire, the final film in October’s Movies in the Park free family movie series. The flick will be shown on one of the largest inflatable screens in Arizona on north soccer field of Kiwanis Park, located just off Baseline Road. For more information, visit or call (480) 350-5200. 

Halloween Moonlight Kayaks
Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m.
Tempe Town Lake Marina

Tempe’s boating department dares individuals 10 years old and over to get decked out in a costume, jump in a kayak and join the ghosts and goblins on Tempe Town Lake for two special moonlight paddles to die for. No experience is necessary, and all equipment will be provided. Cost is $30 per person. Participants must register in advance at with code 31539. For more information, visit or call (480) 350-8069. 

35th Annual Family Halloween Carnival
Saturday, Oct. 27, 5-9 p.m.
Kiwanis Park, Guadalupe Road and All-America Way

Come join all goblins, ghouls and ghosts of the city at the 35th Annual Family Halloween Carnival, which is offered as a safe alternative to trick or treating. Your family will have a bewitching good time with entertainment, a costume contest for goblins of all ages, face painting, carnival games and food booths which are operated by local civic groups as a fundraiser. Held on the south soccer fields near Guadalupe Road, the carnival also features bounce houses, mini-train rides and the return of the popular “Tot Town,” which includes arts and crafts, sports, a mini bounce house and other activities for children five and under and their parents. Admission to the Family Halloween Carnival is free, and tickets for food and game booths can be purchased for 25 cents apiece. Booths are operated by local civic organizations as a fundraiser. Most activities require 3 to 4 tickets.

The St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance will be at the Halloween Carnival this year collecting non-perishable food items to help the one in four Arizona children living in poverty and not eating meals regularly. Most needed items include: canned tuna, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, rice cereal, soups and meals in a can (pasta, chili, etc.).

For more information, visit or call (480) 350-5200. 


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