CASA GRANDE — October and the Halloween season brings out the thrill-seeker in most of us and throughout Pinal County, there are plenty of opportunities for fun or a good scare.
From haunted houses and zombie-based events to pumpkin-carving and Halloween story time for preschoolers, below is a list of some of the activities being offered throughout the area.
- The annual Halloween festival is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Flatiron Park, 100 N. Apache Trail. It’s free to attend and features a trunk-or-treat sponsored by Lost Dutchman Realty. Attendees may play various games and participate in activities. Tickets for games and activities are 25 cents each and may be purchased at the event or prior at the recreation center. All proceeds from ticket sales go back to the community and the nonprofit groups that host booths. The annual costume contest begins at 6 p.m. and has categories for all ages. Precarved pumpkins for the carving contest must be submitted before 6 p.m. The dog Howl-o-ween costume contest begins at 7 p.m.
- The Arizona City Fire District hosts its annual trunk-or-treat event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the firehouse, 14022 S. Sunland Gin Road in Arizona City. The event includes decorated trunks, candy, a haunted house, costume contest, music and food.
- The FreakShow Experience haunted house opens at 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout October at The Promenade at Casa Grande shopping center, 1004 N. Promenade Parkway, Unit 138. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. On Halloween, it will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight.
- The Red Shield Theater hosts a Monster Mash Halloween-theme concert beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Salvation Army theater, 1333 N. Center Ave.
- The Dead Regenerates presents A Zombie Apocalypse experience on Oct. 25, 26, 31 and Nov. 1 at 109 E. 11th St. Admission is free. Doors are open from 8 p.m. to midnight. Call 520-252-7152 for more information.
- A pumpkin decorating contest is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 at The Promenade at Casa Grande, 1004 N. Promenade Parkway. The event is free and includes prizes for kids ages 4 to 13.
- A haunted mansion-theme gala event to raise money for the Valley Humane Society begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Property Conference Center. Tickets are $60 at the door. The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a costume contest, dancing and a live band.
- A Halloween charity workout begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Dave White Regional Park, 2121 N. Thornton Road. Attendees should bring their own pumpkin weighing 10 to 20 pounds, depending on fitness level.
- The annual Halloween story time and story walk begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Main Library Activity Room, 449 N. Drylake St. Kids may dress in Halloween costumes. The youth librarian will read a Halloween-themed story, then kids will trick-or-treat throughout Peart Park. Refreshments will be provided.
- The Hocus Pocus Party begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Vista Grande Public Library, 1556 N. Arizola Road.
- The Casa Grande Halloween Harvest Festival is on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Paul Mason Sportsplex, 2525 N. Pinal Ave. The event includes trick-or-treating, games, inflatable play structure, costume contest, food vendors and a costume contest. The event is free to attend.
- The Great Southwest Radio Theatre Project and Arizona Community Theatre present the Halloween Fright Fest on Sunday, Oct. 27, with Act 1 at 670 W. Pima Ave. in Coolidge. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for age 6 to 11 and $10 for age 12 to adult. Seating is limited. Tickets may be preordered online at Azcommunitytheatre.com. Featured are: “Murder on Mike,” “Sorry, Wrong Number!,” “The Murder of Mrs. Brooks” and “Don’t Tell Me About Halloween.”
- The annual haunted gym, sponsored by the Coolidge Parks and Recreation Division, is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Coolidge Tyron Jackson Gym, 660 S. Main St.
- The Coolidge Parks and Recreation Division hosts its annual Halloween carnival from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Kenilworth Sports Complex, 671 E. Coolidge Ave. The event includes a costume contest, booth games, inflatable play structures, music, a photo booth and pumpkin-carving contests.
- The city of Eloy’s annual Harvest Fiesta begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Central Park, 601 N. C St. The event includes costume contests, games, train rides, inflatable play structures, pumpkin races and trunk-or-treating.
- The Florence Halloween Fright Fest begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, on historic Main Street in Florence. The carnival-style event includes games, decorated trunk spaces, a pumpkin carving contest and a costume contest. While the event is free to attend and there is no cost to take part in most activities, vendors and food trucks will be present and will charge for their goods and services.
The Pumpkin Walk is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Pacana Park, 19000 N. Porter Road. Participants may decorate and display a pumpkin for a chance to win prizes. As well as pumpkin carving contests, the event includes a pumpkin patch, shop-or-treat, petting zoo and hay rides.