From costume contests to haunted houses, this week is the final chance to celebrate this spooky, sweet holiday — here are some must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!
October 30 —Costume Contest at Talking Stick Resort
The Talking Stick Resort (9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.) is hosting its 14th annual Halloween Costume Contest. The pre-halloween bash will start at 6 p.m. and be open to registered members of Players Rewards club who are 21 years old or older. The first 150 people to enter the costume contest will be eligible to win prizes in three categories, most original, creative and scary. For each category, the first-place winner will receive $1,000 plus memorabilia, the second will get $300, and third-place winner gets $200! Whoever is lucky enough to win Best in Show will be given $3,500 and memorabilia!
October 31 — Get Spooked for Halloween
For some people, going to a haunted house is a Halloween activity that can’t be missed. There are numerous haunted houses in the Phoenix area. If someone doesn’t have a go-to house, here are three recommendations.
Crypt & Asylum Haunted House is located just off of the US 60 and Alma School Road in the Fiesta Mall parking lot. It will cost between $5 and $35 depending on what activities you want to do.
The Dark Scares Haunted Attractions admission price is $20 for adults and $15 for guests 14 years old and younger. This spooky attraction is located at 1900 E. University Drive in Mesa.
Scream Park is at 8823 E. McDowell Rd. in Scottsdale. Scream Park and Haunted House will cost more than the others, tickets start at $29 and go up to $75.
If you have younger kids or simply don’t like to be scared, the Pumpkin and Chili party is open until 4 p.m. on Halloween. The $17 admission fee gives customers access to a myriad of activities including hay rides, corn mazes, a petting zoo, miniature golf and other attractions. For an additional fee people can have access to even more fun!
Nov. 1— Pastry Baking Class at Sur La Table
Baking French pastries and having them turn out like you want often seems like an impossible feat. Sur La Table is offering a croissant workshop that will make sure you can bake the perfect croissant in a three-hour class. Chef Ethan Pinkwasser will teach the students techniques and fundamental skills that will allow them to become a better cook. The class is $48.96 and will take place from 12 to 3 p.m. at the store’s Scottsdale Fashion Square location. You must be at least 18 years old to sign up. Sure La Table is located at 7014 E. Camelback Rd. in Scottsdale.
Nov. 2 – DIY Ornament Workshop
Halloween is over, but getting spirited for the holiday seasons is just getting started! Phoenix Center for the Arts is hosting a workshop about how to create ornaments by fusing glass. People will leave the class with a new skill and multiple ornaments they can put on their christmas tree or gift to friends. This fun fusing class will cost $49 and will be taught at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, located at 1202 N. 3rd St.
Nov. 2 – Take a Bite Out of Fall
For a lot of people, the holiday season means attending more parties and enjoy cocktails they haven’t tasted before. Elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will be offering an interactive class for $30 on November 2. Mixology 101 give a group of 10 people the chance to learn how to make (and drink!) three to four cocktails. Elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is located at 5700 E. McDonald Drive.