Halloween 2017: Where to celebrate in downtown Phoenix

(Summer Sorg/DD)

Still looking for a way to celebrate this weekend? Whether it be frights or food, downtown Phoenix is embracing it’s holiday spirit this Halloweekend. Here are six ways to spend Halloween weekend downtown.

Haunted Phoenix

  • Friday Oct. 27 through Saturday Oct. 28
  • Bus leaves from the Clarendon Hotel
  • $30 bus tickets can be purchased here

Hip Hop Historian Marshall Shore will lead attendees on a bus store of Phoenix’s haunted spots from historic graveyards to ghostly haunts starting with the rumored to be haunted Clarendon Hotel.

Costume Party at DeSoto

  • Friday, Oct. 27
  • 7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
  • 21+ after 9 p.m.

DeSoto Market’s monthly speakeasy will become a ‘Spookeasy’ this month. Attendees will be able to participate in an audience judged costume contest with prizes. There will also be live music swing dancing, and lessons.

Vida y Muerte

  • Saturday, Oct. 28
  • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Luna Culture Lab
  • Tickets: $10 can be purchased here

This annual event celebrates the art of hair and makeup in honor of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. The event will include a multicultural hair and makeup runway show, live performances and drag walk.

Zombie MD Lab

Museum visitors are challenged to find patient zero at live activities throughout the weekend. Guests will also be able to experience other Halloween activities like Boo Bubbles, Oobleck and Screaming Balloons.


  • Sunday, Oct. 29
  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Short Leash Hot Dogs on Roosevelt

Short Leash Hot dogs is hosting it’s annual halloween costume contest of the pup variety. The event is free for all to attend. Dogs will be able to win in three categories, Best In Show, Scariest, Best Theme Team / Family.

Orpheum Ghost Tours

  • Sunday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 31
  • Various tours between starting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here

Come take a tour of the historic Orpheum Theatre with a tour hosted by Phoenix Ghost tours. Attendees will be able to learn the history of the theatre, explore private areas and learn its stories of the ghosts that still supposedly reside there.

Contact the reporter at Kara.Carlson@asu.edu.