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Where to scare up fun in Prescott for Halloween

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Scream Factor haunted house

Thursdays through Saturdays through Nov. 1

Frontier Village shopping center, 1841 E. Highway 69 next to Prescott.

Huge themed haunted house. See more details online at screamfactoraz.com.

Day of the Dead Art Exhibit

Now through Nov. 2

Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 Marina St., Prescott.

Free exhibit featuring 2D and 3D art with a Dia de los Muertos theme. Also a raffle for Day of the Dead jean jackets created by local artists. Go online to pca-az.net or call 445-3286 for gallery hours.

Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze

12907 E. State Highway 169, Dewey.

Various dates through October, check www.mortimerfamilyfarms.com.

Freeman Farms Pumpkin Festival

Every Saturday and Sunday in October.

1096 E. Road 3 South, Chino Valley.

Featuring petting zoo, hay rides, corn maze, merry go round, kids train, pumpkin patch. For more details call 636-5714 or go online to azpumpkins.com.

Halloween Happening

Highlands Center for Natural History

Friday, October 24, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

1375 Walker Road, Prescott

Bring the whole family to explore nature at night during an evening with live animals, face painting, cool fall crafts, fireside table and more!

$2 kids (13 and under) $5 adults. Call to register, (928) 776-9550.

Seventh annual Prescott Ghost Talk

Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25

Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St., Prescott

This year the 7th Annual Prescott Ghost Talk will feature five performances: Friday and Saturday at 6 and 7:30 p.m., plus an extra show Saturday at 9 p.m. Experience Arizona's past when famous and infamous "spirits" enact historic ghostly folklore. These dramatic performances are designed for adults and not recommended for youngsters 7 and under. For details and tickets go to pca-az.net or call 445-3286.

Graveyard of Darkness

Friday, October 24 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 3700 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott

The student chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators invite the public for a night of fun and fright at the Robertson Aviation Safety Center for the first Graveyard of Darkness haunted walk. Admission is two canned goods for up to four people, which will be donated to a local food bank, or a $10 donation. Minimum age is 12 and any person under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Enter the campus at the main entrance at Dan Carrell Drive and follow the signs for parking and event information.

Stay warm!

Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Yellow Leaf Coffee Company in Prescott Valley will be offering free hot chocolate to kids 10 and younger in costume.

K9 Tricks for Treats

Friday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m.

Whiskers Barkery, 225 W. Gurley St.

Owners and their dogs can visit participating stores throughout downtown Prescott and fill a treat bag with goodies for their furry friend. A $10 donation to Yavapai Search & Rescue K9 Unit is asked of participants. Meet at Whiskers Barkery at 4 p.m. to sign up and get a treat bag and store map. After searching out stores, return to Whiskers Barkery for the monthly Yappy Hour party & win prizes for best costumes. Get a 5x7 photo taken of your pet by United Animal Friends for an additional $10 donation. Call 776-8700 for information.

Comicfest and Halloween costume contest

Saturday, Oct. 25 from noon to 4 p.m.

Peregrine Book Company, 219A N. Cortez St., Prescott.

Free comics, kids and adult costume contest with prizes, DJ, comic videos, trivia contest. Call 445-9000 or go to peregrinebookcompany.com for more information.

Gateway Mall-O-Ween

Saturday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Prescott Gateway Mall

Free trick-or-treating from 11 to 1. Costume contest for ages 0-5 at noon, then for ages 6-12 at 12:30 p.m. Gift cards for prizes. Free "Hocus Pocus" movie at 1 p.m.

The Great Prescott Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, downtown Prescott.

Pick up a pumpkin to carve on site or at home. Costume contests at the top of each hour, storytelling at 20 minutes past the hour, fall drama series from Bradshaw Mountain High School drama students at 40 minutes past the hour, family costume and scream contest at 3 p.m. Unlimited inflatable and carnival games with $5 admission.

Costumes for Kids 5K

Sunday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to noon

Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, 120 S. Cortez St. in Prescott

A fun run/walk benefiting the Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation who serves the unmet needs of the over 400 children in foster care in Yavapai County. There will be prizes for best costumes and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop

Sunday, Oct. 26 from noon to 4 p.m.

Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery, 208 Marina St., Prescott.

Instructor Maddy Groves will teach workshop participants of all ages the Day of the Dead art of decorating sugar skulls that will be available in small sizes for $3 and large for $5, including art supplies. Stop by any time during the four-hour period; no reservations required. Proceeds benefit the non-profit gallery.

Day of the Dead altars

Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Nov. 7 on display.

Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott.

The public is invited to create Day of the Dead altars in honor of loved ones who have passed away, and the public also is invited to view them. For more information go online to smokimuseum.org or call 445-1230.

Haunted storytelling

Monday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.

Peregrine Book Company, 219A N. Cortez St., Prescott.

Hear local ghost stories from Madeline Groves.

Call 445-9000 or go to peregrinebookcompany.com for more information.

Trick-or-Treat for Little Ones

Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.

Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St.

Stories and songs followed by trick-or-treating around the library. For children ages 0-5. Costumes encouraged. Call 777-1537 for more information.

Teen Haunted House

Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St.

Walk through a maze of haunted rooms and enjoy some creepy treats. For teens in grades 6-12. Costumes encouraged. Call 777-1537 for more information.

Harry Potter themed party

Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.

Peregrine Book Company, 219A N. Cortez St., Prescott.

Harry Potter costume contest for children and adults, plus readings from the popular JK Rowling novels.

Call 445-9000 or go to peregrinebookcompany.com for more information.

It's Alive! Nature Horror Movie Double Feature

Thursday, October 30, 6 to 9 p.m.

Natural History Institute, 312 Grove Ave., Prescott

Fright Night at the Elks Theatre

Thursday, October 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Elks Theatre, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott

Costume contest, "White Zombie" cult classic movie, comedy commentary to "Bloody Pit of Horror," local comedy web series "Diary of a Mad Scientist's Assistant," and the Time Warp dance.

Teen Halloween Party

Thursday, Oct. 30 at 4 to 8 p.m.

Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle

Halloween Hunt

Thursday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m.

Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St.

Picture scavenger hunt where X marks the spot for knowledge and fun prizes. For grades K-6. Call 777-1537 for more info.

Safe Halloween Trick or Treat

Friday, Oct. 31 at 4-7 p.m.

Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St.

Free haunted house and trick-or-treating with PV businesses and the PV Early Bird Lions, followed by free screening of "Ghostbusters" movie on the PV Civic Center lawn. Call 759-3090 for more information.

Boo at the Zoo

Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott.

Trick-or-treat at the zoo and bring your flashlight to see some of the nocturnal animals. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members, and free for children younger than 3. For more info call 778-4242 or see heritageparkzoo.org.

Prescott Film Festival screening

The Prescott Film Festival will be screening its traditional silent film with live accompaniment on Halloween. Come in costume if you choose, and enjoy extraordinary pianist Jonathan Best bring the classic Lon Chaney "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" back to life!

The film screens at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for students and are available at the door or online at www.prescottfilmfestival.com.

Trick-or-Treat on Mt. Vernon St.

Friday, Oct. 31 after dusk.

A traditional favorite area for Prescott trick-or-treaters because of the elegant homes, elaborate decorations and generous residents.

Dia de los Muertos 5K Community Fun Run

With 1-mile kids run for ages 12 and younger

Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m.

Brownlow Trailhead, 1300 Commerce Dr. in Prescott.

Registration and check-in starts at 9 a.m., race starts at 10, and raffle drawing and awards take place at 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by La Tierra Community School and Children's Peace Project. Register online at latierracommunityschool.org. Bring a jar of change to help kids in Haiti attend school. Come dressed in a Day of the Dead costume and get your face painted for the run by local artists at 9 a.m. Also raffle prizes, music and food.

Day of the Dead Celebration

Sunday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott.

Join this free traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring mariachi music, ballet folklorico dancing, cemetery procession, green corn tamales for sale, and vendors. Prescott-Caborca Sister Cities is co-hosting the event. For more information go online to smokimuseum.org or call 445-1230.

Please let us know about your Halloween events and we'll add them to our growing online list and publish them on Fridays in the Courier. Email rlayton@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-5333 ext. 1095.