Originally Published: October 24, 2016 5 a.m.
Updated as of Monday, October 31, 2016 9:33 AM
• The award-winning Scream Factor Haunted House has returned to the Gateway Mall across from Wildflower Bread Company. It takes about one-half hour to tour the 25,000-square-foot “mansion.” Tickets are $15. For scaredy-cats and those with cardiac issues, a friendlier version takes place as a Saturday matinee, Oct. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. Hours of operation vary on different days. Visit www.screamfactoraz.com for details.
Halloween Safety Tips
Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours.
Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.
Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined.
All fruit should be cut and and closely examined before eating.
Advise children that they should never enter strangers’ homes.
Never invite children into your home.
Children should never accept rides from strangers.
Children should never take shortcuts through backyards or alleys.
Set a specific time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night.
Give wrapped homemade treats only to children you know.
Instruct children not to stray from their group.
A responsible adult should escort children while trick-or-treating.
Adult escorts should carry flashlights.
Don’t leave your home unattended on Halloween night.
Keep pets inside your home, or other safe place on Halloween night.
Children should walk, not run, during their trick-or-treat activities.
Parents should know what route their children will be taking.
All costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof material.
Children should wear proper fitting, comfortable costumes and shoes.
Props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.
Realistic replica firearms should never be used.
Masks should not be worn if they impair vision.
Wigs should be fireproof and should not restrict vision.
Children should always use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
Children should look in all directions before crossing the street.
• Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Festival and 10-acre Corn Maze. Special upcoming events include the Pumpkin Chunkin Competition at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets to the festival are $15. Activities included in admission: farm animal kingdom, straw maze, barrel train for youngsters; obstacle course, slack lining, haunted corn maze for teens; antique tractor show, hayrides, barn dance for adults. For more information, visit www.mortimerfarmsaz.com.
• The PCA Gallery hosts its Day of the Dead Art exhibit through Oct. 30. The Dia de los Muertos-themed show features 2-D and 3-D artwork by local artisans. Admission is free.
Tuesday, Oct. 25
• The Prescott Public Library hosts Trick-or-Treat for Little Ones. Stories, songs and treats for ages 0-5 takes place at 10 a.m. in the Founders Suite on the lower level. Costumes encouraged.
Wednesday, Oct. 26
• At 6 p.m., Prescott Public Library hosts a Teen Murder Mystery Dinner event involving Mafia Mayhem and the death of a prom queen, along with a catered Italian-style dinner. Prescott Center for the Arts is helping the library with this event for teens in grades 6-12. Registration is necessary online, at the Youth Desk, or by calling 928-777-1537. Costumes from the 1930s are encouraged.
Thursday, Oct. 27
• At 4 p.m., the Prescott Public Library hosts a Fall Festival for Families with games, apple refreshments and not-too-scary stories for the entire family, also in the Founders Suite. Come in costume!
Friday, Oct. 28
• K9 Trick or Treats begins at Whiskers Barkery at 4 p.m. with registration at 3:45 p.m. A $10 donation to benefit Yavapai Search and Rescue gets you a bag of goodies and a map to 20 participating stores downtown that are giving out treats. End up back at the store for Yappy Hour for treats until 7 p.m. United Animal Friends will operate a photo booth from 4 to 7 p.m. Costume prizes and raffle drawing at 6:30 p.m.
• The 18th YMCA Halloween Festival takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. For $5, participants can enjoy a costume contest, haunted house, face painting, spin art, basketball shoot, concessions and more.
Saturday, Oct. 29
• The Glass Skull Pendant/Earrings Workshop with Tucson artist Laurie Schock features four sessions at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m., in the PCA Gallery. The fee for the pendant is $15 and $25 for the earrings. Reservations required; call 928-445-3286.
• The Launch Pad Teen Center is hosting a dance and haunted house for teens from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Prescott, 335 E. Aubrey St. Fun games, great DJs, prizes, and Dance Off contest. For teens only, no adults allowed. Suggested donation of $5 to enter.
Sunday, Oct. 30
• The Smoki Museum hosts its annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the museum. Admission is free. People of all ages are invited to experience the sights, the sounds, the tastes, and the culture of Arizona’s Southwest and Spanish influences. The event includes mariachis, Ballet Folklorico dancers, authentic foods, children’s craft booths, art, music, drinks and a rousing cemetery procession. www.smokimuseum.org.
• The Salvation Army hosts a Spooky Spelunking Harvest Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. at 237 S. Montezuma St. The event is an adventure in exploring deep caves, carnival-style games, food and prizes. Non-scary costumes are welcome. 928-778-0150.
• Edgar Allan Poe as performed by Duffy Hudson, 7:30 p.m. at Prescott Center for the Arts’ Stage Too. Hudson has performed the role of Poe more than 1,000 times. This show weaves biographical material with some of Poe’s most brilliant works. 928-445-3286.
Monday, Oct. 31
• Free Haunted House and cookies (while they last) at Granite Gate 5 Star Senior Living, 3850 N. Highway 89, Prescott.
• Sixth Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St. Sponsored by the Prescott Valley Early Bird Lions. Free.
• Boo at the Zoo takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1403 Heritage Park Road. Come in costume and trick-or-treat at different stations around the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary with your favorite animals. Bring a flashlight and see the nocturnal residents out and about. Special admission is $4 for members and $6 for non-members.
• Prescott Film Festival presents its annual classic horror movie with live accompaniment by Jonathon Best. This year: “Dracula,” starring Bela Lugosi, described as “The story of the strangest passion the world has ever known!” Tickets are $12. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Prizes for Scariest Costume, Most Creative, and Most Clever Idea.
• Houdini as performed by Duffy Hudson, 7:30 p.m. at Prescott Center for the Arts’ Stage Too. 928-445-3286.
• Trick-or-treating in Quad Cities, even along Mt. Vernon Avenue in Prescott, often begins in the early evening for children. Police urge caution; that everyone be safe and follow traffic rules; and children should not go out alone.