Fall is so much more than Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Just hearing the word reminds me of childhood memories; apple picking, jumping in piles of leaves, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and hay rides. Autumn days and nights in Phoenix could easily be described as the most pleasant in the country, and Arcadia residents have the bonus of stunning sunsets and backyard views of legendary Camelback Mountain.

Fall is my favorite season no matter where I am. As the leaves fall to the ground and the days get darker, I hope to spend as much time as possible outside in the upcoming months taking in those incredible Arizona fall days. Get out of the house, take part in the liveliness, and experience the cool air and fall excitement across the Valley at these events:

Cardboard City 2016
October 15th – 16th
Scottsdale Stadium

Celebrating their fifth year, Family Promise-Greater Phoenix invites you to Cardboard City 2016, a youth driven fundraising and awareness building event for homeless families in Maricopa County.

The event features dancing, food, games, cardboard inventions, and of course, a city of cardboard houses. The event culminates with the creation of 2,000 hygiene kits for the homeless and a sleepover inside the stadium in personalized cardboard box houses.

Details: Scottsdale Stadium 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale. $1 admission; $100 in personal sponsorship’s (encouraged, not mandatory) lets you participate with a booth or house. 480-659-5227, http://familypromiseaz.org.

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October 21st – 23rd
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

The Great Pumpkin Festival has a little something for the entire family. From hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, finding your way through the hay bale maze, enjoying carnival-style games, dancing to live music and meeting farm animals, they have you covered.
Costumes are highly encouraged, even for the big kids we like to call adults!

Details: October 21, 2016 – October 23, 2016, Friday 8:30am – 12 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ. Adults $22 (19-59); Seniors $20 (60+); Students with ID $12 (13-18); Children $10 (3-12). 480-481-8188, https://www.dbg.org/events/great-pumpkin-festival.

Open Studio of Pumpkin Painting

October 22nd at 2:30 p.m.
The Brush Bar

Registration is required, $25 price includes all painting supplies, spooky music, festive snacks, and your first drink. You must BYOPumpkin(s) – This event is fun for the whole family.

Costumes are highly encouraged.

Details: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The Brush Bar, 4165 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale. $25 per seat, registration is required. 480-947-8700, www.thebrushbar.com.

Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale
Enjoy delicious treats at The Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale. Take this walking tour through the streets of downtown Scottsdale to the most delicious chocolate destinations. Sample and learn fun facts about chocolate.

Details: Meet at first stop, Steven Paul’s Salon & Spa at 7045 E Third Ave, Scottsdale. Private and group tours available at www.chocolatetourofscottsdale.com.

shutterstock_70734517Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular Festival
October 28-29th
Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation

What’s more exciting than 20 hot-air balloons? How about 20 hot-air balloons handing out more than 4,000 pounds of candy to trick-or-treaters?
The festival offers something for the entire family with live music, a haunted house, tethered balloon rides, or you can just come to watch the fireworks display.

Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. $10 adults; $5 children; balloon rides $25 for adults, $5 for ages 10 and under. 480-270-5000, www.saltriverfields.com.


October 28-29th
Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo’s Howl-O-Ween offers something for young and old alike. Take a walk down Urban Legend Lane looking for zombies or enjoy tamer entertainment with friendly camel rides and character meet-and-greets with the Arizona Avengers and Arizona Ghostbusters.

Details: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29., 455 N. Galvin Parkway. $12 general admission, $10 for members, free for age 2 or younger. 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org.

October 29th
Desert Ridge Marketplace

Desert Ridge Marketplace will offer your little one’s the chance to trick-or-treat from store to store. Everyone is welcome to come in costume at this cute and not-so-scary annual event.

Details: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Desert Ridge Marketplace, District Stage, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. 480-513-7586, shopdesertridge.com/malloween.

Scottsdale Fall Festival
October 29th
Eldorado Park

This free and family-friendly evening event features a trip through the haunted forest, game booths with candy prizes, costume contests, and a “tot area” for the wee ones. The fall festival will literally end with a bang with a colorful fireworks show.

Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale. Free. scottsdaleaz.gov.


October 30th
Arcadia O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano-Brewery

Puff & Fluff Grooming and Pet Sitting is hosting Barkoween at Arcadia O.H.S.O. Brewery. Bring your dressed-up fur babies and let them enjoy pup-themed goodies and treats. A professional dog photographer will be onsite and prizes for best costume will be awarded.

Details: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Arcadia O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano-Brewery, 4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Free. 602-266-5360, puffandfluffspa.com.

Costume Fun at Butterfly Wonderland
October 30th
Butterfly Wonderland

Help dress up the kiddos in their Halloween finery — but please leave the masks at home, and head to Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. Kids will enjoy visits with Butterfly Fairy Leslie Campa and can attend various story times. Event is included with paid admission to Butterfly Wonderland.

Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura Ave., Scottsdale. $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for students ages 13-17 or those with college ID, $12.95 for kids 3-12, free for kids 2 and under. 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.


Charles Schwab Cup Championship
11/9/16 – Sun 11/13/16
Desert Mountain Club – Cochise

The Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the season-ending event of the PGA Tour Champions, returns to the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale this November on the award-winning Cochise course. This is a limited-field event featuring competition between the 36 top points leaders at season’s conclusion.

Details: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Desert Mountain Club – Cochise, 10550 Desert Hills Drive, Scottsdale. $30-$1,800; free for youth 18 and under with a paying adult. 480-237-2100, www.pgatour.com.

Our neighborhood and city are full of fun events for the whole family this fall! Which are you most looking forward to attending?