City to pull out scary stops, festive treats at Halloween Spooktacular SanTan Sun News

City to pull out scary stops, festive treats at Halloween Spooktacular

October 1st, 2017 | by SanTan Sun News
City to pull out scary stops, festive treats at Halloween Spooktacular
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By COLLEEN SPARKS

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As the air cools in the Valley, people can dress up in costumes and enjoy the thrills and chills of Chandler’s Halloween Spooktacular.

The night when families with children of all ages can explore a pumpkin cemetery, brave a haunted house and channel their wicked sides in witch’s broom races is Oct. 27 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The ghoulish festivities go from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the stage plaza at the park on South Arizona Avenue a quarter-mile south of Chandler Boulevard.

It’s the 36th year of the downtown Chandler event, and the city is resurrecting all of its popular, spooky attractions.

“The Spooktacular is going to have some of the fan favorites,” said Annette Watson, recreation coordinator for Chandler. “We’re bringing back all of the carnival games, the piñata, the cake walk and the pumpkin cemetery. We do the pumpkin bowling. We do have a trunk-or-treat.

“It’s just an all-ages event for everybody,” Watson added. “Its main focus is families. You can’t beat it with the weather in Arizona and the location.”

The event is free, though people must pay for souvenir photos, face painting and glow sale items, with proceeds going to the Mayor’s Youth Commission. The Chandler Kiwanis Club and Chandler Lions Club will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn and other food and drinks at the event.

About 1,500 people are expected at the event, which Watson said provides a safe place for youths to get candy and celebrate the holiday. A “trunk or treat” event, where children can get candy from police patrol cars, fire trucks and other city vehicles and tables, will be available. Candy will also be offered at every booth, game and stop at the event.

Besides trying their luck at about 10 carnival games, kids can walk through a pumpkin patch decorated to look like a cemetery with fog and fake gravestones, where they can pick their own pumpkins. Youths can also roll small pumpkins to try to know down pins in pumpkin bowling. Kids use brooms to sweep pumpkins through an obstacle course in the witch’s broom races.

Parents who want their children to burn off energy can direct them to an inflatable maze created to look like a fun house with mirrors and games. Kids can also decorate masks and get balloon animals from a clown.

A costume contest will be held at the Spooktacular with prizes given to children and adults in a variety of categories including “best princess,” “best superhero” and ‘best family or group” costumes. Candy and other prizes will be given to the winners.

“It’s just so much fun and there’s so much to do for the kids,” Watson said. “Chandler’s growing so fast. It’s one of those events that people enjoy.”

To learn more about the Halloween Spooktacular, visit chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=605.

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