The scariest night of the year is upon us.
This year is unlike any other Halloween we’ve ever experienced. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy the spooky season. If trick-or-treating is not your move this season, you can still get your thrills with the awesome abundance of scary displays Phoenix has to offer.
Check out our list of 10 terrifying Halloween displays you don’t want to miss:
This fantastic tribute to the cult classic was designed by Karen Lennon and her boyfriend, Matthew Wiley. It features Beetlejuice’s grave, a full-size recreation of the strip club from the film, Dante’s Inferno Room, as well as a giant sandworm. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!
Hours: starting at 6:30 pm
Location: 1423 East Earll Drive
Happy Haunted Pumpkin Patch
Carl Jimenez has flooded his home with a massive collection of plastic jack-o’-lanterns of all shapes and sizes. More than 100 spooky pumpkins light up the space, arranged into a mountain on the side of the north Phoenix home. There’s even a jack-o’-lantern decorated to look like Pennywise from the creepy Stephen King classic, It, hanging from a tree.
Hours: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: 18639 North First Avenue
Cost: Free, but donations are accepted benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.
This Halloween display is truly creepy. Local artist Michaela Nastasia worked with her niece to create an eerie setup with everything from cannibals and witches to gator and the supernatural. The front of the house is decorated with a cabin-like facade with buckets of fake gory limbs.
Hours: 6 pm – 11 pm
Location: 14601 North 40th Way
Cost: Free, but donations are accepted.
This tribute to Halloween has it all: ghosts, zombies, skeletons, jack-o’-lanterns, you name it. Nick Chryst, the genius behind this display, even added a slime fountain to the mix, all covered in a purple fog. This year, Chryst asks that visitors stay socially distanced on the sidewalk, but you’ll have plenty to see, as his collection has only grown since last year.
Hours: dusk until 10 pm
Location: 8611 North 30th Drive
Cost: Free, but donations are accepted.
This family favorite features some of the best characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Kids and adults alike can enjoy spooky songs and see Jack Skellington and Sally, as well as witches, ghosts and talking skeletons. There is even an hour-long choreographed light and animatronics show! Visitors are asked to wear a mask.
Hours: 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: 2537 East Amberwood Drive, Phoenix
Eddie Shriner’s Halloween Display
Shriner has such a big collection of Halloween decorations that he decorated his neighbor’s house, as well as his own. There are dozens of creepy clowns, including both versions of Pennywise from It and Twisty from American Horror Story: Freak Show. Shriner’s display also features slasher movie villains like Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees, sinister pumpkins and elaborate scarecrows.
Hours: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Location: 11020 North 79th Avenue, Peoria
Jim Fry’s Halloween Display
This massive cemetery-themed display includes a mix of characters: favorites from The Nightmare Before Christmas, skeleton pirates, and more. Resident Jim Fry says he may sell his collection after this year, however, so be sure to stop by this Halloween!
Location: 1850 East Concorda Drive, Tempe
Homeowner Isaac Pacheco set up his haunted house and mini maze in his garage, driveway and side yard. It has been downsized from his original plan, but is just as terrifying, complete with live actors and spine-chilling decorations. The house offers a non-scare version if you’re visiting with the family, and kids under 5 are free. Visitors are asked to wear a mask.
Hours: 7 pm – 11 pm
Location: 8609 West Preston Lane, Tolleson
Cost: $5 per person
This house has been a Tempe favorite for over a decade. This year features a “Pumpkin Hollow” graveyard display instead of the annual walk-through setup. However, fans will still get to see favorite pieces from the usual haunt, including characters from The Exorcist. Sanitized bags of candy will also be given away.
Hours: 6 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: 511 East La Donna Drive, Tempe
Cost: Free. Donations are appreciated. Partial proceeds going to TCAA- Tempe Community Action Agency.
Chris Birkett spared no expense for his Haunted Graveyard, which runs through the front and side yards, as well as the garage of his Scottsdale residence. It features elements from Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, including the famous hitchhiking ghosts, and an homage to the late Joe Casella (owner of Casella’s Deli). He even invested in an antimicrobial fog machine to disinfect the space every day. Visitors are asked to social distance and wear a mask.
Hours: 6:30 pm – 10 pm
Location: 8414 East Valley Vista Drive, Scottsdale
Cost: suggested donation of $5 per person
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