As the Travel Channel will tell you, nobody celebrates October’s signature holiday quite like “The West’s Most Western Town” – so if you’re looking for a frighteningly good way liven up your Halloween, it’s time to visit Scottsdale. As Halloween approaches in Scottsdale, ghosts and ghouls begin to walk the streets. Abandoned factories transform into award-winning haunted houses, and entire sections of downtown explode into massive, officially sanctioned costume parties. Here are just a few of the highlights visitors can look forward to this Halloween.

  • Arizona’s Original Scream Park. In 2007, the Travel Channel called Arizona’s Original Scream Park one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions. Get ready, because even more frights are in store for the park’s 13th birthday. Management is currently busy preparing four massive haunted houses, including something called the “3-D Fear Factory.” Whatever that may be, it’s guaranteed to be awesome.
  • Ghost Ball. Ghost Ball is the Halloween party to end all Halloween parties. On October 27, Scottsdale’s Indian Plaza will transform into a stylish and scary event for the ages. Thousands of guests are expected to turn out for the signature drinks, the live DJs and Ghost Ball’s famous costume contest. The organizers will hand out more than $10,000 in prizes this year, including prizes in categories such as best costume, sexiest costume and best group costume.
  • Scottsdale Fall Festival. If you’re planning to visit Scottsdale with your family, be sure to stop by the Scottsdale Fall Festival – you’ll kick yourself if you don’t. This city-hosted festival offers a way to get a big dose of Halloween fun in a safe and friendly environment. There will be games, a costume contest, fireworks and of course, lots of candy for your little devils.

There’s no Halloween like a Scottsdale Halloween. The haunted houses are scarier, the parties are crazier and the family events are a lot more fun than anywhere else in Arizona. So if you’re in the mood for a truly memorable Halloween, pack up your costume and come visit Scottsdale.