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In Oro Valley, Halloween isn't limited to trick-or-treaters and costumes

Dog in witch hat and photo of child in crayon costume

You know how it is here in Arizona. As soon as the daily highs drop back into the 90s (and it’s safe to resume outdoor activities), Arizonans are excitedly popping their heads out like prairie dogs looking for adventure. And the timing couldn’t be better, because Oro Valley has some festive fall events lined up for you this October! If you think Halloween is just for kids (or for people who have kids), think again!

October 3, 2017

The Town of Oro Valley has gone above and beyond to create multi-layered events, ensuring there is something for everyone.

Halloween is for the young (and the young at heart)

Admit it. Some of you grown-ups secretly miss dressing up for Halloween. (Some of you still do!) Many of you have more fun dressing up your kiddos than you ever did as a kid yourself. That’s why the annual Halloween Spooktacular is so popular. This year’s event, which will see more than a thousand attendees, is being held Friday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Oro Valley Community Center, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive. The Spooktacular is fun for the whole family, and is especially geared for the little ones. (There’s spookier fun at the Monster Mash. See below.) This free event includes games, activities, costumes, trick-or-treating down Candy Cart Lane and much more. Food will be available for purchase, and tractor-pulled hayrides are $2.

Halloween is for tweens and teens

For the older kids who want something a little spookier, we’ve got the Monster Mash at historic Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road. This free event is on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 9 p.m. Activities include pumpkin decorating, crafts, spooky maze, spook alley, a scary movie scavenger hunt, a DJ spinning haunted tunes and a PG-rated movie on the big screen. Food trucks will be onsite for your refreshment needs.

Halloween is for runners, walkers and fitness fanatics

We love to stay fit in the OV, so the Town of Oro Valley has once again partnered with our friends at On Your Left Fitness to offer a spooky 5K and 10K run/walk as part of the Monster Mash on Saturday, Oct. 14. Both races begin at 4 p.m. at Steam Pump Ranch, and include great prizes. This is a spooky race, so costumes are encouraged! Registration is $50 in advance; $60 on race day. Register at

There will also be a free, costumed “Fun Run” for kids at the Monster Mash. (No registration required.) The race is one mile long and begins at 5:30 p.m.

Halloween is for the dogs

That’s right. We’ve even got something just for dogs (and their owners). Join us for our fourth annual Doggie Dash ‘n Dawdle on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane. This fun event is part dog festival and part run/walk. The festival is free, and includes crafts, a dog costume contest, training demos and free dog stuff. Runners and walkers have the option of a one- or two-mile race with their four-legged friends. Registration for the race is just $10 in advance, and $15 on race day. Your fee includes a Doggie Dash ‘n Dawdle souvenir, giveaways and a medal. Visit for registration info.

Whether you’re young or not-so-young, it’s time to get into the Halloween spirit! At the end of the day, these special events are about community. They’re about providing opportunities for residents and visitors to come together in public spaces and share in the adventure, relive our youth, make new memories and enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery of Oro Valley. So grab your friends, kids, dogs, costumes, sneakers, or all of the above, and we’ll see you out there!

By Misti Nowak, Communications Administrator - Explorer Newspaper, 10/3/17