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Things To Do in Mesa, Arizona for October 25th - October 31st

Get your calendars out, in addition to all the great activities for Halloween week we already outlined in our Fall Guide (Mesa haunted attractions, Howl-o-Ween at the Zoo, the Mesa Pow Wow), there is more:

- Join the Sun Devil Baseball team for practice on Sunday, October 30th at 5:00 PM at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark (wow, that is a mouthful for a ballpark).  Team members will be practicing in full costume!  Practice is free and open to the public.

-  Experience Mesa's first annual Halloween block party:  Nightmare on Main Street.  Friday, October 28th from 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM.  Entrance is at Main and McDonald.  Cost is $10 if you buy your ticket early, $15 at the door.  Must be 21 and older to enter.  Music, costume contest, beer gardens, food and entertainment.  Hosted by Monsterland.

- If you are looking for something more family friendly in Mesa, maybe try to Harvest Night on Saturday, October 29th from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Living Word Bible Church on the Northwest corner of Brown and ValVista.  Free rides, games, and candy.  Sounds fun.  Information from here.

- Have you heard of the Rio Salado Audubon Center?  After reading more about it, I'm thinking I need to go explore this place myself.  Located less than a few miles from downtown Phoenix in the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, the Audubon Center is home to over 200 species of birds and wildlife.  You will also enjoy the interactive exhibits and miles of hiking and riding trails.  October 27th - 30th from 5:30 - 8:00 PM, "come solve the mystery of the Enchanted Trail! Experience a magical evening stroll along the Audubon Center’s beautiful nature path. Partake in exciting activities to uncover clues all about nocturnal animals of the Sonoran Desert—including owls, bats, and raccoons! See native wildlife, embark on an evening hike along the banks of the Salt River, and make your very own animal mask, just in time for Halloween!" Information from here.
Image taken by Zeffler Photo

- Dia De Los Muertos is in full swing this weekend at the Mesa Arts Center.  Saturday, October 29th from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday, October 30th from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Enjoy live music and performances, food, children's activities and a mercado.  All festivities are free.  Information from here.  

- Gilbert Fall Music and Halloween Festival, Saturday, October 29th from Noon - 10:00 PM at Freestone Park, 1045 E. Juniper. Enjoy rides, food, bands, a stingray aquarium, costume parade at 6:30 PM, vendors and more.  Discounted tickets on sale through Thursday here.  Prices start at $4 per individual and $12 for families of 4. Information from here.

- Empty Bowls at MCC's Red Mountain campus, 7110 E. McKellips Rd.  Wednesday, October 26th from 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM and in the evening from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  For $10 choose a unique handmade bowl and dine on simple soup, bread and water in observance of World Hunger Day. "All proceeds go directly to the nonprofit Paz de Cristo Community Center, which provides anti-hunger and empowerment support for the East Valley’s homeless, unemployed, working poor and their families."

- And last but not least, last month at the Diving Lady dinner, we met Marshall Shore, a great storyteller who shares our passion for our community.  This Friday, October 28th at 6:30 PM, enjoy his Retro Spooktacular at the Tempe History Museum.  Dress up for the costume contest or just enjoy stories of Jerome, the Winnie Ruth Judd Trunk Murders, and other haunted tales from the valley.  Information from here. 

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