It’ll Be A Haunted Halloween in Prescott, Arizona
Prescot, AZ – This October, Prescott invites you to take part in a host of ghoulishly delightful haunts and horrors to celebrate Halloween. From seeking out restless, roaming revenants to costume contests to hearing about Prescott’s history from those (long dead) citizens who lived it, Prescott has activities and events for adults and kids alike.
Touring Haunted Prescott
“A Haunting Experience: Tours to the Other Side” provides quality tours that blend local legend, history and ghost stories. Come along on the adventure, walk back in time and greet some of the ghosts that linger here.
Prescott is an “Old West” town with a diverse history, full of legend and lore. You’re invited to stroll along the streets of our community and visit some of its most storied and haunted sites. The tour begins at a haunted hotel and ends at a haunted saloon or restaurant.
This is a 1 Â½ to 2 hour walking tour; so wear comfortable shoes, bring water, and dress appropriately for the weather. Cameras are encouraged, as some guests have actually captured ghostly phenomena.
These tours are not necessarily appropriate for children under the age of 13. Parental discretion is advised. Children must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
Tours are conducted regularly every Thursday through Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. On Thursdays and Saturdays, meet in the lobby of the Hassayampa Inn (122 E. Gurley Street). On Fridays and Sundays, meet in the lobby of the Hotel Vendome (230 S. Cortez Street). Both venues are famous for their resident ghosts.
Additional nightly tours may be made by special appointment. The cost is $20 per person. For more information or to set up your own special tour, call 928-642-5074 or visit http://ahauntingexperiencetours.com/Home_Page.php.
The Dearly Departed
Take a stroll into Yavapai County’s past, where you’ll visit with some permanent residents of Citizens Cemetery–Prescott’s oldest cemetery. Actors and guides, in period dress, will be on hand to tell the true stories of many of these early pioneers.
You will hear of murder, suicide and sorrow, as well as fascinating tales filled with the courage, perseverance and even humor of many who are interred here. The guided tour is presented by the Yavapai Cemetery Association. Call 928-636-2489 for more information.
Get A Clue
Prescott’s Hotel Vendome (http://www.vendomehotel.com) hosts an exciting 1895 “whodunit” for a weekend you’ll never forget on October 28 and 29. Will you be among the brave souls exploring the ghostly legends that have surrounded the hotel for so many years? Those lucky enough to be weekend guests will hobnob with the “likes” of Bucky O’Neil, Teddy Roosevelt, Big Nose Kate, and Captain Maude Bigney.
Witness the dastardly threats of a dreadful villain. Meet a mysterious guest from Transylvania’s Carpathian Mountains. Hunt for clues cunningly hidden around downtown Prescott. Celebrate with minders, cowboys, mountain men, and a goodly number of “soiled doves.” Who knows? Maybe you’ll even have a close encounter with a ghost!
The package includes full participation in the exciting Murder Mystery Weekend. You’ll have your own unique role to play, clues to uncover, and a mystery to solve. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres at the Friday night mixer, and for the wicked, a Friday night “Whizzer” down Prescott’s Whiskey Row (drinks are your own expense). For the pure, this is a time to relax and get some rest after all the excitement of the evening.
Guests will receive two nights accommodation (Friday and Saturday) at Prescott’s quaint and historic Hotel Vendome, located right downtown. Enjoy a continental breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Dinner is at the famous Palace Saloon & Restaurant on Saturday night (tax and tip included).
Book now! Call 928-776-0900 and ask for Eric. Cost is $199 per person at double occupancy and $175 per person per four-person suite.
Halloween Happening at the Highlands Center
Calling all kids! Prescott’s Highlands Center for Natural History (1375 S. Walker Rd.) hosts their annual Halloween Happening on October 28 and 29 at 6:00 pm. Meet and interact with live wildlife, travel along the Halloween trail to reach into the Amazing Bag, and warm up by the fire with fantastic stories and hot cocoa. Cost: $5 adults/$2 kids.
The Amazing Bag holds a variety of natural objects found within the Central Arizona Highlands region-families pick from the bag and make some observations about whichever objects they recover. None of the items are living, but they may have been once upon a time!
Call the Highlands Center at 928-776-9550 or visit them online at http://highlandscenter.org for more information. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.
History is a Great Teacher
Set aside your crystal balls, Ouija boards and other assorted devices for communing with the spirits of the dead, because on October 28 and 29, the Prescott Center for the Arts (formerly the Prescott Fine Arts Association) will go to the trouble on your behalf.
The only things scarier than stories about ghosts are stories told by ghosts, and Prescott’s population of fitful phantoms will be sure to captivate audiences with their creepy tales. The Prescott Center for the Arts’ own building (208 N. Marina St.) has a legendary specter haunting its hallways, and the Hassayampa Inn and Hotel Vendome both have their own resident spooks. Plan to visit Prescott and get an earful of the ghostly gossip, directly from the horse’s mouth!
Last year’s “Ghost Talk” was such a screaming success that this year’s program has been expanded to two nights and added a fourth performance. Tickets go on sale August 15, so don’t delay: call 928-445-3286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performances are October 28 and 29, at 6:00 and 7:30 pm. Not recommended for children ages seven and under. Prescott Center for the Arts’ website is http://pca-az.net.
Awaiting the Great Pumpkin
Prescott’s Pumpkin Patch and Carnival is designed specifically with kids in mind, but is sure to be a great time for the kid in all of us. Held on Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott on October 29 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, there are enough fun events and activities to keep you here the whole day.
For a $5 entry fee, you’ll receive your very own Trick-or-Treat backpack to decorate as you wish at one of the crafts tables. Participate in the Best Costume Contest (Spookiest, Best Homemade, Funniest and Best Family), enter the family pet into the Doggie Costume Contest, and enjoy 20 different carnival games with cool prizes and gifts.
The Pumpkin Patch would not be complete without the opportunity to pick out your own pumpkin and decorate it. There will also be story telling, a Coffin Cakewalk, the Scariest Scream contest and inflatables to play in. For more information, call 928-777-1349.
Reap your Seasonal Rewards
The Second Annual Prescott Harvest Festival on October 29 takes as its theme this year “Day of the Dead,” a traditional Mexican holiday dedicated to the remembrance of lost loved ones. The festival will be held at Granite Creek Park (554 N. 6th St.) from noon to 8:00 pm.
The Harvest Festival will feature a kid’s zone, full of fun games, activities, inflatables, face-painting and clowns; for the adults, a beer garden with the nation’s finest microbreweries as well as delectable wines will be available for the tasting.
The musical headliner for the Harvest Festival Day of the Dead is Tucson-based Calexico, a band that fuses elements of jazz, indie rock, country and Spanish-rooted sub-genres. Additional musical performance from 13-piece Mariachi band Sergio Mendezoa Y La Orkestra, Rose’s Pawn Shop, The Silver Thread Trio, Dylan Ludwig & the Red River Outfit, and David Whitley with Dallas Horman and Innes Vitols are sure to keep you here well into the evening.
To that end, the Marriott SpringHill Suites in downtown Prescott (just a five-minute walk from the event) is offering a special rate of $219 for a two-night stay in a studio suite with kitchenette for October 28 and 29. This includes a $50 Mobil/Exxon Gas Card and complimentary breakfast. Visit www.marriott.com/prcsh or call 928-776-0998 and ask about the Harvest Fest Package.
Learn more about the Harvest Festival Day of the Dead by going online to http://www.precottharvestfestival.com.
Music to Soothe the Spirit
The Prescott POPS will perform a special Halloween concert at Yavapai College Performance Hall (1100 E. Sheldon St.) on October 30 at 3 pm. Featuring James Nalley, Pianist. The POPS will perform the Grieg Piano Concerto, Night on Bald Mountain, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Dance Macabre and the Alfred Hitchcock Theme. Learn more at the POPS’ website at http://www.prescottsymphony.com. Cost is $20 for adults and $5 for kids 17 and under.
Halloween with the Animals
Prescott’s Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (1403 Heritage Park Rd.) hosts “Boo at the Zoo” on October 31, from 6 to 9 pm, providing a safe environment for kids to trick-or-treat while they also have a chance to see the Zoo’s nocturnal animals out and about. Light concessions will be available. The cost is $3.00 for Heritage Park Zoo members and $5.00 for non-members. For more information, call 928-778-4242. Visit them online at http://www.heritageparkzoo.org.
Less Tricks, More Treats
One of the perennial hallmarks of Halloween in Prescott is trick-or-treating along gorgeous Mount Vernon Street. Here the residents and owners of these old, stunning Victorian homes go all out to turn their houses into haunted monuments to Halloween. Mount Vernon Street is closed during this night, so the only traffic you have to worry about is the occasional broom.
Halloween comes but once a year, so muster your courage and plan your trek to Prescott for this fall. To learn more about Prescott events, activities and attractions, call 800-266-7534 or go to www.visit-prescott.com