The Halloween Stroll returns to downtown Tempe for its third year on Oct. 25! This year will be a little different, but the thrill of trick-or-treating will continue.
“We love to host these smaller activations that bring families to downtown Tempe,” Kate Borders, Executive Director of the Downtown Tempe Authority, said. “It’s important to create safe, family-friendly events that support our merchants and give families something fun to do in an open-air environment.”
The Halloween Stroll is free to the public from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and we hope to see our downtown greeted by ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes of all ages. This modified event will be socially-distant friendly and will take place in an outdoor, open-air environment. Families will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat with downtown Tempe merchants and collect some scrumptious candy.
In addition, if participants stop by Hayden Station (4th Street & Mill Ave.), there will be a free self-serve Halloween-themed photo booth.
In an effort to reduce crowding, the annual costume contest will be virtual this year and will be presented by K-LOVE, our official radio sponsor. There will be six spooktacular categories – Cutest, Most Scary, Most Creative, Best Group, Best Pair, and Best Pet.
There will be prizes for the top three winners in each category and will announced on the official Downtown Tempe Instagram page by Oct. 30.
Please see our website for more of the gouling details and contest rules.
On Oct. 17 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m., downtown Tempe will host its second Fall Foodie Stroll with the Tac’over Stroll. Attendees can purchase a $5 ticket that will unlock $8-$10 specials at 10 downtown Tempe restaurants. This is a great time to explore the many tacos of downtown Tempe!
On the same Sunday as the Halloween Stroll, participants can head over to 6th Street Park from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and check out the 6th Street Market. As your neighborhood market, there will over 40 vendors with a variety of art, food, pre-packaged goods, and produce from Project Roots, a non-profit community garden organization.
In addition to the Tac’over Stroll and the 6th Street Market, downtown Tempe’s merchants will be open for business! Participants are encouraged to shop local and bring their patronage to our local businesses. Check out our Open Status Guide for a list of our downtown Tempe merchants.
This event will take place outdoors and the participating merchants are encouraged to adhere to current health guidelines and protocols. This year, there will be no games, crafts or an in-person costume contest as we want to ensure a free-flowing event. We want all attendees feel comfortable and safe during the free-flowing stroll events.
We are following all health authority and government agency guidelines for all of our downtown Tempe events. This includes enforcing the mask mandate by the City of Tempe and Maricopa County, providing hand sanitizer at the information booth, encouraging social distancing, etc.
Please see our website for more detailed guidelines and precautions as they relate to the Halloween Stroll.