Halloween Update

The great news is that the Diamondbacks are in the World Series! The less great news is that, since they’re playing here in Phoenix October 31st, traffic downtown will be a lot busier.

If you’re planning to attend Halloween at Rosson House, tickets are still available both online below and in person. Please give yourself extra time for travel and parking. The Phoenix light rail will also be running on an expanded schedule – maps and routes are available on the Valley Metro web site.

A picture of someone dressed up like a ghost for Halloween at Heritage Square with a sheet and tophat.Halloween at Rosson House

October 31st, 5:00pm-8:00pm

There’s going to be a skele-TON of fun at Heritage Square this Halloween! First up, celebrate spooky season with a quick tour of Phoenix’s own Rosson House, exploring the Victorian Era mourning artifacts on display. Then, check out crafts and stories at the Shop the Square Museum Store, where visitors can browse, sip spiced cider, eat candy, do fun crafts, and savor desserts from a the aptly named Vampire Penguin food truck. Costumes and photographs are encouraged for this unique Halloween event!

Download a copy of our Halloween at Rosson House coloring page.


    • General Public: Adults – $10 / Children 6-17 – $5 / Children 5 & under – Free
    • Members: Adults – $8 / Children 6-17 – $4 / Children 5 & under – Free



October 31st, 8:00pm-10:00pm

    • Stick around after our event on Halloween night and see PoeFest’s annual performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. Tickets for this show are available through the PoeFest website.
    • Also, have your Arizona 7th, 8th, or 9th grader submit their poem or short story for PoeFest’s 2023 Student Writing Competition, sponsored by Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange!

An image promoting the 2023 Poe Fest writing contest.

  • PoeFest Student Writing Competition Info & Rules

    1. All Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2023-2024 school year are eligible.

    2. Home-schooled students are eligible.

    3. Student authors and poets must be residents of the State of Arizona.

    4. Submission deadline is Midnight October 29, 2023.

    5. All short story submissions must be between 1,000 and 7,500 words; all poetry submissions must be no more than 422 lines.

    6. Themes for short stories must stick to the genres of horror and/or mystery; themes for poems must stick to the genres of love, horror, and/or death.

    7. Stories and poems must be original.

    8. Authors retain all copyrights.

    9. Revised previous submissions accepted.

    10. Submissions can be made in electronic form (contest@poefest.org.) Word document or PDF

    formats only please.

    11. All submissions must include the email and phone number of a parent or guardian. All

    authors must have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate.

    12. All submissions must include the author’s or poet’s name, birth date, school, and grade for the 2023-2024 school year. (Home-schooled students are welcome.)

    13. One short story winner and one poetry winner will be declared and notified via email and/or phone on October 31, 2023. Public Notification on social media pages will be posted after contact with winners. Initials of winners will be posted and the city they are from.

    14. All submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of judges.

    15. Prize packages will be provided by Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange.