Four-seasons Sedona is waiting to give you a wonderful experience no matter when you need a respite. Fresh mountain air, beautiful red rocks and fall colors, and spooky special events in and around Sedona are just some of the things awaiting you on your Halloween escape. There are plenty of fun, spooky, and not-so-spooky events to keep you busy throughout your stay during Halloween in Sedona.
All aboard for a spooky trip. The Haunted Halloween Express leaves the Verde Canyon Railroad station in pursuit of spine-tingling fun. Listen to the spooky tales of train staff dressed in costume and even passengers! The ride will be full of goodies, ghost stories, and of course the beautiful scenery of the Verde Canyon and surrounding area. Wear your costume for a chance to win the costume contest. During the return trip around dusk, the Canyon comes to life with spooky shadows and the calls of nocturnal residents, including owls.
For a safe and fun way to collect treats, stop by the Sedona United Methodist Church. Wear your costume and collect sweets and treats from the trunks of cars and trucks that have been decorated in their own Halloween best. The free event takes place on Halloween night from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
Put on your costume, gather your candy-collecting gear, and head to Uptown Sedona. Their annual Safe & Fun Trick or Treat features sweets and treats from local participating merchants. There’s a community dance performance and many other activities to enjoy. Trick or treating takes place October 31 from 5-8 p.m.
Arizona has plenty of haunted history. Learn about it on the spookiest day of the year at the Sedona Heritage Museum. Join Michael Peach for “Peoria’s Runaway Pumpkin,” “Little Bill” – the story of the unsolved murder of Bill Redericks at the Van Deren cabin, “The Hauntings of the Red Ghost” – a true story of a 19th century Arizona monster, “The Cactus Killer” – a tale about murder and revenge in the Arizona desert, and “The Ghosts of Wilson Canyon” – the story of the death of a bear hunter in 1885. Peach’s presentation starts at 3:00 p.m. on October 31 and costs $6 per person.
Día de los Muertos is the Mexican tradition of honoring friends and family who have passed away. Sedona’s celebration of the event includes a full day of fire dancing, food, music, and much more. Place personal memorabilia on the beautiful alters in celebration of your loved ones who have passed. Children’s activities include face painting and many other fun activities, and costumes are highly encouraged. Taste delicious and traditional Day of the Dead food by El Mercado. The all-day event takes place Saturday, October 30. Celebrate at 336 State Route 179.
Pack up the rental car with everything you’ll need for a good time sightseeing and taking in the fall colors. SR-179, better known in the area as The Red Rock Scenic Byway, is a short trip that can last all day. The byway itself only measures ten miles in length, but with the many scenic pull-off points along the route, you can be out all day. Marvel at the towering red rocks, fall colors, and breathtaking view of Red Rock Country. Cruise the byway at sunset as the colors glow while the sun sets below the rocky vistas. Don’t forget to stop by the Coconino National Forest visitor’s center for maps of local hiking and biking trails if you’re looking for exercise as well as a pretty drive.
There are many activities to experience and enjoy on your Sedona getaway. Sedona is known for its wineries, distilleries, and breweries. Designate a driver and go on a tasting tour of the area. Take a helicopter tour and see the area as the birds do or go off-road and experience the red rock terrain from a different perspective. Don’t forget the amazing shopping and dining in the area where you can take a break from all the Halloween activities and recharge.
To create a stay as unique as you and your loved ones, make sure the first thing on your planning to-do list for your spooky Sedona getaway is to book a vacation rental home with ILoveSedona.com. After you’ve enjoyed a day of Halloween fun, prepare a home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Relax in a private bedroom or on a comfortable couch and watch a scary movie or TV show or play a game together. For a cozy stay, choose a one-bedroom unit, or plan a Halloween family or group reunion and book a unit as large as six bedrooms! Upgrade to a premium unit for luxury perks and features like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs and more!
Contact us today to book your spooky Sedona getaway!