The annual Halloween Monster Bash is back at the Peoria Sports Complex, located at 16101 N. 83rd Ave. The free, family-friendly event takes place on Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include plenty of delicious treats, as well as musical entertainment, costume contests, family activities, and more.
“Peoria’s Halloween Monster Bash is the place to be this Halloween,” says Director of Arts, Culture, and Library Services Marylou Stephens. “Not only is it a safe place for kids to trick or treat, but it is also a family-friendly event where there is something for everyone to enjoy.”
Event activities include trick-or-treating, roaming Halloween characters, Deb’s Dragons exotic reptiles, snakes, and spiders exhibit, the Dino Crew, an interactive green screen experience and photo opportunity, and the Monster Mash concert by Brock Pro Entertainment. Children and families are invited to participate in the Monster March Costume Contest. Age groups range from 0-11 years of age, as well as a family/group costume category where adults and teens can join in on the fun. Categories per age group are scariest, funniest, cutest, and most original costume.
Returning to the Monster Bash this year is the Sensory Room, which is a calming, sensory-friendly space for children, teens, and adults with sensory processing needs. Noise-canceling headphones, weighted blankets, plush chairs, and soft toys are available. Sensory kits are also available to check out during the event. The room is located at the Colonnade on the third base side of the facility.
The Teal Pumpkin Program is a national program where teal-colored pumpkins are used to signify a safe food home or event. For children and families managing food allergies, children are encouraged to carry teal pumpkins or bags, and the event staff will have a variety of trick or treat toys, games, and arts and crafts available.
For more information about the Halloween Monster Bash, visit peoriaaz.gov/events or call 623-773-7137.