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As the cool fall breeze sets in, Tempe residents are in for a treat every Friday night in October. The beloved Movies in the Park series is making its anticipated return to Kiwanis Park, and it promises more than just cinematic delights.

Starting from Friday, Oct. 6, with the animated classic “Toy Story” (PG), families are invited to spread out on the north soccer fields, get cozy under the stars, and relive movie magic. The subsequent Fridays promise more animation and nostalgia, featuring “Lightyear” (PG) on October 13, “Ratatouille” (G) on October 20, and culminating with a special Halloween-themed movie night on October 27.
But the last Friday won’t just be about the screening of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (PG). It will be a Family Boo Bash celebration! Eager participants, both young and old, are encouraged to don their spookiest, funniest, or most enchanting costumes for a grand parade at 7:45 p.m. Those feeling particularly spirited can take part in the costume contest. By 8:30 p.m., the park will echo with the timeless tale of friendship from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.”

What’s a Boo Bash without some ghoulishly fun activities? From face painting to dance parties, train rides to carnival games, there’s something for everyone. And while the movie magic is free, attendees can indulge in some food concessions or try their luck at games, with proceeds supporting local nonprofits.
Those arriving early will have the bonus of engaging in pre-movie activities, courtesy of the Tempe Play Mobile. It’s the perfect family outing opportunity, complete with laughter, adventure, and the essence of community gathering. Just remember to pack that picnic and blanket!
A nod of appreciation goes to the event’s sponsors, Tempe Diablos, for keeping this tradition alive. For more information, visit