All day Halloween event, Cave Creek Wicked, set for Oct. 29

A view of the Halloween Pet Costume (submitted photo)

A view of the Halloween Pet Costume Contest (submitted photo)

Cave Creek Wicked, Arizona’s only all day and all night Halloween event, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The family-friendly, daytime portion of the event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the evening costume contest pub crawl runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., according to a press release.

This year, the seven-year-old Cave Creek Wicked festival expands with a number of events and activities. New features this year includes: eight exciting Rock the District musical groups scheduled to perform throughout the day at Big Earl’s Greasy Eats and Frontier Town on the west end of Cave Creek.

In addition, American Legion Post 34 will provide music by W. Alan Hall from 1 t o 6 p.m., offer lunch and bottomless mimosas for purchase by the general public for $5. Additionally, a large petting zoo consisting of more than 20 animals will be onsite to add to the fun.

Other featured events include talented teens from around the community performing throughout the daytime portion of the event.

For bike aficionados, Cave Creek Wicked offers Gears & Ghosts, a costumed bike ride that starts at 3 p.m. at Flat Tire Bike Shop, located 6033 E. Cave Creek Road.

Bikers in Halloween costumes will begin the ride at 3 p.m. and make five stops – Flat Tire Bike Shop, Grotto Café, The Horny Toad, El Encanto and Bryan’s BBQ – to enjoy food and libations. The ride will conclude at Flat Tire Bike Shop at 6 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors will enjoy Halloween activities along the west end of Cave Creek on Cave Creek Road including:

  • Community-wide trick or treating
  • Psychic readings
  • Horse costume and pet costume contests, pet vendors
  • Pet adoptions
  • Wicked games for kids, bounce house, face painting
  • Rock the District teen bands/music (six times, three locations)
  • Arts and crafts (Frontier Town, east lot)
  • Fire and police fun
  • Kids’ costume contest (Frontier Town)
  • Margarita garden and taco stand at El Encanto

For the late night costumed crowd, beginning at 7 p.m., board a complimentary bus, or Wicked Wheels, that continuously loops to and from the town’s top saloons for wicked staggered costume contests, specialty themed cocktails and prizes. The saloons and times are:

  • 7 p.m.: Big Earl’s Greasy Eats
  • 8:15 p.m.: Hideaway
  • 9:30 p.m.: Buffalo Chip Saloon
  • 10:45 p.m.: Harold’s Corral
  • 12 a.m.: Roadhouse

For more information, visit or call 602-400-3330.

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