Pumpkin Festival: Duncan's Sunfresh Farms, a family-owned spread at 17203 West Indian School in Goodyear, hosts this popular annual event. It features the picking of fresh pumpkins from the farm's own patch and other Halloween-related festivities, free wagon rides, pony rides, entertainment, arts and crafts and more. The fest concludes Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free. Call 853-0111.
Halloween Extra: For details about other Valley happenings on and around Allhallows Eve, see the special subsection in Events listing.
at the fair
Kids' Pay-One-Price Day: After paying regular admission to get into Arizona State Fair (see Thursday in Pic Hits), kids age 13 and under can pay $10 more and get a wristband good for unlimited access to all Kiddieland rides and to those marked with a "Kids POP Day" sign. The wristbands go on sale at 1 p.m. Thursday, and are in effect from 2 p.m. until Kiddieland closing time. Call 268-3247.
Literacy Day: Arizona Educational Foundation presents this fifth annual day at the fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, which promotes education. Highlights include a reading of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at 10:15 a.m. and a meet-and-greet session with Ronald McDonald from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., plus free books for kids and library sign-up sessions. Participation at all events is free with regular fair admission. Call 268-3247.
Mortal Kombat--The Live Tour: This show combines martial arts, lasers, giant video screens, a surround-sound system, fog machines and illusions to create a mind-blowing experience. Shows are scheduled at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum. All performances are free with regular fair admission; limited reserved seating is available for a fee (see "In General" section in At the Fair listing). Call 268-3247.
back to nature
Wee Folks Hike: From 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, City of Tempe hosts this walk through Papago Park for kids ages 4 to 7. A guide will lead the hike and point out native flora and fauna. Participants should bring at least one quart of water apiece, and meet in front of Phoenix Zoo's main entrance; the zoo is not included in the tour. Cost is $4 per kid; parents may attend free of charge. Call 350-5100; TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
For Boys: Scott Emerson: Emerson will read from and sign his book Magic Boots, an opus about a boy with a pair of red cowboy boots and a vivid imagination, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. Admission is free. Call 957-6660.
For Girls: Connie Porter: The author of the Addy--American Girl series, about an African-American girl trying to break the bonds of slavery during the Civil War, autographs and discusses her works from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Gardner's Book Service, Inc., 16461 North 25th Avenue. Those who come dressed as their favorite American Girl character will be entered in a costume contest, with a chance to win a limited-edition doll. Admission is free. Call 863-6000.
at the museum
"Haunted Museum" and "The Great Russian Dinosaurs": In the fourth annual "Haunted Museum" event, Southwest Archaeology Team presents a program of scary tales and characters taken directly from the Arizona history books. It's scheduled after hours, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, at Mes Southwest Museum, 53 North Macdonald. Admission is $5, with proceeds benefiting the team's archaeological, preservation and educational efforts. "Dinosaurs," a major touring exhibition co-sponsored by City of Mesa and Paleontological Institute of Moscow, features 24 full skeletons, as well as remains of dino nests, eggs and hatchlings, 50 skulls and dozens of other specimens collected this century from sites in Russia and Mongolia, many of which have never before been displayed in the West. The museum hosts the American premire of the installation, which continues through February 4, 1996. Expanded hours are in effect at the museum throughout the "Dinosaur" exhibit's run: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $5, free for kids age 2 and under. Call 644-2230.
on the stage
Beauty and the Beast: Alan J. Prewitt adapted the classic tale about an embittered tyrant who gets a renewed lease on life thanks to the love of beautiful Belle. Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company presents a final performance, in Spanish, at 2 p.m. Sunday at Playhouse on the Park at Dial Corporate Center, Central and Palm Lane. Tickets are $6. Call 254-2151.
Charlotte's Web: Desert Stages, Inc., presents its version of E.B. White's classic barnyard tale about the spider and the piglet. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, through November 19, at the group's home, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 the day of the show. For details and reservations, call 483-1664.