Glendale Halloween Festival: Carnival games, a costume contest and free candy and prizes are on the agenda at this annual fest, scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 31, at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 59th Avenue and Mountain View Road. Admission is free. Call 930-2842.
Halloween Parade of Fun: Christown Mall, 19th Avenue and Bethany Home, hosts this event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 31. Also on the agenda: indoor trick-or-treating and entertainment by ACES Clown Band. Admission is free. For details call 242-9074.
Scottsdale Halloween Carnival: The event features contests, a haunted house and a miniglow held in conjunction with this weekend's Thunderbird Balloon Classic and Desert Glow (see Saturday in Pic Hits). The carnival's scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 31, on the ball fields at Eldorado Park, Miller and Oak. Admission is free; call 994-2483.
Tempe Family Halloween Carnival: The 19th annual event features safe trick-or-treating, a costume contest for pooches, a magic show, carnival games more. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 31, on the ball fields at Kiwanis Park, Mill Avenue and All-America Way. Admission is free. Call 350-5200; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
Halloween Extra: For information about other fun and spooky Valley happenings related to Allhallows Eve, see the special subsection in the Events listing.
at the fair
"The Disney Fair": The Southwestern premiere of the nationally touring, special-effects-laden show fills up about two acres at this year's Arizona State Fair, and features some of the studio's biggest stars, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Captain Hook, Aladdin, Jasmine and Ariel. Shows are scheduled at 12:15, 1:30, 3, 5:30 and 7 p.m. daily, through Sunday, November 3. Specially priced advance tickets allowing admission to both the Disney extravaganza and the fair proper range from $8 to $21, available at Dillard's and Ticketmaster; call 678-2222 or 784-4444. For general fair information, see Thursday in Pic Hits or the At the Fair listing in Thrills or call 268-3247 or 252-6771.
Laser Light Spectacular: Augmented by an upbeat soundtrack, cool and weird special effects are projected onto the world's largest inflatable screen, which stands about six stories tall and is located at Grandstand Arena. A show for young adults is planned at 9 p.m. Thursday, October 31. It's included in the price of the regular fair admission (see Thursday in Pic Hits). Call 268-3247 or 252-6771.
at the concert
Vienna Boys Choir: The heavenly chorus from Austria returns to the Valley for a show at 8 p.m. Friday, November 1, at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West. Tickets range from $6 to $18, available at the 'dome and Dillard's. For details call 975-1900 or 678-2222.
among the animals
Wildlife World Zoo Anniversary Celebration: The excellent west-side menagerie, 165th Avenue and Northern in Litchfield Park, celebrates its 12th birthday on Saturday, November 2, with various special activities and half-price admission. The regular entrance fee is $8, $5 for kids ages 3 to 12, free for those younger. For details call 935-9453.
Funfest: The fund raiser features appearances by Phoenix Sun A.C. Green and Arizona Cardinal Garth Jax, interactive science exhibits and sports-skills demonstrations, entertainment and more. It's scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 2; and the same hours Sunday, November 3, in Exhibit Hall B at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Admission is $5, free for those under 5; proceeds benefit Arizona's Family Charities. For details call 262-7272.
for pet's sake
Walk for Animals '96: Arizona Humane Society sponsors the third annual event, which features a 5K walk and a 1.5K stroll. It starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 2, at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park, located atop the I-10 tunnel at Central, between Third Street and Third Avenue; registration precedes at 7:30. Proceeds benefit the society. For details call 997-7585, extension 124.
the train gang
Antique Toy Train Show: The Train Collectors' Association and the Toy Train Operating Society co-host the annual display of vintage choo-choos. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, November 1; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 2; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 3, at Christown Mall, 19th Avenue and Bethany Home. Admission is free. For details call 242-9074.
at the museum
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting: The traveling exhibit "Happy Birthday, Smokey," celebrating the history and future of 52-year-old fire-prevention spokesbruin Smokey Bear and providing illumination about fire and firefighting, continues through Saturday, November 30, at the museum, 6101 East Van Buren. Call 275-3473.
arts and minds
"I Can Fly": South Phoenix photographer Tarah Rider Berry snapped neighborhood children in various states of wide-eyed, rubber-boned informality for this exhibit, whose ultimate mission was "capturing the innocence, creativity and freshness of youth." It continues through Sunday, November 24, in the New Directions Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Call 994-2787.
on the stage
Alice in Wonderland: Playhouse Theatre for Children at Manistee Town Center, 5633 West Northern in Glendale, presents William Glennon's contemporary update of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Opening performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, November 1; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, November 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 3. The production continues through Sunday, November 17. Admission is $5. Call 245-1566.
The Butterfly's Day: Desert Stages, Inc., presents Gerry Cullity's musical fantasy about a butterfly flapping about in search of a higher purpose. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 1; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 2; and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, November 3, at the theatre, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. The production continues through Sunday, November 10. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. Call 483-1664.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The troupe presents final performances of Beatrix Potter's Two Bad Mice at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 31; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, November 1; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, November 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 3, at its theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. Admission: $4.50. Call 277-1275.