Strange Garden at the Desert Botanical Garden

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Each year, the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix has a unique family-fun Halloween activity. In years past, it has been spooky pumpkin patches, 

This year, you can join the fun in the Strange Garden! There will be weird sights, fun tricks and enchanting creatures. Throughout the Strange Garden, you’ll find Mad Botanists, who will spin amazing stories of peculiar plants. Then join the groovy ghouls in a mad dance at the spooktacular Monster Bash. Other activities will include live performances, complimentary face painting,
fun displays and pumpkin carving by Villafane Studios, kids costumes are welcomed. The costumes must be family-friendly, not offensive, objectionable or violent. No weapons, sharp objects. Kids 12 and younger receive a free pumpkin. Food and beverages are available for purchase throughout the garden.

The Strange Garden event will take place:
OCTOBER 27, 2017 – OCTOBER 28, 2017
Friday & Saturday
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

There are some other great Fall activities at the Botanical Garden as well. The Fall Plant Sale is a great time to prepare your garden for the winter months ahead. Choose from more than 30,000 plants, including cactus, succulents, trees, shrubs, groundcover, perennials, herbs/veggies and other oddities. Garden volunteers and staff horticulturists will answer questions and assist in plant selections. Specimen-sized plants and delivery services available.

The Fall Plant Sale will take place:
OCTOBER 20, 2017 – OCTOBER 22, 2017
Members Preview:
Friday, Oct. 20 | 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open to General Public:
Saturday, Oct. 21 | 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 22 | 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free admission

In November, the Botanical Garden celebrates DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS! In English, that means The Day of the Dead. It is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the ancestors using calaveras, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.


Oct. 27 – Oct. 28 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oct. 29 – Nov. 7 | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Webster Auditorium
Ofrenda, or Offering, is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. The altars are original pieces created by local artists.


10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Boppart Courtyard
Enjoy mariachis, ballet folklorico and more.


Nov. 1-5, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cohn Tour Gathering Area
Guests are welcome to photograph the community altar and leave a paper flower or note in memory of a special loved one.


10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dorrance Hall and ​Boppart Courtyard
Visit with local and international artists and vendors.From paintings and sculptures to jewelry, décor and more.


5 – 6 p.m.
The Día de los Muertos festivities conclude with La Procesión or Procession. La Procesión represents the ancient tradition of marching as a community to burial sites in order to honor those who have passed on.

For more information, you can visit the Desert Botanical Garden website.

Read more of our spooky stories from past years!

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