Have a screamin’ good time at Peoria’s free Halloween Monster Bash

PEORIA – On Saturday, October 26, monsters and masked superheroes will roam the Peoria Sports Complex, located at 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, during the city of Peoria’s annual Halloween Monster Bash from 5 to 9 p.m.

Entrance is free, but families are encouraged to bring canned food items to benefit the St. Mary’s and Westside Food Bank Alliance.

Event activities include inflatables, a rock wall, arts and crafts, carnival-style games, Euro Bungee, Ring of Fire, hayrides, the Dino Crew and more. The festival also is also providing an inclusive environment for people that are sensory sensitive and have food allergies.

There will also be a costume contest for children up to 12-years-old. The scariest and most creative costumes will be awarded in each age group.

Photos courtesy of City of Peoria

New to Monster Bash this year is the Sensory Room.

This room is a calming, sensory-friendly space for children, teens and adults with sensory processing needs. There will be things like noise-canceling headphones, weighted blankets, plush chairs and soft toys for those who need it. Sensory kits are also available to check out during the event.

Also, the Monster Bash will be a place for kids to trick or treating safely. There will be plenty of free candy throughout the complex. But for those children and families are managing food allergies, the Teal Pumpkin Program (TPP) is returning to this year’s event.

The TPP offers an alternative for kids where candy treats are not an option and can cause life-threatening situations. To signify a safe food home, teal pumpkins are displayed at houses during trick or treating for children who cannot have candy. It signifies an alternative treat is available instead.

At the Monster Bash, children are encouraged to carry teal pumpkins or bags and the event staff will have a variety of trick or treat toys, games, and arts and crafts available.

Unlimited activity wristbands are available for $5. Attendees can also purchase a ropes course ticket for $5.

For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents or call 623-773-7137.