CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Wicked, Arizona’s only all day, all night Halloween event, will be held on Saturday, October 29. The family-friendly, daytime portion of the event runs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. while the evening costume contest pub crawl runs from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
This year, the seven-year-old Cave Creek Wicked festival expands with a number of thrilling events and activities. The newest exciting addition is Wicked Wheels tractor pull, creepy custom-designed and fabricated tractors and trailers, all decked out in Halloween grandeur, which will transport visitors throughout the event. According to lead fabricator Ron Magee, one of the scary (but fun) rigs will be a zombie killer-filled “shuttle” filled with loads of creepy characters. The other tractor-trailer transport will be equally ghoulish and one-of-a-kind. The complimentary tractor-trailers will provide transportation for Halloween lovers throughout the event and be complimented by large passenger buses during the evening pub crawl. Title sponsor Sanderson Lincoln will bring exciting new Black Label Lincolns to the day and night time events, Halloween style, and give goodies to the children. The Black Lincolns will be at Frontier Town during the day and near Harold’s Corral for the evening. Other sponsors include Pet Club and local merchants.
Other exciting featured events include talented teens from around the community performing throughout the daytime portion of the event. The exciting Rock the District performers, six bands and musicians throughout the day, always draw big crowds and will be featured at Big Earl’s Greasy Eats on the west end of Cave Creek. For bike aficionados, Cave Creek Wicked offers Gears & Ghosts, a costumed bike ride that starts at 3:00 PM at Flat Tire Bike Shop, which is located at 6033 E. Cave Creek Road. Bikers, in Halloween costumes, will begin the ride at 3:00 PM 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 6:00 PM.
From 11 a.m. – 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
• Wicked Wheels, tractor-trailer day and night transportation
• 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. – 1 a.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:
• 7:00 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
• 12:00 p.m.: Roadhouse
Stops also will be made at the Hideaway Grill. For more information, visit www.cavecreekwicked.com or call 602.400.3330.