Continuing a Halloween Tradition

Say hello to Josh Schauer, who just showed up at St. Mary’s with his mom, more than 250 pounds of food for hungry children and a great story:

Last year his friend Stephanie asked him to help her collect food instead of candy on Halloween, asking for canned items when they went trick or treating.

Josh said yes and had a great time. So this year, when Stephanie went off to college, Josh decided his was going to do it again by himself.

Josh passed out fliers in his neighborhood to let people know he was coming by on Halloween “But you still get a few funny looks when you ask for a can of food instead of a candy bar,” he said. But almost everyone along the way had something for Josh and at the end of the night he had collected 262 pounds of food, which the family stuffed into the car and brought to us.

Thank you Josh. Thank you Stephanie, for planting the seed. And thank you to all who give up their time to help others. You should all dress up as superstars — because you are!

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Celebrates the season with Pumpkins at The Peak Oct. 28 to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank

It’s that time of year again! Join us for Pumpkins at the Peak, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak’s popular annual event, where your little creatures can enjoy all the fun of Halloween! This year’s event with be held Friday, Oct. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort (7677 North 16th Street)’

Open to resort guests and area locals, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Grab your Halloween creatures and mosey on over to the Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch. St. Mary’s Food Bank and the Phoenix Fire Department team up with the resort for this spook-tacular celebration.

The price of admission is just two cans of food or $5 per person to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Festivities include trick-or-treat stations, arts and crafts and refreshment areas.

And if you’re looking for a weekend of spooky fun, stay at the resort because the activities don’t end on Friday! Stick around for Halloween themed poolside activities throughout the weekend!! From 5 to 9 p.m. make your way to Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant for the best Western-style dining in the Valley. Rico’s American Grill is also hosting a Happy Hour for adults from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with food and drink specials.

Visit for all the details and to book your stay today. Call Irine Krass at 602-870-2720 for additional information.

Free Admission to City of Peoria's Halloween Monster Bash Oct. 29 with a canned food donation to St. Mary's

Looking for a safe place to take your kids for a great Halloween experience? The City of Peoria has the perfect destination.

The annual Halloween Monster Bash & Balloon Illumination will be Friday, Oct. 29 from 5- 9 p.m. at the Peoria Sports Complex. It’s the perfect place for kids from toddlers to age 12 to enjoy all the atmosphere of a small-town Halloween fair in the big city.

Activities include a hot air balloon illumination sponsored by Alliance Urgent Care, a parade of costumes for each age group (ages 1 & under through 12), a haunted house, hay rides, inflatable’s, carnival games, puppet shows, slime making, rock walls, face painting a much more.

Admission is free with a canned food donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Surprise! Last year, this drive raised over 9,000 pounds of food for the hungry of the West Valley, and with the holidays right around the corner this food is desperately needed to fill emergency and holiday food boxes. For more information, visit

“Haunted House for Hunger” Benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank on Halloween Night

Come enjoy devilish foods, ghoulish drinks and a haunted house that will leave your teeth chattering on Halloween Night.

The “Haunted House For Hunger” will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m on Saturday, Oct 31st at 13528 West Desert Lane in Surprise (major cross streets are Greenway Road and West Pointe Parkway). Admission is a non-perishable food item for St. Mary’s Food Bank. Call (623) 696-9674 for directions and more information.