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Events and Happenings Wednesday, October 27:
A Favored Affaré; Catering & Bistro 4016 East Main Street Monster meal deal, with a choice of sandwich, soda and chips for $3.99 (treat included). Deal valid Wednesday, October 27, through Friday, October 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, October 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 480-807-7949.
Cookies In Bloom 3939 East Camelback www.cookiesinbloom.com Display of Halloween cookie centerpieces and gifts through Saturday, October 30. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday though Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Call 602-955-3030.
Mesa Southwest Museum 53 North Macdonald, Mesa "The Day of the Dead Memorialized Through Altars" exhibit examines the role of the altar as a tradition for remembering the dearly departed, through an exhibition of the work of such artists as Larry Yáñez, Virginia Agüero, Zarco Guerrero, and Marcos Zilliox. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m..though November 7. $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $3 children ages 3 to 12, and kids under 3 are free. Call 480-644-2230.
Pointe South Mountain Resort 7777 South Pointe Parkway Governor's Masquerade Ball, benefiting Jobs for Arizona's Graduates, gives you the chance to hobnob with the cultural and political elite, like her honor Janet Napolitano. Dammit, Janet, we'll go too! For $125, attendees are provided dinner and their own mask, but are also encouraged to bring their own unique face camouflage. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $125. Call 480-441-6414.
Bars and Clubs Wednesday, October 27:
Bobby McGee's Conglomeration 8501 North 27th Avenue Yo ho, the seventh annual Pimp 'N Hooker Costume Ball features a costume contest with $100 going to the Best Couple and $2 U-call-its all night long. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-995-5982 for table reservations.
Four Peaks Brewing Co. 1340 East Eighth Street, Tempe Pumpkin carving contest with gift certificates and prizes for the winners, T-shirt giveaways, and Pumpkin Porter on tap for $2.50 a pint. 8-10 p.m. No cover. Call 480-303-9967.
Pookie's Cafe & Bar 4540 North Seventh Street Ivonna Bump blows the roof off the joint with Alternative Halloween Madness, along with friends Ivonna Kettel (John Breen) and Mya McKenzie. 9:30 p.m. Free. Call 602-277-2121.
Events and Happenings Thursday, October 28:
Chompies Restaurant & Bakery All locations www.chompies.com Halloween cookies, cupcakes and cakes.
Tempe Improv 930 E. University Drive, Tempe Hypnotist Ricky Kalmon brings his comic madness to the Valley just in time for Halloween, hoping to put audiences under his spell. 8 p.m. Thursday, October 28; 8 p.m., 10 p.m., Friday, October 29; 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m., Saturday, October 30. $17. Call 480-921-9877.
Bars and Clubs Thursday, October 28:
ACME Roadhouse: 855 South Rural Road, Tempe SMACME @ ACME with an S&M fashion show at midnight, $3 Skyy and Heinikens until midnight, and music by DJ J.Alan. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-517-1818.
Amsterdam 718 North Central Halloween Weekend 2004 starts with Divas starring Chantelle Douglas and Friends, and "Let's Make A Deal" costume contest and game show (with $100 first prize) following. 9:30 p.m. Call 602-258-6122.
Devil House 829 South Rural Road, Tempe Pre-Halloween Celebration with costume contest for $50 bar tab, drink specials include $2 Bud/Bud Lite and $3 Jack and Cokes. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call for cover. Call 480-517-1188.
Frank & Lupe's 4121 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale Dia De Los Muertes celebration with live music, food and drink specials, and a Day of the Dead art show. 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also runs Friday, October 29, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-990-9844.
Monkey Pants Pantless Spookfest 3223 South Mill Avenue, Tempe Ghoulish goldfish racing and live music by Kendizzle and The Gravy Makers. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Call 480-377-8100.
Pookie's Cafe & Bar 4540 North Seventh Street Alternative Halloween Madness continues with Supermodel Soiree with Claudia B and Evelyn Edwards, talent search contest with cash and bar prizes. 9:30 p.m. Free. Call 602-277-2121.
Sugar Daddy's 3102 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale Pumpkin carving event, Sugar's will supply the pumpkins and the carving equipment, and you supply the talent. Live music with Big Pete Pearson from 9:30 p.m. to close. Regular and late night menu served until 2 a.m. $3 domestic, $3.50 imports, $4 calls, and $5 wells (served in a pint glass). 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $2 cover. Call 480-970-6556.
Events and Happenings Friday, October 29:
Grand Cinemas Warner Valley View Theatre 2140 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler Broadway Bound & Gagged, the local troupe of Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcasters, will present three special Halloween screenings of the cult classic on opposite sides of the Valley, with costume contests, prizes, and all-new pre-show dancing number delving into the mythology implied in Rocky's storyline. The show at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 29, is in Chandler, while performances at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31, are at Grand Cinemas Inside Spectrum Mall, 1703 West Bethany Home. Not recommended for persons under 13 without adult accompaniment. 10:30 p.m. each night. $6. Call 602-201-1817.
Dodge Theatre 400 West Washington KUPD kicks off its two-night Halloween Double Feature as shock rocker Marilyn Manson comes to the Valley as a part of his "Against All Gods" tour. 7 p.m. $32. Call 602-379-2800 or 480-784-4444.
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa 5225 East Pathfinder Drive So you say you're lacking in freaks and geeks this Halloween weekend? Consider attending Horrorfind Weekend, a gigantic convention dedicated to Horror films and books, Halloween, and the supernatural. Guests include Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses) Doug Bradley (Pinhead from Hellraiser), Tony Todd (Candyman), Dee Wallace Stone (Elliot's mom in ET), and Stuart Gordon (director of cult classic Re-Animator). Scheduled events include author readings/signings, panel discussions, screenings of horror flicks, a costume contest and ball, and special Halloween events. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday October 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 30, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. $20 per day, or $40 for the weekend. See www.horrorfindweekend.com.