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Pookie's Cafe & Bar 4540 North Seventh Street Alternative Halloween Madness continues as Victoria London crowns the best in amateur drag competition, with cash and bar prizes. 9:30 p.m. Free. Call 602-277-2121.
The Sets 93 East Southern, Tempe www.thesets.com Trash City Presents Halloween Havoc, with live music from The Strand, Radiance, Smee, and The Cover Up. Halo network gaming, tarot card readers, dream interpreters, piercing, belly dancers, prizes for best costume, and more. 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10. Call 602-953-2728.
Slap Shots 7941 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale Halloween weekend party, Scariest Costume Contest for cash and prizes, live music with Ten Years Gone, Miller Lite promotion from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., and shot specials. Party runs until 2 a.m. Call 623-939-6261.
Tinseltown Tavern 2017 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale Midnight costume contest for $100 cash prize and scary karaoke from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Drink specials include $5 martini madness and $7.50 bucket of beer from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-945-MARX (6279).
Wet Willy's Baja Cantina 16041 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria Halloween costume contest at 10 p.m. for $1,000 in cash and prizes. Drink specials include $3 Mummy Margaritas, $3 bottled beer from tub, and other drink and shot specials throughout the evening. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-486-9500.
Events and Happenings Saturday, October 30:
Alwun House 1204 East Roosevelt, Phoenix The Monster's Ball costume party and brings down the house, with the "outraged political satire" of Artists' Theatre Project, SPELLS dancers exorcising evil spirits, scathing performance art of Jeff Falk, videos by Steve Gomph and Bob Judd, a dramatic reading of Edgar Allan Poe by Robert X. Planet and Roxanne DeWinter, and DJ Black Sugar spins an Underground Polyrhythm Mix for groovy ghoulies eager to dance the night away. 7 p.m. $10. And while you're in the mood for macabre, check out the ongoing Monster's Menagerie art exhibition, featuring works that merge politics and evil by artists including Robert Anderson, Deon Allen, Johnny Braden, Baron Dixon, Bill Graham, Laurel Johnson, Ron Laird, Annie Lopez, Larry Lopresti, Tony Richey, Charles Sanderson, Randy Slack, and Steven Yazzie. Runs through Friday, November 5 (just after Election Day). Free. Call Call 602-253-7887.
Cone Gallery 1324 Grand Avenue Halloween Costume Party featuring the art of Dame Darcy, creator of the comic book Meat Cake, in the Cone Main Gallery, with performances by Darcy's dark wave band Death by Dolls and a CD release party for The Master Musicians of Hop-Frog. 8 p.m. $8. Call 602-258-3455.
Desert Botanical Garden 1201 North Galvin Parkway This Dia De Los Muertos Celebration proves that Halloween isn't the only ghoulish game in town. Learn more about the traditions of the holiday honoring the spirits of the dead with sugar-skull cooking and flower-making demonstrations. Mariachis and folklorico dancers will perform and Chicano artists will hawk their handmade wares. Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, and $4 for kids 12 and under. Call 480-941-1225.
Dodge Theatre 400 West Washington KUPD's Halloween Double Feature continues with a performance by Megadeth (featuring the Valley's own Dave Mustaine). 8 p.m. $27-$32. Call 602-379-2800 or 480-784-4444.
Fort McDowell Casino Highway 87 & Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills Haunted Halloween Costume Party featuring a costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes; food and drink specials with $1 shrimp cocktails, $1 Bud Light drafts, and $2 margaritas all night long; and live music by L.A. dance band The Bootie Shakers. Registration at 6 p.m. with doors opening at 8 p.m. Free. Call 480-837-1424.
Ghosts of Phoenix Tours 202 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix This one-hour walking tour gives Valley residents a chance to scare up some thrills and chills as they visit some of downtown Phoenix's more famous haunts, some of which aren't open to the general public. This trip to the spiritual plane begins at the Hotel San Carlos, site of the untimely demise of actress Leone Jensen in 1928, followed by a jaunt to the Westward Ho building, with many stops (and ghost stories) in between. Every Friday and Saturday through May 2005. Special Halloween tour times are at 7 p.m., 8:15 p.m., and 9:20 p.m. $10 for adults, and kids 12 and under are $5. Reservations are recommended. Call 602-574-9304.
Holga's 821 North Third Street Holgaween costume party featuring a spooky art show -- complete with black lights, cobwebs, and maybe a zombie or two -- in the gallery, and live music in the parking lot with The Vinegar Sting, Oblio, The Bodhi Tree, and Treasure Mammal. 9 p.m. Free. Call 480-540-2917.
La Posada Resort 4949 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley The Calculated Couples Halloween Bash will be a "no pressure" dating event for singles to mix and mingle in costume (encouraged, but not mandatory). Attendees start the night out by filling out questionnaires and are matched up with other partygoers. Browse a wall covered with "personal ads" of your fellow attendees to discover their interests for potential conversation material, before hitting the dancing floor for live music. 8 p.m. $10 (or $9 with a canned pet food donation). Call 602-765-0200.