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Modified Arts 407 East Roosevelt Street Theatre in My Basement presents Teatro Caliente, a "festival of alternative performing arts" with everything from butoh dancing to performance art to live music. Entertainers such as Patricia Clarke, Ricky Araiza, Amira de la Garza, Mizu Desierto, Djalma Primordial Science, and Kristyn Benedyk will conduct a variety show of sorts, covering myriad subjects, including Dia De Los Muertos, Halloween and ancestry. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. $10. Call 602-462-5516.
Mountain Temple Center 1533 East Lupine Avenue Samhain ritual gathering followed by a Halloween costume party. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-678-0644.
The Paper Heart 750 Grand Avenue Third annual Noche De Los Muertos and Halloween Bash includes spoken word and poetry performances, comedy from the Galapagos Improv troupe, a costume contest for prizes, screenings of videos and old-school PSA's on Halloween costume safety, and music by Fatigo and Autopsy Report. Costumes are required. 7 p.m. $5. Call 602-262-2020.
Phoenix Zoo 455 North Galvin Parkway Boo At The Zoo enters its 15th year with plenty of events for the young'ns, like a pony parade, straw bale maze, arts and crafts activities, "Boovies" (Halloween-oriented short films), and two mascot masquerade parades (featuring local icons like the Fiesta Bowl Spirit and the Phoenix Fire Department Fire Pal). Even the animals get in on the action and both kids and adults can feed them pumpkins and other Halloween treats. Costumes are encouraged. Also runs Sunday, October 31. 9 a.m. Free with regular zoo admission. Call 602-273-1341.
Bars and Clubs Saturday, October 30:
Axis/Radius 7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale The decadence of the Ghost Ball Block Party, presented in conjunction with Suede, descends on downtown Scottsdale with live entertainment by '80s cover group Fast Times, metal cover band Metal Ikon, and four DJs. Costume contest where Best Overall Costume will win $2,000, and both Best Group and the Sexiest Costume will nab $500 each. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-970-1112 for prices.
All Starz Sports Bar & Grill 4929 West Chandler Boulevard, Suite 12, Chandler Halloween party and costume contest with prizes ($100 for first place, and gift certificates for runners-up) with music by DJ Robert starting at 9 p.m. Drink specials include $2 well drinks, $2 tootsie rolls, $2 voodoo cocktails, and $3 Oktoberfest beer. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-785-7827.
Anderson's Fifth Estate 6820 East Fifth Avenue, Scottsdale Retro Halloween, costume contest with cash prizes and 2-for-1 drinks until 10 p.m. Live remote by MIX 96.9 DJs Greg and Little John. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-994-4168.
Apollo's 5749 North Seventh Street The Halloween fun continues with a costume contest for cash prizes, plus "Gay Scaryoke" and drink specials all night long. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 602-277-9373.
Arizona Joe's 417 South Winchester Road, Apache Junction Halloween party, costume contest with cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners (judging at midnight). Live music from Western Electric Band featuring Brant Hopkins, and drink specials like $2 Cuervo shots and $2 Kamikazes. No cover. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-983-6115.
At Painted Mountain 6210 East McKellips, Mesa Halloween party, costume contest with cash prizes, karaoke and drink specials until close. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Call 480-832-0158.
Baja Red's Cantina 5122 East McDowell Halloween Costume Party with movie stars as its theme, goblin stew, witchy-poo brew, karaoke, and prizes. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-286-9251.
Baja Tilly's Cantina 1123 West Broadway Road, Tempe Halloween party with live music by Straight Up and DJ Luv1, as well as $3 Jack Daniels and $3 Cuervo Gold shots. Call for hours and cover. Call 480-968-4437.
The Bar 1212 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe Blues Women & Friends Festival benefit for Every Nation's Child/UNICEF with live music by Uvon, Carey Slade, Mary Godfrey, Gypsy & One Class Act, Blue Zone, Kari M. with the Garage Band All-Stars and more. Costume contest (with cash for first place, and a bar credit for second place), karaoke, raffles and giveaways of items from the UNICEF shop and gift certificates from local restaurants, $3 Black Vodkas, and $5 large pitchers. Live music runs from 2:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. and karaoke goes from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-446-7468.
Barcelona (Scottsdale) 15440 Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale Veuve Clicquot Champagne Party with a costume competition at 9 p.m. with $3,000 in cash and prizes, Live music and dancing until 2 a.m., half-price champagne all day, and everyone in costume gets a free glass of Veuve Clicquot. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover for women, but men pay $10 after 9 p.m. Call 480-603-0370.
Bar Nun 4142 East Chandler Boulevard Revelers and merrymakers that come dressed in costume get a discount, but everyone can take advantage of specials on crazy Halloween drinks like the Haunted Martini (made from Black Vodka and dry ice). Even the wait staff will be dressing up. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. No cover. Call 480-706-5564.
Bikini Lounge 1502 Grand Avenue Celebrate at this downtown Phoenix landmark with costume and apple-bobbing contests for prizes, Westinis, and drink specials all night long. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-252-0472.
Blooze 12014 North 32nd Street Costume competition (with first prize, second and third prizes) and live music by Angry Jon. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-788-4574.