Haunt the PHX in Style

Terror.

It's a sensation we know all too well, especially during Halloween. Whether it's getting caught by the po-pos smashing a few dozen pumpkins or waking up on November 1 next to a paramour with a case of coyote ugly worth chawin' your arm off, we've felt the chill of our blood turning to ice.

Even worse, we've suffered the pains of many a past 'ween spent in skeevy dives, while our so-called-friends walked away from all the fly parties with some big cash from best costume contests.

Which is why we've pulled together a rundown of Halloween events, celebrations and happenings going down in the PHX, breaking it down by venue type and event start date.

Food and drink specials, prizes, costume contests, live entertainment -- it's all in here and it's all good. We may even slip you the names of a few joints where you can kick it long after last call. These ain't no cheap-ass haunted houses at the church social hall, with peeled grapes "eyeballs" and cold spaghetti "brains."

Since Allhallow's Eve falls on a weekend, you can let loose for three straight nights, and if you're a crafty cat, you can figure which fetes offer the best bling. It's just like back in your old school days when you picked out which houses had the mad treats. You just gotta know how to work the system, yo, and go home with a hottie on each arm and your friends have to catch the vapors.

Talk about your Halloweenies. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Events and Happenings

Thursday, October 28: Chompies Restaurant & Bakery

All locations

www.chompies.com

Halloween cookies, cupcakes and cakes.

Tempe Improv

930 E. University Dr., 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. and midnight Friday, October 29; 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, October 30; and 8 p.m. Sunday, October 31. $17. Call 480-921-9877.

Friday, October 29: Dodge Theatre

400 W. Washington St.

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.

Ghosts of Phoenix Tours

202 N. Central Ave.

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 March 2005. Special Halloween tour times are 7, 8:15 and 9:20 p.m. $10 for adults, and kids 12 and under are $5. Reservations are recommended. Call 602-574-9304.

Grand Cinemas Warner Valley View Theatre

2140 N. Arizona Ave., 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 an all-new opening dancing number delving into the mythology implied in Rocky's story line. The Friday show is in Chandler, while performances 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 each night. $6. Call 602-201-1817.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa5225 E. Pathfinder Dr.

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 (Elliott's mom in ET), and Stuart Gordon (director of cult classic Re-Animator). Scheduled events include author readings/signings, discussions, screenings of horror flicks, a costume contest and ball, and special Halloween events. 5 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. Sunday, October 31. $20 per day, or $40 for the weekend. See www.horrorfindweekend.com.

The Paper Heart

750 Grand Ave.

Hardcore Halloween Showdown with music from Blues for Martyrs, We Fly Our Kites At Night, and L.A.'s Ariel Pink and Dear Rosemary. DJ Soth spins experimental drum 'n' bass between sets. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. $6. Call 602-262-2020.

PHiX

1113 Grand Ave.

All-ages costume party and music showcase with Azul, Pull, and others, as well as silly entertainment. 7 p.m. Price TBA. Call 602-252-7449.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

7677 N. 16th St.

Pumpkins at the Peak event benefiting the United Fire Fighters Association, with jack-o'-lantern contests, monster menageries, trick-or-treat stations, arts and crafts booths and refreshments. 5 to 7 p.m. $5 or a donation of two canned goods. Call 602-870-1977.

reZurrection Gallery

601 W. University Dr., Tempe

Halloween costume party in conjunction with Final Friday festivities in downtown Tempe. Free refreshments. 7 p.m. Free. Call 480-377-9080.

Wet Paint Art Supply & Gallery

203 E. 7th St., Tempe

Halloween Holiday Show in conjunction with Final Friday festivities in downtown Tempe, featuring displays of Halloween-themed art in the B-Side Gallery and live music performance. 7 p.m. Free. Call 480-967-2002 for more information.

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