Haunt the PHX in Style

Saturday, October 30: Alwun House

1204 E. Roosevelt St.

The Monster's Ball costume party brings down the house, with the "outraged political satire" of Artists' Theatre Project, SPELLS dancers exorcising evil spirits, scathing performance art by Jeff Falk, videos by Steve Gompf 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 602-253-7887.

Cone Gallery

1324 Grand Ave.

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 N. Galvin Pkwy.

This Día 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 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students, and $4 for kids 12 and under. Call 480-941-1225.

Dodge Theatre

400 W. Washington St.

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 and Fort McDowell Rd., 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 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.

Holga's

821 N. 3rd St.

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 E. Lincoln Dr., 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 dance floor for live music. 8 p.m. $10 (or $9 with canned pet food donation). Call 602-765-0200.

Modified Arts

407 E. Roosevelt St.

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 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 Día de los Muertos, Halloween, and ancestry. Performances run both Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31, at 2 and 7 p.m. $10. Call 602-462-5516.

Monti's La Casa Vieja

1 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe

Spooks on Spokes motorcycle ride and fund raiser, which benefits the East Valley Boys & Girls Clubs, is highlighted by a costumed chopper parade through the streets of downtown Tempe; prizes for the Best Biker Costume, Best Overall Themed Bike and Rider, and Best Decorated Bike; live music by local rockers The Rave and pop band CJA; and a catered lunch by Monti's. 10 a.m. Registration fees are $35 per rider, and $20 per co-rider. Call 480-967-9594.

Mountain Temple Center

1533 E. Lupine Ave.

Samhain ritual gathering followed by a Halloween costume party. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Call 602-678-0644.

The Paper Heart

750 Grand Ave.

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 PSAs on Halloween costume safety, and music by Fatigo and Autopsy Report. Costumes are required. 7 p.m. $5. Call 602-262-2020.

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