Haunt the PHX in Style

Phoenix Zoo

455 N. Galvin Pkwy.

Boo! at the Zoo enters its 15th year with plenty of events for the young'uns, 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.

Rockin' R Ranch

6136 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa

Western dinner and show, wagon rides and live entertainment by the Rockin' R Wranglers. Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October, 31, 5:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Call 480-832-1539

Sunday, October 31:

Arizona Science Center

600 E. Washington St.

Hallopalooza will be science run amok, as the staid confines of the museum become a ghastly maze of mirrors, monsters and mayhem. Families are encouraged to come in costume for frights, free candy and a costume contest. 4 to 9 p.m. Free with admission. Call 602-716-2000.

Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club

14202 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Come by on Halloween in costume for a free movie ticket (worth $6). 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 480-905-7200.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

302 W. Latham St.

Frankenstein's Baby, a hilarious puppet comedy centering on a pack of monsters' problems with baby-sitting a newborn, finishes up its theatrical run with an afternoon matinee. 2 p.m. $8 for adults, $6 for kids 2 and over. Call 602-262-2050.

Havana Café

4225 E. Camelback Rd.

Celebrate both Halloween and Día de los Muertos at once with a "wine dinner to die for" at this location and at Havana Patio Caf at 6245 East Bell Road. A traditional three-course meal with three kinds of wine from Chile, Portugal and Argentina will be served. The traditional menu includes posole served with pan de muerte, mole poblano, arroz a la Mexicana, and calabacitas picadas con elote. The wine list includes Carmenere from Casa Silva Winery in Chile and Pino Gris from Bodega Lurton Winery of Argentina. The Bell Road location will also display an authentic D’a de los Muertos ofreta (altar). Reservations are required. 6 to 9 p.m. $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Call 602-952-1991 or 480-991-1496.

Jillian's at Desert Ridge Market Place

21001 N. Tatum Blvd.

Pumpkin Park children's event with pumpkin decorating (and prizes for the best), giveaways, and Halloween movies. A treat buffet with cupcakes, candy and ice cream will be available, giving your kids a head start on their sugar rush. Noon to 5 p.m. $5 for a pumpkin, game card and treat bag. Call 480-538-8956.

Mill Avenue Masquerade

Mill Ave., Tempe

The Mill Avenue Masquerade makes its return to Tempe as attendees are offered the chance to participate in a massive battle of the bars costume contest, with the grand prize of a trip for two to San Diego to see Avril Lavigne in concert in November. Costumed contestants engage in semifinal competitions in nine Mill Avenue bars -- Big Bang, Hooters, The Library, McDuffy's Tempe, Fat Tuesday, Owl's Nest, Rula Bula, Rio Salado Brewing Co.-Salt River Saloon, and Margarita Rocks -- starting at 8 p.m., with individual winners moving on to the final round at 10 p.m. at Margarita Rocks. Smaller prizes will also be awarded in the participating bars. Times and cover prices vary. Call 800-283-6734.

Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd.

Masquerade tea party featuring an English-style afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and French pastries. The lights will be dimmed to create a spooky atmosphere, and attendees are encouraged to wear masks. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative. Noon. $29 per person. Call 602-468-0700.

The Teeter House

622 E. Adams St.

Halloween Masquerade High Tea with a costume party reception with light buffet, and live music. Celebrates the Teeter House's fifth anniversary. 3 to 6 p.m. $5. Call 602-252-4682.

Bars and Clubs

Thursday, October 28:

ACME Roadhouse

855 S. Rural Rd., Tempe

SMACME @ ACME with an S&M fashion show at midnight, $3 Skyy and Heinekens until midnight, and music by DJ J.Alan. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call for cover. Call 480-517-1818.


718 N. Central Ave.

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 S. Rural Rd., Tempe

Pre-Halloween Celebration with costume contest for $50 bar tab; drink specials include $2 Bud/Bud Light and $3 Jack and Cokes. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call for cover. Call 480-517-1188.

Frank & Lupe's

4121 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale

Día de los Muertos 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 S. Mill Ave., 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 N. 7th St.

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.

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