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 & Spa

5225 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.

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.

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.

Amsterdam

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.

Sugar Daddy's

3102 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Pumpkin-carving event, Sugar's will supply the pumpkins and the carving equipment, and you supply the talent. Live music with Big Pete Pearson from 9:30 p.m. to close. Regular and late-night menu served until 2 a.m. $3 domestic, $3.50 imports, $4 calls, and $5 wells (served in a pint glass). 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $2 cover. Call 480-970-6556.

Friday, October 29:

ACME Roadhouse

855 S. Rural Rd., Tempe

Moulin Rouge party hosted by Sanjna and Jenny, with prizes for sexiest costume and best dressed, and $3 drink specials all night long. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call for cover. Call 480-517-1818.

Anna's Southwest Grill at Arizona Golf Resort

425 S. Power Rd., Mesa

Halloween dinner party, costume contest with prizes for Best Dressed Couple and Best Dressed Individual. $12.95 dinner includes appetizer, entree, and all food. Drink specials all night long and live music from Bill Fuschillo from 5 to 11 p.m. Runs both Friday, October 29, and Saturday, October 30. Call 480-832-3202.

Apollo's

5749 N. 7th St.

The "Best Least Dressed" costume contest for prizes is the highlight of the night, plus "Gay Scaryoke," drink specials and prize giveaways all night long. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 602-277-9373.

Aunt Chilada's

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

7330 N. Dreamy Draw Pkwy.

Chill out at Aunt Chilada's costume party with entertainment by Wild Angels from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., prizes and drink specials. 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free. Call 602-331-1700.

Baja Tilly's Cantina

1123 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe

Whoop it up with costume contest for cash prizes, and a live remote by Mega 104.3. DJ Jerry spins his tunes, and Straight Up starts playing at 9 p.m., as well as $3 Bloody Marys and macabre $3 Bloody Brain Shots. $8 cover after 7 p.m., ladies get in free until 9 p.m. Call 480-968-4437.

The Big Bang

501 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

Rock 'n' roll sing-along with dueling pianos, Halloween costume contest, and drink specials all night. Friday, October 29, and Saturday, October 30, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, October 31, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $6 ($3 with costume). Call 480-557-5595

Bobby McGee's

8501 N. 27th Ave.

Spooktacular Halloween Monster Mash Bash, costume contest at midnight with $50 cash prize. Cheap drinks (like Bloddy Redrum Jell-O shots) from 4 to 8 p.m. Show up early to avoid "scary" line -- dress in costume to get in the fastest. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-995-5382.

Cash Inn Country

2140 E. McDowell Rd.

Sisterzz Twisted don their drag king costumes for a special show. Drink specials all night long. 8 p.m. Call 602-244-9943.

Encounters

3037 W. Clarendon Ave.

Halloween party with the opening round of cash prize costume contest and a DJ spinning the latest tunes. 8 p.m. Club memberships are $35 for single men, $15 for couples, and free for single ladies. Call 602-230-9680.

Flicka's Baja Cantina

2003 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Halloween party, costume contest with cash prizes, and live music with the Disco Pimps. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-945-3618.

HGM's Sports Grill

7103 E. McDowell Rd., in Papago Plaza, Scottsdale

Costume contest and prizes for first, second and third place winners (with the top prize worth $400), karaoke, dancing, and live entertainment by Big Brothers Entertainment. Breakfast will be served until 4 a.m. Starts at 9 p.m. No cover. Call 480-945-3890.

Hollywood Alley

2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa

"Dress Up You Freaks" live show with Dixie Witch, Blanche Davidian, Amplified Heat, and The Sons of Serro. 21-and-over show. 8:30 p.m. $6. Call 480-820-7117.

Johnny Gee's

7200 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler

Superhero Theme Party, with DJ music and drink specials. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 480-961-3080.

Lagerfields

12601 N. Paradise Village Pkwy. West

Kick off the Allhallow's Eve Costumed Up Party Weekend by dressing up and singing karaoke, with great giveaways and prizes. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. 602-765-0059.

Mason Jar

2303 E. Indian School Rd.

Halloween show with Motive, Terror in the Aisles, And The Hero Fails, Rising Pain, and more. All ages, bar with ID. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $8. Call 602-954-0455.

Mill Avenue Cue Club

607 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

Dress up costume party, drink and shot specials all night featuring Sam Adams and Red Bull. 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-966-0068.

M3 Bar & Lounge

2623 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Black Vodka promotions, giveaways, live DJ music, and $2 U-Call-Its if you're in costume. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-423-7087.

Pookie's Cafe & Bar

4540 N. 7th St.

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 E. Southern Ave., 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, tattoo, belly dancers, prizes for best costume, and more. 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10. Call 602-953-2728.

Slap Shots

7941 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale

Halloween weekend party, Scariest Costume Contest for cash and prizes, live music with Ten Years Gone, Miller Lite promotion from 9 to 11 p.m., and shot specials. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-939-6261.

Tinseltown Tavern

2017 N. Scottsdale Rd., 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 Dr., Peoria

Halloween costume contest at 10 p.m. for prizes ($1,000 for first, and prize packages for second and third). Drink specials include $3 Mummy Margaritas, $3 bottled beer from tub, and shot specials throughout the evening. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-486-9500.

Saturday, October 30:

All Starz Sports Bar & Grill

4929 W. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 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 E. 5th Ave., 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 N. 7th St.

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 S. Winchester Rd., 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 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa

Halloween party, costume contest with cash prizes, karaoke and drink specials until close. 7 to 11 p.m. Call 480-832-0158.

Axis/Radius

7340 E. 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.

Baja Red's Cantina

5122 E. McDowell Rd.

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 for cover.

Baja Tilly's Cantina

1123 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe

Halloween party with live music by Straight Up and DJ Luv1, as well as $3 Jack Daniel's and $3 Cuervo Gold shots. Call 480-968-4437 for hours and cover.

The Bar

1212 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe

Blues Women & Friends Festival benefit for Every Nation's Child/UNICEF with live music by Uvon, Carey Slade, Mary Godfrey, Gypsy and One Class Act, BlueZone, 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 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 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix

Revelers and merrymakers who 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 Ave.

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 N. 32nd St.

Costume competition ($50 first prize, second and third prizes TBA) and live music by Angry Jon. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-788-4574.

The Boathouse

5394 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe

Costume party and contest with prizes and drink specials. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-820-0660.

Bobby McGee's

8501 N. 27th Ave.

Spooktacular Halloween Monster Mash Bash, costume contest at midnight with $100 cash prize. Cheap drinks (like Bloddy Redrum Jell-O shots) from 4 to 8 p.m. Show up early to avoid "scary" line -- dress in costume to get in the fastest. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-995-5382.

BS West

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale

Fabulous Halloween party with drag show contest where the winner gets to represent the bar for a year. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $20. Call 480-945-9028.

Cabana's

6810 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale

South of the Border Halloween with penny drinks all night, bobbing for beers, and costume contest for a trip anywhere in the 50 states. Music by DJ Stylez. $20 for men and $10 for the ladies. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-421-9055.

Cactus Club

650 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction

Costume contest with prizes, free food, and drink specials ($1.75 bottled domestic beers and well drinks, and 75-cent domestic tap beers). 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-982-1148.

Cactus Jack's Bar & Grill

4747 E. Elliot Rd., Ahwatukee

Try your luck in the single-elimination "broomstick" pool tournament, pumpkin bobbing, or costume contest (all for prizes), or sample $2 Coronas and $1 Jell-O shots. Call 480-893-6630 for cover and hours.

Cave Creek Coffee Company & Wine Bar

6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

Special Halloween music show with folk artist Eliza Gilkyson. 8 p.m. $18. Call 480-488-0603.

Champions

330 S. Gilbert Rd., Mesa

Dart tournament at 2 p.m., karaoke, and a costume contest at 9 p.m. for prizes. Closes at 2 a.m. Call 480-649-1650.

Charlie's

727 W. Camelback Rd.

Cowboy up with costume contests for cash prizes, drink specials all night long, and a performance by Pussy LeHoot and Friends. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-265-0224.

Char's Has the Blues

4631 N. 7th Ave.

Halloween party with the ladies of Sistah Blue. 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Call for cover. Call 602-230-0205.

Club Central

3110 N. Central Ave.

Cruise down Phoenix's main drag for a costume contest for cash prizes, live music downstairs, and a DJ spinning upstairs. Drink specials all night long. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-200-8121.

The Clubhouse

1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe

Halloween Freakness Ball with live music from Arvin's Gardens, Fred Green, Bullet Up, Bailey's Window, Forgotten Lifestyles, Jason Society, Miso, Bullet Train to Moscow, Dimonet, Ember Coast, and more. Live body suspensions and cheek piercings by Body Art Tattoo. Huge costume contest for prizes with categories including best overall, most creative, freakiest, and sexiest. Toni & Guy Hair Salon will present a freaky-hair runway show, and there will be prize giveaways from the Horse & Hound and The Clubhouse, plus J ger and Bud specials all day. First 100 people in the door get entered into door prize raffle. All ages, bar with ID. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. $8 21-and-over, $10 under 21. Call 480-968-3238.

Club Rio

430 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe

Halloween Monster Bash until 2 a.m. with giant costume contest for $1,000 in cash prizes, and KISS 104.7 in the house. 21-and-over only. Call 480-894-0533 for cover.

Cocomo Joe's

28244 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek

Costume contest for prizes and live music by One Way Ticket. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-538-8008.

Coyote Hill Bar & Grill

12417 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale

Howl at the moon with a costume contest with cash prizes ($100 for first place, $50 for second place, $25 for third) and $2 Coronas from midnight until 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-536-7711.

Crabby Don's

3861 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert

Live music by Shovelhead, Hall 13, and more, with food and drink specials all night long. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-558-7540 for cover.

Craiger's Restaurant & Lounge

5400 N. 59th Ave., Glendale

Second annual Halloween costume contest with cash prizes, giveaways, live music by the rockin' funky blues of Thomas Oliver and the Kick Band, and drink specials all night long. 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-934-8071.

Cruisin' 7th

3702 N. 7th St.

If you lose out at this bar's talent contest at 10 p.m. (where the winner gets his own show night), try to save face by overcoming the competition in the costume contest at midnight. First prize is $100; second prize is $25, two free drinks and a bottle of champagne; and third prize is a bottle of champagne. If you still lose out, don't worry: There are drink specials all night long. Call 602-212-9888.

Deja Vu

6025 N. 27th Ave.

Halloween party with cash prizes for best costume. Live music from DJ Mag. 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-246-2939.

Devil's Martini North

10825 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Halloween Madness, costume contest where best costume wins a trip to Las Vegas and best devil costume wins a VIP dinner party in a private cabana. DJ music. 5 p.m to 2 a.m. $10 cover after 10 p.m. Call 480-348-1666.

Devil's Martini Old Town

4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale

Pimp N' Ho Masquerade with DJ music. 8 p.m to 2 a.m. $10 cover for guys after 10 p.m. Call 480-947-7171.

The Doghouse Bar

1241 E. Broadway Rd., Ste. 17, Mesa

Halloween costume contest, live band, emcee, wet tee-shirt contest and drink specials. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-833-6042.

Dos Gringos

4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale

Habla español? You might just have to if you attend this weekendlong costume bash. On Halloween a drawing will be held for the best costume, and the winner gets a cruise to Mexico for two. All beers are $3. Full menu until 2 a.m. Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-423-3800.

Dos Gringos Trailer Park

1001 E. 8th St., Tempe

This "Trailer Park of Horrors" will be the site of a costume contest on Halloween, with a trip to Mexico up for grabs. Drink specials are $2 Coronas, $3 Gringoritas, and $3 Donkey Punch. Full menu until 2 a.m. Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. 480-968-7879.

Drift Polynesian Restaurant & Tiki Lounge

4341 N. 75th St., Scottsdale

Second annual Pirate 'n' Wench Extravaganza, costume contest at 12:30 a.m. (winner gets $2,500 RejuvaLift makeover). 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Party is free, but donations of clothing and canned goods are appreciated. Call 480-949-8454.

Drivers Sport Grill

14175 W. Indian School Rd., Goodyear

Sixth annual Halloween bash, with karaoke, costume contest and prizes. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-536-8571

The Dubliner Irish Pub & Restaurant

3841 E. Thunderbird Rd.

Costume party with costume contest at 10 p.m. Participants must go on stage and describe the alternate identity to the audience, which decides the winner (first place gets $100). Live music from Traveller. Runs until 2 a.m. Call 602-867-0984 for cover.

Dwntwn Club

702 N. Central Ave.

Costume party with drink specials. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-258-8343 for cover.

Earl's Tin Palace

15784 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

Halloween party with reverse happy hour from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-607-1941 for cover.

Eddie Matney's

2398 E. Camelback Rd.

Halloween Costume Party in the bar. Live entertainment, prize giveaways, and lots of drink specials. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. No cover. Call 602-957-3214.

Emerald Lounge

1514 N. 7th Ave.

Come dressed as your favorite smutty character for the Smut Muffin CD release party with special guest Meat Whistle. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-256-9705 for cover.

Encounters

3037 W. Clarendon Ave.

Halloween party with the opening round of cash prize costume contest and a DJ spinning the latest tunes. 8 p.m. Club memberships are $35 for single men, $15 for couples, and free for single ladies. Call 602-230-9680.

Famous Sam's

940 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler

Monster mash with costume contests, a horror house, live music and dancing. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-812-1177.

Famous Sam's

2860 E. Main St., Mesa

Halloween contest (with a grand prize of a three-day, two-night vacation package) and Scaryoke. Runs until 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-924-1305.

Fat Cats

915 Grand Ave.

Costume competition with $50 first prize. Drink specials like $1 Poison Shots. 9 p.m. to close. No cover. Call 602-252-0988.

Fibber Magee's

1989 W. Elliot Rd., Chandler

Costume party with live music from the Keltic Kowboys, $4 Guinness pints, $3 Smithwicks and Harp pints, costume contest, prizes and giveaways. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-722-9434.

1st Round Draft Sports Grill

1520 W. Warner Rd., Gilbert

Hey, sporto, try to win this tavern's costume contest ($100 for first place, $50 for second place, $25 gift certificate for third) decided at midnight, or the pumpkin-carving contest ($25 for first place, $15 for second place, $10 gift certificate for third). Drink specials include $2 Bloody Marys and $2 Bloody Brains Shot. Karaoke is also at 9 p.m. No cover. Call 480-497-2445.

Flip Flops Island Grill House

222 E. University Dr., Tempe

Buccaneer Bash with a pirate theme, costume contest with $1,200 total in cash prizes for categories for most creative, sexiest and best overall. Detroit's DJ Dr. Chill spins, with $2 drink specials. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-967-7744.

George & Dragon Restaurant

4230 S. 48th St.

Costume contest with cash prizes ($150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third). Drink specials all night long. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-470-0018

Graham Central Station

7850 S. Priest Dr., Tempe

Halloween festivities include $2,500, winner-take-all costume contest (chosen on audience applause), 25-cent well, wine and longnecks from 6 to 9 p.m. No cover with costume before 8:30 p.m., open until 2 a.m. Call 480-496-4336.

Hollywood Alley

2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa

Get that adrenaline going for the Metal Monsters Moshfest 2004/CD release party for 454, with Rebirth, Trench, and Slip Mickey. Special guest appearances and giveaways. $5 cover. Call 480-820-7117.

Icehouse

429 W. Jackson St.

Masquerade Entertainment presents Halloween 2004, a gigantic festival and indoor dance party, with performances by Pat Hodges, DJ Mike Duretto, Liquid 360, and many local performers. Hosted by Phaedra the Latin Pheline. Costume contest with the chance to strut your stuff on a 50-foot-long lighted runway for cash prizes, and a massive light show. Time TBA. Tickets are $15 presale, $20 at the door. Call 602-257-8929.

Iguana Mack's

1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler

Third annual Halloween Bash, costume contest with cash prizes, $2 Sols, $3.50 Witches Brew, $3.50 Cuervo Gold margaritas. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover if wearing costume. Call 480-899-6735.

Jet Lag Lounge

7908 E. Chaparral Rd., Ste. 102, Scottsdale

Halloween extravaganza, with costume and dance contests (both for prizes), drinks, dinner, and live music with Randy Thomas from 7 p.m. to midnight. No cover. Call 480-941-9144.

Jillian's at Desert Ridge Market Place

21001 N. Tatum Blvd.

Night of Demons, where you can dress as your favorite horror-film hero. DJ music, cash prizes, and drink specials. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-538-8956.

Joe's Grotto

13825 N. 32nd St.

Live music with Fred Green, Evolocity, Supersternal Notch, and Dog Will Hunt. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5. Call 602-992-1007.

Johnny Gee's

7200 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler

Costume party, with DJ music and drink specials. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 480-961-3080.

Karamba Nightclub

1724 E. McDowell Rd.

Halloween celebration with prizes for best costumes. Time TBA. Call 602-254-0231 for cover.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar

7137 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale

Costume contest with cash, gift certificate and wine prizes; live DJ music, and drink specials. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-946-3004.

La Casa del Mariachi

1420 N. 24th St.

Costume party on both Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31, with regularly performing mariachi entertainers from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-275-8565 for cover.

Lagerfields

12601 N. Paradise Village Pkwy. West

Allhallow's Eve Costumed Up Party Weekend carries on with a night of costumes and dancing to the sounds of the Tina Bailey Band, as well as great giveaways and prizes. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. 602-765-0059.

Last Exit Bar & Grill

1425 W. Southern Ave., Mesa

Halloween bash featuring a performance by Chalmers Green. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $4 cover. Call 480-557-6656.

The Longshot Bar & Grill

7346 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale

Halloween party, with costume contest for prizes, music from DJ Adrenalin, and drink specials all night long. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-947-3304.

Mainstay Gallery, and Se Vende Studio

412 E. Garfield St., Nos. 1 and 3

"Boo Fool," a Halloween art lounge party with DJs spinning music upstairs and downstairs, with the Complainiacs and the Quad Laser playing outside. Costumes mandatory. 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Ladies free, men pay $2. Call 602-253-0422.

Maloney's on Campus

955 E. University Dr., Tempe

Costume contest with prizes and giveaways. $2 U-Call-Its from 7 to 11 p.m., and music with DJ Sanders. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-894-2224 for cover.

Marc's Sports Grill

4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale

Nightmare on Marc's Street costume party and prizes for scariest, funniest, sexiest, and most creative costumes, as well as drink specials. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-842-1053.

Mardi Gras Bar & Grill

8040 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale

Costume Masquerade Party where everyone gets a mask. Costume contest with prizes from Fascinations for sexiest, best, worst, and best group. Live music with The Cover Up, Two Dimes, Oktober, and Bullet Up. Drink specials include $2 Scary Shots and $2 drafts. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-970-5707.

Margarita Rocks

410 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

Free beach barbecue food from 5 to 8 p.m., $3 Southern Comfort drinks from 8 to 10 p.m., Mix 96.9 broadcasting from 7 to 9 p.m., costume competition with $2,500 cash prize. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-968-3301 for cover.

Martini Ranch

7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale

Salem's Lot Party in conjunction with Mickey's Hangover. Live music with Metalhead, Chrome 9, Rock Lobster, Nigel, DJ Soloman, DJ Michael, DJ Roach (from Suburban Noise), and more. Costume contest with a grand prize of a trip for two to Mardi Gras, and second prize is a guitar autographed by The Killers. Drink specials on Jack Daniel's, Finlandia Vodka, Southern Comfort and Budweiser. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10. Call 480-970-0500.

McDuffy's Tempe

230 W. Fifth St., Tempe

Blackout Laser Party, as the entire club will be darkened for a laser show. Hip-hop, Top 40 and dance music plays all night, a sexy costume contest offers cash and prizes, and there will be drink specials until midnight -- including $2 Long Islands and Tall Drafts. 18-and-over, bar with ID. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-966-5600 for cover.

McDuffy's Wide World of Entertainment

15814 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria

Part one of the Monster Mash starts on Devil's Night with $2 Witches Brew, costume competition with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes, and music by DJ Sean. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5 cover for men starting at 9 p.m. and for women at 10 p.m. Call 623-334-5000.

Mickey's Hangover

4310 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale

Salem's Lot Party in conjunction with Martini Ranch. Live entertainment from Big Tex and the Blazin' Pintos, DJ Villin, DJ Trademark, and Dr. Drew. Costume contest with the grand prize of a trip for two to the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, and second prize is a concert flyaway trip from KZON-FM 101.5. Drink specials on Jack Daniel's, Finlandia Vodka, Southern Comfort and Budweiser. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10. Call 480-425-0111.

Mill Avenue Cue Club

607 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

Drink and shot specials all night featuring Sam Adams and Red Bull. 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-966-0068.

Minder Binder's

715 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe

Live music with Saint Dog from Suburban Noize, Dark Side Immortals, and Bag of Hammers. Costume contest for prizes with drink specials all night long. 8 p.m to 2 a.m. $7 cover. Call 480-966-1911.

Misty's

4301 N. 7th Ave.

Costume contest at midnight with $100 prizes in three different categories. DJ Shannon spins hip-hop, and there will be ghoulish shot specials throughout the night. 9 p.m. to close. No cover. Call 602-265-3233.

The Monastery

4114 N. 28th St.

Pumpkin-carving contest at 8 p.m., and drink specials like $1 Jell-O shots. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-840-7510.

The Monastery Mesa

4810 E. Mckellips Rd., Mesa

Halloween costume party with contests and prizes, live music and drink specials. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-474-4477.

The Monastery Too

8011 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria

Costume contest with prizes, live music from Claire's Trick, and drink specials all night long. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-412-7782.

Nasty's

3108 E. McDowell Rd.

Costume competition with prizes and various drink specials throughout the night. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-267-8707.

O'Kelley's Sports Bar & Grill

2120 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa

Costume contest with prizes for first, second and third place. Live music with 68 Guns. 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-756-6069.

Pat Murphy's Pub and Grill

3215 E. Thomas Rd.

Live music from Desert Voodoo, costume competition for cash prizes, and drink specials all night. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-522-0669.

Pattie's First Avenue Lounge

7220 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale

Spooktacular costume party with games, drink specials throughout the evening, and outrageous costume competition for prizes. 8 p.m. to midnight. No cover. Call 480-990-0103.

Pookie's Cafe & Bar

4540 N. 7th St.

Alternative Halloween Madness continues with the Halloween Bash featuring contests for best in drag, best non-drag costume, and best performance with cash and bar prizes. Hosted by the Dancing Diva Devina. 9:30 p.m. Free. Call 602-277-2121.

Prankster's Gar & Brill

1024 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe

Costume competition for gift certificates and other prizes, live music, and drink deals on Witches Brew, shot specials, as well as half-price drinks for last call. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-967-8875.

Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Rd.

Spend the day before Halloween partying with the Big Pete Pearson Blues Band and competing in a costume contest. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $6. Call 602-265-4842.

Rio Salado Brewing Co. Salt River Saloon

605 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

www.riosaladobeer.com

Costume contests, live music by Ultamaxx, and drink specials. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. $3. Call 480-829-1590.

The Rockin' Horse

7043 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale

Drink specials all night and $100 bar credit for the "Ghouliest Gal." No cover. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-874-1112.

Rodeo Nights

4029 N. 33rd Ave.

Amble on down for free country and western dance lessons from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Playgirl centerfolds from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and a chance at a costume contest with a $1,500 grand prize. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-279-3800.

Rosie McCaffrey's Irish Pub

906 E. Camelback Rd.

Costume contest with $100 cash prize for first place announced at midnight, live music by the Rocket 88's, prize giveaways and drink specials all night long. 9 p.m to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-241-1916.

R.T. O'Sullivan's Sports Bar

1010 W. Southern Ave., Mesa

Pimp 'N Ho Ball, with $200 in prizes for best costume, $2 U-Call-Its for the ladies and various games and door prizes. 9 p.m. to close. No cover. Call 480-844-1290.

Sail Inn

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe

Halloween bash with costume contests for prizes and cash, drink specials like $3.50 32-ounce domestic pitchers and $3 well drinks. Live music from Bad Shoe, Shrink, and DJ The Mantis Claw. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-921-1775 for cover.

Salty Señorita

3636 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

www.saltysenorita.com

Salty's Spooktacular Weekend starts with a Halloween Eve party. Costume contests with categories for best male, best female, and best couple (each wins $100). Participants must register with hostess. Winner is announced at 11 p.m. Must be present to win. Pumpkin ring toss and pumpkin basketball from 6 to 10 p.m. $2 can Witches Brew beer, $5 Mummy Margaritas. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-946-SALTY (7258).

The Sets

93 E. Southern Ave., Tempe

www.thesets.com

The Edge Halloween Bash Concert with Lit, Denver Harbor, Greeley Estates, Cold Fusion, Redfield, and more. Ages 16 and up. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15. Call 480-829-1822.

Shepherds

3114 E. Cactus Rd.

Definitely keep your eyes on the prizes at this bash, as costume contests (with categories for males, females, and couples alike), mummy wrapping and Fear Factor-like games, and mystery prize drawings for treasures like a mini-chopper and gift certificates can get you the goods by the end of the night. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-482-0751.

Skippers Lounge

6124 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale

Halloween party with live blues music and drink specials. Closes at 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-937-0938.

Sky Lounge

132 E. Washington St.

Fiends, Fairies and Freaks bash with DJs Dave Aude, Rod Carrillo, and Lysa D spinning high energy music fit for dancing and a live simulcast with Energy 92.7/101.3. Costume contest with $500 cash prize for best costume, free prize giveaways, $4 Skyy Martinis and $1 Halloween shot specials all night long. With 21-and-over until 2 a.m., 18-and-over for after-hours. Table reservations requested. 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. $7 with costume, $10 without. Call 602-229-1110.

Slap Shots

7941 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale

Halloween weekend party, Most Original Costume Contest for cash and prizes, live music with Ten Years Gone, Budweiser promotion from 9 to 11 p.m., and shot specials. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-939-6261.

Steel Horse Saloon

1768 W. Bell Rd.

Halloween costume party and costume contest for cash prizes. Live music by the Flying Housecats, and $1.50 U-Call-It well, wine and beer from 8 to 10 p.m. and live music by Third Degree. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-942-8778.

Sugar Daddy's

3102 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Costume party with DJs. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. $2 cover after 8:30 p.m. Call 480-970-6556.

Territorial Bar and Grill

37645 N. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

Creekers Party with costume contest for prizes at 10:30 p.m., bobbing for limes, $3 Corona and Corona Lites, live music from Cross Country Band. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-575-7071.

Tropicana Cafe & Sports Bar

9401 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria

Howl-O-Ween with costume contest and karaoke. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-972-9776.

Tupelo Tap Room

1615 W. Camelback Rd.

Half-off drinks for anyone in costume. Live music from Big Mamma and White Bread from 8 p.m. to midnight. No cover. Call 602-274-1513.

Venue of Scottsdale

7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale

Halloween gets some hair-metal as Pump (an Aerosmith tribute band) and Pyromania (Def Leppard tribute band) will perform, along with special guests Helvin, Amuck, and others. Costume contests for cash prizes and drink specials throughout the night also take place. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15. Call 480-945-5150.

The Vine Tavern & Eatery

2808 E. Indian School Rd.

Costume contest with $100 grand prize winner being named at 11 p.m. (winner must be present), $2.50 Coors Light and Molson steins, and karaoke from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-957-9806.

Warsaw's Again

15220 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix

Halloween party, drink specials all night, and costume contest for prizes from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-992-7476 for cover.

Waterhole

8830 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale

Halloween party, costume contest with a two-night, three-day casino getaway as first prize, DJ music, 75-cent beers from 8 to 9 p.m. and $1 shots through the evening. No cover. Call 623-937-3139.

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe

Cancer benefit pre-Halloween show with Sweet Bleeders, Tim Anthonise, Tramps and Thieves, Quarter Inch Crown, Truckers on Speed, and Haggis. Raffles, giveaways, and a costume contest for prizes. 8 p.m. Call 480-967-4777 for cover.

Sunday, October 31:

Ain't Nobody's Bizness

3031 E. Indian School Rd., Ste. 7

Halloween Bash, costume contest -- with categories like Best Dressed and Best Original Costume -- for cash prizes ($200 for first place, $100 for second place, $50 for third). Sign-up is at 9 p.m. and judging is at 10 p.m. 18-and-over, bar with ID. Call 602-224-9977.

Amsterdam

718 N. Central Ave.

Halloween Weekend 2004 continues with a costume contest hosted by Chantelle Douglas and a $250 first prize at 9:30 p.m. (sign up by 9 p.m.). 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-258-6122.

Apollo's

5749 N. 7th St.

Best Creative Underwear Night with $1 off drinks for those in their skivvies. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 602-277-9373.

The Blue Bar

4017 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Drink it up at this fete, as the costume contest offers prizes like champagne and cases of beer to the lucky winners. Beer and wine specials all night long (such as $2 off certain imports). 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-947-2160.

Bobby McGee's

8501 N. 27th Ave.

Spooktacular Halloween Monster Mash Bash, costume contest at midnight with $200 cash prize. Cheap drinks (like Bloddy Redrum Jell-O shots) from 4 to 8 p.m. Show up early to avoid "scary" line -- dress in costume to get in the fastest. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-995-5382.

Casey Moore's Oyster House

850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe

Haunted House Party with The Edge. Ghost hunt, drink specials, costume contest with prizes. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Call 480-968-9935.

Cash Inn Country

2140 E. McDowell Rd.

Go country with a costume contest for prizes, "scaryoke," and drink specials all night long. 7 p.m. Call 602-244-9943.

Christopher's Fermier Brasserie & Paola's Wine Bar

2584 E. Camelback Rd.

Halloween's Sexiest Ghoul Soiree contest, winner receives Magnum bottle of Mumm champagne, must be in costume to win but not required for entry. Winner announced at 10 p.m. 5 p.m. to midnight. Call 602-522-2344.

The Complex

2647 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix

Spooky Halloween Show with Calabrese, Speed 63, The Iris, The Abiotx, and the Surgeon Generals. Costume contest for prizes, and free vampire bat with show flier. All ages. 6 p.m. Price TBA. Call 602-347-8325.

Drinx

7330 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale

Sunday Funday Halloween Bash, half-price food and drinks all night long. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-423-9434.

Encounters

3037 W. Clarendon Ave.

Halloween party with the opening round of cash prize costume contest and a DJ spinning the latest tunes. 8 p.m. Club memberships are $35 for single men, $15 for couples, and free for single ladies. Call 602-230-9680.

Fuel Motorsport Café

2827 E. Bell Rd.

Halloween party. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-788-0500.

Furio

7210 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale

Live music by DJ Pete Salaz. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-945-6600.

George & Dragon Restaurant

4240 N. Central Ave.

Costume contest with the audience deciding who gets cash prizes ($150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third). Drink specials include $3 Harp and Smithwicks. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-241-0018.

Handlebar-J

7116 E. Becker Lane, Scottsdale

Get a handle on this Halloween hootenanny, with a costume contest for cash prizes, live music by the Herndon Bros. Band, and themed drink specials. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-948-0110.

Harley's 155

155 W. Camelback Rd.

Costume contest with cash prizes ($100 for first place, $50 for second place, $25 for third) in categories like Most Comical, Most Original, and Best Female Illusionist. DJ music and drink specials all night. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-274-8505.

The Hideaway

6746 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

Big Biker Halloween Party, costume contest with cash prizes, food and drink specials hourly, tee-shirt and prize giveaways. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-595-0358.

Hi-Liter Show Club

4716 N. 12th St.

For a change of pace, consider the Halloween Hot Body Contest with a trip to Las Vegas as the grand prize. Drink specials include $3 Heinekens and Amstel Lights. $5 cover after 5:30 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-234-0128.

Hollywood Alley

2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa

Halloween show with Chicano Power Revival. Costumes encouraged and $2 Coronas available. 21-and-over show. 8:30 p.m. $6. Call 480-820-7117.

Hot Shots

2929 N. 16th St.

Scare up some fun at this bar and billiard joint's Halloween party, with costume contest for cash and prizes (for scariest, sexiest and most original duds), wicked and evil $2 Witches Brew or $2 Bloody Punch, music by DJ Steve, dancing and free snacks. 9 p.m. to close. No cover. Call 602-549-2929.

Indiana Jean's Haunted Bar

3593 W. Northern Ave.

Sounds like the place to be on Halloween! Costume party, food and drink specials ($1 Schnapps shots and free finger foods). 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-841-6411.

John Henry's

909 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe

Costume party, karaoke, $3 Beck's Oktoberfest. $6 specialty cocktails with happy hour prices all night. 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover. Call 480-730-9009.

Jugheads

5110 E. McDowell Rd.

Horrific Halloween punk show with DSC, No Rest for the Wicked, Idiot Kin, Eleven Forties, Perfect Hatred, and more. The bar will be transformed into a punk rock haunted house, and drink specials and costume contests will occur. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-225-0307 for cover.

Lagerfields

12601 N. Paradise Village Pkwy. West

Allhallow's Eve Costumed Up Party Weekend wraps up with costume party, contests, giveaways, prizes and a DJ. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. 602-765-0059.

The Library Bar & Grill

5th St. and Mill Ave., Tempe

Halloween Bash featuring costumes from scary to sexy. Semifinals of the Mill Avenue Masquerade Costume Contest at 8 p.m. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-332-2036 for cover.

Marc's Sports Grill

4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale

Nightmare on Marc's Street, with "haunted" Ping-Pong and billiards, Halloween karaoke, and deals on ghoulish drinks. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-842-1053.

Margarita Rocks

410 N. 4th St., Tempe

Semifinals of the Mill Avenue Masquerade Costume Contest at 8 p.m., and the final round at 10 p.m., broadcast live on 101.5 The Zone. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-968-3301 for cover.

McDuffy's Tempe

230 W. 5th St., Tempe

Halloween Masquerade Ball with the semifinals of the Mill Avenue Masquerade Costume Contest at 8 p.m. and Masquerade Gone Wild with 18-and-older Super Sexy Costume Contest for cash and prizes. Drink specials include $1 Bud and Bud Light, Test Tube Shots and Witches Brew from 7 to 10 p.m. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-966-5600 for cover.

McDuffy's Wide World of Entertainment

15814 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria

Part two of the Monster Mash features another costume contest with another $1,000 in cash and prizes, $2 Witches Brew, a reverse happy hour with half-price domestic bottles and drafts, call liquor, wine and house margaritas, and music by DJ Sean. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5 cover for men starting at 9 p.m. and women at 10 p.m. Call 623-334-5000.

Mill Avenue Cue Club

607 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

Drink and shot specials all night featuring Sam Adams and Red Bull. 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-966-0068.

Nu-Towne Saloon

5002 E. Van Buren St.

The beer bust starts at 2 p.m. A DJ will spin music, and there's a costume contest for prizes at 9 p.m., with drink specials all night long. 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-267-9959.

The Old Brickhouse Grill

1 E. Jackson St.

Halloween performance by Leftover Crack, Fuck You Ups, and Last Action Zeros with Casket Life. All-ages show. 7 p.m. $8. Call 602-258-7888.

O'Mallys Sports, Spirits & Grill

3544 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix

DJ James spins Halloween hip-hop. Costume contest for cash and prizes, and a complimentary buffet. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5 cover. Call 602-589-7180.

Paco-Paco

3045 N. 16th St.

Halloween party with costume contest and cash prizes. Runs until 2 a.m. Call 602-263-8424 for cover.

Pat O's Bunkhouse Saloon

4428 N. 7th Ave.

Halloween party, costume contest for cash prizes at 11 p.m., and $1 16-ounce pints of Bud Light draft from 3 p.m. Happy hour drink prices all day long. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 602-200-9154.

Pookie's Cafe & Bar

4540 N. 7th St.

Alternative Halloween Madness concludes with a musical revue by the Broadway Singing Divas. 9:30 p.m. Free. Call 602-277-2121.

Priceless Inn/Boston's

5014 S. Price Rd., Tempe

Halloween show with performances by Blister, One Bullet Sky, Loren Battle, Kill the New Kelly, Silent Surrender, Dementia, SOH, Time of Departure, End Transmission, and more. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5 cover. Call 480-897-1466.

The Rework Lounge

5064 E. McDowell Rd.

Halloween bash with costume contest (with liquor as prizes), and drink specials like $4 J ger Bombers and $4 Washington Apples all night long. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-275-0682 for cover.

Sail Inn

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe

Halloween bash with costume contests for prizes and cash, drink specials like $3.50 32-ounce domestic pitchers and $3 well drinks. Live music from Lymbyc Systym. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-921-1775 for cover.

Salty Señorita

3636 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

www.saltysenorita.com

Salty's Spooktacular Weekend continues with a pumpkin contest where the first 25 people to bring in a pre-carved pumpkin will get a penny house margarita. The winner of the best and most creative pumpkin wins a $100 gift certificate. Pumpkin ring toss and pumpkin basketball from 6 to 10 p.m. $2 can Witches Brew beer, $5 Mummy Margaritas. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-946-SALTY (7258).

Slap Shots

7941 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale

Halloween weekend party. Best Costume Contest for cash and prizes, DJ James spins dance music, Jägermeister promotion from 9 to 11 p.m., Halloween-themed drink and shot specials. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Call 623-939-6261.

Sugar Daddy's

3102 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Scary Spooky Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet for $12, with a "make your own Scary Bloody Mary" bar for $4, Monster Mimosas for $3, and live entertainment by the Tina Bailey Band. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No cover. Halloween costume contest -- best costume wins a cruise for two to Mexico. Live music with Knee Deep and DJ-M2. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. $2 cover after 8:30 p.m. Call 480-970-6556.

TT Roadhouse

2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale

Halloween costume contest with cash prizes, with amusement provided by the "nutty locals" who dwell in the darkness of the bar and (of course) the joint's awesome jukebox. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. 480-947-8723.

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe

Halloween benefit show with Steppchild donning costume and makeup and performing a KISS tribute. 9:30 p.m. Call 480-967-4777 for cover.

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