By Kathleen Vanesian
By Amy Silverman
By Robrt L. Pela
By Jim Louvau
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Benjamin Leatherman
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Phoenix Symphony Hall
225 East Adams Street
Guest conductor Michael Krajewski leads the Phoenix Symphony for "Trick or Treat," a frighteningly enjoyable program featuring such creepy classics as Funeral March of a Marionette, Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre, and Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor. 8 p.m. Also runs at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, October 30. $18 to $63. Call 602-495-1999.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
7677 North 16th Street
Pumpkins at the Peak at the Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch with trick-or-treat stations, arts and crafts booths, goblin grub and witches' brew. 5 to 7 p.m. $5 (or a donation of two canned-good items per person). Call 602-997-2626.
South Mountain Environmental Education Center
10409 South Central Avenue
Haunted Hayride with horse-drawn wagon rides through Box Canyon, as well as ghost stories and other adventures. Runs 6 to 8:30 p.m. daily through Sunday, October 30. $2, $1 for children 12 and under. Call 602-438-2928.
203 East Seventh Street, Tempe
Halloween-themed gallery show in conjunction with Final Friday in downtown Tempe, featuring the artwork of such Alpha Monster artists as Baron Gordon and Adam Dumper, music from local DJs, live graffiti art demonstrations, and b-boy dancing from Mellowdrama and the Phunky Phoenicians. 7 p.m. Free. Call 480-967-2002.
The Wrigley Mansion
2501 East Telawa Trail
A Wicked Night at the Wrigley with music by The Scones, EastonAshe, and local DJs, a live remote by MIX 96.9, a costume contest for prizes, food and drink specials, psychics, fortune tellers, and tarot-card readers. 21 and over. 8 p.m. $45. Call 602-553-7382.
Bars and Clubs -- Friday, October 28:
855 South Rural Road, Tempe
Halloween party hosted by Sanjna and Jenn with a costume contest, DJ, and $3 drink specials all night. 10 p.m. Ladies free, guys $5. Call 480-517-1818.
Arizona Beach Club
430 North Scottsdale Road, Tempe
Ghouls Gone Wild party with $1,500 in cash prizes for the sexiest costumes, drink specials, music by the Rock Hotties, and the DJ Divas spinning Top 40, R&B, house, and hip-hop. 9 p.m. $5 for 21 and over, $10 for 18 and over. Call 480-446-3100.
The Big Bang
501 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
Costume contest for more than $200 in prizes, live music from the dueling pianos, and Bacardi drink specials. 8 p.m. $6 (free for those in costume). Call 480-557-5595.
Chasers Bar & Nightclub
8005 East Roosevelt Street, Scottsdale
Halloween Monster Mash & Costume Beer Bash with music from SLOWmobile, A Few Random Drunks, Heroic Dose, Booby Trap, Ninja Fish, and Elders UK. 7 p.m. $5 cover after 8 p.m. Call 480-945-4985.
The Clubhouse Music Venue
1320 East Broadway Road, Tempe
Whorrible Halloween Show with Eroticide, Motive, Autumn's End, and more. 7 p.m. $8. Call 480-968-3238.
Martini Ranch & Shaker Room
7295 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
Halloween party in conjunction with Fright Night 2005 with a VIP stage featuring live music by The Chadwicks, Money Shot, and others. 7 p.m. $15 online, $20 at the door. Call 480-970-0500.
Monkey Pants Bar & Grill
3223 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
Semi-Annual Halloween Terror Fest & Crotch-Kicking Competition featuring Indian leg wrestling (with real Indians). Also runs Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30. 7 p.m. each day. Call 480-377-8100.
998 East Indian School Road
Things will get pretty kinky at Dante's Inferno Leather Hell Weekend with demonstrations involving fire play, hot wax, leather and electricity, in addition to hourly shot specials and a wet undies contest. Continues on Saturday, October 29; Sunday, October 30; and Monday, October 31. 9 p.m. each day. No cover. Call 602-266-5640.
The Real Bar
5014 South Price Road, Tempe
Combination Halloween and CD release party for Mourning Maxwell, with additional live music by Fivespeed, Ember Coast, Captain Squeegee and the Soap Suds, And The Hero Fails, March Against Fear, and Swindel, as well as prizes for best costume, and a free CD with admission. 7 p.m. $7 under 21, $5 over 21. Call 480-897-1466.
Salty Señorita (both locations)
3636 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
1860 South Stapley Drive, Mesa
Salty's Spooktacular Weekend with Don Eduardo Scissorhands Magical Margaritas and scary mariachis. Also runs Saturday, October 29 (featuring a costume contest with $400 in cash prizes), Sunday, October 30, and Monday, October 31. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. each day. Call 480-946-7258.
93 East Southern Avenue, Tempe
Black Friday Halloween Fantasy Ball with a costume contest, bondage and fetish fashion show, tarot-card readers, and spankings from the Arizona Roller Derby girls, as well as performances by Sourmind, Auralast, The Cheeky Monkeys, the Strange Family Circus, and others. 8 p.m. 21 and over. $10 before 10 p.m., $20 thereafter, and $75 for VIP room. Call 602-953-2728.
Tupelo Tap Room
1615 West Camelback Road
Halloween party with costume contest for prizes, drink specials, and music from Dephinger, The Mongoloids, and The Irish Brothers. 8 p.m. $5 cover. Call 602-274-1513.