By Kathleen Vanesian
By Amy Silverman
By Robrt L. Pela
By Jim Louvau
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Benjamin Leatherman
By New Times
By Becky Bartkowski
Events and Happenings -- Saturday, October 29:
1204 East Roosevelt Street
Partake in the "subterranean arts" at the Monster's Ball costume party with readings from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, contemporary dancing, body painting, DJs spinning dance music, "horror d'oeuvres," and more. 8 p.m. $10 (or $8 in costume). While there, enjoy the annual "Monster's Menagerie" group exhibition, featuring "supernatural, surreal, and creature fantasy art" from more than 10 artists, including Baron Dixon, Steve Gompf, Landy Headly, and Larry LoPresti. Runs through November 4. Call 602-253-7887.
815 West Madison Street
Sadisco presents "Return of the Living Dragvestites," featuring "Random Zombie Drag Shows" by Mookow vs. Unstable Able, performances by Tucsons and Alter Der Ruine, artwork by Dave Ketchum, a hookah den, and free "zombie skin care products," as well as music from DJs Squalor, Dr. Father, ///SHE\\\, and Darksouldealer. $6.66 or $13 for couples. 8 p.m. Call 480-710-0973.
7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
Fifth annual Ghost Ball, presented in conjunction with Suede, with performances by the headbangers of Metal Ikon, '80s cover band Fast Times, and five DJs, and a costume contest with $3,000 in cash prizes. 8 p.m. $20. Call 480-970-1112.
Castle Sports Club
11420 North 19th Avenue
Arizona Roller Derby Costume Bash with the Surly Gurlies battling the Bad News Beaters, live music from Calabrese, and $2 beers. 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 602-331-2582.
Desert Schools Coyotes Center
15829 North 83rd Avenue, Peoria
Halloween Chiller Night with live music by Downward Dog, raffles, and a costume contest for prizes. 7 p.m. $12 per person or $40 for a family of four (with $7 for each additional person), which includes skate rental, Sbarros coupon, two free raffle tickets, four arcade tokens, and five ride passes. Call 623-334-1200.
99th Avenue and McDowell Road
Devils Night Out II with live music from Woodpile, Tragedy, Intrinzik, Keno G, Nitemare, Lunacy, Children of the Night, Subheroes, and more. 6:30 p.m. Free. Call 623-936-4598.
Fort McDowell Casino
10424 North Fort McDowell Road, Fountain Hills
Haunted Halloween Costume Ball offering live disco music by Love Train, dancing, food and drink specials, and a costume contest with $11,000 in cash prizes. Registration at 6 p.m. and judging at 8:30 p.m. Free. Call 800-843-3678.
Greta's Pet Boutique
824 North Central Avenue
Bow Wow Ween with free pet treats, sessions with animal communicator Carole Dubel, and a costume contest for prizes with categories for the cutest, scariest, and most creative pet costumes. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Call 602-252-0239.
Mountain Temple Center
1533 East Lupine Avenue
Samhain ritual and Halloween costume party with hallowed dancing, haunted music, and a potluck dinner. No costume? Don't worry -- clothing is optional. 18 and over. Party starts at 7 p.m., and the ritual is at 9 p.m. $5. Call 602-678-0644.
The Paper Heart
750 Grand Avenue
Fourth annual Noche de los Muertos Halloween Bash with live music by Autopsy Report, Anzaldua, and 8th Day, as well as an audience-judged costume contest, Día de los Muertos artwork and altars in the gallery, and ghost stories and dark prose by slam poet The Klute and performance artist Jeff Falk. 8 p.m. $5. Call 602-262-2020.
455 North Galvin Parkway
Second annual Beth and Bill KEZ Masquerade Ball with live music, food and wine, dancing, animal encounters, contests, and giveaways. 8 p.m. to midnight. $99 for two tickets. Call 480-966-6236.
Rockin R Ranch
6136 East Baseline Road, Mesa
All-you-can-eat barbecue dinner and live entertainment by the Rockin R Wranglers and Arizona Gunfighters. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Call 480-832-1539.
R.T. O'Sullivan's (both locations)
6646 East Superstition Springs Boulevard, Mesa
1010 West Southern Avenue, Mesa
Both joints celebrate Allhallows Eve with themed parties ("'80s Style" at the Superstition Springs location and "Heroes & Villains" at Southern) featuring DJs, dancing, and more than $500 in prizes at each location. 9 p.m. No cover. Call 480-396-9933.
10720 West Indian School Road
Halloween cosplay (costume play) contest with such prizes as a $100 gift certificate and DVDs (judging at 5 p.m.), in addition to anime trivia and other games throughout the day. Noon. Free. Call 623-872-8886.
The Trunk Space
1506 Grand Avenue
Special Halloween showcase with live music from the underground L.A. punk band Radioactive Chickenheads, Haunted Cologne, Arch Bishop Jason Poland, Class Act, and Echoing Blue, as well as a costume contest. 8 p.m. to midnight. $5. Call 602-256-6006.
Bars and Clubs -- Saturday, October 29:
Ain't Nobody's Bizness
3031 East Indian School Road, Suite 7
Costume contest for cash prizes (with the winners being announced at 11 p.m.), DJ Tsunami spinning hip-hop, and $2 U-call-its from 10 p.m. to midnight on drinks up to $5. Under 21 pay $5, and over 21 are free. 9 p.m. Call 602-224-9977.