A Series of Unfortunately Cool Events

Our 2006 guide to the crème of the creepy crop

Dos Gringos
4209 N. Craftsman Ct., Scottsdale
Dostoberfest Fall Festival with pumpkin carving, games, bratwurst, drink specials, and more. 11 a.m. Also takes place Sunday, Oct. 29. No cover. Call 480-423-3800.

Ghost Ball Block Party
Indian Plaza, between Buckboard Road and Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
Experience this humongous 12,000-square-foot Halloween event encompassing both Axis/Radius and Suede and featuring a costume contest with $7,000 in cash and prizes (for best overall costume, best group, and sexiest), as well as music from Losing William, and DJs Swerve, MCB, and Element. 8 p.m. $25. Call 480-970-1112.

Madhouse Records
1126 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe
Special Halloween punk show with music by Exhausted Prayer, Heatstroke, Slamdunk, and Something That Kills People. 8 p.m. $5. Call 480-927-9000.

The Paper Heart
750 Grand Ave.
Noche de los Muertos Halloween Bash with live music by Autopsy Report, an audience-judged costume contest, Día de los Muertos artwork and altars in the gallery, animation by Steve Gompf, ethereal electronic music from Last Wave and Jeff Falk, freakish feats from Stephen Strange, and more. 8 p.m. $5. Call 602-262-2020.

Symphony Hall
225 E. Adams St.
The Phoenix Symphony stages "Chills, Thrills and Trills," with excerpts from Hector Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique, the Russian tone poem "A Night on Bald Mountain," and the classic "A Sorcerer's Apprentice." A costume contest will also be held. 2:30 p.m. $10 to $18. Call 602-495-1999.

The Teeter House
622 E. Adams St.
Jazz up your Halloween with music from Mary Hollan and more. 5:30 p.m. Call 602-252-4682.

Trunk Space
1506 Grand Ave.
Travels (With My Aunt), and Archbishop Jason Poland. 8 p.m. $3 with a Misfits shirt, Devilock, or Fiend Club card; $4 with costume; $5 for everyone else. Call 602-256-6006.

Saturday, October 28:

26th Street Blues Bar
2547 E. Indian School Rd.
Get down at this Halloween celebration with music by Jimmy Peyton's Midnite Blues Band, a costume contest for prizes, giveaways, and more. 9 p.m. $2. Call 602-955-0881.

Alice Cooper'stown
101 E. Jackson St.
Halloween show with drink specials, music by Grave Danger, and more. 8 p.m. Call 602-253-7337 for cover.

Anderson's Fifth Estate
6820 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
Halloween Bash featuring the Saturday Live Retro Dance Party from MIX 96.9 FM, as well as a costume contest for prizes, drink specials, and more. 8 p.m. $5. Call 480-994-4168.

The Bar
1212 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Blues Women & Friends Festival benefiting UNICEF, with more than 30 local bands performing. Noon. No cover (but donations accepted). Call 602-929-9755.

15440 E. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale
A huge costume contest with $3,000 in cash and prizes is the highlight of this Halloween fete, with a VIP cocktail reception and contestant registration at 8 p.m. (reservations are required), and a dance party with live music starting at 10 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-603-0370.

Big Daddy's North Sports Bar
2401 W. Union Hills Dr.
Trash City's Halloween Party featuring a costume contest for prizes at midnight, music from Element 115, food, drink specials, a special edition of The Gong Show, and more. 8 p.m. $5, with VIP reserved seats for $15. Call 602-953-2728.

Big Fish Pub
1954 E. University Dr., Tempe
Halloween Part 2 featuring music by Psychostick, Ayva, Comfort for Change, The Boulevard, and Denial Method, as well as drink specials, and giveaways. 9 p.m. Call 480-966-5010 for cover.

BS West
7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
The main event at this Halloween fete will be Pussycat Cabaret, an outdoor drag show paying tribute to an array of such films as Strictly Ballroom, Grease, Flashdance, and The Bodyguard. A costume contest for prizes is also planned. 7 p.m. $20. Call 480-945-9028.

Casey Moore's Oyster House
850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe
Partake of enough drink specials on witches' brew and spooky spirits available all weekend and you might just end up seeing the ghosts who're rumored to visit this possibly haunted house. Also available Sunday, Oct. 29; Monday, Oct. 30; and Tuesday, Oct. 31. Open until 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-968-9935.

1420 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Go old-school at the second annual Grown & Sexy Halloween Costume Party hosted by Power 98.3's JX3 and featuring a performance by hip-hop legends Digital Underground, and music from The Dynamic Duo, and DJs Kaydee, Illmatic, and Robby Rob. A costume contest offers the grand prize of $500, a VIP table reservation at SIX, and a bottle of Moët, and there'll also be gift bags given to the 50 best costumes, drink specials all night, and more than $2,500 in door prizes and giveaways will be handed out. 9 p.m. $10. Call 480-275-8327.

Chasers Bar & Night Club
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Club Helloween with multiple BDSM play areas, a dungeon, go-go dancers, performances by Porsche Lynn and The Den of Indomitus Dominas, a costume contest for prizes at midnight, as well as DJ Nfin8, Spyder, and DJVirgo spinning industrial, electro, and EBM. 9 p.m. Call 480-945-4985 for cover.

CK's Tavern & Grill
4142 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee
Halloween party featuring a costume contest for cash prizes ($150 for first, $100 for second, and $50 for third), music by the Tina Bailey Band at 9:30 p.m., and spooky drink specials. 9 p.m. No cover. Call 480-706-5564.

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