Fear and Fun in Phoenix

With Halloween just around the corner, time is running out for urbanites of the PHX to conjure up a killer costume for the annual celebration of everything thrilling and chilling. So whatcha gonna be? Better come up with something good, ace, and not just because you're running out of bedsheets to cut holes in, but also because All Hallows' Eve is a holiday that's meant to be spent in style. But whether you go as Jack Sparrow, Jack Bauer, or even Samuel L. Jackson, you'll need some off-the-chain parties to show off your duds and win some serious scrilla at costume contests. Luckily, we've got the skinny on the big blasts and bizarrely bacchanalian bashes going down in P-town. With hundreds of Halloween hoedowns taking place over the nearly weeklong stretch from Friday, October 26, until Wednesday, October 31, there's gonna be nightmares on every street in the Valley, and we've put together a day-by-day planner so you can scare up a good time.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 SPECIAL EVENTS

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Alice Cooperstown
101 E. Jackson St.
www.alicecooperstown.com
Get ready to scream your brains out at the "Seven Deadly Films" showcase and Halloween party, which features the screening of a septet of horrorific short films (each 20 minutes or under), as well as a Q&A session with the directors, prizes, and a full banquet dinner. 7-11 p.m. $20. Call 602-253-7337 or see www.deadlyevent.com.

Chandler Cinemas
2140 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler
The Midnite Movie Mamacita's monthly "Grindhouse Redux" offers a horror film double feature of 1980's The Cravingand 1970's The Wizard of Gore, as well as prize giveaways and more. 9 and 11 p.m. $6. Visit www.midnitemoviemamacita.com.

Palo Verde Golf Course
6215 N. 15th Ave.
Tee up for an evening of Haunted Halloween Night Golf with orange glow balls and lights. 6 p.m. $30 per person. Call 602-249-9930.

The Wrigley Mansion
2501 E. Telawa Trail
www.wrigleymansionclub.com
Wicked Night at the Wrigley party with music by the Chris Parker Project, Gooder Band, and DJ Tony from MIX 96.9, as well as a costume contest for prizes, food, drink specials, and more. 21 and over. 8 p.m. $50 per person. Call 602-553-7382.

BARS & CLUBS

Chasers Bar & Nightclub
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
www.chaserslive.com
Halloween Costume & Rock 'n' Roll Ball with music from Twig, Brimstone Flowers, Ninja Fish, and more. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 480-945-4985.

Cherry Lounge & Pit
411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
www.thecherryloungeaz.com
The Fright Night Pre-Halloween Party with $1 drinks from 9 to 10 p.m., $3 Captain Morgan and Smirnoff drinks, a costume contest for cash prizes, guest DJs, and more. 9 p.m. Call 480-298-1384 for cover.

Club Mardi Gras & VooDoo Lounge
8040 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale
www.myspace.com/mardigrasbar
Rock out at "In the Name of Metal" night, featuring gut-crunching rock from St. Madness, Suicide Circus, Kraised, Metal Elvis, and more. 7 p.m. $8 (with discounts for those in costume). Call 480-990-5707.

Club Palazzo
710 N. Central Ave.
www.clubpalazzo.net
Wear your finest goth gear and fetish wear for the weekly Tranzylvania dance spectacular with DJ Dan and Noiz.Fkr spinning industrial, EBM, and gothic music. 9:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. $7. Call 602-229-1150.

The Landmark Restaurant
809 W. Main St., Mesa
www.lmrk.com
A special mystery dinner theater will be presented in the historic hall adjacent to the restaurant, with food and drinks served during the show. $42 per person. Call 480-634-5885 for showtimes.

Maloney’s on Campus
955 E. University Dr., Tempe
Saints and Sinners Ball with giveaways, $3 "you-call-its," a "sexiest angel and devil contest," and more. 7 p.m. -2 a.m. Call 480-894-2224.

Martini Ranch & Shaker Room
7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
www.martiniranchaz.com
Attend Boogey Night and score some seriously swank rewards, such as a Las Vegas trip for two for the "best overall" costume, or a night in the joint's VIP Green Room for the "best group" costume, as well as prizes for the sexiest, most original, scariest, and worst costumes. The event also features music from The Polyesters, DJ Michael in the Shaker Room, drink specials, and more. 8 p.m. -2 a.m. $20. Call 480-970-0500.

Pepin
7363 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale
www.pepinrestaurant.com
Halloween Salsa Night with DJ Ramiro, Latin videos, flamenco shows, and more. Also occurs on Saturday, Oct. 27. 9 p.m. -2 a.m. each night. Call 480-990-9026 for cover.

Q Lounge
8501 N. 27th Ave.
www.bobbyq.net
The 21st annual Pimp & Ho Ball offers contests for King Pimp and Queen Ho (with $100 prizes for each), drink specials like $2 Slut Shots until 10 p.m. and $3 Pimp Juice all night, and more. 9 p.m. -2 a.m. Call 602-995-5982 for cover.

The Sets
93 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
www.thesets.com
Halloween party with music from Playing God, Inkult, Jason Society, Beyond the Now, The Sammus Theory, Internal Defect, and Via Vengeance, as well as prizes for the first 50 attendees. Costumes are encouraged. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $11. Call 480-829-1822.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 SPECIAL EVENTS

Alwun House
1204 E. Roosevelt St.
www.alwunhouse.org
The annual Monsters Ball Halloween Fundraiser and Costume Party features live entertainment, readings of Edgar Allan Poe's writings by Planet Poe, DJs, performance artists, dancing, a "monster" buffet, cash bar, and more. 21 and over only. 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. While there, enjoy the annual "Monster's Menagerie" group exhibit, consisting of "evil, satirical, edgy, dangerous, otherworldly, and fantasy" works of art. Runs through Nov. 2. Call 602-253-7887.

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