Our Guide to Scaring Up a Good Time This Halloween

It's said there's nothing new under the sun, and that timeworn chestnut proves particularly true each and every Halloween. For instance, if you under the delusion that you'll be the only Lady Gaga out and about on All Hallows' Eve, think again. While it's bad enough that everyone and their mother dresses like a pirate, ninja, or zombie during this time of year, copycat costumes tend to be in abundance during All Hallows Eve. In other words, we're expecting to see multiple clones of Scott Pilgrim, Don Draper, and Hit Girl populating all the big-time bashes taking place around the Valley over the next couple of weeks. However, if you feel like your outfit is truly original, you're gonna need a place to show it off in style. Consult our annual party guide, which contains info on all the heavy-duty Halloween events happening in the PHX.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 Special Events Fear Farm
2209 N. 99th Ave.
The West Valley haunted attraction will become a hard-rock haven as KUPD gets an early start to Halloween with its Big Red Night of the Dead extravaganza. Suicidal Tendencies, All That Remains, and Deftones headline the all-day event, which will also feature gigs by Mushroomhead, Prong, and Red Line Chemistry, as well as locals Digital Summer, Smile Empty Soul, Autumn's End, and Howitzer. Noon; $35 general admission, $125 for VIP access. See www.epitickets.com.

Phoenix Little Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd.
www.phoenixtheatre.com
Scorpius Dance Theatre presents its annual staging of A Vampire Tale, a captivatingly lurid production concerning the dark seduction of an innocent young woman into the shadowy underworld of the undead by a "motley crew of bloodsuckers." 8 and 10 p.m. $25-$30. Call 602-254-2151.

Red Hot Robot
14 W. Camelback Rd.
www.redhotrobot.net
Daniel and Dawna Davis, the kooky artist couple behind popular web comic Monster Commute, hold their annual Steamcroween celebration at the store. In addition to live art and the unveiling of new merchandise (including pint glasses and an exclusive print), treats and goodies will be served. 7 p.m., free. Call 602-264-8560.

Soul Invictus Gallery & Cabaret
1022 Grand Ave.
The ooky oeuvre of Edgar Allan Poe will be feted by the members of the Arizona Curriculum Theater, who will read the infamous author's poems and stories while portraying the inmates of a 19th century asylum. The 8 p.m. performance will include "Annabel Lee," "The Raven" and "The Cask of Amontillado," followed by a recitation of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" at 10 p.m. $25. (Also runs Friday, October 29, and Saturday, October 30.) See www.brownpapertickets.com.

Space 55
636 E. Pierce St.
www.space55.org
A curious collection of performance artists, musicians, storytellers, and other acts will attempt to entertain, enlighten, and alarm during "7 Minutes in Hell," a Halloween version of the theater's monthly variety show. 9 p.m., $7. Special Events

Club Red
2155 E. University Dr.
www.clubredrocks.com
The lovely ladies of Romantasy Cabaret will offer an evening of sultry and seductive shenanigans during their "daringly scary" Macabre Masquerade. 7:30 p.m., $18-$33. Call 480-258-2733.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Bars & Clubs

Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Rd.
www.rhythmroom.com
Punk rock icons Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome bring their newest project The Batusis to the Rhythm Room. Scorpion vs. Tarantula and Becky Lee open the show. 8 p.m., $10-$12. Call 602-265-4842.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28

Special Event

Trunk Space
1506 Grand Ave.
Gather your gourds and get ready for an evening of slicing and dicing at the Trunk Space's annual pumpkin-carving party. 7 p.m., free (participants must provide their own pumpkin, however). Call 602-256-6006. Bars & Clubs Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill
1065 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa
www.tobykeith.com/mesa
Psychobilly superstar Reverend Horton Heat and his band will attempt to save your sinful soul when they visit Toby Keith's during Halloween weekend. Naturally, there will be plenty of PBR on hand and a hot rod and motorcycle show outside. 6 p.m., $15. Call 480-844-8629.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

Special Events

Clubhouse Music Venue
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
www.clubhousemusicvenue.com
The Danish punks of The HorrorPops will terrorize the Clubhouse with their psychobilly stylings. SoCal bands Fangs on Fur and The Muertones open the show. 7:30 p.m., $13-$15. See www.mantoothgroup.com. National Comedy Theatre
1111 S. Longmore Rd., Mesa
www.nctphoenix.com
The jocular jokesters of the NCT will do their damnedest to make you die from laughter during their Comedy Spooktacular. Free popcorn will be served and attendees who dress in costume can win tickets to upcoming events. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., $10-$12. (Also runs Saturday, October 30.) Call 602-374-5638.

Bars & Clubs

Axis-Radius
7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
www.axis-radius.com
Jersey Shore lothario DJ Pauly D. will leave behind his Garden State digs to headline the the massive GTL Block Party taking place both inside and outside the Scottsdale club. Cash prizes will also be awarded during the "Snook-I-Like" costume competition, and "The Situation Ab Contest." 8 p.m., $34. Call 480-970-1112. Bliss Showclub
1926 W. Deer Valley Rd.
www.blissshowclub.com Freakish fun and bad behavior will be in abundance during the All Hallows' Eve gala. Besides industrial and dance music from such DJs as $&M and Beautiful John, the kinky event will feature special fetish performances, vendors, raffles, a BDSM dungeon, and more. 8:30 p.m., $15-$20. Call 623-869-8339 or see fetparties.com. Breakroom Bar & Grill
4729 E. McDowell Rd.
Halloween party featuring karaoke, prizes for best costume, and more. 9 p.m. Call 602-267-1010. Chasers
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
www.chaserslive.net
The undead will be in abundance at the Day of the Dead Zombie Prom, slurping down suds at an outdoor beer garden and grooving to the music of The Koffin Kats, Moonlight Howlers, Cold Blue Rebels, and The Creepshow. Giveaways, prizes, and a crowning of the prom's king and queen will also transpire. 6 p.m., $12-$15. Call 480-945-4985. Devil's Advocate
955 E. University Dr., Tempe
www.devilstempe.com Live music, costume contests, drink specials, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-921-2585. Giligin's
4251 N. Winfield Scott Plaza
www.giliginsbar.com
Captain Mike, Chuey the Rock 'n' Roll Midget, and the rest of the colorful crew from Giligin's will be in attendance during its annual three-day Halloween Block Party. Live music and costume contests, drink specials, and costume contests with prizes for the best-dressed man and woman, as well as the most offensive. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 480-874-2264. The Rose and Crown
628 E. Adams St.
www.myspace.com/roseandcrownpub
Ghoulish guys and ghastly gals will be in abundance at the pub's "Nightmare on Adams Street" party, which promises live bands, horror flicks show on a 90-inch screen, haunting tunes from DJ Larue, costume contests with cash prizes, and a 5,000-square-foot beer garden stocked with Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter and Rogue Dead Guy Ale. 7 p.m. Call 602-256-0223. Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
www.thesailinn.com
Halloween Funkfest with drink specials and music from the Funky Bones, Groove Noodles, and the Super Funk All-Stars. 8:30 p.m., $10. Call 480-966-9565. Sakana Sushi & Grill
5061 E. Elliot Rd.
www.sakanasushi.com
Enjoy sashimi and shenanigans at Sakana's Halloween costume party. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Also runs on Saturday, Oct. 30. Call 480-598-0506.
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