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
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. — Benjamin Leatherman
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28
1506 Grand Ave.
Get ready for an evening of slicing and dicing at the Trunk Space's 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
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.
Whiskey River Saloon
3202 E. Greenway Rd.
Halloween bash with "scaryoke," dancing, and dollar drink specials all night. 9 p.m. Call 602-867-2802.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
Clubhouse Music Venue
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
127 W. Main St., Mesa
Celebrate the shop's first year in business with an appearance by the Zombie Girls, costume contests, and other surprises. 7 to 9 p.m. Afterwards, watch Frankenstein with free drinks and snacks. Call 480-964-4624.
National Comedy Theatre
1111 S. Longmore Rd., Mesa
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
16th Street Sports Bar
6522 N. 16th St.
Halloween Party at the Pix, feature drink specials and prizes for the best costumes. Costumes are strongly encouraged. 8:30 p.m. Call 602-285-5555.
4282 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Seven Sexy Sins Halloween bash featuring prizes for participants who dress as their favorite vice, hookahs, black light body painting, DJs, dancing, reduced cover for those in costume, and more. 10 p.m., $15. Call 480-264-8300.
7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
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.
1926 W. Deer Valley Rd.
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.
Canteen Modern Tequila Bar
640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
This brand new Mill Avenue drinkery offers up its three-night Dia De Los Muertos celebration with more than 120 tequilas available for purchase and plenty of fun and festivities. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Also runs on Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31). Call 480-773-7135.
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
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.
702 N. Central Ave.
Pre-Halloween Party featuring a $500 costume contest and music by Ricky Rick and guest DJ Kane. 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Admission is $10, but women get in free before 11 p.m. Call 602-258-8343 for details.
955 E. University Dr., Tempe
Live music, costume contests, drink specials, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-921-2585.
DiVerti Bar & Grill
4 E. University Dr., Tempe
Get into the Halloween spirit all weekend long at this Mill Avenue establishment, which will feature $3 cherry and grape bombs, $4 Jim Beam and Red Stag, and more. 6 p.m. (Also runs on Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31). Call 480-284-5972.
4251 N. Winfield Scott Plaza
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, drink specials, and costume contests with $50 bar cards for the best-dressed man and woman, as well as the most offensive. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 480-874-2264.