Halloween Guide

GHOST BALL

When it comes to off-the-hook All Hallows' Eve affairs in the Valley, it's hard to top this annual extravaganza of outrageousness. Thousands of raucous revelers will jam into a super-size street party taking place on Saturday, October 30, outside Axis-Radius, 7340 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale, sucking down alcohol aplenty and sporting some of the snazziest costumes you'll ever see. At stake is a total of $10,000 in cash prizes that will be handed out over the course of the evening to best overall costume, as well as the sexiest and most outstanding group getup. Live bands and DJs will also perform. Gates open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $34. See www.axis-radius.com.

THE BLOODY BEETROOTS

Every day is Halloween for Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo and Tommy Tea, the dynamic duo comprising Italian electro act the Bloody Beetroots. Much like the boys of Daft Punk, the pair juggle beats and unleash scorching sonic treats while clad in costume, in this case preferring Spiderman and Venom masks instead of spacewear. They're currently on tear terrorizing the U.S. with their Death Crew 77 "live performance manifesto" and will hit the Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill Avenue, on Friday, October 29. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $21.25-$46.25. Call 480-829-0707.

CHEAP THRILLS HALlOWEEN

The DJ duo of Jared Alan and Sean Watson are pretty damn adroit when it comes to putting on hellacious Halloween hootenannies. This year is no exception, as the trendy turntable twosome are planning something rather raucous for the All Hallows Eve edition of the popular Cheap Thrills dance night on Saturday, October 30, at Brick, 445 North Third Street. They're re-creating the spacey setup from Daft Punk's colorful Alive Tour, complete with a pyramid-shaped UFO and plenty of state-of-the-art lighting elements. Completing the homage will be a gig by local tribute act Daft Punk'd, as well as spinsters such as William Fucking Reed, Swerv Griffin, Don Ricardo, and others performing as some of the most famous costumed DJs in music. The dancing and debauchery starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover. Call 602-258-3665.

THRILLER COSTUME BALL

Despite its allusions to Michael Jackson's signature song, you probably won't encounter any creatures crawling in search of blood during this spooky shindig on Friday, October 29. Instead, expect to experience plenty of fire performers, contortionists, and other freakish folk occupying the interior and exterior of 910 Live, 910 North McClintock Drive in Tempe. British trance turntablist Eddie Halliwell will headline the event, which will also feature a dozen different DJs will be spinning up a storm on both the indoor and outdoor stages. Costume contests will also be held, with cash prizes being doled out to the best-dressed man, woman, and group, as well as sexiest and scariest outfits. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. Call 480-966-0707 or see www.wanttickets.com.

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