Halloween Guide

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

SPECIAL EVENT

Trunk Space

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

Clubhouse Music Venue

1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe

The Danish punks of The HorrorPops will terrorize the Clubhouse with their psychobilly stylings. 7:30 p.m., $13-$15. See www.mantoothgroup.com.

Evermore Nevermore

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.

Afterlife

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.

Axis-Radius

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.

Bliss Showclub

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.

Chasers

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.

Club DWNTWN

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.

Devil's Advocate

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.

Giligin's

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.

Martini Ranch

7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale

Music from Idle Red, Ronin Meyer, and more. 8 p.m., $5. Call 480-970-0500.

The Rose and Crown

628 E. Adams St.

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

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.

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.

San Felipe's Cantina — Desert Ridge

21001 N. Tatum Blvd.

"It's Sick Down at San Felipe's Cantina Spooky Halloween Weekend," featuring half-price Espolón shots and margaritas during happy hour at the Desert Ridge Marketplace bar. Call 480-515-2337 for more details. (Also runs Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31.)

San Felipe's Cantina — Tempe Marketplace

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.

"It's Sick Down at San Felipe's Cantina Spooky Halloween Weekend," featuring half-price Espolon shots and margaritas during happy hour at the Desert Ridge Marketplace bar. Call 480-736-8226 for more details. (Also runs Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31.)

The Shout! House

6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale

"Scream and Shout! Halloween Weekend" featuring a live dueling-piano show, costume contest, prizes, and giveaways. Starts 5 p.m. $8. Call 623-772-1500 for reservations.

Whiskey River Saloon

3202 E. Greenway Rd.

Scaredancing with the Stars with 99-cent drinks until 11 p.m., a costumed dance contest, and more. 9 p.m. Call 602-867-2802.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30

SPECIAL EVENTS

Celebrity Theatre

440 N. 32nd St.

KSLX presents a night of classic rock tributes during its "Nightmare on 32nd Street" concert. The members of Led Zepagain will do their damndest to ape Robert Plant and company, while TNT pays homage to the music of AC/DC. A costume contest with $500 in prizes is also scheduled. 8 p.m., $15. Call 602-267-1600.

The Firehouse

1015 N. 1st St.

SINge presents "Lucha del Diablo" with music by Adam's Evil, a Grindwhore performance, Mexican wrestling, DJs, and more. 8 p.m. $5. Call 602-300-7575.

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale

www.hotelvalleyho.com

The high-style Haunted Hotel Ball returns for a second straight year of scary and swanky shenanigans. DJ Slippe and other beat-slingers will provide the soundtrack, and a "virtual" costume contest will provide $1,000 in cash and prizes. 9 p.m., $20 in advance. Call 480-248-2000 or see www.hauntedhotelball.com.

InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale

www.icmontelucia.com

Celebrate in spooky stylishness at the InterContinental's Veuve Clicquot-sponsored Yelloween affair, which will feature carnival-style entertainment, DJs on the wheels of steel, a performance by Chris Parker Project, and more. 8 p.m., $25. Costumes encouraged. Call 480-627-3024.

Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe

www.luckymanonline.com

Hometown heroes Jimmy Eat World will take over the Marquee for a special Halloween weekend concert. Indie rockers Snake! Snake! Snakes! open the show. 8 p.m., $25-$30. Call 480-829-0707.

The Party Pit

3221 W. Thomas Rd.

www.prostylepromotions.com

Get wicked into the wee hours of the morning at the Masquerave Ball, which will offer spin sessions from Chicago's DJ Bam Bam and DJ Bizerk, as well as DJ Paparazzi, Schwasted, Discokillaz, Matthew Harris, Sesso, and others. 8 p.m.; $15 before 9 p.m., $20 afterwards. Call 602-222-6263.

Saguaro Lake

14011 N. Bush Highway, Mesa

Have nautically naughty nightlife experience at the Halloween Costume Boat Party, which will feature a full bar, food and drink, and DJs spinning hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and old school tracks. 8:30 p.m. Call 602-518-6263 for ticket prices.

Talking Stick Resort & Casino

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale

www.talkingstickresort.com

Socialite diva and party princess Raven Valdes brings her sleek and chic Halloween Masquerade Ball to the Talking Stick's Grand Ballroom. The elegant affair promises entertainment from R&B vocalist Jasmine Hormez, Top 40, and old-school tracks from DJ The Mad Hadder, $6 well drinks and wines, valet parking for resort guests, and a costume contest with cash prizes for the best-dressed male, female, and couple. 8 p.m.; $20-$25 per person, $350 for VIP table service available for $350. Call 480-850-7777 or see www.ravenevents.com.

BARS & CLUBS

910 Live

910 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe

www.910liveaz.com

Mock 'n' roll will reign supreme during the Hell-oween Bash, as a slew of local tribute bands offer high-energy homages to numerous rock legends over the course of the evening. The lineup includes Last in Line, Peace of Mind, AZ/DZ, and Alive in Chains. A costume contest with $500 in cash prizes will also take place. 7 p.m., $10. Call 480-967-0707.

Afterlife

4282 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale

www.myspace.com/afterlifescottsdale

The "Pimpin Hoe-lloween Party" will take place downstairs and offer a $500 cash prize for the best dressed couple. Meanwhile, the "Freaks Come Out at Night" fete will take place upstairs and feature house music from DJ Steve Prior, DJ Kevin Brown, DJ Dan Lunsford, Dirtyclean, DJ Nic Vandiver, and others. 10 p.m., $15 (with discounts for those who come dresses as either a pimp or ho). Call 480-264-8300.

Blue Agave Mexican Cantina

7000 E Mayo Blvd.

Halloween Fiesta featuring a costume contest with such prizes as $150 for the sexiest girl and $100 for the funniest guy, live music, promo prizes, Jägermeister machine giveaway, and more. Drink specials include $2 you-call-its (until 9 p.m.) and $4 Jäger, as well as $2.50 Corona, Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite all evening. 8 p.m. Call 480-419-6375.

Brigett's Last Laugh

17222 N. Cave Creek Rd.

Halloween party with a costume contest for prizes, and more. Call 602-788-0507.

Cadillac Ranch

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe

The cowpokes at Cadillac Ranch bring back their annual Haunted Hoedown for a third straight year and will feature plenty of specials on Captain Morgan and Ketel One drinks, music from DJ J. Paul, and a huge costume contest with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes. 9 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m. Call 480-894-1111.

Cocomo Joe's

28244 N. Tatum Blvd.

www.cocomojoes.com

Heaven and Hell Halloween party with prizes for best customer costumes, drink specials, and live music. 9 p.m. Call 480-538-8008.

Dark Horse Sports Bar

4929 W Ray Rd., Chandler

www.darkhorsesportsbar.com

Halloween Party featuring $3 drink specials, dancing, a "power hour" from 9 to 10 p.m., a costume contest, scary movies, and more. 9 p.m. Call 480-753-4772.

Forbidden

6820 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale

www.forbiddenaz.com

Sink your teeth into the True Bite Halloween party, which will offer DJs, dancing, a laser light show, a costume contest for cash and other prizes, a performance by Barbara Seville in the showroom, and more. 8 p.m., $3. Call 480-994-5176.

Goat Head Saloon

1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa

www.goatheadsaloon.com

Halloween Mayhem with hard rock and metal from One Body Too Many, Hollow, Regicide, Frozen By Fire, and Fat Tree, as well as a costume contest for prizes. 8 p.m., $10. Call 480-464-8030.

Ice House Tavern

3855 E. Thomas Rd.

www.myspace.com/icehousetavernphx

Lost in Space party with music from the Coconauts and JJCnV, and more. 9 p.m., $5 ($4 for those in costume). Call 602-244-1179.

Joe's Grotto

13825 N. 32nd St.

Halloween Bash with drink specials, costume contests, and music from Two Dollar Grey, Gift of Destiny, and Fatal Error. 8 p.m. Call 602-992-1007.

Los Compadres

2350 W. Northern Ave.

Halloween bash offering live jazz, food and drink specials, and a costume contest with cash awards and other prizes. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Call 602-864-0043.

The Lost Leaf

914 N. 5th St.

www.thelostleaf.org

Renowned local band The MadCaPs rise from the grave for a special return gig on All Hallows' Eve. Andeclectic array of indie acts will also perform, including Sunorus, Haunted Cologne, Mariposa, and Djentrification's Deconstruction. 8 p.m. Call 602-258-0014.

Mabel's on Main

7018 E. Main St., Scottsdale

Aaron May's sleek and chic eatery and lounge will offer a Viva Las Vegas party featuring a hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres from 7 to 9 p.m., music from Elvis Before Noon and Uptown Angels, and more. 7 p.m., $50. Call 480-483-1200.

Mad Chef Gastro Pub

3941 E. Chandler Blvd.

www.madchefgastropub.com

Costume party with live music, themed food and drink specials, and more. 8 p.m.

Call 480-706-1333.

Mijana

1290 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe

www.mijanaonline.com

Experience an evening of boffo entertainment at the Venetian-themed Mystique In Motion Masquerade Ball, which will feature a belly dance and variety show starring Shahrazad Dance Company, Anaya Tribal USA, and other local troupes. Dinner and drink specials, a costume contest, and flavored shisha smoking in the adjacent Hookahmania Lounge. 7 p.m., $25. Call 480-829-4959.

The Moon Saloon

16550 North 83rd Ave., Peoria

Halloween bash featuring music from DJ Bridgette, a sexiest costume contest with $500 in cash prizes, and more. 9 p.m. Call 623-773-2424.

Padre Murphy's

4338 W. Bell Rd., Glendale

www.padremurphys.com

Live music from Faded Jeans, dancing, and a costume contest featuring such prizes as Phoenix Suns tickets and gift certificates. 8 p.m. Call 602-547-9406.

The Recovery Room

2027 W. Bethany Home Rd.

www.therecoveryroom.org

Halloween party with Rock Band 3 on the TVs, and more. 7 p.m. Call 602-405-3336.

Sanctum

4343 N. 7th Ave.

Rob Poe (a.k.a. noiz.fkr) offers up a tribute to Bauhaus with an evening of music from both the legendary English rock band and its members, including tracks from Love and Rockets, Peter Murphy, and Tones on Tail. 9 p.m. Call 602-264-1700.

Red Onion Lounge

15002 N. Cave Creek Rd.

www.redonionlounge.com

Halloween costume party with prizes for the best getup, food and drink specials, karaoke, and more. 9 p.m. Call 602-867-9989.

Rocky Point Cantina

1001 E. 8th St., Tempe

www.rockypointcantina.com

Ghouls 'n' Goons party with prixes for best costume, DJs, and more. 9 p.m. Call 480-968-7879 for cover.

The Rogue Bar

423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Fangbangers will flock to this Scottsdale's True Blood party, which will also offer music from Super Stereo, La La Lust, Banana Gun, Five Seconds Fast, and more. 8 p.m., $5 with costume, $7 without. Call 480-947-3580.

Shady's

2701 E. Indian School Rd.

Costume contest, drink specials, and plenty of rockin' tunes from the jukebox. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-956-8998.

The Snap Lounge

1516 W. Camelback Rd.

www.myspace.com/the_snap_lounge

Costume contest, drink specials, music from Stateline starting at 9 p.m., and more. 7 p.m., $5. Call 602-222-3551.

Tom Ryan's Bar

70 W. Warner Rd., Chandler

Boot scoot on into Tom Ryan's for its Halloween hootenanny, which promises drink specials, music from Urban Country, dancing, and costume contests. 9 p.m. Call 480-792-1699.

TT Roadhouse

2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale

Halloween bash with a costume contest, drink specials, the always-awesome jukebox, and plenty of debauchery. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-947-8723.

Vine Expressions Wine Bar

1030 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert

Halloween costume party with music by See Through Sally, specials on wines by the glass, goodie bags, and prizes for the best getups. 7 p.m.-midnight. Call 480-633-0730.

Whiskey River Saloon

3202 E. Greenway Rd.

High School Boosical Party with $2 you-call-it specials until 10 p.m., a photographer taking "scarebook" photos, a costume contest at midnight, and music from Capital Down, Hair Raid, Bullet Boys, and more. Call 602-867-2802.

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe

Mary Helen's Dazed and Confused Costume Party with music by Dry River Yacht Club, Muddy Violets, Strange Young Things, Dead Eyes of London, Mergence, Bata Ire, and The Dirty Rascals. 9 p.m., free. Call 480-967-4777.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31

SPECIAL EVENTS

Buffalo Wild Wings

1130 W. Grove Ave., Mesa

www.buffalowildwings.com

Heavy metal acts Queensrÿche and Great White are scheduled to perform at KDKB's Beyond the Empire Halloween Extravaganza. 4:30 p.m., $30-$40. See www.btwconcerts.com.

Harrah's Ak-Chin

15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa

High-energy R&B/funk band Here Come the Mummies, who perform their gigs while wrapped up in bandages, stumble out of their sarcophagi for two shows at the casino's Oasis Lounge. 5 and 8 p.m., free. Call 480-802-5000.

theUnderground

105 W. Main St., Mesa

Local bands Red Son, Bad Vibe, Dead Life, and Conscience will perform during the Creepy Crawl Ball. 6:30 p.m.; $5 with costume, $10 without. Call 480-559-5859.

BARS & CLUBS

Casey Moore's

850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe

www.caseymoores.com

Celebrate All Hallows' Eve with all sorts of spirits at Tempe's "only authentic haunted house." A costume contest for cash prizes will be held. 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Call 480-968-9935.

Chasers

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale

www.chaserslive.net

Halloween Havoc featuring a costume contest with cash prizes (including $100 for first place and $25 for second), as well as music from Element a440, E-Bomb, Shooting Mary, Ethon 103, and Screaming Ant. 7 p.m., $7. Call 480-945-4985.

Club Red

2155 E. University Dr., Tempe

The hustlers of Mega Don Entertainment offer up their Paranormal Activity 18-plus Halloween party, which will be hosted by Nicho Savant and feature the K.O.R.T. Boyz DJs on the ones and twos. 9 p.m., $5 with costume. Call 480-258-2733.

Donna Jean's Libations

6676 W. Bell Rd., Glendale

Halloween party with music from Crapple, Sidewalk Saints, and Unstable Youth. 9 p.m., $3. Call 623-79-7036.

Fat Tuesday

680 S. Mill Ave.

Halloween bash with a costume contest, music from DJ V-EZ, and more. 5 p.m., $10. Call 480-967-3917.

Hula's Modern Tiki

4700 N. Central Ave.

Freaky Tiki Halloween benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital with happy hour appetizers, two-for-one specials on beer and select specialty drinks, a costume contest for prizes, and classic horror films being screened. 7 p.m. Call 602-265-8454.

Martini Ranch

7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale

Music from Signs of Betrayal, Metalhead, and more. 8 p.m., $5. Call 480-970-0500.

Primebar

15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Costume contests with prizes, Halloween drink specials, live music by Zowie Bowie, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-822-6200.

Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Rd.

Halloween party with music from Return to Custody, Peggy Kaye and the Blu Notes, The Cold Desert, Brendon Cottrell, Motion Jones, Jesse Hudson, Azul, and Hush. 6:30 p.m., $8. Call 602-265-4842.

School of Rock

411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

This newly opened nightclub will host an '80s Halloween night with live music, a $500 cash prize for best costume, and more. 10 p.m. Call 480-966-3573.

The Shout! House

6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale

"Scream and Shout! Halloween Weekend" featuring live dueling pianos, costume contest, prizes, and wristband giveaways for special VIP treatment. Starts 5 p.m. $8. Call 623-772-1500 for reservations.

Sugar Shack

6830 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale

All Hallows Eve party with a costume contest for prizes and $1 domestic drafts for those who bring in Halloween decorations. 6 p.m. Call 480-553-7833.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill

1065 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa

Drink specials, a costume contest for prizes, live music, and more. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-844-8629.

Whiskey River Saloon

3202 E. Greenway Rd.

Halloween night party $2 you-call-its all evening. Call 602-867-2802.

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe

Valley Fever's Honky Tonk Halloween Party with outlaw country from DJ Dana and Johnny Volume, as well as Americana and roots music from Junction 10 and a costume contest at midnight. 9 p.m. Call 480-967-4777.

DOWNTOWN PHOENIX ZOMBIE WALK

"They keep coming back in a bloodthirsty lust for HUMAN FLESH!" screams the tagline for George Romero's landmark 1968 horror film Night of the Living Dead. The same could be said about this annual Halloween event, save for the fact that participants will be in search of a bloody good time instead of feasting on fresh brains. Dozens of undead urbanites will be stumbling and staggering through the streets of downtown Phoenix on Friday, October 29, while covered in zombie makeup and showing off their moaning skills. The route will begin and end at Heritage Square, 115 North Sixth Street, with an after-party taking place until midnight. The lineup starts at 6 p.m. See www.downtownphoenix.com/zombie.

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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