Halloween Guide 2011

There's a little over two weeks left until Halloween, and the clock's ticking. If your costume ain't in order yet, you'd better get busy trying to conjure one. Forget about resorting to the ensemble of aviators, spiky hair, and a GTL shirt (since Jersey Shore was so last year), and instead consider the following: If you're going for nerdish reverence, a black turtleneck, blue jeans, and white sneakers are a good replication of the dearly departed Steve Jobs. Or consider going as Charlie Sheen (complete with Tiger Blood cocktail and some seven-gram rocks) or even Nicki Minaj (butt implants are a necessity). All of these are sure to earn you some instant cred, and maybe some cash, at any of the wild wingdings, costume parties, and other Halloween events taking place from Thursday, October 27, to Monday, October 31.



You'll have to pardon the pun, but the zombie trend just won't effing die. It's still stumbling along like an extra from a George Romero film, causing some to want to put a killshot though their own brains. If you're not one of these exasperated few who can't stand the sight of anything having to do with the undead, then head for the annual Zombie Walk on Saturday, October 29. This yearly event features hundreds of the supposedly undead clad in bloody makeup and ripped clothing while staggering around downtown Phoenix. It coincides with the "Halloween at Heritage Park" party, which runs from 2 to 10 p.m. The route begins and ends at 115 North Sixth Street, with the after party following. The lineup starts at 5:30 p.m. See www.downtownphoenix.com/zombie.

Got a costume you think is especially impressive? Beat feet over to Axis/Radius, 7340 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale, for the Valley's longest-running (and arguably largest) Halloween soiree. If your ensemble is truly aces, judges will dole out some of the $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs for the winner of the block party's ultra-competitive costume contests. And believe us, the competition will be both cutthroat and creative (last year's winner was a ginormous 10-foot walking tree). Categories include best group, sexiest, and best overall. Pop-rock chart-toppers Hot Chelle Rae (known for their platinum-certified hit "Tonight Tonight") and house music duo 51Fifty will perform. Gates open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24 pre-sale. See www.sletickets.com.

Roger Clyne's pretty big on the scary season. The local music legend not only digs zombie flicks, but he also has worn costumes during special All Hallows' Eve shows around the Valley (including dressing as Caesar and the Indian from the Village People a couple of years ago). Unsurprisingly, Clyne and his Peacemakers will be participating in the Halloween festivities at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road, on Friday, October 28. RCPM will perform on the sawdust joint's outdoor stage during the party, where costumes are encouraged. After all, the band shouldn't be the only ones dressed for the occasion. Gates open at 8 p.m. General admission is $20-$35, VIP access is $45. Call 480-488-1906 or see www.ticketmaster.com.

Hipster spinster Sean Watson would prefer it if you came in costume to his Halloween event on Monday, October 31, at the lounge area of the Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. In fact, it's a prerequisite for entry into the affair. Watson's mandated that anyone without Halloween wear won't be admitted to his ball, which will also feature 2ToneDisco and Hunnycut spinning indie rock, glam, and lounge. If you're going for irony, try donning a fake bushy beard, wig, V-neck T-shirt, some Dickies shorts, and a pair of Vans and go as DJ Sean Watson. We're sure he'd dig that. The ball begins at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Call 602-716-2222.

Special Events

Herberger Theatre Center
222 E. Monroe St.
The game most definitely will be afoot when the Arizona Theatre Company stages two performances of Jeffrey Hatcher's murder mystery, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club. 2 and 7:30 p.m., $32-$69. Performances run through October 30, and showtimes vary. Call 602-256-6995.

The Royale
108 W. Main St.
The jokesters of the National Comedy Theatre will take a cue from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and heckle Italian zombie film Nightmare City during a live accompaniment. 7 p.m., $9. Call 480-649-0040.

The Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale
Holland electro/techno wizards Laidback Luke and Sandro Silva will provide the soundtrack for Relentless Beats' Pimp 'n' Ho Party. Costumes are encouraged and VIP table service will be available. 8 p.m., $22-$27. Call 480-945-5551 or visit www.relentlessbeats.com.

Bars & Clubs

4282 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
The Halloween revelry will run well into the wee hours at this after-hours spot as DJs spin, zombie go-go dancers work the platforms, and a costume competition will transpire. 10 p.m.; $10 before 11 p.m., $15 afterwards. Call 480-264-8300.

3737 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Dia de Los Muertos will be celebrated in style at RnR's "Day of the Dead Party," with such drink specials as $2 carnitas street tacos, $3 Espolon shots, $4 special cocktail ball shots, and $6 signature margaritas. 7 p.m. Call 480-945-3353.


Special Events

Celebrity Theatre
440 N. 32nd St.
Get a dose of old-school cool during Power 98.3's "Boo Bomb," as hip-hop legends Slick Rick, EPMD, Rob Base, and Big Daddy Kane spit game all evening. 8:30 p.m., $25-$45. Call 602-267-1600.

La Perla
5912 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale
Costume contest for prizes, drink special, live music, and more. 8 p.m., $6 after 9 p.m. Call 623-939-7561.

MADCAP Theaters
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Frankie's Fishnets, the Valley's resident Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcasters, will present two performances of the cult classic, each featuring live musical numbers, "virgin sacrifices," giveaways, costume contests, and more. 18 and over. 8:30 and 11:30 p.m., $12. Visit www.frankiesfishnets.com.

National Youth Sports Center
16083 N. 75th Ave.
The muscle-bound brawlers and jacked-up grapplers of Elite Xtreme Wrestling will serve up the smackdowns inside the squared circle during EXW Octoberfist. A special fan event and meet-and-greet will take also place outside the venue from 4 to 6 p.m. and feature raffles, giveaways, a costume contest for prizes, and other activities. The wrestling action starts at 7 p.m. $12. See www.exwlive.com.

The Royale
108 W. Main St.
Like blood-soaked scary movies? Check out The Royale's special showing of 555, the 1998 gorefest thriller about a sex-obsessed hippie engaged in a nationwide murdering spree. 9 p.m., $8. Call 480-649-0040.

The Torch Theatre 4721 N. Central Ave. www.thetorchtheatre.com
The comedy that will be unleashed during the inaugural Ghostfest Improv Marathon will be of a somewhat long-form nature. Really long-form — like 30 hours, to be exact, as a variety of local troupes present almost a day and a half of sketches and skits. Bring some Red Bull and expect plenty of shaggy-dog jokes. 7 p.m., $15. Call 602-456-2876.

Wet Paint
806 S. Ash Ave., Tempe
Tempe's Final Friday returns from its summer hiatus, and this retailer will provide live music, drinks, artwork, and a gift certificate raffle for those in costume. 6 p.m. Call 480-967-2002.

Bars & Clubs

910 Live
910 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe
KUPD personality Shanman will emcee the radio station's Halloween party, which features music from Adelitas, Art of Dying, The Dreaming, and others. 8 p.m., $10-$15. Call 480-966-0707.

Barney's Boathouse
7341 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale
The weekend-long "BOO-thouse Bash" will feature a ginormous costume contest with $1,000 worth of cash and prizes in categories, including sexiest, scariest, most original, and best group. Signup takes place from Friday until Sunday and winners will be named on Monday. Open until 2 a.m. each night. Call 480-949-6535.

Bar Smith
130 E. Washington St.
The Sticky Fingers crew celebrates All Hallows' Eve in style with a special appearance by Fancy Space People during their "Glam Masquerade Party." William Reed, 2ToneDisco, Prince$$, and the other resident DJs will be on the decks all evening. 9 p.m., $10. Call 602-229-1265.

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