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The Blooze Bar
12014 N. 32nd St.
Prepare to witness the wildest, raciest, and most offensive outfits imaginable as The Blooze holds its "anything goes" costume contest for cash prizes. The Rock Addix will perform, and kamikazes and other drink specials will be available. 9 p.m., $3. Call 602-788-4574.
455 N. 3rd St.
The hipsters of Rebel Disco and FauxShow Productions will team up for the "Cult Classic" affair, a Halloween/Samhain party featuring Fool's Gold artists Nacho Lovers and "round robin" DJ sessions by Pablo Gomez, Goldsmith, Luke Hansen, Jared Alan, and others. 9 p.m., $10. Call 602-258-3665.
1017 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa
This Riverview nightspot will be celebrating Halloween from Friday until Monday with food and drink specials, giveaways, and more. Costume contests will be held each night with prizes for the winners and a drawing on Monday for a $1,000 grand prize. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-833-2226.
DOWNTOWN ZOMBIE WALK
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.
HAROLD'S HONKY TONK HALLOWEEN>
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.
Club Red2155 E. University Dr., Tempe
19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendale
Str8up Band's Halloween party with live music, drink specials, and more. 9 p.m., $5. Call 623-398-6434.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
1204 E. Roosevelt St.
Thrills and chills await at Alwun House's annual Monsters Ball, as the renowned art space will be dourly decorated like Shelob's Lair inside while a dazzling cabaret takes place outside. This year's entertainment includes performances by the Ignite Collaborative Arts Project, the mesmerizing moves of Desert Dragon Dance Theatre, transsexual antics from Spell, and the burlesque comedy of Provocatease. Hors d'oeuvres, dancing, and other freaky fun is also planned. 21 and over only. 7 p.m.; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. It coincides with the yearly "Monster's Menagerie" group exhibition, which will be on display in the gallery. Call 602-253-7887.
440 N. 32nd St.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale
A black carpet reception line and undead pianist will greet revelers at the Stone Rose Lounge's annual "Nightmare on Princess Drive Halloween Ball," which also will offer specialty cocktails, DJs, and a costume contest at midnight for such pimp prizes as resort getaways and gift cards. 9 p.m., free. Call 480-585-4848.
815 N. 2nd St.
Inkenstein Tattoo Company
7120 N. 55th Dr., Glendale
Halloween bash with schwag raffles, drinks, pizza, a costume contest, and music from Lifesize Monsters, The Jack Rollers, High Horse, and others. 8 p.m. Call 623-271-7411
2350 W. Northern Ave.
Halloween Party and Jazz Night, featuring a costume contest for cash and other prizes, food and drink specials, and music from David Valdivia and friends. 6:30 p.m. Call 602-864-0043.
Montelucia Resort & Spa
4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale
The haute hotspot hosts the "Haunted Mansion 2011" affair, where specters and spirits will mix as the well-heeled crowd gathers to suck down champagne, soak up the spooky stylishness, and enjoy costume contests and music from the Chris Parker Project. 8 p.m.; $25 in advance, $35 general admission, $45 at the door, and $1,000 for VIP table packages. Call 480-627-3200 or see www.showclix.com.
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
The resort's showroom will host Raven's Halloween Masquerade Ball, where chic scenesters will sip on $6 well cocktails and wine while a costume contest will dole out cash and prizes to the best-dressed female, male, and couples. DJ Kilo will drop dance hits, and Nineball will provide the rock 'n' roll. 8 p.m.; $20 presale, $25 at the door. Call 480-850-7734 or visit www.ravenevents.com.
1506 Grand Ave.
An eclectic array of music, monsters, and madcap shenanigans await at this Halloween extravaganza. Partake in pumpkin carving while Dr. Zombie showcases 1953's schlock classic Robot Monster, Space-Alien Donald offers spoken-word jives, and The Slow Poisoner performs goth-inspired Americana. 6 p.m., $5 after 7:30 p.m. Call 602-256-6006.
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