Halloween Guide 2011

Donna Jean's Libations
6676 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
Costume contest, drink specials, giveaways, and music from Dead Letters, Fatal Malady, Orphium, Unforeseen, and Bonesaw. 8 p.m., $3. Call 623-979-7036.

Dos Gringos
1361 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Let your geek flag fly at the "Revenge of the Nerds Party" with drink specials, DJ Mr. Eaton in the mix, cash prizes, bobbing for beers, costume competitions, and such games as the "Nerdy Booty Shaking Contest." 4 p.m. Call 480-855-3303.

Dos Gringos
4209 N. Craftsman Ct., Scottsdale
Bust out the leotards and legwarmers for the "'80s Halloween Blowout," with music from Hollywood & Vine, DJs blasting retro tunes, drink specials, costume contests, and more. 4 p.m. Call 480-423-3800.


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.

Dos Gringos
8000 S. Priest Rd., Tempe
Halloween extravaganza hosted bye Eric D of 101.5 Jamz, Mega 104.3's E-Dawg, and DJ Erotique. Costume contests, drink specials, and prize giveaways are planned. 8 p.m. Call 480-753-4577.

Graham Central Station
7850 S. Priest Dr., Tempe
Score a grand in cash in the $1,000 winner-take-all costume contest during the "Pre-Halloween Hell Raiser" party, which also offers $1 drink specials until 9 p.m., country dance lessons at 6:30 p.m., and more. 6 p.m.; no cover for those in costume until 9 p.m. Call 480-496-0799.

Half Moon Sports Grill
288 E. Greenway Pkwy.
Drink specials like $4 Absolut cocktails and $3 Jell-O shots will be available during the Fright Night party. Cash prizes ($200 for first, $100 for second, and $50 for third) and gift cards go to the winners of the costume contest at midnight. 10 p.m. Call 602-993-6600.

Hard Rock Cafe
3 S. 2nd St.
Hard Rock Halloween Show, featuring a costume contest and performances by indie-rock bands The Alchemy Heart, Novalux, and Eddie Varst. 8 p.m., $10. Call 602-261-7625 or visit www.ticketweb.com.

Horse and Hound
1320 E. Broadway Dr., Tempe
Watch Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit beat the crap outta each other during "Halloween Fright Night" party as the UFC 137 pay-per-view will air on TVs throughout the joint. Prizes for best costume, drink specials, and music from DJ Dan are also on tap. 6 p.m. Call 480-967-7977.

Hurricane Bay
4139 W. Bell Rd.
If the undead happen to rise from the grave for Halloween weekend, let's hope they're dressed stylishly, as this NoPho nightclub's throwing its annual "Ghouls Gone Wild" block party in their honor. Psychics, tarot readers, DJs, and go-go dancers also will be in the house. A contest with prizes for the funniest, sexiest, most original, and couples costumes will be staged. Drink specials include $3 Dos Equis and $5 Skyy cocktails. 7 p.m., $10. Call 602-843-6100.

Joe's Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St.
Halloween Bash with drink specials, costumes, and music from Vex, Top Dead Center, Tome, Grudgehold, and Silent Flux. 8 p.m.; $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Call 602-992-1007.

Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
Just like Freddy Krueger himself, this westside nightspot's annual "Nightmare on Marc's Street" is back for another round of madness and mayhem. DJs and dancing takes place in the main room, karaoke's in the lounge, and drink specials will be offered at the bar. The sexiest, spookiest, most humorous, and best overall costumes win prizes. 6 p.m.; $5 after 9 p.m. Call 623-842-1053.

Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Dust off your zoot suit and Tommy gun for the "Ghosts of Prohibition Speakeasy Halloween Soiree" at Narcisse. It starts with a Prohibition-themed Murder Mystery Dinner featuring a four-course pre-fix menu of filet mignon or sea bass, as well as "bottomless" champagne or wine. 6 to 9 p.m., $125 per person. The speakeasy will open afterwards for dancing, hits from DJ Knick Knack, and entertainment from jugglers, midgets, mime, fortunetellers, and others. Open until 2 a.m.; $20 admission, $30 without costume. Call 480-588-2244 or visit narcisse.eventbrite.com.

Red Onion Lounge
15002 N. Cave Creek Rd.
Halloween bash featuring prizes for the best costume, giveaways, food and drink specials, and more. 9 p.m. Call 602-867-9989.

Rose and Crown
628 E. Adams St.
The Heritage Square pub will be the site of "A Nightmare on Adams Street" block party, which will offer live music, a beer garden with Four Peaks brews, a costume contest for cash prizes, DJs, horror flicks projected on a 90-inch screen, and more. 7 p.m., free. Call 602-256-0223.

The Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Halloween costume ball with music from six local bands, drink specials, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-966-9565 for cover.

4343 N. 7th Ave.
The freaks and fiends of Tranzylvania will stage a "Zombie Apocalypse" party. DJs such as Kill the Alex and Dark Mark will spin EBM, goth, industrial, and EBM tracks all night. Drinks specials will be available and zombie costumes are encouraged. 9:30 p.m., $5.

2701 E. Indian School Rd.
Halloween will be celebrated all weekend at this CenPho drinking den as hipster and revelers lounge to the jukebox sounds and partake in costume contests for prizes and "lots o' scary drink specials from Saturday until Monday. Open until 2 a.m. each night. Call 602-956-8998.

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