Halloween Guide 2011

Sofrita Tapas
16848 E. Avenue of the Fountains,
Fountain Hills
A haunted house, food and drink specials, and a DJ spinning '70s-era funk and disco are on tap during the "Tapas on the Avenue Halloween Fair and Festival." 5 p.m. Call 480-816-5316.

Stand-up, Scottsdale!
6820 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
The spirit of the old Anderson's Fifth Estate (which used to occupy the property) will take over for an evening of DJs spinning retro jams from the '80s and '90s. Food and drink specials, a costume contest, and midnight comedy show also are promised. 10 p.m., $10. Call 480-882-0730.

Steel Horse Saloon
1818 W. Bell Rd.
Costume party with cash prizes for the best outfits, drink specials, and rock 'n' roll from Return to Custody. 8 p.m. Call 602-942-8778.


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.

Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
The punks of Grave Danger present their annual Halloween show, while the members of Garage Shock wrap themselves in rags and bandages for a special tribute to The Mummies. 9 p.m. Call 480-794-1706.

Terroir Wine Pub
7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Halloween costume party with prizes for the best outfits and wines by the glass for $10. 6 p.m. Call 480-922-3470.

Tim Finnegan's
9201 N. 29th Ave.
Halloween party with $3 shot and drink specials, $4.25 20-ounce Guinness pints, beads and other giveaways, music from Sol Track Union, and a costume contest with $300 in cash prizes. 7 p.m. Call 602-997-2323.

TT Roadhouse
2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale
Halloween Zombie Booza-a-palooza featuring drink specials and TT's famous jukebox. 9 p.m. Call 480-947-8723.

Zendejas Grill
19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendale
Masquerade party featuring Latin/funk music by Aztex Band, prizes, drink specials, and more. 9 p.m., $5. Call 623-398-6434.


Bars & Clubs


710 N. Central Ave.
Automatons and bloodsuckers will battle during a special "Robots vs. Vampires" edition of the monthly tekNOIR night. Science fiction and horror-themed costumes are encouraged, $250 in cash goes to the best get-ups, drink specials are planned, and DJs Apollynon and Noiz.Fkr will drop industrial and EBM from the decks. 9:30 p.m., $5. Call 602-229-1150.

Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
The cowpokes of the Valley Fever country music night stage their annual Honkytonky Halloween hootenanny. Those dressed as their favorite country crooners will win prizes and DJ Dana and Johnny Volume will spin vinyl records all evening long. 8 p.m., free. Call 480-967-4777.


Special Events

Trunk Space

1506 Grand Ave.
Garish getups and weird costumes are de rigueur for Bay Area garage rock quirksters Shannon and the Clams, which makes 'em a perfect fit for the Trunk Space. The equally kooky JJCnV open the show along with the skankers of Liam and the Ladies and the punks of The Rebel Set. 8 p.m. $5 with costume, $10 without. Call 602-256-6006.

The Underground

105 W. Main St., Mesa
Militant straight-edge legends Earth Crisis will spend their Halloween unleashing hardcore punk upon the Mesa masses as they headline Creepy Crawl Ball III. Local support includes Run with the Hunted, Red Son, Go Great Guns, and Redeemer. 6:30 p.m., $5. Call 480-834-3709.

Bars & Clubs

Graham Central Station
7850 S. Priest Dr., Tempe
Halloween Bash featuring a $500 costume contest, 75-cent drink specials until 11 p.m., DJs, dancing, and more. 6 p.m. Call 480-496-0799 for cover.

Long Wong's at the Firehouse
1639 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Halloween party with "Tom Selleck mustache rides" for the "skimpiest-dressed men and women (but mostly men)," drink specials like $1.50 PBRs and $3 Skyy cocktails, and more. Local acts The Shivereens, Woodworks, Future Loves Past, Sasquanaut, Japhy's Descent, and Banana Gun will perform. 8 p.m. Call 480-894-2200.

Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
Halloween party with NFL door prizes, Monday Night Football, Texas Hold'em, dancing, karaoke, 35-cent wings until 9 p.m., and more. 6 p.m. Call 623-842-1053.

SanTan Brewing Company
8 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler
SanTan's weekly Movie Night Monday will feature a screening of the 2007 horror-comedy Trick 'r Treat. 9 p.m., free. Call 480-917-8700.

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