Halloween Guide 2012: Fright Nights

Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St.
The quirky bookstore will present the Spooky Lawn Gnome Bash with music from Snail Quail, YUS, Main Squeeze, and DJ Matty. 7 p.m.; free with costume, $5 without. Call 602-753-8920.

18 W. Main St., Mesa
Fiendish fun will take place in abundance during the Nightmare on Main Street block party. Highlights of the 16-and-over event include a beer festival with brews from San Tan Brewery and Coors, a variety of vendors, fire dancing, and a costume contest with $1,000 in cash prizes. Norwegian aggrotech band Combichrist are scheduled to perform along with Komor Kommando, The Strand, and Hardwire. 6 p.m.-1 a.m., $15 general admission. Call 480-461-3300.

Symphony Hall
75 N. 2nd St.
The Phoenix Symphony will be joined by Mexican Folklore Dance Company and Ballet Folklorico Ollin Yoliztli during a matinee performance honoring Día de los Muertos. Pre-concert activities will include arts and crafts an hour before showtime. 2:30 p.m., $11-$19. Call 602-495-1999.

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
Scottsdale socialite and chic party queen Raven Valdes stages her annual Masquerade Ball at the resort, which will offer an evening of drinking and dancing bliss. Local Top 40 band SmashT will perform and DJ Kilo will work the mixers while two bars serve up $6 cocktail specials. A costume contest will award cash and prizes to the best-dressed male, female, and couple. 8 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 480-850-7777 or visit www.ravenevents.com.

The Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale
Valley hip-hop powerhouse 101.5 Jamz will present its "Halloween Hook Up" hootenanny. Super Snake, Lady La, Jackie Morales and other on-air personalities will step away from their microphones for an evening to host the event, which will feature a costume competition with $10,000 in cash and prizes, as well as music from hip-hop superstars of Far East Movement and such DJs as Decipha, Matta Fact and Mikee Mike will perform. 9 p.m.; $20 general admission, $50 VIP access. See www.1015jamz.com.

Bars & Clubs

American Junkie
4363 N. 75th St., Scottsdale
C-list lothario (and Adam Sandler BFF) Peter Dante, best known for his roles in such flicks as Waterboy and Big Daddy, will be the guest host of American Junkie's Halloween party. Patrons can also partake in games, down pints of pumpkin beer, and other amusing distractions at the event. Costumes are encouraged. 8 p.m. Call 480-990-3000.

7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
House music heavyweights Morgan Page and the Stratford Brothers will co-headline the Scottsdale dance parlor's massive Ghostball extravaganza. More than 10,000 people will attend this glitzy affair, which will not only pack both Axis and Radius, but also the outdoor pavilion encompassing both clubs and an huge portion of Indian Plaza. A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes are also at stake during the ball's ginormous costume contest, which boasts some of the most impressive getups around. 8 p.m., $30. Call 480-970-1112 or see www.eegtickets.com.

The Big Bang
501 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Go wild at Big Bang's jungle-themed costume party, which will feature such tropical specialty drinks as $3 sunset safari shots and $5 jungle juice. Meanwhile, a "Tarzan yelling" competition and a King and Queen of the Jungle contest will take place. Those wearing jungle-inspired costumes also get in for half price. 7 p.m., $6. Call 480-557-5595.

BS West
7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
This Old Town gay bar and dance club will be putting on an enormous indoor/outdoor Halloween party entitled "Enchanted," which will include a three-hour Vegas-style spectacular. 8 p.m., $25. Call 480-945-9028.

Cadillac Ranch
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
KISS FM's Hot Halloween Costume Party with hot spins from DJ Aaron Taylor, DJ Earth, and DJ Knick Knack, as well as such drink specials as $3 Coors Light drafts and $4 Fireball shots, AMFs, and Long Islands. A sexy costume contest takes place at 1 a.m. and will offer "amazing prizes." 9 p.m., $5. Call 480-894-1111.

Cocomo Joe's
28244 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek
Halloween party featuring a costume contest, drink specials and music from Furious George. 8 p.m. Call 480-538-8008.

Culinary Dropout
7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
The proprietors of this post Scottsdale restaurant will transform into the glammy discotheque "Studio CDO" for the evening. And that's the way — uh-huh, uh-huh — they like it. Bust out the bellbottoms since disco attire is "strongly recommended." 8 p.m. Call 480-970-1700.

Draft House on the Reef
393 W. Warner Rd., Chandler
A hip-hop DJ drops the hottest tracks starting at 11 p.m. and costume contest will offer a $100 gift card for first place and $50 gift card for second. Call 480-963-5520.

El Santo Cantina
7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale
Sin City dance-pop duo Zowie Bowie makes a return to their old stomping grounds of Scottsdale for a special Halloween party, which will feature a performance by the band, spin sessions by local DJs, a costume contest, and more. 8 p.m., $10. Call 480-584-3801 or see elsanto.electrostub.com.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale
The resorts Stone Rose Lounge will be once again be the site of the annual "Nightmare on Princess Drive" party, which this year will boast a Bride of Frankenstein theme. As always, attendees will stroll down a black carpet and into a den of iniquity and indulgence where stylish costumes and themed cocktails like Candy Corn Martinis and Jack-O-Lanterns await. They can also walk away with such pimp prizes as rounds of golf at TPC Scottsdale, free dinner Bourbon Steak, and resort vacations via the midnight costume contest. 9 p.m. Call 480-419-3190.

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