Halloween Guide 2012: Fright Nights

Goat Head Saloon
1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
A diverse collection of bands and musicians from across the Valley will grace the stage at Goat Head during the Bloody Libra Halloween Show, including death metal rockers Arbitrary Ashes, reggae artist El Dub, pop songstress Miss Krystle, cover band Probable Cause, dark electronica duo The Audio Virus, trip-hop act Bent Self, DJ Bob-Zilla on the decks, and more. The Jägermeister Girls will also make an appearance. Costumes are encouraged. 7 p.m., $5. Call 602-505-2067.

Ice Pics Video Bar
3108 E. McDowell Rd.
A Touch of Soul with performances by Maraya Jordan and special guests. Special treats will be given to those in costume and $4 Skyy cocktails will be served. 10 p.m. Call 602-267-8707.

JJ Madisons
430 N. Power Rd., Mesa
Halloween party with drink specials, live music, and prizes. 9 p.m. Call 480-225-2051.

3110 N. Central Ave.
Dust off your darkest duds for Kobalt's Black Out party, which will feature prizes for the best costume, music from DJ Kela, and more. 9 p.m. Call 602-264-5307.

Los Compadres
2350 W. Northern Ave.
Celebrate Halloween during Los Compadres' jazz night, which will star such local musicians as saxophonist Andrew Gross, guitarist Pete Pancrazi, pianist David Valdivia, drummer Tim Downs, and others. Food and drink specials will be available and a $50 prize for the best costume will be awarded to one partron. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 602-864-0258.

Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
The first of two "Nightmare on Marc's Street" parties will take place, featuring DJs, dancing, karaoke, and a costume contest at midnight with prizes for the sexiest, scariest, funniest, most creative, and best overall outfits. 9 p.m., $5. Call 623-842-1053.

Rips Ales & Cocktails
3045 N. 16th St.
LA's The Black Beverly Heels will headline Rips' Halloween party with support from Mission Creeps, Scorpion vs. Tarantula, and Black Sleep. 8 p.m., $5. Call 602-266-0015.

Rockbar Inc.
4245 N. Craftsman Ct., Scottsdale
This Old Town establishment will stage a Rock-O-Ween Party with music from The Black Moods and Rose-Colored Eyes, a zombie-themed costume contest for prizes, and more. 8 p.m., $5. Call 480-331-9190.

The Rogue Bar
423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Distortion-loving garage rock/punk act Cheap Time and locals Scorpion vs. Tarantula will be the featured bands during the " Not Quite Halloween Punk Rock Show." 8 p.m.; $8 in advance, $10 at the door. The weekly Rebel Yell dance party, starring William Fucking Reed and his cohorts, follows at 11 p.m. Call 480-947-3580.

Tim Finnegan's
9201 N. 29th Ave.
Halloween bash featuring an open bar that includes all import beers and top-shelf spirits from 9 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. and costs $25 for ladies and $30 for men. Meanwhile, Mark Mercier will perform all evening, and a costume contest with $200 in prizes for the best and sexiest outfits will also take place. 8 p.m. Call 602-997-2323.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
1065 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa
Live music from A Boy Named Sioux, a costume contest, & more. 9 p.m., $5. Call 480-844-8629.


Bars & Clubs

Ice Pics Video Bar
3108 E. McDowell Rd.
Spooky show tunes will be sung and two-for-one drink specials will be served from 2-8 p.m., and the Men of Strut will perform and $4 Stoli cockails will be available starting at 8 p.m. Call 602-267-8707.

1724 E. McDowell Rd.
Halloween party with cash prizes for the best costumes and DJ Jesus spinning Top 40. 9 p.m., $5. Call 602-254-0231.

Pub Rock
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Ears will be assaulted during the Halloween weekend concert by death metal bands Skeletonwitch, Havok, Early Graves, and Mutilation Rites. 7 p.m., $12. Call 480-945-4985.

Trunk Space
1506 Grand Ave.
The members of "Japanese action comic punk" band Peelander-Z will pack just as many zany thrills of your average Halloween party – including colorful costumes, games human bowling, and audience interaction – during their gig at the Trunk Space. Jason Anderson of Wolf Colonel and Electric Eel Shock will open the show. 8 p.m., $14. Call 602-256-6006.

Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
The DJs and patrons of the weekly Valley Fever night will dress as such outlaw country music stars as David Allan Coe, Waylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard during the annual Honkytonky Halloween hootenanny. 8 p.m. Call 480-967-4777.


Special Events

The Nile Theater
105 W. Main St., Mesa
Close to a dozen bands will invade the Nile for the annual Creepy Crawl Ball, including Move Forward, Merit, Relief Theory, Faux20, Sleep Money, Ill Breed, and Shy's Limit. A costume contest for prizes will also transpire. 6 p.m., $5. Call 480-559-5859.


Special Events

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
Masked psychopath Michael Myers will run amok in the museum's Whiteman Hall as Dr. Diabolic hosts a special screening of John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween. A costume contest for prizes will also take place (although participants cannot incorporate masks, nudity, or harmful substances) and an exclusive art print by Marty Freetage will be for sale. 7 p.m., $12. See halloween.brownpapertickets.com.

Bars & Clubs

American Junkie
4363 N. 75th St., Scottsdale
The employees of American Junkie will be dressed as Max and his beastly buddies during the "Where The Wild Things Are" party on Halloween night. They'll also pour kooky dry ice cocktails and serve up $3 Ketel One, Fireball, and Cafe Patron drinks until 11 p.m. Professional face-painters and talented turntable jockeys will also be in the house. 8 p.m. Call 480-990-3000.

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