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The Clarendon Hotel
401 W. Clarendon Ave.
The Clarendon's swank Halloween Party will take place and feature live music by Zero Zero, spins by DJ Michael Hooker, and a costume contest for prizes. The members of the Grand Canyon chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will judge the competition and also stage a luminaria ceremony. 6 p.m.; $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 602-252-7363.
Historic Heritage Square
115 N. 6th St.
Prepare yourself, mortals. Undead creatures once again will rise from their graves and invade the streets and sidewalks of downtown Phoenix as the annual Zombie Walk once again dawns. Thousands of brain-craving freaks will don ghoulish makeup and tattered clothing before assembling for an afternoon-long Halloween festival at Heritage Square before they begin stumbling and strolling through around downtown at sunset. The event runs from 2 to 10 p.m. and admission is free. See www.downtownphoenix.com/zombie.
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
This vintage Scottsdale lodge will host its yearly Haunted Hotel Ball, which will star DJ Tranzit, DJ XCalibur, and DJ Decipha laying down hot sounds in two ballrooms, premium cocktails, and a costume contest with winners getting $1,000 in cash and prizes. 9 p.m., $50. Call 480-248-2000 or see www.hauntedhotelball.com.
The Nile Theater
105 W. Main St., Mesa
Local pop-punk bands will be in abundance during Spooky Night III concert, including Avilion, Cities of Refuge, The World to Come, Take Up Your Cross, Plagued Angel, and others. 5:30 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 at the door.
Pop Culture Paradise
715 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Geek out during the afternoon-long Halloween Comic Fest 2013, which will feature an appearance by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II actor Ernie Reyes Jr. as well as more than a dozen local comic book artists and authors. A costume contest, silent auction, games, giveaways, $5 sketches, and other nerd-oriented distractions are also planned. Noon to 4 p.m. Call 480-557-6640.
Sixth Street Merchants
900 N. 6th St.
Sixth Street in downtown Phoenix will hold a "Unsexy/Sexy Halloween Party" that's probably going to be a bit different from other All Hallows Eve events. To wit: organizers are requesting that attendees come dressed as an object or person that's inherently unsexy, like "a loaf of bread, a tube sock or Gary Coleman." Then, they'd like people to sex things up, such as a "boy scout in shorty shorts or the box of tools in silver unitards." Live music, food, and beer is also promised. 9 p.m.; $5 suggested donation.
The Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale
The first Halloween Howl will take place at the venue and feature music from The Chris Parker Project and DJ Mike G., as well as drink specials, creepy culinary delights, funky photo ops, and a costume contest for cash and vacation prizes. Benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix. 8 p.m.; $30 general admission, $60 for VIP access. Call 480-945-5551 or see venuehowl.eventbrite.com.
W Scottsdale Hotel
7277 E. Camelback Road
The W will host its Resident Evil Halloween Party and offer swanky-yet-sinister fun. Specialty cocktails, guest DJs, and a costume contest for prizes are planned. 8 p.m., $25. Call 480-970-2100 or visit www.wscottsdaletickets.com.
Bars & Clubs
Coach's Corner Grill
333 E. Jefferson St., Suite 110
Halloween party with $3 specials on Bud Light, Miller Lite, Fireball, Jack Daniel's Honey, and well drinks, as well as $4 Sierra Nevada. DJ Nerd will spin and a contest offers prizes for the sexiest, funniest, most creative, and best Elvis costumes. 8 p.m. Call 602-293-3332.
680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Monster Masquerade with four different DJs, two dance floors, multiple bars, and a costume contest for prizes. 7 p.m.; $5 general admission in advance, $15-$25 for VIP access. Call 480-967-3917.
4541 E. Cactus Road
The lounge will host "A Ghoulish Night in Paradise" with $3.50 Three Olive drinks, Halloween Jell-O shots, and a costume contest at midnight with prizes for the sexiest, most creative, and funniest outfits. 8 p.m. Call 602-953-2993.
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Local bands French Girls, Fairy Bones, Pleasure Victims, Sister Lip, and The Echo Bombs will perform during the "Trick 'R Treat" show. 8 p.m. Call 480-966-9565.
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
The Punk Rock Halloween Bash concludes with performances by the PV Casualties as The Misfits, Atomic Zombies as Circle Jerks, West End Crooks offering tribute to Agent Orange, The Venomous Pinks covering Black Flag, and Storm the Beach doing their best Smut Peddlers impression. 7 p.m., free. Call 480-967-4777.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
603 N. 5th Ave.
The urban pizzeria's annual Hallowine event this year will feature more than just exotic selections of vino and gourmet Italian cuisine selections as the event will also help raise money for esteemed local chef Lisa Giungo (of Lisa G.'s Wine Bar and Café fame) and her fight with lung cancer. Live music and benefit raffles are also planned. Tickets are $20 ($5 off with costume) and include food and wine. 4 p.m. Call 602-441-2697.
Bars & Clubs
2155 E. University Dr., Tempe
Get in some alcohol-free fun at Party Sober Clothing's Halloween Show, which will hace live music from such bands as Artificial Insanity, Unconscious Minds, A Moment to Rise, Kill the King, Kapital Disorder, Apathy's Insight, and I Don't Konform. 3 p.m., $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 480-966-4733.