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By Kathleen Vanesian
By Amy Silverman
By Robrt L. Pela
By Jim Louvau
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Benjamin Leatherman
By New Times
By Becky Bartkowski
Love Halloween? Then you'll love this: Organizers of many Halloween celebrations around the Valley are getting an early start to the scary season by holding their events even earlier than normal this year. And thanks to the fact that All Hallows Eve falls on Thursday, October 31, many bars, clubs, and other nightlife establishments are planning to offer their usual parties on the weekend prior. We've included all the aforementioned Halloween-related shindigs that are taking place throughout the latter half of October in our exhaustive guide to the scary season, which features all manner of events, parties, concerts, and freaky fiestas happening from Thursday, October 24, until Saturday, November 2.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
The Good Egg
3110 N. Central Ave.
50 E. Camelback Road
34948 N. North Valley Pkwy.
All three locations will serve up "Trick or Treat" pancakes (made with salted peanuts, dark chocolate chips, caramel, Nutella, whipped cream, and powdered sugar) and "Butter Beer" during the month of October. Call 602-248-3897, 602-263-8554, or 623-582-4442.
UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa
This massive entertainment complex will dish out fun and excitement aplenty via its variety of Halloween-themed attractions and distractions. The Urban Arena will feature a Zombie Outbreak theme during nightly sessions until Thursday, October 31, from 5-7 p.m. for patrons ages 5 and older, as well as “Ultimate Scares” on weeknights from 7-10 p.m. for those 12 and up and from 7 p.m.-midnight on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5 to roam the maze, $7 with a laser gun included. Interactive versions of the Halloween films will screen a 8 p.m. on Monday, October 28; Tuesday, October 29; and Wednesday, October 30. Costume contests for prizes will also be held on Saturday, October 26, at 7 p.m. in the lobby with various categories for kids and families, and at 9:30 p.m. in the Luxe Lounge for the more adult-oriented categories. Call 520-494-7827.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
441 W. Madison St.
Swedish doom metal band Ghost, led by Papa Emeritus II, will serenade both ghouls and fans alike with a night of terrifying music. 8:30 p.m.; $20 in advance, $22 day of show. See www.ticketfly.com.
Salt River Fields
7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
The sky will be illuminated by the glow of numerous hot-air balloons, many in the shapes of creatures and characters, during the two-night Spooktacular Balloon Festival. About 1,700 tons of candy will be handed out to trick-or-treaters of all ages during the event Balloon rides, live music, fireworks, games, food and drink vendors, and a haunted house also are planned. 5 to 10 p.m.; $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3 to 12. Also runs on Saturday, October 26. See www.srfballoonfestivals.com.
105 W. Main St., Mesa
The two-night Punk Rock Halloween Bash kicks off at the Underground with local bands dressing up and sending up some of the most legendary punk and hard rock acts of all time. The lineup includes Rotten Youth paying tribute to Reagan Youth, To Our Grave covering Mötorhead, The Proles going as The Queers, When Enough Is Enough taking on Operation Ivy, and The Crew as 7 Seconds. 6:30 p.m., $15. Call 480-834-3709.
Bars & Clubs
13825 N. 32nd St.
Halloween Bash with music by Howitzer, Altered Silence, Killing Spree, Scarab Vex, Illusion of Control, Woodsplitter, Heir Elite, and Unforeseen. Costumes are encouraged. 6 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 602-992-1007.
Maya Day & Nightclub
7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
Pre-Halloween celebration featuring the mixing talents of NYC's DJ Carlos Melange. 9 p.m., $10. Call 480-625-0528.
7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
On the heels of its recent renovation, this Scottsdale ultra lounge is planning three different nights of festivities. A Halloween-themed edition of The Mint's Fantasy Friday event (dubbed Fantasy Land) on October 25 promises sweet treats in the form of specialty cocktails and sweet sounds from DJ MCB. Next, the Pick Your Poison party on Saturday, October 26, will include plenty of potent concoctions from the bar and spins from DJ Aaron Taylor. And the night before All Hallow's Eve will involve the weekly Project M Wednesdays transforming into Project Massacre on October 30 with music from DJ Five. Doors open at 9 p.m. each night. Call 480-947-6468 for admission info.
393 W. Warner Rd., Chandler
Two different parties will be offered over Halloweekend at the Reef. Friday will feature a classic rock band, $2 Jell-O shots, and $1.75 drafts. Saturday, however, will include a DJ spinning the hits, two-for-one drinks from 9-11 p.m., and $5 Hennessey and $5 Patron from 11 p.m. until close. Costume contests for Reef gift cards will be held each evening. Call 480-963-5520.
The Shout! House
6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale
This piano bar will be aglow during the Black Light White Out Party as patrons will dress in their whitest whites or visit the "Electric Paint Station" to shine brightly under UV lights. Dueling pianos provide the music and drink specials include $2 Bud Light drafts, $4 Toxic Slime shots, and $5 Electric Bombers. 7 p.m., $5. Call 623-772-1500.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
1204 E. Roosevelt St.
Thrills and chills await at the Alwun House's annual Monsters Ball, which will be occupied by creepy creatures and nightcrawlers aplenty. Rockabilly and surf bands like The Sinisters and Mod Zombies will gig at the event, as will a variety of dance and performance art troupes. Hors d'oeuvres, dancing, and other freaky fun is also planned. This is a 21-and-over event. 7 p.m.; tickets are $11 in advance, $17 at the door. The yearly "Monster's Menagerie" group art show will also be on display in the Alwun House gallery until October 31. Call 602-253-7887.