Halloween Guide 2013

Cave Creek Wicked
What's better than one Halloween party? How's about seven of 'em in a row. That's what awaits the patrons of the yearly bar crawl that will hit up a septet of Cave Creek's favorite haunts on Saturday, October 26. During the day, a slate of family-friendly activies will transpire beginning at 11 a.m., including gigs by "Thriller" dancers, pumpkin carving, and costume contests for kids and even horses (!!). After evening-fall, however, the crawl will start at 7 p.m. at Big Earl's before moving onto the Cave Creek Smokehouse, Buffalo Chip, Harold's Corral, Hogs and House, The Hideaway, and other stops. Admssion is free.

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.

Ghost B.C. is scheduled to perform on Friday, October 25, at The Pressroom.
Ghost B.C. is scheduled to perform on Friday, October 25, at The Pressroom.
Destroid is scheduled to perform on Thursday, October 31, at Marquee Theatre.
Destroid is scheduled to perform on Thursday, October 31, at Marquee Theatre.

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 http://venuehowl.eventbrite.com.

W Scottsdale Hotel
7277 E. Camelback Road
The W will be transformed into a stylish-yet-sinister zombie wasteland for its Resident Evil Halloween Party, which will include an experimental corpse lab up on the WET Deck, DJ Soulman in the mix, specialty cocktails, and a photo booth where patrons can zombify themselves. 8 p.m., $25. See www.wscottsdaletickets.com. And on Thursday, October 31, the hotel will host the Scream Halloween Event at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Call 480-970-2100.

Bars & Clubs

BS West
7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
Reincarnation Block Party with spins from special guest DJs Dawna Montell and Derek Monteiro, a costume contest with $1,000 in cash prizes, and more. 8 p.m., $30.

BT's Sports Pub
13610 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
www.buffbrothers.net A Jim Beam-sponsored "Create Your Own Superhero/Villain" costume contest is planned, as it a pumpkin pie-eating competition and music from Swain's World. 7 p.m. Call 480-951-8837.

Coach's Corner Grill
333 E. Jefferson St., Suite 110
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.

Fat Tuesday
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.

The Gym Grill & Bar
2510 E. Hunt Hwy., Queen Creek
The Gym's Halloween bash with DJ X-Rated, a huge selection of drink specials, and a costume contest with prizes for scariest, sexiest, and the best pair. 10 p.m. Call 480-677-2146.

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