Life's been pretty damn scary lately. Between the double-fisted drama of the über-contentious race for the White House and the roller coaster stock market, we've been hoping this is all just some titanically bad nightmare everyone's gonna wake up from. Needless to say, some letting loose is most definitely in order, and Halloween is gonna provide us plenty of opportunities. The annual celebration of All Hallows Eve is always big-time, with a slew of scary celebrations and freak-filled fests happening around the Valley. What follows is our annual compilation of the more fabbo and fantastic fetes, going down from Thursday, October 30, until Saturday, November 1. To wit: If you wanna hang with celebs and glitterati, check out Scottsdale's Ghost Ball. Gotta get your groove on? Try bumping your hump at Coach & Willie's. Break out your best costumes (we hear The Joker from The Dark Knight's gonna be huge this year) and get ready to scare up a good time.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30
Halloween Guide 2008
The Clubhouse Music Venue 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe www.clubhousegigs.com The five members of Suicide Silence will unleash their ferocious grindcore sound. Emmure, Beneath the Massacre, After The Burial, and Architects are also on the bill. 7 p.m. $15. Call 480-968-3238.
Marquee Theatre 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe www.luckymanonline.com Danish rockabilly superstars HorrorPops visit the Valley with support from Beat Union, and 7 Shot Screamers. 6:30 p.m. $16. Call 480-829-0707.
Phoenix Little Theatre 100 E. McDowell Rd. www.phoenixtheatre.com Scorpius Dance Theatre presents A Vampire Tale, a captivatingly lurid production concerning the dark seduction of an innocent young woman into the shadowy underworld of the undead by a "motley crew of bloodsuckers." 8 p.m. $20 (with a $5 discount for those in vampire costume). Runs through November 8. Call 602-254-2151.
Trunk Space 1506 Grand Ave. www.thetrunkspace.com Get groovy with gypsy jazz from Opa Culpa, polka by Haunted Cologne, and acoustic music from Daryl Scairiot. 7 p.m. $8. Call 602-256-6006.
BARS & CLUBS
The Blooze Bar 12014 N. 32nd St. www.thebloozebar.com Rockabilly Halloween show featuring Hillbilly Hellcats, DJ El Weedo, vintage hot rods, and more. 9 p.m. Call 602-788-4574.
Chasers Bar & Nightclub 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale www.chaserslive.com evil's Night Costume Bash with music from A Few Random Drunks, The Elders UK, Dimonet, R.A.G.I.D., and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 480-945-4985.
e4 4282 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale www.e4-az.com Twice as Nice Halloween Bash featuring DJ Breez on the decks and a sexy costume contest with $500 cash prizes. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 480-970-3325.
Rhythm Room 1019 E. Indian School Rd. www.rhythmroom.com Sonorous performs spooky old-timey tunes and Black Sabbath covers, with support from Voodoo Organist and Cascabel. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $8. Call 602-265-4842.
The Rogue Bar 423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale www.myspace.com/theroguebar The Nightmare Before Halloween with music from The Strand, Treasure Mammal, The Unfamiliar, and Talk Fiction. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 480-947-3580.
Rogue West 3593 W. Northern Ave. www.myspace.com/roguewest Psychobilly bands The Koffin Kats, and Buried in Red perform. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31
Alwun House 1204 E. Roosevelt St. www.alwunhouse.org The annual Monsters Ball Halloween Fundraiser and Costume Party features readings of Edgar Allan Poe's writings by Planet Poe Players, DJs, performance artists, dancing, cabaret and burlesque, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar, and more. 21 and over only. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. While there, enjoy the annual "Monster's Menagerie" group exhibit, consisting of "evil, satirical, edgy, dangerous, otherworldly, and fantasy" works of art. Call 602-253-7887.
Biltmore Fashion Park 24th St. & Camelback Rd. The "Movies in the Park" series screens the 1960 Hitchcock classic Psycho. 7:30 p.m. Free. Call 602-955-1963.
Chandler Cinemas 2140 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Broadway Bound & Gagged, the local troupe of Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow-casters, will present two performances of the cult classic on Friday and Saturday, each featuring "virgin sacrifices," games, costume contests, and surprises. Not recommended for those under 17 without adult accompaniment. 8 and 11 p.m. $7. Call 602-502-8421 or visit www.azrocky.com.
The Clubhouse Music Venue 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe www.clubhousegigs.com The hip-hop artists of The Mighty Underdogs and Zion I are scheduled to perform. 9:30 p.m. $18. Call 480-968-3238 or visit um.ducatking.com.
Craftsman Court Massacre Craftsman Ct. between 3rd & 5th Avenues, Scottsdale Dos Gringos and ACME Bar & Grill team up to provide a horrific Halloween-night extravaganza and block party featuring haunted houses, DJ Switch and DJ Design blasting out the jams, $3 SoCo and Bud Lights, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-423-3800.
The Dagger Deathrace II www.thedaggerzone.com The second annual Halloween night "alleycat" is part bike race and part scavenger hunt, with cyclists cruising on Valley streets and participating in kooky and spooky tasks. Top finishers take home prizes from such sponsors as Sabre Sunglasses, Vans, F.B.M., and Dong Bong. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website the day of the event for starting time and location.
District Stage at Tempe Marketplace 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Rolling Rock Halloween Bash with performances by rockers Hoobastank and Saving Abel. 8 p.m. Call 480-966-9338.
Fiesta Inn Resort 2100 S. Priest Dr., Tempe The Hollywood Sexy Horror Party offers a chance to interact with a slew of B-list superstars, including Michael Biehn, Todd Bridges, Diamond Dallas Page, and others. Photo ops, autograph sessions, live entertainment, giveaways, a celebrity-judged costume contest for prizes, and other activities are planned. 5 p.m. $65. Visit www.azhorrorparty.com.
Ghost Ball Block Party Indian Plaza, between Buckboard Road and Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale An estimated 10,000 costumed revelers will be in attendance at this ginormous fete encompassing Axis/Radius and Suede, including numerous VIPs, celebrities, and other glitterati. A costume contest will hand out $10,000 in cash and prizes (for best overall costume, best group, and sexiest), while local rockers EastonAshe and five different DJs will perform. 8 p.m. $20 pre-sale. Call 480-284-6033 for VIP packages and skybox rentals, or visit www.axis-radius.com.
Fifth Avenue & Madison Event Center 441 W. Madison St. "Trick or Beatz" rave featuring DJs spinning on three stages, prize giveaways, a costume contest, and more. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $20 in costume, $25 without. Call 602-919-2327.
Icon Studios 1205 W. Pierce St. NunZilla's annual Halloween bash with music from the band, as well as Dephinger, Vacation to Kill the Nation, and more. 9 p.m. $7. Call 602-253-8884.
Marquee Theatre 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe www.luckymanonline.com The Kottonmouth Kings stage their "Halloweed" concert, which also includes sets by (hed) p.e., Big B and Dirtball, Subnoize Souljaz, and Short Dawg. 6:30 p.m. $26 in advance, $30 day of. Call 480-829-0707.
Mondrian Scottsdale 7353 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale www.mondrianscottsdale.com The Red Bar inside the chic Scottsdale hotel will host a comic book-themed affair with local DJs dropping the beats, while the patio gets transformed into a city skyline/rooftop scene where heroes can battle their nemesi. Costumes are encouraged, and a free bottle of Veuve Yellow Label Reservations will be offered to those making table reservations. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-444-0549 for reservations.
PHiX 1113 Grand Ave. www.phixgallery.com Horror-punk band Calabrese holds its annual Halloween show, with rockers Nim Vind, The Vincent Blackshadows, and Ends in Tragedy opening the show, as well as door prizes, a costume contest, and more. 7 p.m. $12. Call 602-252-7449.
The PHX Music Venue 3619 W. Camelback Rd. Juggalos will definitely wanna check out the "Nightmare in the Dark Side Cemetery" haunted house and show, which features hip-hop performances by Black Plague, MurdaCopa, LV & Famous, MobFam, and more. $4 for the haunted house (which runs from 5 to 7 p.m.), $10 for the live show (which starts at 7:30 p.m.), or $12 for both.
Scottsdale Fairmont 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale www.fairmont.com Swankiness abounds at the über-elegant Haunted Hotel Halloween, which takes place inside the resort's Stone Rose Lounge. Old Hollywood glamour will mix with spooky vintage décor (à la the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland) as piano players and DJs provide a scary soundtrack. Tarot card readers, fortune tellers, classic cocktails, celebrity guests, and a premier costume contest with more than $1,000 in prizes are also on tap. 8 p.m. Free. Call 480-419-3190 for table and bottle service.
The Wrigley Mansion 2501 E. Telawa Trail www.wrigleymansionclub.com Wicked Night at the Wrigley party with music by the Chris Parker Project, Shirley's Temple, and local DJs, as well as a costume contest for prizes, food, drink specials, and more. 21 and over. 8 p.m. $50 per person. Call 602-553-7382.
BARS & CLUBS
Barcelona 15440 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale The Dirty's Vampires & Vixens Halloween Weekend on both Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1, featuring a costume contest for $3,500 in cash and prizes each night (registration at 8 p.m.), a VIP reception from 8-10 p.m. (RSVP required), Grey Goose and Bacardi Bottle service specials with advance reservation, and more. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 (or free for ladies in costume). Call 480-603-0370.
Barwinkles 5930 W. Greenway Rd., Glendale Kick Ass Halloween Party with music from Harry Brown, as well as costume contest featuring prizes for the best group, sexiest, scariest, and the people's choice. Open until 2 a.m. 602-938-9330.
Big Fish Pub 1945 E. University Dr., Tempe www.myspace.com/azbigfish Halloween Night Party with rock from Oblige, Fracture Point, Swarmed, Forktung, and Treble Hook Company. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 480-449-3474.
Bikini Lounge 1502 Grand Ave. Big Halloween Bash with a DJ, prize giveaways, a costume contest, and tons of fun. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-252-0472.
Blue Agave Mexican Cantina 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale www.blueagavemexicancantina.com Costume contest with a cash prize, DJ Pete on the decks starting at 9 p.m., appearances by the Jäger and Three Olives girls, and more. Open until 2 a.m. $5. Call 480-419-6375.
Boulders on Broadway 530 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe www.bouldersonbroadway.com Enjoy $2 domestic drafts and $1.25 domestic cans all day long. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-921-9431.
Cadillac Ranch 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., No. 2105, Tempe www.cadillacranchhome.com "Haunted Hoedown" with live bands, jams provided by DJ Randy, a costume contest, and more, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 480-894-1111.
Casa Blanca Sports Lounge & Nightclub 1801 W. Van Buren St. www.myspace.com/cbsnightclub A costume party and dance will be held. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-941-7788.
Casey Moore's Oyster House 850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe Drink specials, costumed revelers, and "all your favorite spirits" await at this haunted Tempe bar. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-968-9935.
Catch 22 Sports Grill 18725 N. 32nd St. www.catch22phx.com A costume contest with prizes for best male and female, $4 you-call-its, $3 Corona and Corona Lights, and $2 domestic drafts. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-482-9222.
CK's Tavern & Grill 4142 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix www.ckgrill.com Costume contest for cash prizes, drink specials, and music from Chuck E. Baby. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-706-5564.
Club Central 3121 N. 3rd Ave. www.clubcentralphx.com Halloween costume party with a happy hour from 4-8 p.m., 2-for-1 drinks, a free buffet, dancing, and a costume contest for prizes. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-200-8121.
Club Dwntwn 702 N. Central Ave. Halloween party with a costume contest, $3 well drinks, and DJ Big Latin spinning hip-hop and Top 40. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Ladies free, $5 for guys. Call 602-258-8343.
Club Mardi Gras & VooDoo Lounge 8040 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale www.myspace.com/mardigrasbar Halloween Metal Bash with bar money prizes for the scariest costume and rock from Pelvic Meatloaf, Mission G, Rejected Faith, and Altered Science. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 480-970-5707.
Club Palazzo 710 N. Central Ave. www.clubpalazzo.net Get gothed out at Tranzylvania's annual Halloween Bash, where DJ noiz.fkr and DJ AKA provide industrial and darkwave beats and the best costume gets $200. 9:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. $7. Call 602-229-1150.
Club Red 2155 E. University Dr., Tempe www.myspace.com/clubredlive Happy Helloween Party with tribute rock from Too Fast For Love, B/S, and Ozzmosis. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 480-966-4733.
Cocomo Joe's 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. www.cocomojoes.com Have a ghoulish good time with rock from The Instant Classics, drink specials, giveaways, and a costume contest offering prizes for those sexiest, goriest, and best overall get-ups. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-538-8008.
Coconut Club Bar & Grill 414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe www.coconutclubbargrill.com Halloween blowout with drink specials, giveaways, costume contests, and DJs spinning hip-hop and Top 40. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-966-2228.
Crabby Don's 3861 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert www.myspace.com/crabbydons Local rockers Roveen, Denial Method, Awaking the Fallen, The Machine and Me, Inprana, and Efshu will be in the house, with shot specials offered all night. 8 p.m. Call 480-558-7540 for cover.
Deemo's 2501 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 30 www.deemosaz.com Halloween party with a karaoke DJ, costume contest for prizes, $2 Coronas, $4 wells, and $5 Jäger and Patron shots. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-381-6870.
Devil's Martini 4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale www.devilsmartini.com "Evil" party with penny drinks all night and DJ Kilo spinning Top 40 and dance music. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $40 per person. Call 480-947-4873.
Dos Gringos Mesa 1958 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa www.dosgringosaz.com Scare up some fun at the DOSbusters party with such devilicious drink specials as Jell-O slime shots and $2 Dos Equis from 5-7 p.m., a DJ and dancing, bobbing for limes, a costume contest and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-633-5525.
Dos Gringos Trailer Park 1001 E. 8th St., Tempe www.dosgringosaz.com Experience the "Nightmare on 8th Street" with cash prizes for the most clever and sexiest costumes, drink specials, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-968-7879.
EJ's Sports Bar & Grill 8830 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale www.myspace.com/ejssportsbar Costume contest for cash prizes, raffles for tattoos and piercings from Alley Kat Tattoo, and rock from Dirty Dan and the Distributors, Buried in Red, Voodoo Swing, and others. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 623-939-6804.
Fanatics Sports Grill 3202 E. Greenway Pkwy. Costume contest with $500 in cash prizes, $1.50 domestic pints, $4 bombers, $1 off all liquor drinks, half-off all appetizers until 1:30 a.m., DJ Marverlous, and more 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-569-0621.
Forbidden Nightclub 6820 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale www.forbiddenaz.com Forbidden Halloween Party with specials like 2-for-1 Skyy drink specials, a performance by drag artist Kiki, a costume contest, and more. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-994-5176 for cover.
Flicka's Baja Cantina 2003 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Raven's Masquerade Ball 2006 featuring a complimentary buffet dinner at 7 p.m., music from DJ Tyger and the Chris Parker Project at 10 p.m., a costume contest at 11:30 p.m. with cash prizes, and tarot card reading throughout the evening. Open until 2 a.m. No cover. Call 480-945-3618.
George & Dragon 4240 N. Central Ave. Costume contest for cash prizes, drink specials, and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-241-0018.
The Goat Head Saloon 1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa www.goatheadsaloon.com Local jam band Xtra Ticket will hold its Halloween Fest at the club. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-464-8030 for cover.
Graham Central Station 7850 S. Priest Dr., Tempe www.grahamcentralstationtempe.com Halloween Party with 50-cent well drinks and longnecks from 5 to 9 p.m., $3 Coors and Coors Light after 9 p.m., DJs spinning in three separate clubs, a costume contest with a $1,000 cash prize, and more. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 after 7 p.m. Call 480-496-0799.
Hardtailz Bar & Grill 16816 N. 35th Ave. www.hardtailz.com Hardtailz Halloween Costume Bash with a costume contest, giveaways, prizes, and rock by Angry Jon. Call 602-863-3474.
Harold's Cave Creek Corral 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek www.haroldscorral.com Harold's Halloween party with a costume contest at 11 p.m. for cash prizes, country music by Mogollon, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-488-1906.
Hidden House 607 W. Osborn Rd. Halloween Funk Fest with drink specials and no cover for ladies before 11 p.m., prizes for best costume, and DJs Al Page and Kimmie K. on the ones and twos. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 602-266-1763.
Hollywood Alley 2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa www.myspace.com/hollywoodalley Celebrate with music from Liquid Led, Fred Green, Melobean, and Shanty Town Rockers. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 480-820-7117.
Homme Lounge 138 W. Camelback Rd. www.myspace.com/phoenixhomme Skullz and Bonez Party with live art, skull face painting, drink specials, and performances from Silver Medallion and Fashen Boom Kids, as well as dance jams spun by Party Foul! DJs Kevin the Makeout Bandit, Craig Citizen, Bigie, Epidemic, and BC/AD. Free before 10 p.m., $6 until midnight, and $8 after.
Hotel San Carlos 202 N. Central Ave. The big and beautiful ladies of Club FullFilled present their Thick & Twisted Halloween Party in the Copper Door Lounge featuring haunted hotel tours, an appetizer menu, valet parking, drink specials, cleavage shots, music from DJ Remix, and a costume contest with a $200 grand prize hotel package. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 602-391-0678.
Iguana Mack's Arizona Roadhouse 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler www.iguanamacks.com Halloween blowout with five different costume contests for cash prizes and DJ L-Ectric spinning the hits. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-899-6735.
J-Heads 5110 E. McDowell Rd. www.myspace.com/vivasid Punk Rock Halloween Bash with a free taco bar, costume contest for prizes, $2 kamikazes and beers, and music from F.Y.I., One Last Peace, Rez of War, Beatnik Bombers, Via Vengeance, VW Trainwreck, and others. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 602-225-0307.
Last Exit 1425 W. Southern Ave., Tempe www.lastexitlive.com Rock 'n' Roll Halloween Bash and Costume Party with drink specials, a costume contest for prizes, and music from Los Guys; Let Go; The Loveblisters; Scotty Johnson; and Sleepwalk, a Robot. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $7. Call 480-557-6656.
The Lost Leaf 914 N. 5th St. www.thelostleaf.org Music from the Black Bear Ensemble, Djentrification, and others, as well as a costume contest for cash prizes ($150 first, $100 second, $50 third). 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-252-4168.
Macayo's 4001 N. Central Ave. Costume contest for prizes, drink specials, free buffet until 10 p.m., and DJ Big Latin and DJ Jose spinning Top 40. 4 p.m.-midnight. $5 cover after 7 p.m. Call 602-264-6141.
Maloney's on Shea 8608 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale www.maloneystavern.com Third annual Heaven and Hell Party with 2-for-1 drink specials, a costume contest, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-889-3122 for cover.
Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife 4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale www.marcssportsgrillandnightlife.com Fifth annual "Nightmare on Marc's Street," featuring a costume contest with prizes for the funniest, scariest, most creative, sexiest, and best overall outfits, as well as shot and drink specials, giveaways by the Pucker Girls, DJs, dancing, and karaoke. Happy hour prices all day, with the party starting at 9 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. $5. Call 623-842-1053.
Martini Ranch 7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale www.martiniranchaz.net Halloween Masquerade Ball featuring a costume contest for cash prizes ($1,000 first, $500 second, $250 third), a chance to win a trip for two to the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, and live music from Metalhead and Ronin Meyer. Drink specials include $3 SoCo and lime, $3.50 Heineken and Heineken Light, and $5 SoCo hurricanes. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-970-0500 for cover.
The Matador 125 E. Adams St. www.matador2go.com Get your drink on at Caliente Chica's Halloween Bash with $2 Coronas and AMFs until 11 p.m., and $2 Bud Lights until 1 a.m. DJs AL3, Dave, and the Manic Hispanic will be spinning, and a costume contest, prize drawing for a trip for two, and giveaways are also planned. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 after 10 p.m. Call 602-254-7563.
McDuffy's Grille Chandler 980 E. Pecos Rd., Suite 5, Chandler www.mcduffys.com Time travel back to the '80s and '90s during the Halloween Flashback Party featuring classic music videos and movies, $2 domestic pints, $3 you-call-it liquors, and DJ Sean in the mix. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-966-8200.
McDuffy's Peoria 15814 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria www.mcduffys.com Sixth annual Monster Bash with DJs, dancing, $2 Witches Brew, $5 Monster Martinis, and a huge costume contest with $800 in cash prizes. Open until 2 a.m. Call 623-334-5000 for cover.
Myst 7340 E. Shoeman Ln., Scottsdale www.mystaz.com Haunted House 7340 with DJs Discojunk and Tranzit spinning in the main room, while DJ Thomas James and Hades Underworld rock the Ballroom. Patrons with the best costumes can win tickets to Deadmau5's December gig. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 480-970-5000.
Mulligan's Brick Bar 7318 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale Halloween House Party where "anything but clothes goes" and DJ Rolemodel spins Top 40 and hip-hop. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-947-8188.
O'Brien's Sports Bar 7829 N. 35th Ave. Rumble Cat's Halloween Party with the Rhythm Dragons, Say When, and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-841-3980.
O'Kelley's Sports Bar & Grill 2120 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa Costume contest for prizes ($250 first, $100 second, and a "special prize" for third), music from 68 Guns, and more. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-756-6069.
Palo Verde Lounge 1015 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe Drop by this Tempe dive for $1 Jell-O shots and punk rock from The Jitters, D-Unit, Big Vinny and the Cattle Thieves, and The Dead Boats. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-968-9221.
Phase 54 1700 W. Drake Dr., Tempe www.phase54.com Tricks and Treats Halloween Extravaganza with the Phase 54 girls dancing on the bar and music from One Body Too Many, Dwncyde, Arvins Garden, Kult of Thorn, Aviledescent, Waking Avalon, The Spider Hole, Downright Wicked, and other bands. A costume contest for cash prizes, body shots, and giveaways are also planned. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 after 8 p.m. Call 480-551-3970.
Pussycat Lounge 4426 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale www.pclaz.com Debauchery awaits at this Scottsdale hotspot, with phat beats from D-JR, drink specials, and a costume contest. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-481-3100 for cover.
Rhythm Room 1019 E. Indian School Rd. www.rhythmroom.com Blues-A-Ween Halloween Blues Bash with music from the Big Pete Pearson Blues Band. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $7. Call 602-265-4842.
The Rogue Bar 423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale www.myspace.com/theroguebar Time warp back to the days of Reagan during RETROSPECT'S Thriller '80s Halloween Dance Party with DJ Nfin8 on the turntables. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $3. Call 480-947-3580.
Roxy's Great Escape 4228 E. Indian School Rd. Halloween party with a $100 prize for the best costume, drink specials, and more. 8 p.m. Call 602-954-9607.
The Sets 93 E. Southern Ave., Tempe www.thesets.com Zombie Rodeo hosted by Marcus Meng of "Into the Pit" and featuring raffles, prizes, and rock from The Iris, From Dark, [sic]monic, Shallowpoint, Jason Society, Archaic Cessation, and more. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-829-1822 for cover.
Salty Señorita Four Valley locations www.saltysenorita.com Salty Senorita's Spooktacular Bash will go down at each location, featuring $7 Don Eduardo Scissorhands Magical Margaritas, $2 Tuaca Apple pie shots, $4 SoCo shots, mariachis, celebrity-judged costume contests for cash prizes, DJs, dancing, ice luges, and more 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-946-7258.
San Felipes Cantina 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe www.sanfelipescantina.com Halloween party with free schwag, DJs, drink specials, and a costume contest for cash prizes ($300 for first, $150 for second, $75 for third). Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-736-8226.
Shady's 2701 E. Indian School Rd. Costume contest, cash prizes, "scary" drink specials, and plenty of rockin' tunes from the jukebox. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-956-8998.
Silver Martini & Wine 136 E. Washington St. www.myspace.com/silver136 Local hip-hop star Willy Northpole will work the mic at Silver's Halloween party hosted by Power 98.3's Tio Gio and featuring DJ SOO on the turntables. Specials like $1 drafts, $4 Red Bulls drinks, and $5 Hennessy drinks run until 11 p.m.; and the scariest, sexiest and most authentic costumes will each get a $300 bar tab. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-618-2908 for cover.
Six Lounge 7316 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale The Scary Sexy Monster's Ball featuring gift bags for the first 100 ladies through the door, free Scary Stew shots until 11 p.m., music from DJ Masta Monk, and $500 cash prizes for each of the sexiest, scariest, and most creative costumes. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-663-6620 for cover.
Steel Horse Saloon 1818 E. Bell Rd. www.steelhorsesaloon.com Halloween Bash featuring music from Cell Phone Cowboys, a costume contest with cash prizes, drink specials, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-942-8778.
Stray Cat Bar & Grill 2433 E. University Dr., Tempe Local psychobilly band Creepsville 666 and the punks of Stitch Hopeless and the Sea Legs will perform. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-967-1040 for cover.
Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro 1809 N. Dysart Rd., Avondale www.tastingswb.com Halloween Dance Party where patrons wearing costumes get their first glass of wine free. Jesse the DJ provides the music. 8-11 p.m. Call 623-536-6600.
Tom Ryan's 70 W. Warner Dr., Chandler www.myspace.com/tomryanslounge Killer Halloween Party featuring a costume contest with $100 each for the most creative, sexiest, and creepiest outfits, as well as music from Urban Country. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-792-1699.
TT Roadhouse 2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale Halloween bash with a costume contest for prizes, "scary" drink specials, and the "best fuggin' jukebox in the Valley." Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-947-8723.
Upper Deck Sports Grill 4224 N. Craftsman Ct. www.upperdecksportsgrill.com Partake in shot specials, live music, and a costume contest at this Scottsdale club. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-941-9333.
Vine Tavern 801 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe This popular hangout for ASU students offers "scary-oake," a costume contest for cash prizes, and more. 9 p.m. Call 480-894-2662.
The Well Bar 2623 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale www.thewellbar.net This Scottsdale joint becomes "The Hell Bar" for the night and offers $2 domestics and wells all day, with a costume contest later that night. 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-423-7087.
Whiskey River Saloon 3202 E. Greenway Rd. Halloween Bash offering 75-cent cocktails and beers until 10 p.m., a costume contest with $500 in prizes for sexiest, funniest, and scariest outfits. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover before 8 p.m. Call 602-867-2802.
Yucca Tap Room 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe www.yuccatap.com Costume party with prizes, giveaways, and music from The Necronauts, Minibosses, Stereotyperider, Babaluca, and Man About a Dog. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-967-4777.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Grave Inf3kt3d www.hellguide.com Slam-dance until dawn at this all-night party boasting industrial music from Sang.Rael and L.A.'s Mankind is Obsolete, as well as a spin sessions by Forsaken is Dead, Substation, K.O.R.E., Cytheria, and other DJs. 9 p.m.-5 a.m. $15 pre-sale. Call 602-501-5466 the night of the event for the location.
The Happening at Copper Square Fifth Street between Garfield and Roosevelt Streets The daylong event features the Downtown Phoenix Loft and Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the "What's Happening" Street Expo with vendors, food, and entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m.; live entertainment from street performers, musicians, and participants in the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts from 4 to 7 p.m.; the parade itself starting at 7 p.m.; a downtown pub crawl starting at 9 p.m.; a fireworks show at 10 p.m.; and more. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (with the pub crawl running until 2 a.m.). Admission is free for the expo and parade, $8 for the Loft and Home Tour, and $12 pre-sale ($15 day of event) for the pub crawl). Visit www.coppersquare.com/happening.
Mesa Arts Center 1 E. Main St., Mesa Dia de Los Muertos celebration featuring a community altar, live music and entertainment, food and drink, jewelry, arts and crafts, themed workshops, and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (also runs noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2.) Call 480-644-6501.
Tradiciones 1650 E. Roosevelt St. Artwork from local artists, traditional Mexican and Aztec dance performances, complimentary Hornitos cocktails and tequila-infused hors d'oeurves, a bartender tequila competition, and more. 6 p.m. $10 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 602-254-1719.
Wildhorse Ranch Rescue 11811 S. Lindsay Rd., Gilbert www.wildhorseranchrescue.com Party with the ponies at the ranch's Halloween Costume Party and Fundraiser with food and drinks, prizes, an outdoor bar, live music, barn tours, and a chance to meet the horses. Entertainment includes hypnotist Pattie Freeman the Hypnotist, music from singer Ritchie Rhinehardt, and a special blues jam hosted by Blind Ronnie's House of Blues. 7 p.m. $12. Call 866-928-8007.
BARS & CLUBS
Coach & Willie's 412 S. 3rd St. www.coachandwillies.com Ritmo Latino Halloween Fiesta with DJs AL3, Big Latin, and NERD, as well as a costume contest, prizes, giveaways, and more. Drink specials include $1 drafts, $2 wells, $3 Budweisers. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 after 10 p.m. Call 602-254-5272.
Devil's Martini 4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale www.devilsmartini.com Halloween Hangover Party with a costume contest with prizes for best individual and best group (including free access to a VIP cabana). 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 for guys after 10 p.m. Call 480-947-4873.
J-Heads 5110 E. McDowell Rd. www.myspace.com/vivasid The dive bar will host the Dia de Los Muertos Rockabilly versus Psychobilly Blowout. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 602-225-0307.
Rounders Card Club 1290 N. Scottsdale Rd., No. 122, Tempe Halloween Party with a costume contest, prizes, giveaways, and more. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-638-2582.
Tom Ryan's 70 W. Warner Dr., Chandler www.myspace.com/tomryanslounge Country musician Nathan Dean performs a special show. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-792-1699.
Yucca Tap Room 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe www.yuccatap.com Post-Halloween Costume Party with music from The Liar's Handshake, and others. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-967-4777.
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