Scare City: What To Do and Where To Go on Halloween

The late Michael Jackson was not only the King of Pop. He used to be our personal King of Halloween. If you were a child of the '80s, like us, chances are better than good that you, too, dressed as Jacko for All Hallows' Eve during your grade-school years (back when it was cool, not creepy, to mimic the white-gloved one). Then there's the fact the cat penned "Thriller," one of the greatest Halloween songs ever written. It seemed every costume ball and haunted house was blasting that epic hit during the Reagan years.

Nothing much has changed in the past 25 years, and it's guaranteed that a slew of scary soirees and masquerade balls going on around the Valley will probably be putting the song on repeat, especially given Michael's untimely passing earlier this year. There are even gonna be a few Jackson tribute parties going down during Halloween weekend, and we've got the 411 on all of them, as well as all the other freaky fetes scheduled to occur between Thursday, October 29, and Saturday, October 31. We've compiled them all into out annual guide of all things ghoulish and ghastly, which you can peep below.


Special Events


Halloween Guide

Dodge Theatre
400 W. Washington St.
Dreadlocked shock rocker Rob Zombie has built his career on all things scary and spooky, so watching him perform during the Halloween season seems only fitting. Psychobilly legends Nekromantix open the evening. 8 p.m. $35. Visit

MADCAP Theaters
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
The Midnite Movie Mamacita presents a two-night screening of "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany 1988 flick UHF. 8 p.m., $8. Call 480-634-5192.

Phoenix Theatre's Little Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd.
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 6. Call 602-254-2151.

Bars & Clubs

7340 E. Shoeman Ln., Scottsdale
Superstar house DJ/producer Erick Morillo will spin at the Scottsdale nightspot. DJ Tranzit, Gusto, Pete "Supermix" Salaz, MCB, and Benjamin Cutswell are also on the lineup. 9 p.m., $27. Call 480-970-5000.

RA Sushi Mesa
1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa
Boo Bash 2009 featuring food and drink specials, signature cocktails, drum sets by Get 'Em Sons, beats from DJ J. Paul, a costume contest for the grand prize of a one night stay at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort, and penny drinks from 9 to 10 p.m. for those in costume. 9 p.m. Call 480-632-9500.

RA Sushi Tempe
411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
RA-cky Horror Halloween Bash with food and drink specials, spooky signature cocktails, DJ Playboy spinning hot tracks, a costume contest prizes (including a $25 RA gift certificate), and more. Costumed customers also get a complimentary order of Devil's Edamame (one per table). 7 p.m. Call 480-303-9800.


Special Events

MADCAP Theaters
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
The Midnite Movie Mamacita presents a two-night screening of "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany 1988 flick UHF. 8 p.m. $8. Call 480-634-5192.

Marquee Theatre
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers start a two-night stint at the Marquee with a "When in Rome" toga party and costume contest with local support from Telescope. 6:30 p.m. $25. Call 480-829-0707 or visit

Soul Invictus Gallery & Cabaret
1022 Grand Ave.
The Arizona Curriculum Theater wraps up its production of Poe, a drama about infamous macabre scribe Edgar Allan Poe that includes reinterpretations of his stories "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado." (Also runs on Saturday, Oct. 31) 8 p.m. $15. Visit

Bars & Clubs

16th Street Sports Bar
6522 N. 16th St.
Scary movies on big screens, drink specials, and prizes for best costume. 9:30 p.m. Call 602-285-5555.

Cherry Lounge and Pit
411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
The lovely ladies of Scandalesque will stage a special evening sinful entertainment, including burlesque, comedy, and outlandish variety acts. Moms will even get into the action, as the event features the debut of Scandalesque MYLF (a.k.a. Mothers You Love Forever) Class. A costume contest with more than $500 in cash and prizes for best individual and best group will also occur, and $3 black cherry vodka drinks are available all night. 8 p.m. $12. Call 480-298-1384.

5110 E. McDowell Rd.
G.G. Elvis, the SoCal punk tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll featuring members of NOFX and Lagwagon, performs with The Freeze, Bro-Loaf, and NunZilla. 8 p.m. Call 602-275-1039 for cover.

K O'Donnell's
14850 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale
This north Scottsdale eatery will offer a Halloween Costume Bash with drink specials, DJs, and cash and prizes worth $300 for the best outfits. 7 p.m. Call 480-922-7200.

7340 E. Shoeman Ln., Scottsdale
Chicago's Felix da Housecat headlines Haunted House 7340. 9 p.m. $10-$25. Call 480-970-5000.

710 N. Central Ave.
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 a cash prize. 8:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. $7. Call 602-229-1150.

PHX Nightclub
122 E. Washington St.
Get some hump-bumpin' action at the Players Ball and Costume Party, where DJs Robby Rob and Illmatic will spin hip-hop, R&B, and neo-soul all evening. 9 p.m.; free before 11 p.m. for those in costume. Call 602-373-0600.

The Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Flathead presents the Night Before Halloween Bash with guests Los Guys, The Bitten, and others. 8 p.m. Call 480-966-9565 for cover.

25 W. Van Buren St.
Goons & Goonettes/ASU Halloween Bash with music from DJ KH, costume contest with $100 cash prize, and more. 9:30 p.m.; $5 for guys and free for ladies until 11 p.m. Call 602-252-3858.


Special Events

Alwun House
1204 E. Roosevelt St.
It wouldn't be an All Hallows' Eve without the Alwun House's annual Monsters Ball Halloween Fundraiser and Costume Party. This year, the centerpiece of the party will be the "Dark Noir Cabaret Show" performed by the Provocatease burlesque troupe. Hors d'oeuvres, dancing, and other freaky fun are also planned. 21 and over only. 7 p.m. $9 in advance, $13 at the door. As always, the annual "Monster's Menagerie" group exhibit (consisting of a "thrilling range of dark and moody to humorous art") will be on display in the gallery. Call 602-253-7887.

Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson
13850 N. Cave Creek Rd.
The Halloween & Harleys hootenanny promises live music, museum tours led by Buddy himself, free food and drink, a pool tournament, costume contest with a $150 gift card first prize, "ghoulish treats," and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 602-971-3400.

9445 N. Metro Parkway East
How are your Guitar Hero skills? Test your abilities by entering a tournament on the arcade version of the game (in expert mode) with the winner taking home $250, Guitar Hero for the Xbox 360, and a trophy. Registration is $15 and starts at 10 a.m. with the tournament starting at noon. Call 602-997-7575.

Centerpoint Tempe
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Benefiting the St. Mary's Food Bank, the Mill Avenue Halloween Festival and Food Drive will feature vendors, raffles, and music from Hans Olson, Sidney Sprague, What Laura Says, Courtney Marie Andrews, and Mary Hoffman with Darin Mahoney. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free (but donations of canned and dry goods, personal hygiene items, and cleaning products are encouraged.) Visit

The Clubhouse Music Venue
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
Simi Valley punkers Strung Out perform with local support from Pour Habit, Raina-Fire, and the horror rockers of Calabrese. 7 p.m. $15. Visit

Club Red
2155 E. University Dr., Tempe
Bust out your Boba Fett costume as nerdcore superstar MC Chris stages a Halloween show with Whole Wheat Bread, I Fight Dragons, and Captain Squeegee. 8 p.m. $12-$13. Call 480-966-4733.

The Dagger Deathrace III
Don't be alarmed if you see bike-riding hooligans traversing the Valley dressed in costume; they're just participating in the third-annual Halloween-night "alleycat" and scavenger hunt for prizes. E-mail, or visit the Web site the day of the event for starting time and location.

The Dhaba
1874 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Come to the restaurant dressed as a British explorer or in any other period dress from the Colonial India period and get a chance at winning an award for best costume. 7-10 p.m. Call 480-446-2824.

The G-Spot
1906 E. McDowell Rd.
Day of the Dead concert with hard rock from Spineshank, From Dark, The Sammus Theory, The Deliverance, Archaic Cessation, Sins Reflection, and Hard Way Down. 6:30 p.m., $11. Visit

Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
The Haunted Hotel Ball, a long-running Chicago Halloween experience, creeps into Phoenix for a night of beastly beat-mixing by the trio of DJ Tranzit, Mr. P-Body, and DJ Slippe. A "virtual" costume contest offers $1,000 in cash and prizes. 8 p.m. $20. Visit

MADCAP Theaters
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Help support both Radio Phoenix and local music during the Frock 'N' Roll "live band fashion show" with performances by Dry River Yacht Club, Dylan Thomas and Pals, 36 Cents and a Dream, Strange Young Things, Colorstore, Hooves, Coats & Villa, Black River Bandit, Lisa Savidge, The Premiere, Tremulants, Terra Firma, Dakota Jeane, and Möbius. 7 p.m., $15. A screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show immediately follows. Call 480-634-5192.

Marquee Theatre
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers throw a "'70s Night" party and costume contest with guests The Dorsets. 6:30 p.m., $25. Call 480-829-0707 or visit

Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St., Mesa
Fete the dearly departed in at this ginormous Dia de los Muertos celebration that will take up the entire MAC complex. Mucho entertainmiento and activities are scheduled for the two-day event, including mariachi groups and traditional musicians, folklorico dancing, workshops and artist demonstrations, sugar skull-making classes and other arts and crafts, altar viewing, food and drink, vendors, educational workshops, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Also runs noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, November 1). Free. Call 480-644-6500.

Modified Arts
407 E. Roosevelt St.
The Creepy Crawl Ball Halloween Fest will feature music from Royal Monsters, Red Son, Go Great Guns, Bad Vibe, Move Forward, and D.B. Ranch. Costumes are encouraged. 7 p.m. $8. Call 602-462-5516.

Raptor Guitars
7227 S. Central Ave.
Local hard rock outfits like St. Madness, Ozzmosis, Rokslyde, Scary Thoughts Wicked Dreams, Dinonicus, Screaming Ants, Prone to Wander, and Fabiola will sling their axes at Raptor's annual Halloween Bash. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., free (but canned good donations for St. Mary's Food Bank will be accepted). Call 602-243-8579.

Scottsdale Fairmont
7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale
Prepare yourself for the Nightmare on Princess Drive Halloween Party at the Stone Rose Lounge, which will be both swanky and spooky. The theme is "Old Hollywood Glamour" and participants are encouraged to come dressed as old-school celebs like Frank Sinatra and Greta Garbo. Other highlights include signature cocktails, music from DJ Mr. P-Body, costume contest, and more. 8 p.m., free. (A special $129 room rate and includes a complimentary Bloody Mary breakfast buffet the next day). Call 480-585-4848 for reservations and table service.

Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
The District Stage hosts an outdoor performance by Rev Theory with support from Beezlewood. 7 p.m., free. Call 480-557-0027.

Trick or Beatz 2
Flock Productions serves up its second annual all-night Halloween rave, which features spin sessions on two themed stages fom Bacteria, Mindbender, 1-2 Punch, Mondo Rocks, The Panty Droppers, The Bass Addix, DJ Gary, Spear, Jangles, and more. $20 (with $5 off for those in costume before 10:30 p.m.). Call 602-919-2327 on the night of the event for location.

Trunk Space
1506 Grand Ave.
Dr. Zombie's Movie Lab of Terror screens the infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space and offers prizes for the best costume. 8 p.m., $5. Call 602-256-6006.

Venue of Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale
Fly moves are guaranteed to get laid down at The Rise of Funkenstein dance party, which will feature DJ Wish 1 on the decks and performances by such troupes as Automatic Response, Motion Theory, Broken Toys, ASU Hip Hop Coalition, Tap 24.7, and others. 8 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 day of event. Call 480-945-5150.

The Wrigley Mansion
2501 E. Telawa Trail
Wicked Night at the Wrigley party with music by the Chris Parker Project, Rock Lobster, 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

27th Ave Bar & Grill
2038 N. 27th Ave.
DJ Moy and DJ Jarred Paul will be in the mix and a $100 cash prize will be offered for sexiest costume. 4 p.m. Call 602-272-3146.

Angels & Outlaws
6990 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
Raven's fourth annual Masquerade and Costume Ball is certain to attract many night creatures eager to dance and debauch to music from DJs Rani "g" and dk.strickler, $4 domestic beers, $5 champagne and Smirnoff cocktails, and $6 wells and wine drinks. Magician and comedian Max Krause will also perform. 8 p.m.; ladies free, guys pay $10. Call 480-991-0921.

Big Fish Pub
1954 E. University Dr., Tempe
Black Diamond Entertainment's Halloween Party featuring Vendetta, Night Shift, Old Fashioned Assassin, TI22, Truth About Lies, and Unforeseen. 7 p.m., $12. Call 480-449-3474.

The Blooze Bar
12014 N. 32nd St.
Monsters Ball Halloween Bash and Smash with heavy metal from Rüe Morgüe and a costume contest for $100. Call 602-788-4574.

Blue Agave Mexican Cantina
7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale
Get local at Blue Agave's annual Halloween Bash, which features music from DJ Alex and a costume contest for cash prizes. 10 p.m. Call 480-419-6375.

The Break Room
4729 E. McDowell Rd.
Costume Party with drink specials and prizes for the best outfit. 9 p.m. Call 602-267-1010.

BS West
7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
This Old Town gay bar hosts the massive "Taboo" indoor/outdoor party with live production numbers, celebrity appearances, costume contest with $500 in prizes, and more. 9 p.m. $20. Call 480-945-9028.

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
The party monsters of Sadisco* present their final monthly blowout "Satan* and the Last Sadisco* on Earth." This cacophony of kooky behavior and industrial mayhem features performance from Combichrist, HexRx, E.M.P., Cut Throat Freak Show, Pill Brigade, and Bound's Living Mummy. The Sadisco* DJs Squalor, $&M, ///she///, 5arah, Blonde Noize, and Vex will also spin. Limited to 400 guests. 6 p.m. $26.66. Call 480-710-0973.

CK's Tavern and Grill
4142 E. Chandler Blvd.
Halloween party with drink specials and music from NineBall. 9:30 p.m. Call 480-706-5564.

Cocomo Joes
28244 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek
Drink specials, cash prizes, and music by The Hamptons. 8 p.m. Call 480-538-8008.

Copper State Tavern
5060 W. Bethany Home Rd., Glendale
Fright Night featuring music from Aizen, Souless, Killing Spree, and others. 8 p.m. Call 623-931-5729 for cover.

Dick's Cabaret & II Dicks Cabaret
3432 E. Illini St.
2438 E. McDowell Rd.
Both flesh parlors will hold a Hallo-weenie bash with a costume contest at midnight. 10 p.m. Call 602-274-3425 or 602-437-3425 for cover.

Doc & Eddy's
909 E. Minton Dr., Tempe
More than $1,500 in cash will be awarded in 10 categories (including sexiest, scariest, most creative, and funniest) for a costume contest. 8 p.m. Call 480-831-0635.

Donna Jean's Libations
6676 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
Costume contests, drink specials, and music from Izzy Edible, Hollow, and Tell Me About the Rabbits. 9 p.m., $3. Call 623-979-7036.

Dos Gringos
4209 N. Craftsman Ct., Scottsdale
"Superheroes and Villains" Halloween Bash, featuring a staff-judged costume contest, drink specials, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-423-3800.

Dos Gringos Mesa
1958 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa
The Nightmare before Gilbert with $1 bloody Jell-O shots, $2 Freddy's Brew & $3 Nightma-ritas. DJ Styles works the wheels of steel. 8 p.m. Call 480-633-5525.

Dos Gringos South Tempe
8000 S. Priest Rd., Tempe
Sink your teeth into the Bloodlust Ball, which features $3 Blood Bath Shots, $4 SoCo Scream Shots, $3 Fang-oritas, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-753-4577.

Fat Tuesday
680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Costume contest with a grand prize of a trip for two to Cancun. 7 p.m. Call 480-967-3917.

Fuego Bar & Grill
9118 W. Van Buren St.
Costume contest for cash prizes, shot specials, and music from DJ Stixx. 10 p.m.; free for ladies, $5 for guys. Call 623-478-7300.

Ghost Ball Block Party
Indian Plaza, between Buckboard Road and Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
An estimated 8,000 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 glam rockers Hairforce and five different DJs will perform. 8 p.m. $20 pre-sale. Call 480-284-6033 for VIP packages and skybox rentals, or visit

Goat Head Saloon
1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Halloween Metal Mayhem Party with music by Skeletal Secrets, Impulsive Aggression, Frozen by Fire, Embers Rise, Vile Existence, One Body Too Many, Sectas, and Malo de Dentro. 8 p.m., $10. Call 480-464-8030.

Graham Central Station
7850 S. Priest Dr., Tempe
Halloween party with a $1,000 costume contest, and 50-cent well drinks, wines, and longnecks. 6 p.m., $8. Call 480-496-0799.

Half Moon Sports Grill
288 E. Greenway Pkwy.
Villains, vixens, and vamps will gather for the Halloween Lunar Party, which will feature a costume contest with more than $450 in cash prizes, DJs Groovetech and True Blood on the decks, and more. 9 p.m. Call 602-993-6600.

Hollywood Alley
2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa
Helloween Party with music from FutureKind, Seven Car Pileup, and others. 8 p.m. $5. Call 480-820-7117.

Horse & Hound Sports Grill
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
HO HO Halloween Bash (as in "HOrse & HOund") with music from The 11th Hour, drink specials, free poker, prizes for best costumes, and more. 7 p.m. Call 480-967-7977.

Hurricane Bay
4139 W. Bell Rd.
This westside danceteria presents the swank Ghouls Gone Wild block party, which will be populated by psychics, tarot readers, magicians, costumed hecklers, freaks of all shapes and sizes, and plenty of chicas. Live bands will perform, DJ Soulman and DJ Chris Villa will provide the beats, and a costume contest offers more than $1,000 in prizes. 7 p.m., $10. Call 602-843-6100.

The Icehouse Tavern
3855 E. Thomas Rd.
Spend your Halloween with the members of the Shizz during their Halloween party, which promises music from DJ mig50, drink specials, and a costume contest with a $50 bar tab prize. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 with costume. Call 602-244-1179.

Joe's Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St.
Halloween bash with music from -ITIS. 9 p.m., $7. Call 602-992-1007.

The Library Bar & Grill
501 S. Mill Ave.
Halloween bash with $2 Budweiser bottles, $3 Captain Morgan drinks, and music from DJ Mr. Eaton and DJ SIX-4. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-929-9002.

Lis Doon Varna Irish Pub
16100 Arrowhead Fountains Way, Peoria
Halloween costume party with promos and giveaways, music from DJ Primetime, and a prize for best costume, 5 p.m. Call 623-979-0730.

Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
Get ready for the sixth annual "Nightmare on Marc's Street," which promises a costume contest with prizes for the funniest, scariest, most creative, sexiest, best impersonator, and best overall outfits, as well as shot and drink specials, DJs, dancing, and karaoke. Happy hour prices all day, with the party starting at 9 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. Call 623-842-1053.

Maria Maria
Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
DJ Seduce will serve up some world music and funky beats during his Halloween Groove session. 9 p.m. Call 480-449-3663.

McDuffy's Grille
980 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler
Halloween Spooktacular featuring DJ St. Cali Boy, $1 Miller Lite Drafts until Midnight and other food and drink specials, and more. 9 p.m. Call 480-966-8200.

7340 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale
Have a bloody good time at "The Massacre at Myst," featuring $1,000 in cash and prizes for the sexiest and best dressed. DJ J. Alan will spin. 9 p.m. $10 pre-sale, or $25 for a three club pass (which also gets you into the Ghost Ball). Call 602-380-3141.

O'Kelley's Sports Bar & Grill
2120 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa
Costume contest for prizes, music from Rock Addix, and more. 9:30 p.m. Call 480-756-6069.

Old World Brewery
201 W. Lone Cactus Dr.
Tribute bands abound at this Halloween shindig, which features Ozzy Osbourne send-up act I Don't Know and the Iron Maiden-centric Aces High. Fortune tellers, costume contests, and other madcap fun are also planned. 7 p.m., $10. Call 623-581-3359.

Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Rd.
The Soul of John Black will perform funk and soul. 6 p.m. $12. Afterwards, Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns will also take the stage. 8 p.m. $7. Call 602-265-4842.

The Rogue Bar
423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Hipster king William Fucking Reed holds his final Shake! dance party, which coincides with the Rogue's Zombie Prom. Reed and the rest of the Shake! residents will spin, including Prince $$, Discotex, Ashley Von Meow, and PaNtYf1Sh performs a live electro set. 8 p.m., $5. Call 480-947-3580.

The Ruby Room
717 S. Central Ave.
Halloween Surf Show featuring The Van Go-Gos, The Rebel Set, The Incognitoes, and The Linoleums. Prizes will be given for the most original costumes. 8 p.m., $5. Call 602-258-6969.

Rúla Búla Irish Pub
401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
The Guinness Girls will hand out giveaways, The Love Brokers will perform, and a costume contest is planned. 9 p.m., $2. Call 480-929-9500.

The Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Hepcats and kittens will definitely dig the Halloween Rockabilly Bash with a costume contest for prizes and music from Voodoo Swing, Mad Max and the Wild Ones, Hellbound Hayride, and others. 8 p.m. Call 480-966-9565 for cover.

Sam's Café
2566 E. Camelback Rd.
Kappa Kostume Party with hip-hop and R&B tracks from DJ Unknown and DJ Marvel, $5 drink specials, game tournaments (including bid whist and dominoes), and a costume contest with separate $50 prizes for best female, male, and couple. 9 p.m.; $10 at the door with costume, $15 without. Visit

4343 N. 7th Ave.
This church-like den of debauchery will hold a costume party with trance and house music courtesy of DJ Kevin Brown. 9 p.m., $8. Call 602-264-1700.

San Felipe's Cantina
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Bone's n Ho's Shipwreck Halloween with a costume contest boasting a $500 grand prize, $250 for second place, and $100 for third. 7 p.m. Call 480-736-8226.

2701 E. Indian School Rd.
Costume contest, cash prizes, "spooky" drink specials, and plenty of rockin' tunes from the jukebox. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-956-8998.

Sign of the Whale
1706 E. Warner Rd., Tempe
Costume Texas hold'em poker tournament with no buy-in and numerous prizes (including $50 for the winner), $2.50 happy hour drinks, and more. 8:30 p.m. Call 480-777-1414.

SKYE Fine Dining & Live Entertainment
16844 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr., Peoria
Halloween Havoc featuring Property Six, Bulletboys, Bionic Jive, Halfnum, Axe Attack, Clockwork Hero, and DJ Mad Rich of 101.5 JAMZ. The sexiest and best costumes will be rewarded. $15. 7 p.m. Call 623-334-0010.

Smokey's Bar & Grill
1734 E. Main St., Mesa
Groove Nation offers R&B music, and prizes will be awarded for the best, worst, and sexiest costumes. 9 p.m. Call 480-833-1950.

Sports Center Bar & Grill
5235 S. Kyrene Rd., Tempe
Costume contest for prizes, karaoke, happy hour prices, and more. 7 p.m. Call 480-777-5088.

Steel Horse Saloon
1768 W. Bell Rd.
Halloween Bash with prizes for the best male and female costumes, drink specials, Jell-O shots, music by Cell Phone Cowboys, and more. 9:30 p.m. Call 602-942-8778.

Tilted Kilt Peoria
16840 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria
Halloween Bash with drink and shot specials, a costume contest with cash prizes, and more. 11 p.m. Call 623-486-5458.

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 Court, Scottsdale
Michael Jackson's signature hit provides the inspiration behind the Halloween Thriller, which will offer "a night of fashionable feats," as well as DJ John Blaze of the ones and twos, KNOX = MC's Scared, and a dedication to the fallen King of Pop. 10 p.m.; $5 for 21-and-over, $10 for 18-and-over. Call 480-941-9333.

Vine Expressions Wine Bar
1030 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
Halloween bash with wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. ($15 charge), drink specials, music from See Through Sally starting at 8 p.m., and awards for the best costumes. 6 p.m. Call 480-633-0730.

Whiskey River Saloon
3202 E. Greenway Rd.
Halloween bash with drink specials and a costume contest featuring $500 in cash prizes for the funniest, sexiest, scariest, and people's choice get-ups. Call 602-867-2802.

Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave.
The Necronauts put on their annual Halloween show with guests The Fuck You Ups, Fatigo, Let's Go to Fucking Hawaii, and Lost in the Sun. 9 p.m. Call 480-967-4777.


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