Opening as part of the nationwide Orpheum Circuit of theaters in 1929, Phoenix’s Orpheum saw its fair share of vaudeville performers and touring Broadway productions pass through. It seems inevitable that in its storied history that eerie creaking, bumps in the night, and other imprints of the past would make themselves known. The Phoenix Ghost Tours weave the verified tales of the 1000-seat theater’s legendary past with the unexplained sights and sounds that will send a chill up your spine. Busters of ghosts are encouraged to bring their Psychokinetic Energy Meters.
Phoenix Ghost Tours spook it up at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 East Adams Street, on Friday, October 30, starting every 15 minutes from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $30. Visit www.orpheumghosttours.com. Jose Gonzalez
Gauntlet Haunted House
The aptly named Gauntlet Haunted House leads you on a tour of terror across more than 15 fear-inducing rooms, dodging creepy characters and startling special effects throughout the entire terrifying journey. Live animals, movie-quality props, fog, and brightly flashing lights work together to overload your senses. The Gauntlet folks encourage you to dress up to get in the spirit, just leave your face masks at the door. This night of fear-filled Halloween fun begins at 7 p.m. on October 30 at Golfland Sunsplash, 155 West Hampton Avenue in Mesa. Admission is $15. Call 480-834-8319 or visit www.golfland.com. Amy Young
Italian Master of Fashion Symposium
This fall, Phoenix Art Museum puts the spotlight on a wardrobe staple that defies boundaries. Your mom probably has one; dad, too. You could wear it with a ballgown, jeans, or a tuxedo. It’s simple, but can be made about a billion different ways. Give up? It’s the white shirt. More specifically, the museum is presenting a pair of exhibitions exploring the work of the late Gianfranco Ferre in “The White Shirt According to Me.” On Saturday, October 31, PAM hosts the Italian Master of Fashion Symposium beginning at 11:30 a.m. and featuring designer Ralph Rucci, Ferre foundation director Rita Airaghi, and model Tatiana Sorokko.
General admission is $60, while students pay $20. Either way, attendees must buy their tickets in advance. More information is available at www.arizonacostumeinstitute.org. Becky Bartkowski
“Frida Kahlo - Her Photos”
Frida Kahlo was often the subject of her own paintings, a reflection of the 20th century Meixcan painter’s isolation that began as she recovered from a bus accident as a teenager. While her work on canvas mixed what she saw of herself and what she felt, “Frida Kahlo - Her Photos” gives an intimate look at her daily life in and around La Casa Azul, the Mexico City abode where she lived from birth to death through what she captured on film and the way she often personalized them with written dedications or expressive alterations.
“Frida Kahlo - Her Photos” opens Saturday, October 31, at the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue. Admission is $18, and the hours run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.heard.org. Jose Gonzalez
We’re used to karaoke being mortifying, both for listeners and those testing their pipes, but terrifying? That’s a stretch.
Not so at Scaryoke, Kobalt’s fear-themed Halloween night sing-a-thon where patrons are performers and anything goes. Prizes will be awarded to the scariest singer, so dress to make ‘em scream and don’t be shy — with some of the best drag shows around, this bar is no stranger to a little makeup. So sing your guts out — and show up with them all over the place.
Already have Halloween plans? Kobalt always has weekly chances to belt like Beyoncé on Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays.
Singing starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, at 3110 North Central Avenue. No cover. Visit www.kobaltbarphoenix.com or call 602-264-5307 for more. Janessa Hilliard
Arizona State Fair
The state fair is a tradition that predates Arizona’s statehood, oddly enough (the first Arizona Territorial Fair took place in 1884). We still celebrate today with some of the same food and games – but the rides are way more fun. Get your yearly dose of funnel cake and ferris wheels rides at the Arizona State Fair, 1826 West McDowell Road, from October 16 to November 8. The full rundown of attractions includes things like a live bear show, a hypnosis comedy routine, and a large petting zoo.
On Sunday, November, 1 the Arizona State Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (though exact closure time can vary). Regular admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, with many attractions available at an additional cost. For more information, call 602-252-6771 or visit azstatefair.com. Katrina Montgomery
You might have a food baby from leftover Halloween candy, but Amy, a teenage character in Ruby Rae Spiegel’s Dry Land, has a real baby in there. She enlists her swim teammate Ester to help terminate the pregnancy. Despite the lack of a refrigerator to jump from, the two girls try out some interesting methods. The play’s about a lot more than abortion, though. It examines the fierce attachment of adolescent friendships and how mundane moments can turn crucial. ASU’s Department of Film, Dance and Theatre presents the fresh, disturbing play through Sunday, November 8, at Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 East 10th Street in Tempe. For tickets, $5 to $10, visit www.asuevents.asu.edu/dry-land or call 480-965-6447. Showtime on Sunday, November 1, 2015, is 7:30 p.m. Julie Peterson