93 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
Halloween party with music from Playing God, Inkult, Jason Society, Beyond the Now, The Sammus Theory, Internal Defect, and Via Vengeance, as well as prizes for the first 50 attendees. Costumes are encouraged. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $11. Call 480-829-1822.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
1204 E. Roosevelt St.
The annual Monsters Ball Halloween Fundraiser and Costume Party features live entertainment, readings of Edgar Allan Poe's writings by Planet Poe, DJs, performance artists, dancing, a "monster" buffet, cash bar, and more. 21 and over only. 7 p.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. Runs through Nov. 2. Call 602-253-7887.
2102 N. 23rd Ave.
Celebrate The Monster Ball in style at this newly opened gay nightspot, with entertainment on multiple stages, costume contests, DVD giveaways, and different decorated theme rooms (including a seven-story spider web illuminated with ultraviolet lighting). DJ Lee Thornhill works the ones and twos inside, while outside, DJ Doom spins hip-hop. 21 and over only before 2 a.m., 18 and over afterwards. 9 p.m. $25. Visit www.monster-ball.com.
1120 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Geek out at the "Return of Animefest," featuring video game team tournaments, three screens of continuous anime movies and J-pop videos, giveaways, cosplay contests for prizes (for both adults and children), a performance by otaku hip-hop artist Maja, and more. Noon to midnight. Call 480-649-0807.
2140 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Broadway Bound & Gagged, the local troupe of Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcasters, will present several performances of the cult classic during the week of Halloween, each featuring "virgin sacrifices," games, costume contests, and surprises. Not recommended for those under 17 without adult accompaniment. 11 p.m. $7. Also 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Call 602-502-8421 or visit www.azrocky.com.
429 W. Jackson St.
Rock on until the break of dawn at Fright Night with a stellar array of DJs from around the Valley and around the globe spinning trance, house, drum 'n' bass, breakbeats and hardcore on several stages. The lineup includes such headliners as Philly's Michael Myers, Toronto's Freaky Flow, Belgium's Kristof, and Florida's Wutam, as well as a host of local rave scene regulars. 9 p.m. -5 a.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door before 11 p.m., $30 afterwards, $40 VIP admission. Call 602-400-4997.
9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale
Fans are encouraged to come in costume during the Phoenix Coyotes' Howl-O-Ween night, as the team squares off against the Dallas Stars. Tickets cost $11.35 to $296.35. Call 480-784-4444 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
750 Grand Ave.
Club Hell's "Noche De Los Muertos" fetish-industrial dance event, featuring music from Dawn of Ashes and The Autopsy Report, as well as spin sessions by DJVIRGO, Nfin8, Jay Cock, Geoffrey Paris, and DJ AKA. The event also includes fetish performances by TNG-AZ, mistresses from the Den of Indomitus, rope bondage by master Justin Baker, and a private play dungeon. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Call 602-262-2020.
Phoenix Parade of the Arts
Freaks, artist types, urbanites, and hepcats of every sort will join together in this massively mobile art show and parade that will find its way through Copper Square. Pre-parade music and entertainment starts at 4 p.m. outside the Collier Center (at Second and Washington streets) with the parade departing from that location at 7 p.m. The parade will include jugglers, clowns, performance artists, shopping cart floats, fire spinners, belly dancers, art cars, bicyclists, and other bizarre displays, as well performances by Portland's MarchFourth Marching Band, Sonorous, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Strange, Sonorous, World Class Thugs, and others. 4-9 p.m. Visit the MySpace site for more info.
1506 Grand Ave.
Anaya Tribal presents a special "Halloween Belly Dance" event and costume party with prizes, music, and more. 8 p.m. $10. Call 602-256-6006.
BARS & CLUBS
101 E. Jackson St.
Afterparty for the Second Annual Phoenix Parade of the Arts with music from The Biffos, and the MarchFourth Marching Band. 8 p.m. $5. Call 602-253-7337.