Fear and Fun in Phoenix

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El Toro Bravo Mexican Grill & Cantina
16041 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr., Peoria
This Peoria eatery celebrates Día de los Muertos in style with a costume contest for prizes (including a $250 prize for the "best dressed"), food and drink, a DJ, dancing, and more. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 623-773-2855.

Ghost Ball Block Party
Indian Plaza, between Buckboard Road and Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
The eighth annual Ghost Ball will be a ginormous 12,000-square-foot Halloween spectacular encompassing both Axis-Radius and Suede, and featuring a costume contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes (for best overall costume, best group, and sexiest), as well as music from EastonAshe, and a cadre of local DJs. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $20. Call 602-405-9721.

Goat Head Saloon
1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Mellow out at this Halloween party, which features music from Baraka, DJ Seduce, and other bands, plus drink specials like $2.50 pints, a costume contest with prizes, and more. 8 p.m. -2 a.m. Call 480-464-8030 for cover.

Horse & Hound Sports Grill
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
Halloween & Hammered Costume Party with music from Finding Tempe, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-967-7977.

Hurricane Bay
4139 W. Bell Rd.
Romp in the Swamp Horror Halloween Party with DJs, a costume contest, karaoke, drink specials, and more. 7 p.m. -2 a.m. $6. Call 602-843-6100.

Ibiza Blue Restaurante
1964 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Halloween Costume Dance with four bands and a DJ spinning cumbia, norteño, and merengue, as well as a costume contest for cash prizes (including $200 for first place), and more. 8:30 p.m. -2:30 a.m. $10. Call 480-821-1099.

Icon Studios
1205 W. Pierce St.
Halloween Bash #6 promising "killer kegs and costumes," as well as rock from NunZilla, Dephinger, Vacation to Kill the Nation, and Exit Wounds. 9 p.m. $7. Call 602-253-8884.

Last Exit Bar & Grill
1425 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Halloween costume party with a prize for best costume, as well as rock from Strange Young Things, Violet Wild, The Loveblisters, Pants, and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 480-557-6656.

7340 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale
Zombie Fashion Show featuring a costume contest with $1,000 in cash prizes ($500 for the sexiest, and $500 for the best overall, as well as a Jägermeister machine and complimentary bottle service in the VIP lounge for the runners-up), DJs LTK and J. Alan working the wheels of steel, and more. Drink specials include $5 Jägermonsters, $5 Frankenmeisters, and $5 Zombies. 8 p.m. -2 a.m. $15. Call 480-970-5000.

O’Kelley’s Sports Bar & Grill
2120 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa
Halloween party with a costume contest, giveaways, and music from 68 Guns. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-756-6069.

The Rogue Bar
423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Halloween Masquerade with DJ sets by the members of Shiny Toy Guns, William Fucking Reed, Jay Wiggins, and more. 9 p.m. Call 480-947-3580 for cover.

Sandbar Mexican Grill
10050 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Rock Star Resurrection Party with plenty of "raise the dead" rock 'n' roll, a costume competition with $1,000 in cash prizes, $5 Black Martinis, $3 Witches Brew, and more. 11 a.m. -2 a.m. $5. Call 480-998-8845.

The Sets
93 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
Mistress Juliya hosts a night of hard rock from Mercy Fall, Shallowpoint, Rising Conviction, From Dark, Depswa, Ghostlife, and Hero. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $11. Call 480-829-1822.

Steel Horse Saloon
1818 E. Bell Rd.
Halloween Bash featuring live music by Mad Dog, a costume contest with prizes for the best male and female costumes, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-942-8778.

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Red Light District Costume Ball offering a silent auction benefiting the Wildhorse Ranch Rescue, costume contest, vendors, hors d'oeuvres, tarot card readers, a six-piece party band, DJ RePhil spinning dance hits, music from the Chris Parker Project, and more. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 pre-sale (visit, $30 at the door, $50 without a costume. Call 480-966-9565.

Uncle Charlie’s American Grill
5285 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
Halloween party with live music, prizes for the best three costumes (being judged at 10 p.m.), and more. 6 p.m. -1 a.m. Call 602-993-5004.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.