Fear and Fun in Phoenix

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The Sets
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.



Alwun House
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.

AREA Phoenix
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

Atomic Comics
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.

Chandler Cinemas
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

The Happening at Copper Square
Second Street between Washington and Jefferson streets
The daylong urban event features the Downtown Phoenix Loft and Home Tour from 11 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. 11 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.copper

The Icehouse
429 W. Jackson St.
Rock on until the break of dawn at theFright Night rave featuring 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. Arena
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

Paper Heart
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
Downtown Phoenix
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. 4-10 p.m. Visit the MySpace site for more info.

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