Fear and Fun in Phoenix

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Stray Cat Bar & Grill
2433 E. University Dr., Tempe
Fright Night Halloween Party featuring a 2,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden, and two stages of music and entertainment from Sixstitch, E Bomb, Signs of Betrayal, Mission G, Ashes of Erin, Slip Micky, Cast a Stone, and others. Costume encouraged. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-967-1040 or visit for cover.

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.

The Waterfront Grill
1949 W. Ray Rd., Suite 11, Chandler
Halloween costume party with prizes, a DJ, and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-732-0929.

Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Costume Party with prizes, giveaways, drink specials, and music from The Necronauts, Stereotyperider, Colorstore, Kirkwood-Dellinger, and The Desperate Hours. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-967-4777.



Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Día de los Muertos celebration with mariachis, Latin music and entertainment, arts and crafts, food, pastries, vendors and artisans, and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Also runs Saturday, Oct. 27. $10 ($9 for seniors, $5 for students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3). Call 480-941-1225.

Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 E. 8th St., Suite 104, Tempe
The ninth annual pumpkin-carving contest features plenty of pints of Pumpkin Porter, prizes, and more. 6-10 p.m. Call 480-303-9967.

Mystery Mansion Dinner Theatre
2200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
The interactive "comedy mystery dinner theater" will stage Murder at Magic Manor for those looking for thrills, chills, and kills. 5 p.m. $49 per person (includes dinner). Call 480-994-1520.

Papago Park
625 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Women Living With Purpose stage "Urban Arts in the Park: All Hallows Eve," featuring live graffiti and other art displays, DJs rocking the record decks, organic food, witches brew and other drinks, activity areas for kids, and more. 1 p.m. Contact [email protected].

Trunk Space
1506 Grand Ave.
A special Halloween edition of Dr. Sketchy's life drawing workshop will be presented. 7 p.m. $7. Call 602-256-6006.


La Perla Café
5912 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale
Halloween Costume Party and Ladies Night with live music, DJs, promo giveaways, and more. 8 p.m. -2 a.m. Call 623-939-7561.

Martini Ranch & Shaker Room
7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
"Monsters of the Industry" party with music from Metalhead, and more. 8 p.m. -2 a.m. $5. Call 480-970-0500.

Modified Arts
407 E. Roosevelt St.
Local rockers 42 Eternal will hold its CD-release show and Halloween party with support from Fetch, Sweet Sin, Record Life, and Click 60. 6:30 p.m. $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Call 602-462-5516.

SIX Lounge & Restaurant
7316 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
Masquerade Dance Party featuring costume contests, appetizers, music from DJ Jon Citron, and drink specials. 6-10 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit



Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
The @Central Gallery unveils its annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, with custom-made artistic altars ranging from traditional to nontraditional works created by Valley artists. Runs through Nov. 9. 9 a.m. -9 p.m. Call 602-262-4636.


The Clubhouse Music Venue
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
Latin-themed ska superstars Voodoo Glow Skulls celebrate Día de Los Muertos with a Valley show. Left Alone, Bizcasfri, Sigma, and Downplay open the show. 6:30 p.m. $12. Call 480-968-3238.



Sub-Culture Cafe
227 E. Baseline Rd. Tempe
Black Coffee Halloween Party with DJs Æternum and Darksouldealer spinning industrial, gothic, and darkwave tracks. 8 p.m. Call 480-481-7827 for cover.

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