Halloween Guide 2011

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Barney's Boathouse
7341 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale
The weekend-long "BOO-thouse Bash" will feature a ginormous costume contest with $1,000 worth of cash and prizes in categories, including sexiest, scariest, most original, and best group. Signup takes place from Friday until Sunday and winners will be named on Monday. Open until 2 a.m. each night. Call 480-949-6535.

Bar Smith
130 E. Washington St.
The Sticky Fingers crew celebrates All Hallows' Eve in style with a special appearance by Fancy Space People during their "Glam Masquerade Party." William Reed, 2ToneDisco, Prince$$, and the other resident DJs will be on the decks all evening. 9 p.m., $10. Call 602-229-1265.

The Blooze Bar
12014 N. 32nd St.
Prepare to witness the wildest, raciest, and most offensive outfits imaginable as The Blooze holds its "anything goes" costume contest for cash prizes. The Rock Addix will perform, and kamikazes and other drink specials will be available. 9 p.m., $3. Call 602-788-4574.

455 N. 3rd St.
The hipsters of Rebel Disco and FauxShow Productions will team up for the "Cult Classic" affair, a Halloween/Samhain party featuring Fool's Gold artists Nacho Lovers and "round robin" DJ sessions by Pablo Gomez, Goldsmith, Luke Hansen, Jared Alan, and others. 9 p.m., $10. Call 602-258-3665.

Cactus Moon
1017 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa
This Riverview nightspot will be celebrating Halloween from Friday until Monday with food and drink specials, giveaways, and more. Costume contests will be held each night with prizes for the winners and a drawing on Monday for a $1,000 grand prize. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-833-2226.

Club Red

2155 E. University Dr., Tempe
If you're in the mood for a trip to "Detroit Rock City" for Halloween weekend, KISS tribute band Psycho Circus will be happy to oblige, as they unleash the music of Gene Simmons and company. 7 p.m.; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 480-258-2733.

Zendejas Grill
19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendale
Str8up Band's Halloween party with live music, drink specials, and more. 9 p.m., $5. Call 623-398-6434.


Special Events

Alwun House
1204 E. Roosevelt St.
Thrills and chills await at Alwun House's annual Monsters Ball, as the renowned art space will be dourly decorated like Shelob's Lair inside while a dazzling cabaret takes place outside. This year's entertainment includes performances by the Ignite Collaborative Arts Project, the mesmerizing moves of Desert Dragon Dance Theatre, transsexual antics from Spell, and the burlesque comedy of Provocatease. Hors d'oeuvres, dancing, and other freaky fun is also planned. 21 and over only. 7 p.m.; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. It coincides with the yearly "Monster's Menagerie" group exhibition, which will be on display in the gallery. Call 602-253-7887.

Celebrity Theatre
440 N. 32nd St.

Van Halen tribute band The Atomic Punks will be the featured act at rock radio station KSLX's "Nightmare on 32nd Street" Halloween party. 8 p.m., $15-$20. Call 602-267-1600.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale
A black carpet reception line and undead pianist will greet revelers at the Stone Rose Lounge's annual "Nightmare on Princess Drive Halloween Ball," which also will offer specialty cocktails, DJs, and a costume contest at midnight for such pimp prizes as resort getaways and gift cards. 9 p.m., free. Call 480-585-4848.

815 N. 2nd St.

John Waters' notorious 1972 shock comedy Pink Flamingos will be screened during FilmBar's "Filthy Good Times Halloween Extravaganza." Patrons who come dressed as characters from the trashy flick will win special prizes and Djentrification will spin "wicked tunes." 9 p.m.; $7 in advance for the screening, $10 at the door, and free for those who wanna hang in the lounge. Call 602-595-9187.

Inkenstein Tattoo Company
7120 N. 55th Dr., Glendale
Halloween bash with schwag raffles, drinks, pizza, a costume contest, and music from Lifesize Monsters, The Jack Rollers, High Horse, and others. 8 p.m. Call 623-271-7411

Los Compadres
2350 W. Northern Ave.
Halloween Party and Jazz Night, featuring a costume contest for cash and other prizes, food and drink specials, and music from David Valdivia and friends. 6:30 p.m. Call 602-864-0043.

Montelucia Resort & Spa
4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale
The haute hotspot hosts the "Haunted Mansion 2011" affair, where specters and spirits will mix as the well-heeled crowd gathers to suck down champagne, soak up the spooky stylishness, and enjoy costume contests and music from the Chris Parker Project. 8 p.m.; $25 in advance, $35 general admission, $45 at the door, and $1,000 for VIP table packages. Call 480-627-3200 or see

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