Halloween Guide 2011

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The Royale
108 W. Main St.
Andrea Beesley-Brown (a.k.a. The Midnite Movie Mamacita) will screen the horror-comedy anthology Chillerama. 9 p.m., $8. Call 480-649-0040.

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
The resort's showroom will host Raven's Halloween Masquerade Ball, where chic scenesters will sip on $6 well cocktails and wine while a costume contest will dole out cash and prizes to the best-dressed female, male, and couples. DJ Kilo will drop dance hits, and Nineball will provide the rock 'n' roll. 8 p.m.; $20 presale, $25 at the door. Call 480-850-7734 or visit

Trunk Space
1506 Grand Ave.
An eclectic array of music, monsters, and madcap shenanigans await at this Halloween extravaganza. Partake in pumpkin carving while Dr. Zombie showcases 1953's schlock classic Robot Monster, Space-Alien Donald offers spoken-word jives, and The Slow Poisoner performs goth-inspired Americana. 6 p.m., $5 after 7:30 p.m. Call 602-256-6006.

Bars & Clubs

Cadillac Ranch

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Scare up some serious coin at the annual Haunted Hoedown, which will offer a $1,000 for the best costume and other cash prizes for the sexiest, most original, and best group get-ups. DJ J. Paul of HavocNdeeD provides the soundtrack. 9 p.m. Call 480-894-1111 for cover.

Donna Jean's Libations
6676 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
Costume contest, drink specials, giveaways, and music from Dead Letters, Fatal Malady, Orphium, Unforeseen, and Bonesaw. 8 p.m., $3. Call 623-979-7036.

Dos Gringos
1361 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Let your geek flag fly at the "Revenge of the Nerds Party" with drink specials, DJ Mr. Eaton in the mix, cash prizes, bobbing for beers, costume competitions, and such games as the "Nerdy Booty Shaking Contest." 4 p.m. Call 480-855-3303.

Dos Gringos
4209 N. Craftsman Ct., Scottsdale
Bust out the leotards and legwarmers for the "'80s Halloween Blowout," with music from Hollywood & Vine, DJs blasting retro tunes, drink specials, costume contests, and more. 4 p.m. Call 480-423-3800.

Dos Gringos
8000 S. Priest Rd., Tempe
Halloween extravaganza hosted bye Eric D of 101.5 Jamz, Mega 104.3's E-Dawg, and DJ Erotique. Costume contests, drink specials, and prize giveaways are planned. 8 p.m. Call 480-753-4577.

Graham Central Station
7850 S. Priest Dr., Tempe
Score a grand in cash in the $1,000 winner-take-all costume contest during the "Pre-Halloween Hell Raiser" party, which also offers $1 drink specials until 9 p.m., country dance lessons at 6:30 p.m., and more. 6 p.m.; no cover for those in costume until 9 p.m. Call 480-496-0799.

Half Moon Sports Grill
288 E. Greenway Pkwy.
Drink specials like $4 Absolut cocktails and $3 Jell-O shots will be available during the Fright Night party. Cash prizes ($200 for first, $100 for second, and $50 for third) and gift cards go to the winners of the costume contest at midnight. 10 p.m. Call 602-993-6600.

Hard Rock Cafe
3 S. 2nd St.
Hard Rock Halloween Show, featuring a costume contest and performances by indie-rock bands The Alchemy Heart, Novalux, and Eddie Varst. 8 p.m., $10. Call 602-261-7625 or visit

Horse and Hound
1320 E. Broadway Dr., Tempe
Watch Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit beat the crap outta each other during "Halloween Fright Night" party as the UFC 137 pay-per-view will air on TVs throughout the joint. Prizes for best costume, drink specials, and music from DJ Dan are also on tap. 6 p.m. Call 480-967-7977.

Hurricane Bay
4139 W. Bell Rd.
If the undead happen to rise from the grave for Halloween weekend, let's hope they're dressed stylishly, as this NoPho nightclub's throwing its annual "Ghouls Gone Wild" block party in their honor. Psychics, tarot readers, DJs, and go-go dancers also will be in the house. A contest with prizes for the funniest, sexiest, most original, and couples costumes will be staged. Drink specials include $3 Dos Equis and $5 Skyy cocktails. 7 p.m., $10. Call 602-843-6100.

Joe's Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St.
Halloween Bash with drink specials, costumes, and music from Vex, Top Dead Center, Tome, Grudgehold, and Silent Flux. 8 p.m.; $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Call 602-992-1007.

Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
Just like Freddy Krueger himself, this westside nightspot's annual "Nightmare on Marc's Street" is back for another round of madness and mayhem. DJs and dancing takes place in the main room, karaoke's in the lounge, and drink specials will be offered at the bar. The sexiest, spookiest, most humorous, and best overall costumes win prizes. 6 p.m.; $5 after 9 p.m. Call 623-842-1053.

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