There's plenty to be worried about these days. Just off the top of our heads, there's the very real possibility of a Mitt Romney presidency, the horrors of the ever-lagging economy, and all that folderol about whether or not the world's ending in a couple of months.
Frankly, your brains have probably been so vexed over the state of the world lately that you've likely devoted little to no time about what to do for Halloween, let alone what to wear while out and about during the scary season.
That's where we come in. A slew of spooky and kooky parties and events are scheduled to take place from Friday, October 26, until Wednesday, October 31, and we've got the lowdown on some of the best and most bizarre Halloween happenings in the Valley.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
Bars & Clubs
Goat Head Saloon
1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Mav from Sol Camp will host the PhoenixHipHop.net Pre-Halloween Showcase, which will also feature DJ Chop dropping beats and bumps. Be sure to dress to impress as ladies wearing sexy get-ups will receive free admission while gentlemen in costume get half-priced entry. Plus, a costume contest will be held offering a $100 grand prize. Giveaways and other fun is also planned. 8:30 p.m. Call 480-464-8030.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
1204 E. Roosevelt St.
A special Halloween edition of the Alwun House's Luna Full Moon Fridays event will take place, offering a mix of dance, music, art, DJs, and drum circles. If you need a break from the avant-garde activities, peruse the spooky and kooky art on display for the gallery's annual "Monsters Menagerie" exhibition, which closes on October 27 and features work from a variety of mediums that run the gamut from the profane to the politically charged. 7 p.m.; $6 in advance, $10 at the door. Call 602-253-7887.
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Road
Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller masterpiece Psycho will be screened as a part of the "Movies in the Park" series. 7:30 p.m., free. Call 602-955-8400.
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Dutch electro-house superstar Hardwell will pack his tracks and jet across the Atlantic to headline the Bounce Music Festival, a six-hour EDM extravaganza taking place at the outdoor venue. Eurodance specialist Martin Solveig and Turkish-born DJ/producer Deniz Koyu are also scheduled to appear at the event. 4 p.m.; $28 for general admission, $53 for VIP access. Visit www.wanttickets.com.
The Nile Theater
105 W. Main St., Mesa
The members of Mesa metalcore act Boldly, We Rise will mark the Halloween season in fitting fashion when they celebrate the "death" of the band during their final gig headlining Spooky Night II at the Nile. Also on the lineup for the show are As Thick As Thieves, Before I Wake, The Moment After, It's A Long Story, and Vice Versa. A haunted house and photo booth will also be on the premesis. 5 p.m., $12. Call 480-559-5859.
Salt River Fields
7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
The sky will be illuminated by the glow of more than 20 hot-air balloons, many in the shape of fantastic and fun creatures, during the two-night Spooktacular Balloon Festival at the Cactus League stadium. Almost two tons of candy will be handed out to trick or treaters of all ages during the event and a costume contest will offer both Disney prize packages and tickets to the Magic Kingdom. Live music, a haunted house, food and drink booths, and a beer garden are also promised. 5-10 p.m.; $10 for adults, $5 for kids aged 3-12. Also runs on Saturday, October 27. Call 480-270-5000 or see www.srfballoonfestivals.com.
This Is Halloween
The already colorful raver crowd is certain to be wearing even funkier and more fantastical outfits during this Halloween-themed underground dance party, which boasts the subtitle "The Rave-mare Before Christmas." Transpiring at an unspecified location, the 18-and-over all-night affair will offer three stages of DJs and EDM artists blasting face-melting bass and other potent genres while lasers, LED, and colored spotlights illuminate those in attendance. 7 p.m.-4 a.m.; $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door, and $20 for VIP access (with $2 discounts for those in "decently put-together costumes").
Bars & Clubs
910 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe
The notoriously bizarre hard rock band Eroticide, who are infamous for the gothically gonzo shows featuring naked females on crucifixes and other horrific stunts, return to the Valley music scene after a four-year absence with a night of "metal perversion" in honor of Halloween. Like-minded metal acts Vehemence, She Murdered Me, 24 Thorns, In Peril, and Enemy Machine are also on the lineup for the all-ages gig. 6 p.m., $12. Call 480-966-0707 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com.