Events

Halloween Guide 2014

Note: All events take place on Friday, October 31, unless otherwise specified.


SPECIAL EVENTS


Alwun House
1204 E. Roosevelt St.
www.alwunhouse.org
As if you wouldn't have guessed by the enormous, creepy-looking daddy longlegs spider perched in the front yard, Halloween is sort of a big deal at the Alwun House. So much so that they celebrate the occasion throughout the entire month of October via the annual "Monster's Menagerie" group show, which features "blood-curdling creations, profane noir fantasies, and other unworldly art" from more than a dozen creatives across multiple mediums. The exhibition is viewable from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays in the gallery until October 31. Admission is free.
You can also check out these macabre masterpieces before and after Planet Poe Theatre's performance of The Fall of the House of Usher and other works by the infamous Edgar Allan Poe at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 25. Tickets are $9 in advance, $13 at the door. The yearly Monsters Ball will take place one week later on Saturday, October 31, and feature a performance by OPENDANCE, music from The Sinisters and The Mod Zombies, a costume contest for prizes, "horror d'oeuvre" finger foods, and a cash bar. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $17 at the door. Call 602-253-7887.

Arizona Event Center
1300 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
www.arizonaeventcenter.com
The members of Frankie's Fishnets will being doing the time warp again during a special Halloween night screening and shadowcast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. 9 p.m. Prices and admission options vary. See www.frankiesfishnets.com or call 480-779-7716.

Dead By Dawn
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Ravers, EDM fiends, and party animals will be rump-bumping and fist-pumping until well after the witching hour during Dead By Dawn, an all-night dance party on Halloween night that will take place at an unspecified location. The lineup includes Sid spinning hard dance, Rubber Necker dropping happy hardcore, and a slew of locals. 10 p.m. Call 602-359-7160 on the day of the event for location and admission information.

Downtown Phoenix
Washington St. & Second St.
KUPD presents the latest edition of its Big Red Night of the Dead concert festival, which will include a day filled with hard rock sounds and metal mayhem from Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Killswitch Engage, Hellyeah, and Nothing More. 2 p.m., $40. See www.98kupd.com.

Ghostball Block Party
7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
If you happen to have a fantastic getup that's sexy, stunning, or spectacular, better make plans to attend the annual Ghostball in Scottsdale, as the blockbuster Halloween night block party boasts $10,000 in cash and prizes for the winners of its costume contest. Encompassing three Old Town bars — Hi Fi, Bottled Blonde, and Maya Day and Night Club — the affair will also feature more than 5,000 people in attendance and spin sessions from Kyroman, D-JR, and DJ Circle. (Paul Oakenfold is also scheduled to perform inside of Maya, although a separate ticket is required for entry). Gates open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the block party or $40 for the party and admission to Oakenfold's gig. Call 480-970-1112 or see www.eegtickets.com.

Heritage & Science Park
115 N. 6th St.
www.downtownphoenix.com
Downtown Phoenix's sidewalks and streets will transform into a scene akin to The Walking Dead writ large when thousands of wannabe brain-eaters will stumble through during Zombie Walk 6 on Saturday, October 25. An all-day Halloween festival featuring feature live music, vendors, face-painting booths, a beer garden and more kicks off at 1 p.m. and the walk itself starts at 5:45 p.m. Admission is free. Call 602-262-5071 for more information.

Lucky Strike
50 W. Jefferson St.
www.bowlluckystrike.com
Feeling lucky? Get you wrist limber, don your fanciest costume, and head for Lucky Strike's annual Bowlloween event, which will feature DJs, go-go dancers, a $1,000 costume contest, and (of course) bowling. 7 p.m., $10. Call 602-732-5490.

Lustre Rooftop Garden
2 E. Jefferson St.
www.lustrerooftopgarden.com
The third-floor outdoor lounge at the Hotel Palomar will host a Dia de Los Muertos-inspired affair with face painters, themed cocktails, music from DJ Swirl, a fogged dance floor, and $500 in prizes during the costume contest. 8 p.m., $10. Call 480-478-1765.

The Saguaro
4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
www.thesaguaro.com
The celebrating will be quite spirited throughout Halloween weekend at this boutique hotel during the Haunted Hotel Ball, which includes events over the course of two days and nights. Things kick off on Friday, October 31, with the opening party from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. that will feature DJs like Slippe, Tranzit, Hemmesphere, and Convince performing in the Anchusa Ballroom, Distrito, and Zocalo. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $400-$750 for VIP table service. A "Masquerage Pool Party" will then take place from noon until 7 p.m. at The Saguaro's outdoor pool. Admission is $15-$500. And a Dia de Los Muertos closing party goes down later that evening from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with even more DJs throughout the hotel. Tickets are $40-$750. A three-party VIP pass is also available for $70. Call 480-308-1100 or visit www.hauntedhotelball.com.

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
www.talkingstickresort.com
Lady La from Live 101.5 will serve as emcee during the resort's Wicked Ball, which will feature $7,000 in prizes doled out during a gigantic costume contest, a carnival room with live performances, an outdoor ultra lounge, and a gig by Manfactured Superstars in the main room. 9 p.m.; $50 general admission, $90 for VIP access (which includes six drinks). Call 480-850-7734.

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