4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
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.
Scorpius Aerial & Dance Studio
1700 N. 7th Ave.
The performers of Scorpius Dance Theatre will host a Halloween Masquerade Ball on Saturday, November 1, at their studio that will both raise funds and astound the senses. A variety of intimate dance and aerial performances will take place and a hosted bar and cuisine from Chef Mark Vanek from Dancing Chef Catering will be available. Masquerade attire is recommended. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., $50. Call 602-258-9511.
75 N. 2nd. St.
Ballet Arizona will present a Halloween night performance of Swan Lake that will include a special costume contest beforehand. The attendee with the best overall costume will win a $500 cash prize while those who are judged to have the "Best Zombie Dancer," "Best Traditional Dancer," and "Best Non-Dancer" themed costumes will each win ballet tickets. Judging will occur prior to showtime from 6:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. and winners will be announced at intermission. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$158 with $35 admission to the special Halloween section for anyone in costume. Call 602-381-1096 or see www.balletaz.org.
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
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.
UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
16000 N. Maricopa Road, Maricopa
A variety of Halloween activities are scheduled to take place at the center, including free "Trunk or Treat" experience in the parking lot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., a "Circus of Fear" in the Urban Arena Laser Tag area from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., and a costume contest at midnight in Luxe Lounge. Prices for certain attractions vary. Call 520-568-3456.
W Hotel Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
This stylish Scottsdale destination will become noir-filled city of rogues, villains, crime fighters, and caped crusaders during the action-packed Gotham Halloween Bash. Alter egos and costumed characters will abound throughout the hotel while the WET Deck upstairs will resemble a city skyline, signature cocktails will be served, and DJs will drop dance mixes all evening. 8 p.m., $35. Call 480-970-2100 or see www.wscottsdaletickets.com.
BARS & CLUBS
5749 N. 7th St.
Skull and Bones Halloween Party with a photo booth, promo drink giveaways from Mike's Harder, $100 prize for best costume, and dance music from DJs Joseph Mercado, Musa Mind, John Faltisco, Nube, and Mr. Fah Disqo. 9 p.m., free. Call 602-277-9373.
1927 N. Gilbert Road, Mesa
Halloween party featuring classic rock from Signal 15, reverse happy hour specials, and a costume contest offering more than $200 in cash and prizes. 8 p.m., no cover. Call 480-655-1828.
130 E. Washington St.
Local DJs Emile, Joe Bear, and Pablo Gomez will host Hello Darkness, an evening of dark techno sounds at the downtown dance joint. Costumes are encouraged. 9 p.m., free. Call 602-456-1991.
Big Fish Theatre
1300 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Rock will reign during the Big Fish's Halloween Bash, which will feature performances by Tridon, Burn This for a Friend, No Regret, 20/20 Hindsight, The Catch, StarChild, and tribute act Aperfectool, as well as a costume contest with prizes for the sexiest, scariest, and best all-around costumes. 5:30 p.m., $12. Call 602-571-7572.