1502 Grand Ave,
The Fright Fiesta with a costume contest, cheap booze, party favors, a giveaway of concert tickets to next month's show by The 1975, and spins from DJs Borisimo, Kevinsky 5000, and Adrian Flanagan. 8 p.m., free. Call 602-252-0472.
Boondocks Patio & Grill
4341 N. 75th St., Scottsdale
Enjoy $5 pumpkin porter, participate in a costume contest, or rock out to live music from the Rock Hard Band. 5 p.m. Call 480-772-7613 for prices and packages.
Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill
11 W. Boston St., Chandler
Zombie Halloween party with dancing, a costume contest, live music from Southern Country, and more. 9:30 p.m., free. Call 480-664-1738.
4426 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
Cake will host a Woman Crush Halloween, a special edition of its weekly Woman Crush Wednesday party, which will star Jayceeoh in the mix. 10 p.m. Call 490-939-1559.
15 E. 6th St., Tempe
Didja miss out on the spectacular Neon Halloween Block Party last Halloween? Good news, son: The event's making a return, which means you'll get another chance to dance on the streets of Tempe or inside the infamous party bus/art car/mobile nightclub known as Kalliope. Like last year, the high-energy even will take place in front of C.A.S.A. and feature a full slate of local and guest DJs in the mix on two stages. The lineup includes Audrey Napoleon, Dimond Saints, Ascension, Dangerhouse, DJ Brignall, DJ Hazardous, MadMax, and Nuck 'n' Futz inside Kalliope, while the "Dungeons of the Deep" stage will feature Cyberpunk, DJ Rizkee, Euchre, Rolando Hodar, and Scott Harwood. Neon wear and costumes are encouraged. 8 p.m.; $33 general admission, $63 for VIPs, and $450-$550 for bottle service. See www.neonhalloween.com.
14175 W. Indian School Road
Wonderfully Wicked Halloween Party, where those who dress up can score half-off appetizers and compete in a costume contest for prizes for the best group, sexiest, and best overall costumes. The bar will also be serving $2 zombie shooters all night. 10 p.m., free. Call 623-535-4857.
1308 W. University Dr., Mesa
Local horror punk legends Calabrese will get spooky when they visit Club Red on Friday, October 24, as a part of their "I Ride Alone Tour." 7 p.m.; $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Call 480-258-2733.
308 N. 2nd Ave.
The Crescent will bring back Sean Watson's Halloween Ball for another go-round this year and, yes, it's still mandatory to wear a costume in order to attend. Seriously. So you'd better come up with something, since you wouldn't want to miss out on the popular affair, which will include sets from Watson, DJ My Funeral, and Body Tricks, as well as a performance by Luna Aura. 8 p.m., $1-$3. Call 602-716-2222.
955 E. University Dr., Tempe
Halloween movie clips will screen on the TVs while a DJ performs, two-for-one drinks are offered, and a costume contest awards $200 in prizes during the bar's Halloween party on Thursday, October 30. 8 p.m., free. Call 480-921-2585.
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
Three straight nights of spooky shenanigans inspired by American Horror Story will transpire at Whiskey Row over Halloweekend, which kick off on October 30 with the Thursday Asylum Party featuring live music from Dawson's Gang. The band will stage a second performance on October 31 during the Friday Freakshow, which will include a costume contest boasting $1,000 in cash and prizes for the winners. Things wrap up on November 1 during the Saturday Coven affair, which will star DJ Steel in the mix along with many witches in attendance. Each event runs until 2 a.m. And is free. Call 480-945-4200.
El Dorado Bar & Grill
8708 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale
Live music with Whiskey Dogz. 8 p.m., free. Call 480-276-6074.
640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
This Tempe taqueria and party den will be a part of the Nightmare on Sixth Street Block Party on Friday, October 31, in addition to hosting its Dia de Los Hefe affair on Halloween night. A total of $5,000 in cash and prizes will be given out during a massive costume contest that kicks off at 12:30 a.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 at the door. See fattuesday.ticketleap.com. A Sun Devils and Angels party will take place on Saturday, October 1. Call 480-257-2797 for more info.