Events

Our Guide to Scaring Up a Good Time This Halloween

It's said there's nothing new under the sun, and that timeworn chestnut proves particularly true each and every Halloween. For instance, if you under the delusion that you'll be the only Lady Gaga out and about on All Hallows' Eve, think again. While it's bad enough that everyone and their mother dresses like a pirate, ninja, or zombie during this time of year, copycat costumes tend to be in abundance during All Hallows Eve. In other words, we're expecting to see multiple clones of Scott Pilgrim, Don Draper, and Hit Girl populating all the big-time bashes taking place around the Valley over the next couple of weeks. However, if you feel like your outfit is truly original, you're gonna need a place to show it off in style. Consult our annual party guide, which contains info on all the heavy-duty Halloween events happening in the PHX.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23

Special Events

Fear Farm
2209 N. 99th Ave.
The West Valley haunted attraction will become a hard-rock haven as KUPD gets an early start to Halloween with its Big Red Night of the Dead extravaganza. Suicidal Tendencies, All That Remains, and Deftones headline the all-day event, which will also feature gigs by Mushroomhead, Prong, and Red Line Chemistry, as well as locals Digital Summer, Smile Empty Soul, Autumn's End, and Howitzer. Noon; $35 general admission, $125 for VIP access. See www.epitickets.com.

Phoenix Little Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd.
www.phoenixtheatre.com
Scorpius Dance Theatre presents its annual staging of A Vampire Tale, a captivatingly lurid production concerning the dark seduction of an innocent young woman into the shadowy underworld of the undead by a "motley crew of bloodsuckers." 8 and 10 p.m. $25-$30. Call 602-254-2151.

Red Hot Robot
14 W. Camelback Rd.
www.redhotrobot.net
Daniel and Dawna Davis, the kooky artist couple behind popular web comic Monster Commute, hold their annual Steamcroween celebration at the store. In addition to live art and the unveiling of new merchandise (including pint glasses and an exclusive print), treats and goodies will be served. 7 p.m., free. Call 602-264-8560.

Soul Invictus Gallery & Cabaret
1022 Grand Ave.
The ooky oeuvre of Edgar Allan Poe will be feted by the members of the Arizona Curriculum Theater, who will read the infamous author's poems and stories while portraying the inmates of a 19th century asylum. The 8 p.m. performance will include "Annabel Lee," "The Raven" and "The Cask of Amontillado," followed by a recitation of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" at 10 p.m. $25. (Also runs Friday, October 29, and Saturday, October 30.) See www.brownpapertickets.com.

Space 55
636 E. Pierce St.
www.space55.org
A curious collection of performance artists, musicians, storytellers, and other acts will attempt to entertain, enlighten, and alarm during "7 Minutes in Hell," a Halloween version of the theater's monthly variety show. 9 p.m., $7.

Special Events

Club Red
2155 E. University Dr.
www.clubredrocks.com
The lovely ladies of Romantasy Cabaret will offer an evening of sultry and seductive shenanigans during their "daringly scary" Macabre Masquerade. 7:30 p.m., $18-$33. Call 480-258-2733.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Bars & Clubs

Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Rd.
www.rhythmroom.com
Punk rock icons Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome bring their newest project The Batusis to the Rhythm Room. Scorpion vs. Tarantula and Becky Lee open the show. 8 p.m., $10-$12. Call 602-265-4842.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28

Special Event

Trunk Space
1506 Grand Ave.
Gather your gourds and get ready for an evening of slicing and dicing at the Trunk Space's annual pumpkin-carving party. 7 p.m., free (participants must provide their own pumpkin, however). Call 602-256-6006.

Bars & Clubs

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill
1065 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa
www.tobykeith.com/mesa
Psychobilly superstar Reverend Horton Heat and his band will attempt to save your sinful soul when they visit Toby Keith's during Halloween weekend. Naturally, there will be plenty of PBR on hand and a hot rod and motorcycle show outside. 6 p.m., $15. Call 480-844-8629.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

Special Events

Clubhouse Music Venue
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
www.clubhousemusicvenue.com
The Danish punks of The HorrorPops will terrorize the Clubhouse with their psychobilly stylings. SoCal bands Fangs on Fur and The Muertones open the show. 7:30 p.m., $13-$15. See www.mantoothgroup.com.

National Comedy Theatre
1111 S. Longmore Rd., Mesa
www.nctphoenix.com
The jocular jokesters of the NCT will do their damnedest to make you die from laughter during their Comedy Spooktacular. Free popcorn will be served and attendees who dress in costume can win tickets to upcoming events. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., $10-$12. (Also runs Saturday, October 30.) Call 602-374-5638.

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