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.


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

Phoenix Little Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd.
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.
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

Space 55
636 E. Pierce St.
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.
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.


Bars & Clubs

Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Rd.
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.


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
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.


Special Events

Clubhouse Music Venue
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
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

National Comedy Theatre
1111 S. Longmore Rd., Mesa
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.

Bars & Clubs

7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
Jersey Shore lothario DJ Pauly D. will leave behind his Garden State digs to headline the the massive GTL Block Party taking place both inside and outside the Scottsdale club. Cash prizes will also be awarded during the "Snook-I-Like" costume competition, and "The Situation Ab Contest." 8 p.m., $34. Call 480-970-1112.

Bliss Showclub
1926 W. Deer Valley Rd.

Freakish fun and bad behavior will be in abundance during the All Hallows' Eve gala. Besides industrial and dance music from such DJs as $&M and Beautiful John, the kinky event will feature special fetish performances, vendors, raffles, a BDSM dungeon, and more. 8:30 p.m., $15-$20. Call 623-869-8339 or see

Breakroom Bar & Grill
4729 E. McDowell Rd.
Halloween party featuring karaoke, prizes for best costume, and more. 9 p.m. Call 602-267-1010.

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
The undead will be in abundance at the Day of the Dead Zombie Prom, slurping down suds at an outdoor beer garden and grooving to the music of The Koffin Kats, Moonlight Howlers, Cold Blue Rebels, and The Creepshow. Giveaways, prizes, and a crowning of the prom's king and queen will also transpire. 6 p.m., $12-$15. Call 480-945-4985.

Devil's Advocate
955 E. University Dr., Tempe

Live music, costume contests, drink specials, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-921-2585.

4251 N. Winfield Scott Plaza
Captain Mike, Chuey the Rock 'n' Roll Midget, and the rest of the colorful crew from Giligin's will be in attendance during its annual three-day Halloween Block Party. Live music and costume contests, drink specials, and costume contests with prizes for the best-dressed man and woman, as well as the most offensive. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 480-874-2264.

The Rose and Crown
628 E. Adams St.
Ghoulish guys and ghastly gals will be in abundance at the pub's "Nightmare on Adams Street" party, which promises live bands, horror flicks show on a 90-inch screen, haunting tunes from DJ Larue, costume contests with cash prizes, and a 5,000-square-foot beer garden stocked with Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter and Rogue Dead Guy Ale. 7 p.m. Call 602-256-0223.

Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Halloween Funkfest with drink specials and music from the Funky Bones, Groove Noodles, and the Super Funk All-Stars. 8:30 p.m., $10. Call 480-966-9565.

Sakana Sushi & Grill
5061 E. Elliot Rd.
Enjoy sashimi and shenanigans at Sakana's Halloween costume party. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Also runs on Saturday, Oct. 30. Call 480-598-0506.


Special Events

Celebrity Theatre
440 N. 32nd St.
KSLX presents a night of classic rock tributes during its "Nightmare on 32nd Street" concert. The members of Led Zepagain will do their damndest to ape Robert Plant and company, while TNT pays homage to the music of AC/DC. A costume contest with $500 in prizes is also scheduled. 8 p.m., $15. Call 602-267-1600.

Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
The high-style Haunted Hotel Ball returns for a second straight year of scary and swanky shenanigans. DJ Slippe and other beat-slingers will provide the soundtrack, and a "virtual" costume contest will provide $1,000 in cash and prizes. 9 p.m., $20 in advance. Call 480-248-2000 or see

InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa
4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale
Celebrate in spooky stylishness at the InterContinental's Veuve Clicquot-sponsored Yelloween affair, which will feature carnival-style entertainment, DJs on the wheels of steel, a performance by Chris Parker Project, and more. 8 p.m., $25. Costumes encouraged. Call 480-627-3024.

Marquee Theatre
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Hometown heroes Jimmy Eat World will take over the Marquee for a special Halloween weekend concert. Indie rockers Snake! Snake! Snakes! open the show. 8 p.m., $25-$30. Call 480-829-0707.

The Party Pit
3221 W. Thomas Rd.
Get wicked into the wee hours of the morning at the Masquerave Ball, which will offer spin sessions from Chicago's DJ Bam Bam and DJ Bizerk, as well as DJ Paparazzi, Schwasted, Discokillaz, Matthew Harris, Sesso, and others. 8 p.m.; $15 before 9 p.m., $20 afterwards. Call 602-222-6263.

Saguaro Lake
14011 N. Bush Highway, Mesa
Have nautically naughty nightlife experience at the Halloween Costume Boat Party, which will feature a full bar, food and drink, and DJs spinning hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and old school tracks. 8:30 p.m. Call 602-518-6263 for ticket prices.
Talking Stick Resort & Casino
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
Socialite diva and party princess Raven Valdes brings her sleek and chic Halloween Masquerade Ball to the Talking Stick's Grand Ballroom. The elegant affair promises entertainment from R&B vocalist Jasmine Hormez, Top 40, and old-school tracks from DJ The Mad Hadder, $6 well drinks and wines, valet parking for resort guests, and a costume contest with cash prizes for the best-dressed male, female, and couple. 8 p.m.; $20-$25 per person, $350 for VIP table service available for $350. Call 480-850-7777 or see

Bars & Clubs

910 Live
910 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe
Mock 'n' roll will reign supreme during the Hell-oween Bash, as a slew of local tribute bands offer high-energy homages to numerous rock legends over the course of the evening. The lineup includes Last in Line, Peace of Mind, AZ/DZ, and Alive in Chains. A costume contest with $500 in cash prizes will also take place. 7 p.m., $10. Call 480-967-0707.

Blue Agave Mexican Cantina
7000 E Mayo Blvd.
Halloween Fiesta featuring a costume contest with such prizes as $150 for the sexiest girl and $100 for the funniest guy, live music, promo prizes, Jägermeister machine giveaway, and more. Drink specials include $2 you-call-its (until 9 p.m.) and $4 Jäger, as well as $2.50 Corona, Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite all evening. 8 p.m. Call 480-419-6375.

Brigett's Last Laugh
17222 N. Cave Creek Rd.
Halloween party with a costume contest for prizes, and more. Call 602-788-0507.

Cadillac Ranch
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
The cowpokes at Cadillac Ranch bring back their annual Haunted Hoedown for a third straight year and will feature plenty of specials on Captain Morgan and Ketel One drinks, music from DJ J. Paul, and a huge costume contest with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes. 9 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m. Call 480-894-1111.

Dark Horse Sports Bar
4929 W Ray Rd., Chandler
Halloween Party featuring $3 drink specials, dancing, a "power hour" from 9 to 10 p.m., a costume contest, scary movies, and more. 9 p.m. Call 480-753-4772.

6820 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
Sink your teeth into the True Bite Halloween party, which will offer DJs, dancing, a laser light show, a costume contest for cash and other prizes, a performance by Barbara Seville in the showroom, and more. 8 p.m., $3. Call 480-994-5176.

Goat Head Saloon
1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Halloween Mayhem with hard rock and metal from One Body Too Many, Hollow, Regicide, Frozen By Fire, and Fat Tree, as well as a costume contest for prizes. 8 p.m., $10. Call 480-464-8030.

Ice House Tavern
3855 E. Thomas Rd.
Lost in Space party with music from the Coconauts and JJCnV, and more. 9 p.m., $5 ($4 for those in costume). Call 602-244-1179.

Joe's Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St.
Halloween Bash with drink specials, costume contests, and music from Two Dollar Grey, Gift of Destiny, and Fatal Error. 8 p.m. Call 602-992-1007.

Los Compadres
2350 W. Northern Ave.
Halloween bash offering live jazz, food and drink specials, and a costume contest with cash awards and other prizes. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Call 602-864-0043.

The Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St.
Renowned local band The MadCaPs rise from the grave for a special return gig on All Hallows' Eve. Andeclectic array of indie acts will also perform, including Sunorus, Haunted Cologne, Mariposa, and Djentrification's Deconstruction. 8 p.m. Call 602-258-0014.

Mabel's on Main
7018 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Aaron May's sleek and chic eatery and lounge will offer a Viva Las Vegas party featuring a hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres from 7 to 9 p.m., music from Elvis Before Noon and Uptown Angels, and more. 7 p.m., $50. Call 480-483-1200.

Mad Chef Gastro Pub
3941 E. Chandler Blvd.
Costume party with live music, themed food and drink specials, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-706-1333.

1290 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe
Experience an evening of boffo entertainment at the Venetian-themed Mystique In Motion Masquerade Ball, which will feature a belly dance and variety show starring Shahrazad Dance Company, Anaya Tribal USA, and other local troupes. Dinner and drink specials, a costume contest, and flavored shisha smoking in the adjacent Hookahmania Lounge. 7 p.m., $25. Call 480-829-4959.

The Moon Saloon
16550 North 83rd Ave., Peoria
Halloween bash featuring music from DJ Bridgette, a sexiest costume contest with $500 in cash prizes, and more. 9 p.m. Call 623-773-2424.

4343 N. 7th Ave.
Rob Poe (a.k.a. noiz.fkr) offers up a tribute to Bauhaus with an evening of music from both the legendary English rock band and its members, including tracks from Love and Rockets, Peter Murphy, and Tones on Tail. 9 p.m. Call 602-264-1700.

Red Onion Lounge
15002 N. Cave Creek Rd.
Halloween costume party with prizes for the best getup, food and drink specials, karaoke, and more. 9 p.m. Call 602-867-9989.

Rocky Point Cantina
1001 E. 8th St., Tempe
Ghouls 'n' Goons party with prixes for best costume, DJs, and more. 9 p.m. Call 480-968-7879 for cover.

The Rogue Bar
423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Fangbangers will flock to this Scottsdale's True Blood party, which will also offer music from Super Stereo, La La Lust, Banana Gun, Five Seconds Fast, and more. 8 p.m., $5 with costume, $7 without. Call 480-947-3580.

2701 E. Indian School Rd.
Costume contest, drink specials, and plenty of rockin' tunes from the jukebox. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-956-8998.

Tom Ryan's Bar
70 W. Warner Rd., Chandler
Boot scoot on into Tom Ryan's for its Halloween hootenanny, which promises drink specials, music from Urban Country, dancing, and costume contests. 9 p.m. Call 480-792-1699.

TT Roadhouse
2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale
Halloween bash with a costume contest, drink specials, the always-awesome jukebox, and plenty of debauchery. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-947-8723.

Vine Expressions Wine Bar
1030 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
Halloween costume party with music by See Through Sally, specials on wines by the glass, goodie bags, and prizes for the best getups. 7 p.m.-midnight. Call 480-633-0730.

Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Mary Helen's Dazed and Confused Costume Party with music by Dry River Yacht Club, Muddy Violets, Strange Young Things, Dead Eyes of London, Mergence, Bata Ire, and The Dirty Rascals. 9 p.m., free. Call 480-967-4777.


Special Events

Harrah's Ak-Chin
15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa
High-energy R&B/funk band Here Come the Mummies, who perform their gigs while wrapped up in bandages, stumble out of their sarcophagi for two shows at the casino's Oasis Lounge. 5 and 8 p.m., free. Call 480-802-5000.

105 W. Main St., Mesa
Local bands Red Son, Bad Vibe, Dead Life, and Conscience will perform during the Creepy Crawl Ball. 6:30 p.m.; $5 with costume, $10 without. Call 480-559-5859.

Bars & Clubs

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Halloween Havoc featuring a costume contest with cash prizes (including $100 for first place and $25 for second), as well as music from Element a440, E-Bomb, Shooting Mary, Ethon 103, and Screaming Ant. 7 p.m., $7. Call 480-945-4985.

Club Red
2155 E. University Dr., Tempe
The hustlers of Mega Don Entertainment offer up their Paranormal Activity 18-plus Halloween party, which will be hosted by Nicho Savant and feature the K.O.R.T. Boyz DJs on the ones and twos. 9 p.m., $5 with costume. Call 480-258-2733.

Donna Jean's Libations
6676 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
Halloween party with music from Crapple, Sidewalk Saints, and Unstable Youth. 9 p.m., $3. Call 623-79-7036.

Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Rd.
Halloween party and local music showcase with performances from Return to Custody, Peggy Kaye and the Blu Notes, The Cold Desert, Brendon Cottrell, Motion Jones, Jesse Hudson, Azul, and Hush. 6:30 p.m., $8. Call 602-265-4842.

School of Rock
411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
This newly opened nightclub will host an '80s Halloween night with live music, a $500 cash prize for best costume, and more. 10 p.m. Call 480-966-3573.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill
1065 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa
Drink specials, a costume contest for prizes, live music, and more. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-844-8629.

Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Valley Fever's Honky Tonk Halloween Party with outlaw country from DJ Dana and Johnny Volume, as well as Americana and roots music from Junction 10 and a costume contest at midnight. 9 p.m. Call 480-967-4777.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.