Our Guide to Scaring Up a Good Time This Halloween

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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

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