Scare City: What To Do and Where To Go on Halloween

The late Michael Jackson was not only the King of Pop. He used to be our personal King of Halloween. If you were a child of the '80s, like us, chances are better than good that you, too, dressed as Jacko for All Hallows' Eve during your grade-school years (back when it was cool, not creepy, to mimic the white-gloved one). Then there's the fact the cat penned "Thriller," one of the greatest Halloween songs ever written. It seemed every costume ball and haunted house was blasting that epic hit during the Reagan years.

Nothing much has changed in the past 25 years, and it's guaranteed that a slew of scary soirees and masquerade balls going on around the Valley will probably be putting the song on repeat, especially given Michael's untimely passing earlier this year. There are even gonna be a few Jackson tribute parties going down during Halloween weekend, and we've got the 411 on all of them, as well as all the other freaky fetes scheduled to occur between Thursday, October 29, and Saturday, October 31. We've compiled them all into out annual guide of all things ghoulish and ghastly, which you can peep below.


Special Events

Dodge Theatre
400 W. Washington St.
Dreadlocked shock rocker Rob Zombie has built his career on all things scary and spooky, so watching him perform during the Halloween season seems only fitting. Psychobilly legends Nekromantix open the evening. 8 p.m. $35. Visit

MADCAP Theaters
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
The Midnite Movie Mamacita presents a two-night screening of "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany 1988 flick UHF. 8 p.m., $8. Call 480-634-5192.

Phoenix Theatre's Little Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd.
Scorpius Dance Theatre presents 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 p.m. $20 (with a $5 discount for those in vampire costume). Runs through November 6. Call 602-254-2151.

Bars & Clubs

7340 E. Shoeman Ln., Scottsdale
Superstar house DJ/producer Erick Morillo will spin at the Scottsdale nightspot. DJ Tranzit, Gusto, Pete "Supermix" Salaz, MCB, and Benjamin Cutswell are also on the lineup. 9 p.m., $27. Call 480-970-5000.

RA Sushi Mesa
1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa
Boo Bash 2009 featuring food and drink specials, signature cocktails, drum sets by Get 'Em Sons, beats from DJ J. Paul, a costume contest for the grand prize of a one night stay at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort, and penny drinks from 9 to 10 p.m. for those in costume. 9 p.m. Call 480-632-9500.

RA Sushi Tempe
411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
RA-cky Horror Halloween Bash with food and drink specials, spooky signature cocktails, DJ Playboy spinning hot tracks, a costume contest prizes (including a $25 RA gift certificate), and more. Costumed customers also get a complimentary order of Devil's Edamame (one per table). 7 p.m. Call 480-303-9800.


Special Events

MADCAP Theaters
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
The Midnite Movie Mamacita presents a two-night screening of "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany 1988 flick UHF. 8 p.m. $8. Call 480-634-5192.

Marquee Theatre
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers start a two-night stint at the Marquee with a "When in Rome" toga party and costume contest with local support from Telescope. 6:30 p.m. $25. Call 480-829-0707 or visit

Soul Invictus Gallery & Cabaret
1022 Grand Ave.
The Arizona Curriculum Theater wraps up its production of Poe, a drama about infamous macabre scribe Edgar Allan Poe that includes reinterpretations of his stories "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado." (Also runs on Saturday, Oct. 31) 8 p.m. $15. Visit

Bars & Clubs

16th Street Sports Bar
6522 N. 16th St.
Scary movies on big screens, drink specials, and prizes for best costume. 9:30 p.m. Call 602-285-5555.

Cherry Lounge and Pit
411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
The lovely ladies of Scandalesque will stage a special evening sinful entertainment, including burlesque, comedy, and outlandish variety acts. Moms will even get into the action, as the event features the debut of Scandalesque MYLF (a.k.a. Mothers You Love Forever) Class. A costume contest with more than $500 in cash and prizes for best individual and best group will also occur, and $3 black cherry vodka drinks are available all night. 8 p.m. $12. Call 480-298-1384.

5110 E. McDowell Rd.
G.G. Elvis, the SoCal punk tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll featuring members of NOFX and Lagwagon, performs with The Freeze, Bro-Loaf, and NunZilla. 8 p.m. Call 602-275-1039 for cover.

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