The Five Wildest New Year's Costume Parties in Phoenix

Costume parties and masquerades are only supposed to happen during the Halloween season, right? Not if it's up to organizers behind this weekend's

Goblin King Masquerade Ball

or the

Fast Times at Sandbar High

parties, who are encouraging revelers to flash back to the 1980s for their parties on

New Year's Eve



From beach bums to goths to Guns 'N' Roses fans, a few other costumed events are scheduled to take place on Saturday. Here are your chances to dress sleazy or stylish as you bid farewell to 2011.

5. Necropolis @ Sanctum
The Theme: A gloomy and ghoulish Batcave-style affair will unfold at this Gothic club as DJs unleash dark dance music all evening.
The Look: The flyer says to "Dress to Depress," which translates to black clothing, pleather or PVC if possible, and plenty of white makeup.
The Details: Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 after 10 p.m.

4. Jackie Fontaine and Friends Variety Show @ Space 55
The Theme: Campy performance artist and Vegas-esque entertainer Jackie Fontaine (think Tony Clifton mashed up with Sammy Davis, Jr.) will turn the clock back to New Year's Eve 1975. Highlights include a chance to meet a "real live helicopter pilot" and enjoy entertainment from Rocketship 3D, Elizabeth Crawford, and a monkey.
The Look: Pantsuits, ruffled shirts, bellbottoms, and other throwback fashions.
The Details: The show starts at 10 p.m. Admission is $10.

3. Welcome to the Jungle @ Axis/Radius
The Theme: Since this party's inspired by the infamous Axl Rose and the rest of his Guns 'N' Roses posse, prepare yourself for an excess of hair metal clichés and hardcore rock 'n' roll debauchery. Steven Adler, the band's onetime drummer, will be the guest of honor at the event.
The Look: Ripped acid-washed jeans, white tank tops, teased hair, bad metal t-shirts, and bandanas tied around your head.
The Details: Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $29 for singles, $49 for adults. 

2. Fast Times at Sandbar High @ Sandbar
The Theme: Expect to see a few Spicolli wanna-bes drinking Harvey Wallbangers, Midori Sours and other retro cocktails alongside Like a Virgin-era Madonna clones during the New Year's Eve events at Sandbar's Scottsdale and Chandler locations that will celebrate both Cameron Crowe's landmark high school comedy and the early '80s in general. They'll even be giving away rad BMX bikes at each party.
The Look: Baja hoodies, denim jackets, checkered Vans, board shorts, Wayfarers, cotton minis, and tight t-shirts.
The Details: The parties start at 8 p.m. and there's no cover.

1. Goblin King Masquerade Ball @ FilmBar
The Theme: The impish trickster Jareth from Labyrinth might just make an appearance at FilmBar's fantastical fete, which fetes '80s fairytale flicks like The Princess Bride, Legend, The Dark Crystal, and Willow. Both formal attire and fantasy-themed costumes are encouraged by its organizers and masks will be required. Djentrification, Futurekind, and the dancers of the Scottsdale AZ Jazz Ensemble will perform.
The Look: Dig through your closet for a holocaust cloak, raid that collection of renaissance festival gear, hit up the secondhand stores for poofy satin shirts, or check out Easley's for goblin and demon masks.
The Details: Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $15.

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