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.

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