If you've spent weeks prepping the world's greatest Halloween costume and need somewhere to show it off, you're in luck. The bars and clubs of Metro Phoenix are planning to celebrate All Hallows in style and not just on Friday, October 31. Some places will be having shindigs, masquerades, and other Halloween-themed hootenannies throughout the entire weekend.
We've assembled a list of some of the biggest and brightest parties that will be taking place, including a few with blockbuster costume contests offering cash prizes of thousands of dollars or more to the winners. Needless to say, if your outfit is good enough to win, it will not only cover the cost of your costume, but also your enormous bar tab.
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Three straight nights of spooky shenanigans inspired by American Horror Story will transpire at Whiskey Row over Halloweekend, which kick off on October 30 with the Thursday Asylum Party featuring live music from Dawson's Gang. The band will stage a second performance on October 31 during the Friday Freakshow, which will include a costume contest boasting $1,000 in cash and prizes for the winners. Things wrap up on November 1 during the Saturday Coven affair, which will star DJ Steel in the mix along with many witches in attendance. Each event runs until 2 a.m. and doesn't have a cover.
Wasted Grain DJ Hazardous and his fellow ragers in the Party Time Crew will host the Monster Mash up in the Scottsdale bar's 100 Proof Lounge on Thursday, October 30, which will include spin sessions by DJ LuJan and DJ Voz, an all-EDM soundtrack, bottle service, go-go dancers, and other treats. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
Giligin's The inside and outside of Giligin's will become a free-for-all of live music, DJs, games, drinking, and costumed debauchery during its annual three-night Halloween Block Party from Thursday, October 30, through Saturday, November 1. As always, Chuey the Rock 'n' Roll Midget will dressed in something outrageous and working his mini-bar. Gates open at 11 a.m. each day. Admission is free.
Oceans Seven Hometown hip-hop hero Sincerely Collins will be kicking it in Scottsdale on Friday, October 31, when he and J. Musiq headline the Halloween Fling 1.0, a zombie-themed shindig at Oceans Seven that will will be hosted by Brittanya. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available online.
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El Hefe This Tempe taqueria and party den will be a part of the Nightmare on Sixth Street Block Party on Friday, October 31, in addition to hosting its Dia de Los Hefe affair on Halloween night. A total of $5,000 in cash and prizes will be given out during a massive costume contest that kicks off at 12:30 a.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. See fattuesday.ticketleap.com. A Sun Devils and Angels party will also take place on Saturday, November 1, at the bar.
Palazzo Prepare thyself for an evening of gloomy and agressive sounds inside the downtown goth club when the ghouls of The Dark Umbrella and City of Madness offer up their Hellbound Halloween event. The fetish-themed party will include such DJs as Dark Mark, Noiz.Fkr, Angel Toxin, and Apollynon dropping EBM, industrial, aggrotech, and noise. A contest will give out cash to the fiend in the best Cenobite and best overall costumes. The party runs from 9:30 p.m. until 4 a.m. and becomes an 18-and-over affair after 2 a.m. Admission is $10.
Crescent Ballroom The Crescent will bring back Sean Watson's Halloween Ball for another go-round this year and, yes, it's still mandatory to wear a costume in order to attend. Seriously. So you'd better come up with something, since you wouldn't want to miss out on the popular affair, which will include sets from Watson, DJ My Funeral, and Body Tricks, as well as a performance by Luna Aura. Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission is $1-$3.
Big Fish Theater Rock will reign supreme during the Big Fish's Halloween Bash on Friday, October 31, which will feature performances by Tridon, Burn This for a Friend, No Regret, 20/20 Hindsight, The Catch, StarChild, and Tool/A Perfect Circle tribute act Aperfectool. A costume contest with prizes for the sexiest, scariest, and best all-around outfits is also planned. Doors are at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $12.
Nightmare on Sixth Street Block Party Three neighboring Mill Avenue drinking spots -- Fat Tuesday, El Hefe, and The Handlebar will join forces for an enormous block party on Halloween night that will take over all of their establishments and will feature more than a half-dozen DJs (including DJ Thomas James, DJ Cutswell, Deejay Diesel, and DJ Translator -- doing their thing on three different stages, multiple indoor and outdoor bars, prizes for the best costumes, and loads of shenanigans. The whole thing kicks off at 5 p.m. Advance tickets can be had for $5 online or for $10 at the door on the night of the event.
W Hotel Scottsdale This stylish Scottsdale destination will become noir-filled city of rogues, villains, crime fighters, and caped crusaders during the action-packed Gotham Halloween Bash on Friday, October 31. Alter egos and costumed characters will abound throughout the hotel while the WET Deck upstairs will resemble a city skyline, signature cocktails will be served, and DJs will drop dance mixes all evening. The affair begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $40. A Dia de Los Muertos celebration will also happen at the W starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, and will include a performance by DJ Soulman. Tickets are $20.
Bikini Lounge The Fright Fiesta with a costume contest, cheap booze, party favors, a giveaway of concert tickets to next month's show by The 1975, and spins from DJs Borisimo, Kevinsky 5000, and Adrian Flanagan. The party starts at 8 p.m. and there's no cover. And a few of the same DJs will reconvene at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, for the Danza Macabre, which will also include Craig Citizen and Faux Show's Jared Alan in the mix, as well as cheap drinks and concert ticket giveaways. Admission is free.
The Saguaro Hotel The celebrating will be quite spirited throughout Halloween weekend at the Saguaro during the Haunted Hotel Ball, and quite lengthy to boot, as it includes three separate parties over the course of two days and nights. Things kick off on Friday, October 31, with the opening party from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. that will feature DJs like Slippe, Tranzit, Hemmesphere, and Convince performing in the Anchusa Ballroom, Distrito, and Zocalo. You'll also see attendees rocking some of Scottsdale's best costumes being shown off during the event, each of which will be participating in the ball's enormous costume contest. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $400-$750 for VIP table service.
Then, the Masquerage Pool Party will take place from noon until 7 p.m. at The Saguaro's outdoor pool on Saturday, November 1. General admission is $15 and VIP tabel service is $500. Finally, a Dia de Los Muertos closing party goes down on Saturday evening from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with even more DJs throughout the hotel. Tickets are $40-$750. A three-party VIP pass is also available for $70. Visit the Haunted Hotel Ball's website for more info.
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Apollo's Lounge Two evenings of celebrations will take place at Apollo's over Halloweekend. It kicks off on Friday, October 31, with the Skull and Bones Halloween Party, a enlivened celebration that will boast a photo booth, promo drink giveaways from Mike's Harder, $100 prize for best costume, and dance music from DJs Joseph Mercado, Musa Mind, John Faltisco, Nube, and Mr. Fah Disqo. Things get going at 9 p.m. and there's no cover. One night later, the DJs of Tongue Tied and Motown on Mondays will team up for the Dia de Los Muertos-themed Dance of the Dead on Saturday, November 1, with live painting by Dumperfoo, vendors, a costume contest, and such selectors as DJ Roya, DJ Funkfinger, and Tricky T in attendance. The dancing starts at 9 p.m. Its free before 9:30 p.m. and $5 afterwards.
Cake Nightclub Cake will host a Women Crush Halloween, an All Hallows Eve edition of its weekly Women Crush Fridays party on October 31 that will feature a bevy of the club's resident Cakedolls and special guest Jayceeoh rocking the record decks all evening. Doors open at 10 p.m. Call 480-625-0133 for admission info.
Ghostball Block Party If you happen to have a fantastic getup that's sexy, stunning, or spectacular, better make plans to attend the annual Ghostball in Scottsdale, as the blockbuster Halloween night block party boasts $10,000 in cash and prizes for the winners of its costume contest. Its also one of the biggest and most spectacular Halloween parties in the Valley and encompasses three Old Town bars -- Hi Fi, Bottled Blonde, and Maya Day and Night Club --the affair will also feature more than 5,000 people in attendance and spin sessions from Kryoman (who is known to don a 10-foot robot-like glowing costume) D-JR, and DJ Circle. Paul Oakenfold is also scheduled to perform inside of Maya, although a separate ticket is required for entry. Gates open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the block party alone or $40 for the party and admission to Oakenfold's gig. Visit www.eegtickets.com.
C.A.S.A. Sunbá The Neon Halloween Block Party makes its return to Tempe , which means you'll get another chance to dance on the streets of Tempe or inside the infamous party bus/art car/mobile nightclub known as Kalliope. Like last year, the high-energy even will take place in front of C.A.S.A. and feature a full slate of local and guest DJs in the mix on two stages. The lineup includes Audrey Napoleon, Dimond Saints, Ascension, Dangerhouse, DJ Brignall, DJ Hazardous, MadMax, and Nuck 'n' Futz inside Kalliope, while the "Dungeons of the Deep" stage will feature Cyberpunk, DJ Rizkee, Euchre, Rolando Hodar, and Scott Harwood. Neon wear and costumes are encouraged. Gates open at 8 p.m. General admission is $33 general admission, VIP access is $63, and bottle/table service goes for $450-$550. Visit the Neon Halloween website for full details.