Halloween Guide 2013

Love Halloween? Then you'll love this: Organizers of many Halloween celebrations around the Valley are getting an early start to the scary season by holding their events even earlier and normal this year. And thanks to the fact that All Hallows Eve falls on Thursday, October 31, many bars, clubs, and other nightlife establishments are planning to offer their usual parties on the weekend prior. We've included all the aforementioned Halloween-related shindigs that are taking place throughout the latter half of October in our exhaustive guide to the scary season, which features all manner of events, parties, concerts, and freaky fiestas happening from Friday, October 18, until Thursday, October 31.


Special Events

The Good Egg
3110 N. Central Ave.
50 E. Camelback Road
34948 N. North Valley Pkwy.
All three locations will serve up "Trick or Treat" pancakes (made with salted peanuts, dark chocolate chips, caramel, Nutella, whipped cream, and powdered sugar) and "Butter Beer" during the month of October. Call 602-248-3897, 602-263-8554, or 623-582-4442.

Sixth Street Merchants
900 N. 6th St.
The shops of Sixth Street will hold an outdoor screening of the horror film classics Night of the Living Dead and Carnival of Souls while boutiques Annie Boomer Vintage, Cellar Door Vintage and GROWop Handmade+Found will offer 15 percent discounts. The sale starts at noon and the films start screening at 7 p.m. Call 602-399-0826, 812-251-7786, or 602-714-5256.


Special Events

Bud's Glass Joint
1021 N. 1st St.
Bud's will celebrate its first anniversary with pumpkin carving, live music from Supajoint, free beer for those of legal age, and a bong raffle. 4 p.m. Call 602-258-1500.

Tempe Cinemas
1825 E. Elliott Road, Tempe
Get ready to hail to the king, baby, as the October edition of Cult Classics will feature the goofy horror-comedy Army of Darkness. As always, organizer Victor Moreno will create T-shirts and posters for the event and will conduct a costume contest and giveaways before the screening. 9:30 p.m. General admission is $11 and VIP packages are $20-$40. See

Bars & Clubs

Monarch Theatre
122 E. Washington St.
Masked mixmaster DJ Bl3nd fittingly will headline The Freak Show costume ball, which will also feature spin sessions from Kuntrol, Mando Rockz, Zolnger, Fawk Unek, and Morgan Laine. 9 p.m. $15. Call 602-692-9633.

Joe's Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St.
Dress as your favorite rogue, scoundrel, or bad guy and head for Joe's Grotto to attend The Villain's Ball Costume Party. Hard rock bands Bellicose, Virulent, Vivicide, Kin of the Zen, and Storm of Perception are scheduled to perform. 6:30 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Call 602-992-1007.


Special Events

Symphony Hall
75 N. 2nd St.
Attention, muggles of the Valley: The Phoenix Symphony will perform selections from John Williams' epic scores for the Harry Potter films during "Halloween at Hogwarts." Participants are asked to come dressed as their favorite wizard or other characters from the movies and books. Pre-concert activities will also take place. 2:30 p.m., $11-$19. Call 602-262-6225.


Special Events

Sixth Street Merchants
900 N. 6th St.
A trio of retailers (Cellar Door Vintage, GROWop Handmade+Found, and Annie Boomer Vintage) will offer 10 percent off all vintage clothing and accessories. Noon-7 p.m. Also available on Thursday, October 31. Call 602-399-0826, 812-251-7786, or 602-714-5256.


Special Events

The Pressroom
441 W. Madison St.
Swedish doom metal band Ghost, led by Papa Emeritus II, will serenade both ghouls and fans alike with a night of terrifying music. 8:30 p.m.; $20 in advance, $22 day of show. See

Salt River Fields
7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
The sky will be illuminated by the glow of numerous hot-air balloons, many in the shapes of creatures and characters, during the two-night Spooktacular Balloon Festival. About 1,700 tons of candy will be handed out to trick-or-treaters of all ages during the event Balloon rides, live music, fireworks, games, food and drink vendors, and a haunted house also are planned. 5 to 10 p.m.; $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3 to 12. Also runs on Saturday, October 26. See

The Underground
105 W. Main St., Mesa
The two-night Punk Rock Halloween Bash kicks off at the Underground with local bands dressing up and sending up some of the most legendary punk and hard rock acts of all time. The lineup includes Rotten Youth paying tribute to Reagan Youth, To Our Grave covering Mötorhead, The Proles going as The Queers, When Enough Is Enough taking on Operation Ivy, and The Crew as 7 Seconds. 6:30 p.m., $15. Call 480-834-3709.

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