There's a little over two weeks left until Halloween, and the clock's ticking. If your costume ain't in order yet, you'd better get busy trying to conjure one. Forget about resorting to the ensemble of aviators, spiky hair, and a GTL shirt (since Jersey Shore was so last year), and instead consider the following: If you're going for nerdish reverence, a black turtleneck, blue jeans, and white sneakers are a good replication of the dearly departed Steve Jobs. Or consider going as Charlie Sheen (complete with Tiger Blood cocktail and some seven-gram rocks) or even Nicki Minaj (butt implants are a necessity). All of these are sure to earn you some instant cred, and maybe some cash, at any of the wild wingdings, costume parties, and other Halloween events taking place from Thursday, October 27, to Monday, October 31.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
Herberger Theatre Center
222 E. Monroe St.
The game most definitely will be afoot when the Arizona Theatre Company stages two performances of Jeffrey Hatcher's murder mystery, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club. 2 and 7:30 p.m., $32-$69. Performances run through October 30, and showtimes vary. Call 602-256-6995.
108 W. Main St.
The jokesters of the National Comedy Theatre will take a cue from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and heckle Italian zombie film Nightmare City during a live accompaniment. 7 p.m., $9. Call 480-649-0040.
The Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale
Holland electro/techno wizards Laidback Luke and Sandro Silva will provide the soundtrack for Relentless Beats' Pimp 'n' Ho Party. Costumes are encouraged and VIP table service will be available. 8 p.m., $22-$27. Call 480-945-5551 or visit www.relentlessbeats.com.
Bars & Clubs
4282 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
The Halloween revelry will run well into the wee hours at this after-hours spot as DJs spin, zombie go-go dancers work the platforms, and a costume competition will transpire. 10 p.m.; $10 before 11 p.m., $15 afterwards. Call 480-264-8300.
3737 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Dia de Los Muertos will be celebrated in style at RnR's "Day of the Dead Party," with such drink specials as $2 carnitas street tacos, $3 Espolon shots, $4 special cocktail ball shots, and $6 signature margaritas. 7 p.m. Call 480-945-3353.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
440 N. 32nd St.
Get a dose of old-school cool during Power 98.3's "Boo Bomb," as hip-hop legends Slick Rick, EPMD, Rob Base, and Big Daddy Kane spit game all evening. 8:30 p.m., $25-$45. Call 602-267-1600.
5912 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale
Costume contest for prizes, drink special, live music, and more. 8 p.m., $6 after 9 p.m. Call 623-939-7561.
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Frankie's Fishnets, the Valley's resident Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcasters, will present two performances of the cult classic, each featuring live musical numbers, "virgin sacrifices," giveaways, costume contests, and more. 18 and over. 8:30 and 11:30 p.m., $12. Visit www.frankiesfishnets.com.
National Youth Sports Center
16083 N. 75th Ave.
The muscle-bound brawlers and jacked-up grapplers of Elite Xtreme Wrestling will serve up the smackdowns inside the squared circle during EXW Octoberfist. A special fan event and meet-and-greet will take also place outside the venue from 4 to 6 p.m. and feature raffles, giveaways, a costume contest for prizes, and other activities. The wrestling action starts at 7 p.m. $12. See www.exwlive.com.
108 W. Main St.
Like blood-soaked scary movies? Check out The Royale's special showing of 555, the 1998 gorefest thriller about a sex-obsessed hippie engaged in a nationwide murdering spree. 9 p.m., $8. Call 480-649-0040.
The Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave.
The comedy that will be unleashed during the inaugural Ghostfest Improv Marathon will be of a somewhat long-form nature. Really long-form — like 30 hours, to be exact, as a variety of local troupes present almost a day and a half of sketches and skits. Bring some Red Bull and expect plenty of shaggy-dog jokes. 7 p.m., $15. Call 602-456-2876.
806 S. Ash Ave., Tempe
Tempe's Final Friday returns from its summer hiatus, and this retailer will provide live music, drinks, artwork, and a gift certificate raffle for those in costume. 6 p.m. Call 480-967-2002.
Bars & Clubs
910 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe
KUPD personality Shanman will emcee the radio station's Halloween party, which features music from Adelitas, Art of Dying, The Dreaming, and others. 8 p.m., $10-$15. Call 480-966-0707.