1204 E. Roosevelt St.
As if you wouldn't have guessed by the enormous, creepy-looking daddy longlegs spider perched in the front yard, Halloween is sort of a big deal at the Alwun House. So much so that they celebrate the occasion throughout the entire month of October via the annual "Monster's Menagerie" group show, which features "blood-curdling creations, profane noir fantasies, and other unworldly art" from more than a dozen creatives across multiple mediums. The exhibition is viewable from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays in the gallery until October 31. Admission is free.
You can also check out these macabre masterpieces before and after Planet Poe Theatre's performance of The Fall of the House of Usher and other works by the infamous Edgar Allan Poe at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 25. Tickets are $9 in advance, $13 at the door. The yearly Monsters Ball will take place one week later on Saturday, October 31, and feature a performance by OPENDANCE, music from The Sinisters and The Mod Zombies, a costume contest for prizes, "horror d'oeuvre" finger foods, and a cash bar. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $17 at the door. Call 602-253-7887.
Arizona Donut Co.
1030 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe
Score a free donut during Halloween at this Tempe shop. Open 24 hours. Call 480-968-1321.
Arizona Event Center
1300 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
The members of Frankie's Fishnets will being doing the time warp again during a special Halloween night screening and shadowcast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. 9 p.m. Prices and admission options vary. See www.frankiesfishnets.com or call 480-779-7716.
Three Valley locations
Stop by the Cheba Hut locations in Tempe, Mesa, or Glendale while in costume and enter for a chance to win a special pipe. 10 a.m. To midnight. Call 480-446-0088.
2209 N. 99th Ave.
If Halloween itself didn't prove to be scary enough, the organizers of Phoenix FearCON VI are hoping that the annual horror convention and film festival will pack plenty of thrills and chills for those who dare attend. The two-day event on Saturday, November 1, and Sunday, November 2, will feature a slew of special guests from The Walking Dead (including Kyla Kenedy, Theodus Crane, Rodney M. Hall, and Sonya Thompson) and a huge variety of TV shows and movies, as well as authors, artists, and others from the horror genre. Doors open at noon both days. Daily admission is $30 and weekend passes are $55-$100. See www.phoenixfearcon.com.
Ghostball Block Party
7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
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. Encompassing 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, 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 or $60 for the party and admission to Oakenfold's gig. Call 480-970-1112 or see www.eegtickets.com.
50 W. Jefferson St.
Feeling lucky? Get you wrist limber, don your fanciest costume, and head for Lucky Strike's annual Bowlloween event, which will feature DJs, go-go dancers, a $1,000 costume contest, and (of course) bowling. 7 p.m., $10. Call 602-732-5490.
Lustre Rooftop Garden
2 E. Jefferson St.
The third-floor outdoor lounge at the Hotel Palomar will host a Dia de Los Muertos-inspired affair with face painters, themed cocktails, music from DJ Swirl, a fogged dance floor, and $500 in prizes during the costume contest. 8 p.m., $10. Call 480-478-1765.
National Comedy Theatre
1111 S. Longmore, Mesa
The theatre will present Halloween Spooktacular shows on Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, featuring unique improv comedy games like "Death Pendulum," "Oxygen Deprivation," "Mystery Scare" and more. A costume contest with winners being decided by the audience and prize packages from the NCT and Bookmans are also planned. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., $14. Call 602-374-5638.
Nightmare on Sixth Street Block Party
Three neighboring Mill Avenue drinking spots — Fat Tuesday, El Hefe, and Handlebar — will join forces for an enormous Halloween night block party that will include more than a half-dozen Djs, multiple indoor and outdoor bars, and prizes for the best costumes. 5 p.m., $5 in advance, $10 at the door.