Halloween Eve Party at Wren House
Friday, October 30
Kick off the Halloween weekend on Friday night at Wren House brewery's Halloween Eve Party. The event, which runs from 4 p.m. to midnight, will double as the release for the brewery's Pie Thief Pumpkin wheat wine — which clocks in at a sneaky 9 percent ABV. In addition to tapping the new beer, the brewery will serve the famous pumpkin cookies from Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup and offer some special Halloween-themed firkins including Kit Kat Jomax and Candy Apply Saison. They'll even be tapping one that's made out of a real pumpkin. Costumes are encouraged and attendees wearing costumes will receive $1 off beers. For more information check the Facebook event page.
18th Annual Four Peaks Pumpkin Carving Contest
Friday, October 30
Get in on a Valley tradition this year by checking out Four Peaks Brewing Company's 18th annual Four Peaks Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Four Peaks Tasting Room on Wilson. Competitors can drop of their pumpkin creations between 6 and 8 p.m. and judging will commence from 8:15 to 8:45. Attendees will be able to vote on pumpkins in the following categories: Best Overall, Best Four Peaks Theme, and Most Creative. The winner gets, well, nothing but bragging rights — but everyone who shows up can enjoy pints of Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter and Double Pumpkin as well as food from two food trucks, New Flame Cafe and Fontana’s Pizzeria. For competition rules and more information check the Four Peaks Brewing Company website.
Roka Bar Halloween Costume Party
Saturday, October 31
Nothing says Halloween like drink specials and sashimi, which is why partying at Roka Bar at Roka Akor in Scottsdale makes so much sense. The upscale Japanese restaurant will host a Halloween Costume Party on Saturday from 4:30 to 11 p.m. with music by DJ Claudia Ramirez from 7 to 10 p.m. Drink specials will include the #Pumpking with barrel-aged gin and pumpkin liqueur ($13) and the #PortofCrawl with Croft pink port, Argyle brut rose, and orange liqueur ($13). Food specials will include sashimi platters decorated with RIP signs, lights, and dry ice and squid ink chibi burgers and sweet potato fries with a spicy marmalade.
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Classic Novel Horror Party
Saturday, October 31
Cocktail and book nerds don't usually have a lot in common, but this Halloween Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is uniting the two groups with a book-themed party where guests are encouraged to dress up in their best horror novel- or classic literary-inspired costume. Haunted Huckleberry Finn and Psycho Tom Sawyer will be the ideal guests for the event and the best classically-inspired horror costume will wine prizes. The party goes from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, October 21 the downtown drinking destination will offer 'horrifically inspired' cocktails and have a DJ playing live music. Open to guests 21 and over only. For more information visit the Facebook event page.
Dia de los Muertos at Cien Agaves
Sunday, November 1
Keep the Halloween celebrations rolling on Sunday at an intimate dinner celebrating Dia de los Muertos at Cien Agaves in Scottsdale. The dinner is limited to 50 guests, all of whom will enjoy four courses from a special menu created by chef Ricky DeAlba. Each course will be paired with Espolon tequila and featured mixologist Luke Detraz will craft tequila cocktails to complement each dish. Tickets to the dinner must be purchased in advance and cost $80. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, to view the menu, or to reserve a seat check the event website.