Halloween parties can be great fun for children, but adults love this time of year as well. Here are some restaurants, hotels and bars that let me know that they are having a special Halloween event. Some are family-oriented, and some are for adults only. I add listings here as I receive them, so check back often as Halloween draws near. They are listed in date order.
- Pick-a-Pumpkin, Harvest Festivals and Pumpkin Patch Farms
- Haunted Houses
- Community Festivals, Spooky Shows, Family-Friendly Halloween Events
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.
See pictures of Halloween festivities at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, 7677 North 16th Street, Phoenix
In 2013: Friday, October 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Windows will be blacked out and normal lighting will be replaced with black lights so the whole club will glow. A variety of electric drink specials will be served. Dress in anything that glows, such as white clothing, glow bracelets and necklaces and glow in the dark nail polish and lipstick. For those who want to really glow, The Shout House will offer a paint station, where guests can accessorize themselves with non-stainable, neon, glow in the dark paint. The piano players will, from time to time, cover their hands in glow in the dark paint and play without stage lights. A 21-and-over, non-stop, audience request driven show, the performers involve audience members in sing-alongs, roasts and on-stage interaction. Without a reservation, admission to The Shout House is $5 per person. For more information or reservations, call 623-772-1500.
Westgate Entertainment District
In 2013: Friday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to close
See pictures of the Cave Creek Wicked Pub Crawl.
Various bars in Cave Creek
In 2013: Saturday, October 26 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Halloween Party, sponsored by Hot 97.5, is a benefit for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. A DJ will be playing music. Costume contests with cash prizes, drink specials, photo booth, dancing, onsite soothsayers and readings. General admission is $30 and VIP is $60. 21+ only.
The Venue Scottsdale, 7117 E 3rd Avenue, Scottsdale
In 2013: Saturday, October 26 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
W Scottsdale will be transformed into Resident Evil. Watch the dead rise from the ground. Climb the steps of W Scottsdale, where your fate will be determined. Will you survive? 21+ only. Tickets are $25 (plus fee) online. DJ on the WET Deck and a performer in the Living Room. For VIP table reservations, call 602.405.0099.
W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
In 2013: Saturday, October 26, doors open at 8 p.m.
Local DJs Decipha and Tranzit will be spinning dance, house, top 40, and hip-hop music in the ballrooms. Partygoers are encouraged to dress their best for a chance to win the costume contest, with a $1,000 cash prize. Early-bird tickets (limited number) are $30. Cash bar. VIP table packages are $750 and include eight tickets, reserved seating, two premium bottles, and a private cocktail server. 21+ only. Advanced tickets are recommended, as the event has sold out every year. Hotel rooms are offered at a special rate of $199 nightly Thursday, October 24 through Monday, October 28. Reservations can be made at www.hotelvalleyho.com (promo code “boo”), or at 480.248.2000 by mentioning “Haunted Ball.” Hotel room offer subject to availability, and cannot be combined with other offers.
See pictures of the Haunted Hotel Ball!
Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
In 2013: Saturday, October 26 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Pumpkin carving contest at the brewery prizes. Family friendly, but anyone under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent. Prizes.
1340 East 8th Street, Tempe
In 2013: Tuesday, October 29 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
With this year’s theme of “Zombies: The Apocalypse,” guests are greeted at the haunted hotel in grand style, with a walk through the murky fog on the star-studded black carpet to The Plaza Bar’s Stone Rose Lounge’s moonlit, fire pit patios which are transformed into a flood of fire with red and amber lighting elements, fixtures and features.The moat surrounding the outdoor bar will be colored red, with red glass orbs suspended from above, while the entrance to the lounge is draped in a zombie-themed mural with a 3-D zombie chase scene on the catwalk. The Plaza Bar servers will be dressed as zombies and the bartenders as zombie-hunters. A DJ will mix the best lounge and dance music, while a vampire pianist tickles the ivories on a grand piano. Influencing the fun, tantalizing potions include the “Flash Fire,”Zomberry,” and the “Pale Horse.” A costume contest at midnight brings a coffin full of prizes. Admission to the party is complimentary. Guys and ghouls can also R.I.P. in comfort with a reserved table with bottle service by calling Stone Rose Lounge at 480-419-3190. Event parking is $10 for self-parking and $12 for valet. 21+ only.
See a picture of Halloween festivities at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
The Plaza Bar at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 East Princess Dr., Scottsdale
In 2013: Saturday, October 26 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Zombie Prom King and Queen Zombie will be crowned, Zombie Run to follow at midnight.
Calico Jack’s Mexican Cantina, Westgate Entertainment District
In 2013: Saturday, October 26