Halloween in the East Valley

The Halloween season has no shortage of fun. For some, it’s all about costumes and candy. Others are more into the party scene — or the scary moviescrafty pursuitsghost stories, and haunted houses.

In other words, there’s a lot to see and do this time of year, and most of it centers around All Hallows Eve. Here are some of the best Halloween festivals and events taking place in the East Valley this week.


F.A.B.R.I.C. Halloween Masquerade Ball
Saturday, October 21

The Arizona Apparel Foundation and local fashion-oriented incubator and co-op spot F.A.B.R.I.C. are putting on this high-style affair, which will feature a Halloween fashion show from sexy costume company Yandy. There will also be roaming costumed performers, live music, multiple bars, and fashion vendors. Those who spring for the VIP admission can also partake in hors d’oeuvres and a costume contest for prizes. The masquerade begins at 7 p.m. General admission is $20, VIP access is $100.


Kabarett: Bizarre Noir 
Thursday, October 26

Collaborative music and arts ensemble Kabarett, which is overseen by local musician Christopher Norby, will present this spooky and moody show at the Valley Bar. Described as a “weird show for the witching season,” it will include a variety of Halloween-themed songs, scary tales, covers of film scores, and other sounds, all of which will be performed by a cadre of local performers and synchronized with scenes from classic movies.

Kabarett’s lineup includes such local artist and musicians as Kristilyn Woods, Monique Reina, Rocco Belsito, Phoenix New Times contributor Henri Benard, Corey Gomez, and Megyn Neff. A costume contest and performances by comedian Anwar Newton and DJ Ill Chapo will also take place. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door.


Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28

For two days, the Phoenix zoo will transform into a Halloween wonderland of activities and distractions geared toward kids and those young at heart.

Events at Howl-O-Ween will fall into two categories: scary and merry. The former includes a number of haunts set up around the zoo, each featuring its own theme (such as “House of Voodoo,” “Area 51,” and “Walking Dead Way”). Meanwhile, “merry” activities will include psychic and tarot readings, an extinct animal graveyard, the “Boo Ball” dance party, an arcade, and various games.

The festivites run from 6 to 10:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $9.95 for zoo members, $12.95 for the general public. Certain activities and attractions (such as “Shipwreck Bay” and the “Scare”ousel) will require an additional fee. Full details can be found at the Phoenix Zoo website.


Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular
Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28

A flotilla of more than 20 hot air balloons will light up the night during this annual family-friendly Halloween event at the Salt River Fields. Ditto for the fireworks displays that will take place both nights. There will also be tethered balloon rides to enjoy, a haunted trail to traverse, and more than two tons of candy handed out to trick-or-treaters.

Live music, vendors, food and beverage, a kids zone, and other fun will be part of the event, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m. each evening. General admission is $15. Admission for kids 3 to 12 is $10, and children 2 and under get in free.


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