GET OUT SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
Breakout cinema hit Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, took society by storm with its twists and turns. Reflect on the surprises that made the film such a shock to the genre with a special screening presented by ASU’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. A discussion about the film’s central themes and impact will follow.
ASU Downtown Campus, Health North 110, 550 N. Third Street, Phoenix, csrd.asu.edu/GetOut, 6 p.m., Friday, October 20, free.
HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE BALL
Fashion gets freaky at this Halloween-themed masquerade ball and block party, benefiting the Arizona Apparel Foundation and the state’s fashion industry. With frightfully delicious food vendors, a Halloween fashion show and a costume contest, guests will experience a Halloween celebration like no other. Stick around for throwback classics from Vanilla Spice – a local ‘90s cover band.
F.A.B.R.I.C., 132 E. Sixth Street, Tempe, fabrichalloweenball.com, 7 p.m., Saturday, October 21, $20-$100.
HAUNTED HOTEL BALL
Celebrate all Halloweekend long with your favorite 104.7 KISS FM DJs and on-air personalities. This two-day, three-party event kicks off with a live set from Grammy-nominated producer Dirty South. The fun continues with a morning detox pool party and yoga class and ends with a final bash and a $2,500 Halloween costume contest. The hotel gets just as crazy with a haunted décor makeover and a cast of creepy hotel characters to serve you.
The Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel, 4000 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, hauntedhotelball.com, times vary, Friday, October 27, to Saturday, October 28, $69-$159.
RPM ORCHESTRA PRESENTS THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
No horror flick is complete without a killer film score to make you jump. The 1920s German horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Cailgari is considered one of the most influential movies in the Expressionist movement and one of the first horror films ever made. The RPM Orchestra provides a live film score to the silent classic for one night only at FilmBar.
FilmBar, 815 N. Second Street, Phoenix, thefilmbarphx.com, 10:15 p.m., Friday, October 27, $12.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL
Take in a cultural celebration like no other and experience Dia de los Muertos firsthand. This two-day festival features a large mercado with arts, crafts and jewelry as well as special altars crafted by local artists. Authentic food and artist demos will be on display throughout the day and guests can participate with their own memories at the giant community altar.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, times vary, Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, free.
THE MUMMY HALLOWEEN
The W Scottsdale will take partygoers back to ancient Egypt for a spooky night of mummies and hieroglyphics at their rooftop pool. With a live DJ, mummy waiters and a giant pyramid across the WET Deck, this tomb of terror will feature intrigue at every turn. Watch your back or you may run into an extreme fire dancer or snake charmer while you’re letting loose.
The W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, wscottsdaletickets.com, 9 p.m., Saturday, October 28, $40.
STRANGER THINGS HALLOWEEN ON THE ROOFTOP
If you can hardly wait for the Netflix hit show to return, you can whet your appetite for Eleven and the gang with a special Stranger Things-themed rooftop celebration. For two nights, downtown Phoenix hangout LUSTRE Rooftop Bar flips reality. Guests can participate in a “Stranger” costume contest, a photo booth and enjoy all kinds of creepy concoctions.
LUSTRE Rooftop Bar, 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, lustrerooftopbar.com, 8 p.m., Saturday, October 28, and Tuesday, October 31, free.
HARRY POTTER TRIVIA
Celebrate the spookiest day of the year with a trivia contest devoted to everyone’s favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter. Signup starts at 7 p.m. for what is sure to be one of the most competitive Muggle events of the year. Whether you’ve seen all the movies or read all the books, put your knowledge to the test and you just might walk away with some magical prizes, including concert tickets and gift cards.
Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, valleybarphx.com, 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 31, free.
ARIZONA FALL FEST
This free festival exclusively features Arizona-owned businesses and organizations. If you’re looking for the best in Grand Canyon State restaurants, live entertainment or wine and beer, they’ve got it. This is the festival’s first year expanding beyond Phoenix to encompass the entire state’s business community. Localists can delight in connecting with their go-to local spots and finding new faves.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver Street, Phoenix, localfirstaz.com/fall-festival, 10 a.m., Saturday, November 4, free.
ARIZONA HIP-HOP FESTIVAL
Arizona celebrates Hip-Hop Day with a festival that will have all of downtown Phoenix dancing. Featuring multiple stages and over 250 performers, this festival showcases the best in hip-hop performers, visual artists and beats. Catch new and old hip-hop favorites with confirmed artists like Yog Westwood, Trap House and Dann G.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, azhiphopfestival.com, 10 a.m, Saturday, November 11, $16.50