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7 Tasty Halloween Happenings Around Town

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and not just because you get to see so many tiny humans expressing their creativity and excitement for all of that candy. Halloween doesn’t have to be just for the kids, there are plenty of ways you and I can get in on the fun, with or without kids in tow.

Check out these seven great (and tasty) Halloween events around town!

7 Tasty Halloween Happenings Around Town

7 Tasty Halloween Happenings Around TownQuarantined: The Zombie Apocalypse at the Nightmare on Princess Drive
October 29, 2016 9pm until 2am
Scottsdale Princess | Plaza Bar | 7575 E. Princess Drive | Scottsdale | 85255 | 480.585.4848
Admission | Free
Tasty Halloween Happenings Around Town_Corpse Reviver ast Scottsdale Princess

Peering through the murky fog, zombies are gradually inching closer and closer … to taking over the “Nightmare on Princess Drive.” This indoor/outdoor nightspot, in the plaza of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, is the perfect place to enjoy our fall weather and a ghostly, glamorous Halloween bash.
This year’s supernatural theme is “Quarantined: The Zombie Apocalypse,” where the walking dead are invading The Plaza Bar, quarantined by a chain link fence, caution tape, flickering lights, zombie warning signs and overgrown vines; party-goers enter at their own risk. DJ Pulse will mix the best lounge and dance music, setting the stage for wandering corpses and a Halloween costume contest at the bewitching hour of midnight.
Zombies will serve enticing concoctions ($14) including:
Corpse Reviver #2 – Made with equal parts ¾ oz. gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc and lime juice. To make at home, combine all ingredients and shake well. Double strain into a martini glass that has an absinthe rinse. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Creepy Nights – Made with 1 ½ oz. bourbon, ¾ oz. lemon juice, ¾ oz. of red wine and ½ oz. of simple syrup. Combine all ingredients except red wine and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and pour red wine to float on top.
Admission to the party is complimentary.  Ghouls can R.I.P. and comfort with a reserved table and bottle service by calling 480-585-2694.  The Plaza Bar opens at 7 p.m., with the party starting in at 9 pm, and is located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale. For more information or room reservations, please dial 480-585-4848 or visit

Wicked Ball
October 29, 2016 starting at 9pm
Talking Stick Resort | 9800 E. Talking Stick Way | Scottsdale | 85256 | 480.850.7734
Admission | $50 for general admission and $90 for VIP tickets (presale – ticket priced increase by $10 the day of the event)

Halloween is just over two weeks away, and it’s nearly time to celebrate at Talking Stick Resort’s Third Annual Wicked Ball, the hottest Halloween party in Scottsdale. The main event of the party will once again be its costume contest, which will pay out a share of $10,000 to one grand prize winner and will be emceed by LIVE 101.5’s Morning Mess. Nine more contest finalists will also win up to $2,500.
The centerpiece of this year’s Wicked Ball will be the entertainment. In the carnival room, those in attendance will find a variety of interactive performers including henna artists, fortune tellers, and tarot card readers. Outside, EDM superstars Cash Cash and Benny Benassi will take over Ultra Lounge. Guests can expect to hear Cash Cash’s smash hit “Take Me Home” featuring Bebe Rexha, which became a top 20 hit on the U.S. Pop Songs chart in 2013, as well as Benassi’s international hit “Satisfaction.”
Prizes for the top five finalists will be as follows:
1st Place: $3,500
2nd Place: $2,500
3rd Place: $1,500
4th Place: $1,000
5th Place: $500
6th – 10th Place: $200

“Hallovino” at Marcellino Ristorante
October 31, 2016 From 4pm until closing
Marcellino Ristorante | 7114 E. Stetson Drive | Scottsdale | 85251 | 480.990.9500
Admission | There is no cost for admission

Halloween at Marcellino Ristorante means spooktacular fun! Not tricks, just treats. Enjoy happy hour pricing on light bites and drinks from 4:00 p.m. to close at the bar!

Spooktacular Tea Party at Loose Leaf Tea
October 27, 2016 From 6pm until 8pm
Loose Leaf Tea Market | 4773 N. 20th St. | Phoenix | 85016 | 602.283.1210
Admission | $20 per person online through October 20th and $25 after

Tasty Halloween Happenings Around Town_Loose Leaf Tea MarketJust in time for fall and a little Halloween cheer, Loose Leaf Tea Market is hosting a Spooktacular Tea Party. The tea party will be hosted at the Loose Leaf Tea Market Town & Country store.
Have some fall fun at Loose Leaf Tea Market! Show up in your cutest tea attire or your Halloween best and enjoy a delightful tea service brewed on the spot. Prizes will be awarded to the best outfit.
The Spooktacular Tea Party will include tastings of three different teas – seasonal and tasty! Sip your tea, munch on some snacks, play a few games and mingle with your friends at Arizona’s best tea party.
After the party enjoy special discounts on organic, artisan loose leaf teas and merchandise. Talk one-on-one with Loose Leaf Tea Market’s awesome and friendly staff to learn about the special health benefits of each of their teas and the organic ingredients that go into them.
“Fall is one of my favorite seasons – it’s just the right weather to brew a hot cup of a tea and relax,” said Kita Centella, owner and founder of Loose Leaf Tea Market. “The weather is right and there’s no better time for a tea party – that’s why we’re so excited to host our Spooktacular Tea Party on October 27th, right before Halloween.”

Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Spooktacular Halloween Bash
October 27, 2016 From 5pm until 9pm
Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill | 2121 E. Highland Ave. | Phoenix | 85016 |602.977.2700
Admission | $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under (your admission provides you with a $10 or $5 food credit, depending on the ticket you purchase)

Tasty Halloween Happenings Around Town_Alice Coopers Solid Rock SpooktavularHalf Moon Windy City Sports Grill in Phoenix announces its hosting Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Spooktacular featuring a highly entertaining, family-friendly Halloween Bash with proceeds to benefit Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock,
Sports, music and Halloween fans of all ages are encouraged to come in costume and support Solid Rock’s mission as the evening’s festivities include:

  • Live music from Solid Rock’s local bands
  • A Make Up Station – paint your face like Alice Cooper or your favorite character, ghost or goblin
  • A silent auction filled with sports and entertainment memorabilia
  • A raffle with prizes including concert and event tickets, restaurant gift cards and more
  • Trick or Treatgoodie bags for the first 50 kids, 12 and under, that are registered

Fifteen percent of the proceeds from sales for the entire day will go to Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock as well as all the tips the servers collect during the event.
Solid Rock’s primary mission is to make an everlasting difference in the lives of teens by helping them meet the spiritual, economical, physical, and social needs of at-risk teens (they believe all teens are at risk) in the community by offering a safe, engaging environment during non-school hours –a time when they are most vulnerable to drugs, violence, and gangs. Maintaining “a teen’s worst enemy is too much time on their hands,” Solid Rock provides the music, arts, vocational programs and fellowship that challenge teens to discover their passion through music, dance, self-expression, and creativity

Halloween Wine Tasting at Sorso Wine Room
October 19, 2016 From 6pm until 9pm
Sorso Wine Room | 15323 N. Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85254 | 480.951.4344
Admission | $25

Tasty Halloween Happenings Around Town_Halloween Wine Tasting at SorsoHalloween is just around the corner, and Sorso Wine Room is ready! For just $25, diners can taste five of Sorso’s spookiest wines:
Blanc De Bleu Cuvée Mousseux (sparkling)
Caduceus Merkin Vineyards “Chupacabra Blanca”
Saved Red Blend
Pundit Syrah
Neige “Cidre de Glacé” Premiere (Apple Ice Wine)
The wines will be paired with small bites including bruschetta and “trick-or-treats.”

Bashas Halloween Party
October 29, 2016 From 10am until 2pm
Any of Basha’s valley locations as well as Eddie’s Country Store in Pinetop and Food City in Parker
Admission | Free

Tasty Halloween Happenings Around Town_BashasAs the old Halloween saying goes, “trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat…” Though you won’t have to smell any feet, Bashas’ Supermarkets is offering tricks, treats and healthy snacks for families during a statewide Halloween celebration on Oct. 29.
Bashas invites children of all ages to dress in their festive Halloween costumes and attend a party at one of the 58 stores in Arizona, as well as Eddie’s Country Store in Pinetop and Food City locations in Parker and Lake Havasu City. The festivities are aimed to offer families a fun and safe alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.
This FREE and family-fun event will include activities such as:

  • Trick-or-treating throughout the store
  • Free cookies and apple cider tasting
  • Picture taking opportunities
  • Halloweencake decorating for $5
  • Carmel apple dipping for $3

With so many exciting and varied Halloween options, you’re going to have a tricky time choosing! Which spot sounds the spookiest to you?

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© Taryn Jeffries 2016

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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