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Excitement and suspense permeate the Valley as Halloween draws closer. Get in the spirit with festive local events, from spooky laser tag to a dog costume contest. Octane Raceway Velocity VR Scream Fest Looking for a way to immerse yourself in the horror of Halloween? Fight for your life against virtual reality zombies at Octane Raceway’s Velocity VR Scream Fest. A variety of games are available, including Zombie Survival, Far Cry, Undead Arena and more....

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Whether you’re a pinball wizard in Phoenix, a West Valley video game geek or an RPG expert in the East Valley, there are a slew of local spots where you can play your favorite games and get a drink while you’re at it. With the opening of two new game-themed bars in Mesa and Surprise, we put together a roundup of nerdy neighborhood hangouts across the Valley. Game (and drink) on! 8-Bit Aleworks This retro...