A Change Of Pace

Halloween Events

Friday, Oct. 31: Joker
• Joker’s Lair haunted house, presented by the Cactus Shadows Shadowbox Players, 8 to 11 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St. Admission: $5; no age limit but parental discretion is advised.

Be afraid. Be very afraid ... The Shadowbox Players are not clowning around at this year’s Joker’s Lair. Shown: Lars Larson, Courtesy photo/Shadowbox Players.

• Haunted Settlement, presented by Cactus Shadows Key Club and Pinnacle High School Drama Club. Carefree Resort, 37220 N. Muletrain Rd., Carefree. Admission: $14 ($2 donated to participating high schools.)

• Kid’s Halloween Party at Pages, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, in Stagecoach Village, 4 to 6 p.m. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume for trick or treating and fun. Scary, kid-friendly movies, light refreshments. Call (480) 575-7200 or visit www.PagesNewAndRare.com for more info.

• “Not-Too-Scary” Haunted House at RisingSun Montessori Day School, 38246 N. Hazelwood Circle, Downtown Cave Creek, from 6 to 9 p.m. FREE Community Event! Trick-or-Treating, Games, Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, Hotdogs, Hot Apple Cider and a Not-Too-Scary Haunted House. Wear your costumes and bring your friends! Fun for all ages. Contact:
480-595-KIDS (5437) or www.risingsunmontessori.com.

Saturday, Nov. 1:

• “Not-Too-Scary” Haunted House at RisingSun Montessori Day School, 38246 N. Hazelwood Circle, Downtown Cave Creek, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (See detailed information above) Contact: 480-595-KIDS (5437) or www.risingsunmontessori.com.

• No Festival Required and Space 55 present “Halloweird Edition 2008: Short Films from Independent Exposure,” 8 p.m., 636 E. Pierce (3 blocks South of Roosevelt). The best in hallowed, strange, gross, controversial, odd and just plain weird films. Admission $6, 1 dollar off with student id (cash only). Mature content 18 and over. For more info visit www.space55.org.


Banks dropping like flies in Japan!

Update from Japan ...

Following the problems in the financial sector in the US, uncertainty has now hit Japan.

In the last 7 days the Origami Bank has folded, the Sumo Bank has gone belly up and the Bonsai Bank announced plans to cut some of its branches.

Yesterday, it was announced that the Karaoke Bank is up for sale and will likely go for a song, while today shares in the Kamikaze Bank were suspended after they nose-dived.

While Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cuts, the Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black.

Furthermore, 500 staff at Karate Bank got the chop and analysts report that there is something fishy going on at the Sushi Bank where it is feared that staff may get a raw deal.