Get Your Spooky On: Halloween Events in Boston


All dressed up for Halloween and nowhere to go? Never fear, my candy-addled friends. There are several tasty tricks and treats to be had around the city this weekend. Here are our picks (and, spare us the trollop nurse get-up this year … please and thank you.):

“Rocky Horror Picture Show”: There are two spots in Harvard Square where you can see this sexy, subversive musical this weekend: Do the “Time Warp” with Ryan Landry’s Gold Dust Orphans at Oberon on Friday (Oct. 28) at 10:30 p.m., or take in the Full Body Cast’s long-running shadow cast showing of the cult classic at the AMC Theatre at midnight on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 28-29) or at 10 p.m. on Sunday and on the actual holiday (Oct. 30-31).

Halloween Extravaganza/Spooktacular: Talk about a fanboy dream: Fenway-area club Church is hosting two nights of bands dressing up and performing as other bands. On Saturday (Oct. 29), The Lights Out will play Michael Jackson, Sidewalk Driver will be Spinal Tap, BrownBoot will do the Beatles’ “Revolver,” and Muy Cansado will bring the vamp as Prince. Sunday (Oct. 30) brings the Missing Ships as Amy Winehouse, Carlisle Sound as the Kinks, Desperate Kingdom as PJ Harvey, and Ad Frank as Nick Cave and the Ad Seeds.

Fear at Fenway: Spooky World is taking over Fenway Park this weekend (through Nov. 6, actually). I can’t stomach blood, clowns, or anything that bumps in the night, but my husband, friends, and other well-adjusted adults will probably revel in the terror. After all, it can’t be as horrific as the Red Sox playoff collapse (zing!).

“Market of the Living Dead”: Sellers and customers at SoWa Market’s closing day (Oct. 30) will be looking a little undead. That might have something to do with the zombie theme. Compete in the costume contest (first prize is $250, so get on it), and score treats as you browse wares from more than 130 vendors. If the guts and gore get to be too much, calm your nerves with the ultimate comfort snack: grilled cheese from a food truck.

“The Wrathskellar”: The Boston Babydolls promise an evening of “revenge, jealousy, greed, betrayal, lust, and murder.” Sounds like our favorite soap opera, except with pasties and Tom Waits tunes. The troupe has previously performed at the Arsenal Center for the Arts and the Cambridge YMCA; this year Miss Mina, Brandy Wine, and the rest of the raucous bunch have transformed an abandoned East Cambridge storefront into a tavern. Catch the show now through Halloween night, if you dare.