Janet Leigh’s last breath is a scream in Psycho.

Don’t feel like staying at home to answer the doorbell all night? Just leave a bucket of candy on the doorstep (for the one kid who gets there first) and seek refuge in any of these weekend outings.

If you’re looking for a genuine fright fest, August: Osage County delivers, featuring a hilariously dysfunctional family that makes the Osbournes look tame. Laugh and cringe your way through the final nights of this Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play starring a stellar Estelle Parsons (closes Nov 1). Read our review here.

Also scary? Sequins. Lots and lots of sequins. Catch flashy, campy musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat before it go, go, goes to another city (sorry, couldn’t resist. Closes Nov 1).

Last chance to see irreverent shadow puppets in action: Teensploitation closes Oct 31.

Watch Hitchcock’s Psycho with the Seattle Symphony playing composer Bernard Herrmann’s piercing soundtrack live beneath a big screen. The sound of the orchestra’s string section screeching into Janet Leigh’s motel bathroom is this Halloween’s classiest fright (Oct 29-31).

A whore with a heart of gold and several high notes, La Traviata’s courtesan (Nuccia Focile) dies for love. The famed Giuseppe Verdi opera closes Oct 31, with a special performance for the Seattle LGBT community the night before.

“Sometime Around Midnight” head over to Showbox at the Market for indie band The Airborne Toxic Event, then let the ghostly vocals of UK electronic duo Broadcast wash over you at Neumos on Oct 31.

Eccentric? Yes. Appropriate for Halloween? Absolutely. Indulge in a “concert and movement theater spectacle” – complete with costume contest – as experimental dance troupe Degenerate Art Ensemble brings its “Sonic Tales” to the Moore.

In the running for best/worst movie tagline ever is this beaut for Joel Schumacher’s 1987 cult classic vampire flick, Lost Boys: “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.” Righteous. Scream and mock openly at the Lost Boys Quote-Along (Oct 31).

Speaking of ridiculous vampire B-movies (we were, weren’t we?), enjoy a fresh take on an old movie when Twisted Flicks’ improv comics give new dialogue to Dracula: AD 1972, about “Count Dracula loving London in the swinging 1970s.” Bring a food donation for Northwest Harvest and get $1 off at the box office.

Finally, get your fill of creepy-classic video “Thriller” and top it off with Michael Jackson’s This is It now in theaters.

If you’re making a night of it, grab dinner first at any of these spots celebrating All Hallow’s Eve.
Looking for a nightcap? Try our Halloween pub crawl.

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