Halloween’s in less than a week, and we don’t have a thing to wear. At least we have some ideas about how to celebrate—here’s our top 10 list of holiday A&E events (family-friendly options included):
Cannibal the Musical!
Move over, Hannibal Lecter—there’s a bigger, badder flesh-eating menace in town, and this guy’s actually real (gulp). Ever hear of Alferd Packer? He’s the only man ever convicted of cannibalism in the United States—and naturally, South Park cocreator Trey Parker thought this was perfect fodder for a musical. Local improv comedy team Unexpected Productions tackles Parker’s story about an 1874 gold prospecting excursion gone horribly wrong. With songs like “Don’t Be Stupid” and “Hang the Bastard!”, eating one of your own has never been this much fun. $12. Thru Oct 31, Market Theater.
If you like that, you’ll like: Evil Dead: the Musical at ArtsWest
International Ballet Theatre’s Dracula
Forget Twilight. International Ballet Theatre sticks to the classics with its original adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 blood-sucking barnstormer. What you will find in this production: magicians, cloggers, tappers, floating scenery. What you won’t find: teen angst and terrible acting. $50. 7:30, Oct 29, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center.
If you like that, you’ll like: Century Ballroom’s Halloween Disco Ball and View and Chew: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Run Scared 5K at Seward Park
Bring your pets, walkers, strollers, and little gremlins to this Halloween morning run/walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Treat yourself to a massage and some candy afterward, then enjoy that mid-morning nap. Participating in costume is encouraged. $25 preregistration; $30 day of race. 9am, Seward Park.
If you like that, you’ll like: Haunted Broadway and the Procession of the Lost Souls Parade
Let’s be honest: Seattle has earned the title “Zombie Capital of the World.” First we win the Guinness World Record for largest zombie walk, and now we host the first-ever zombie convention. Horror legends will make their way down the blood-red carpet this weekend, including George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), Bruce Campbell (star of Evil Dead), World War Z author Max Brooks, and Malcolm McDowell, star of A Clockwork Orange. Even Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) will be there reporting for Rolling Stone. Attend film screenings and zombie combat workshops, or just cause general undead mayhem. Day pass $25; weekend pass $60. Oct 29-31, Seattle Center.
If you like that, you’ll like: Grand Illusion Cinema’s Super Secret Creature Feature
Remlinger Farms Fall Pumpkin Harvest
Here’s a not-so-gory alternative to all those zombie events: an afternoon at Remlinger Farms where kids can pick their own pumpkins, run through a corn maze, ride a roller coaster, check out the petting zoo, and go on a flashlight tour of the farm.$15. Weekends 10am-6pm, Remlinger Farms.
If you like that, you’ll like: The Museum of Flight’s Spook-tacular Sleepover