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Hitchcock's Psycho with the Seattle Symphony

Just try not to be terrified by the most famous shower murder soundtrack in history as conductor Adam Stern and the Seattle Symphony bring Bernard Herrmann’s shrieking score to life (at least until Norman Bates gets his hands on it) for two nights. Oct 30 & 31, Benaroya Hall, $31–$112

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

For those who desire more Cumberbatch in their spooky holidays, rejoice! For three days, SIFF Cinema Uptown will be showing the National Theatre's rendition of the classic novel under the direction of the Danny Boyle (28 Days Later). Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate roles as Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation. Oct 30–Nov 1, SIFF Cinema Uptown, $20

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Don’t dream it, just be it! And by “it” we mean in attendance at SIFF Cinema Egyptian's midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Dress up as your favorite transvestite from Transylvania for an extra dose of delightful insanity. Oct 31 at 11:55pm, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, $7–$12

Seattle Opera Halloween Party

After Seattle Opera’s performance of The Pearl Fishers, the tropical themed setting will carry over to the Opera’s Halloween after party. This colorful island gathering will be complete with food, drinks, and dancing. Warning: Any run-ins with the creatures from the Black Lagoon may result in immediate quarantine. Oct 31 at 10pm, McCaw Hall, $30

The Bushwick Book Club Seattle: Original Music Inspired by Stephen King’s Carrie

Get in the scary spirit of Steven King’s classic horror novel Carrie as Buchwick’s Book Club Seattle brings the book to life with a Halloween costume party prom. Local songwriters will perform tunes inspired by Carrie with the backing of the band Richie Aldente. Please avoid dumping buckets of blood on your fellow partying patrons. Oct 31 at 8, Hale’s Palladium, $15–$20

Short Run Halloween Afterparty

After a day of checking out Short Run Comics and Arts Festival's frightfully talented artists and authors at the Seattle Center, head over to Hillard’s Beer in Ballard for the Short Run Halloween Afterparty. The post-lit festivities include a photo booth with papier-mâché monsters created by Good Neighbor Gallery, silent auctions, food trucks, and live rock music from Your Heart Breaks and Mommy Long Legs. Oct 31 at 7:30, Hillard's Beer, $5


Taproot’s new adaptation of the most famed vampire tale doesn't need any sparkles and teenage angst. Instead, Taproot takes its audience on an adventure deep into the crypts to find the terrifying ancient villain. After the Halloween night performance, head on over to Naked City Brewery for even more vampire-related festivities, including a double feature of the silent films Nosferatu and Vampyr. Thru Oct 31, Taproot Theatre, $20–$40

Beats Antique

Electronica and world music fusion group Beats Antique brings its carnival freak show to Seattle on the most appropriate of days. This Halloween, Beats Antique promise that its Creature Carnival will be a mix of breathtaking performance, improvisation, and audience participation. It's not for the faint of heart (though the heart may grow stronger). Oct 31 at 8, Showbox SoDo, $30–$35

This is Halloween

Can Can Productions felt that unlucky number 13 shows wasn’t enough spooktacular entertainment, so they went with 20 productions of its super popular production adaption of The Nightmare Before Christmas so they increased that number to 20. If you felt like The Nightmare Before Christmas was severely lacking in burlesque (kinda weird, but whatever), then this stellar cabaret is the perfect Halloween treat. Thru Oct 31, The Triple Door, $25–$35

Ghost Game IX: Dead Gods

Come for the dark arts, stay for the dessert. The Cabiri's Ghost Game IX: Dead Gods offers a dessert theater cabaret filled with acrobats, aerialists, and various world mythologies. Did we mention dessert? Thru Nov 1, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, $45–$65

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