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6 great things to do & see this Hallo-week


They’re creepy and they’re kooky. Mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky. They’re the Halloween arts offerings. From films to concerts to parades with pugs dressed up like Baby Yoda, here is the creepy, kooky late October calendar rundown.

Ska-lloween, Oct. 26, The Rockwell, Somerville

A Halloween ska cover show featuring a monster mash of skanking kings and queens.  Sorry, Ma! play the Replacements, Pink Slip does Big D and the Kids Table, Battle Mode as Daft Punk, the New Limits take on the Planet Smashers, and Threat Level Burgundy will be Aquabats.

“The Thing,” Oct. 26, The Brattle Theater, Cambridge

Director John Carpenter’s horror classic will make you never want to go to Antarctica (sorry, were you planning on making the trip?). Kurt Russell, Keith David, and, wait for it, Wilford Brimley (!) do their best to battle an alien that can invade your blood and imitate you. Spoiler: Their best ain’t great and loads of people die.

Queen and Bowie tributes, Oct. 28, Night Shift Brewing, Everett

It’s Halloween. We will need to hear “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” from locals Young Americans and “Killer Queen” from Queen Rhapsody. Also, the place will riot without getting “Under Pressure.”

Doggone Halloween Parade, Oct. 29, Downtown Crossing, Boston

What’s the best canine Halloween costume? Chihuahua mix as a vampire? Golden retriever as Fabio? Any dog as any Muppet? Don’t guess. Come downtown (go to for registration info) and join the parade along the Summer Street Plaza. Maybe you’ll win a prize. Maybe pugs dressed up like Baby Yoda will sweep the field.

“Lost Boys,” Oct. 31, Somerville Theater

These vampires are positively dreamy – Jason Patric! Kiefer Sutherland! Jami Gertz! – but still deadly. Plus you get the first Corey Haim and Corey Feldman tag team and lines such as these, “You better get yourself a garlic t-shirt or it’s your funeral” and “Great, the bloodsucking Brady Bunch.”

“Rocky Horror Picture Show,” ongoing, AMC Boston Common

Yes, let’s do do the timewarp again. And let’s do it with the Full Body Cast, the institution that started decades ago at the Harvard Square Theater now helps you get into the movie’s action at Boston Common. How do they help you? If you’re a virgin to the Rocky experience, I won’t spoil the fun but maybe bring an umbrella and a sense of humor. Horrified yet?

Things are about to get interesting for Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” playing at the AMC Boston. (File photo)


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