Weekend outlook: freaky fabulous

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Minneapolis Musical Theatre presents “Evil Dead: The Musical”

Your Halloween experience doesn’t have to be limited to handing out free candy and going to a costume party; read on for artsy haunted house tours, creepy dance and spooky theater…

BareBones invites you to Carnetheria, a puppet spectacle that plumbs the deep and darkest depths of a dreamlike Carnival for all ages. Using larger-than-life puppets, shadow puppets, bike puppets, costumes, masks, song, dance, stilting, aerialism, fire artistry, and original music by a live orchestra, the BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hidden Falls Regional Park

Ever been to Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement in Minneapolis? It’s the haunted house tour of your youth, but this particularly brand of scary has some real artistic flair. Be prepared to sign a waiver at the door saying you won’t sue anybody for the horrors you are about to experience. And we won’t blame you if you end up crying “uncle!”

Dark, dank, and filled with dramatic history… there’s nothing like the underbelly of a theater to get you to believe in ghosts. Music Box Theatre presents “The Haunted Theater,” billed as a haunted house tour/theater performance. Performances run 30 minutes. Check out the creepy video trailer on their website for a taste of what to expect.

Ballet of the Dolls choreographer Myron Johnson give the holiday a twist with “Whatever happened to… Swan Lake?” at Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. Continuing his pursuit of high drama and larger-than-life personalities, Johnson has created his own mash-up of “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” and “Swan Lake.” It’s billed as a dark tale of two sisters who let jealousy and career ruin their lives.

Love zombies? Minneapolis Musical Theater presents: “Evil Dead, The Musical.” It’s a campy horror/comedy featuring such delightful numbers as “Look who’s evil now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

Minnesota Orchestra celebrates the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” this Saturday with a live soundtrack. Cue the violins for the shower scene!

Looking for a different type of haunting? Mixed Blood Theatre presents The House of the Spirits/La Casa de los Espíritus, based on the novel by Isabel Allende. This production continues Mixed Blood’s tradition of presenting bilingual shows, and is directed by the Guthrie Theater’s Marcela Lorca.

So how are you going to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pakudaitis Scott Pakudaitis

    I’m seeing Hardcover Theater’s “Weird Tales for Halloween” at the BLB and Table Salt’s “Vampires! Horror!” at Old Arizona.

  • Marianne Combs

    Ooh – good catch, Scott! I’ll add those to the list. Thanks!