Events: the week ahead

By June Wulff
Globe Staff / October 29, 2009

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NIGHT RIDERS The Haunted Hayride takes visitors to see skits in the veggie fields illuminated by jack-o-lanterns and bonfires. Visit the creepy-crawly critter mansion and sample spooky treats and witches brew. Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Peep, and Little Red Riding Hood make appearances. Costumes and flashlights are recommended. Oct. 29 and 30, 6:30-9 p.m. $9, free under 2. Reservations recommended. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Road, Route 117, Lincoln. 781-259-2206.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES Dwayne Hartford’s play based on the Dickens classic asks: Is violence ever justified? How does one prioritize loyalty? What is the definition of a life well lived? The adult cast works its way through the French Revolution with characters including a French aristocrat, physician, drunk lawyer, and a mob leader. Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. (through Nov. 29). $15-$25, $15 for teens on Friday. Recommended for ages 11 and older. Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2300.

SPOOKY TEA Pastry chef Bill Romiza will offer spooky treats to the kids while adults relax with a glass of champagne, strawberries, and Devonshire cream, and a selection of teas. Kids can dress in their Halloween finery and enjoy witch’s brew apple cider and decorated cookies. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $30, $20 kids. Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-856-7744.

HALLOWEEN FAMILY DAY Children can have their picture made into a stamp, and there are prizes for young visitors who come in costume. Guests will decorate trick-or-treat bags and pumpkins with stamps, play stamp-related games, go on a stamp hunt, and enter the stamp-designing contest. Oct. 31, noon-4 p.m. $8, $5 seniors, free under 17. The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Regis College, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. 781-768-8367.


PEAS ON A KNIFE: DINING IN EARLY AMERICA Sandy Oliver knows a lot about old food, and we don’t mean stuff that’s turned green. The foodways scholar teaches historic recipe research and is the author of “Food in Colonial and Federal America’’ and other food-related books. Following Oliver’s talk about dining manners, guests will feast on period food and libations. Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. $18. Reservations are recommended. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798.

BOWL STRIKES FOR SCHOOLS Now that Manny Delcarmen and his teammates have some free time (sob, sob), the Red Sox pitcher, members of the team, and local celebs will go bowling to raise money for the Boston Public Schools. There will be a Q&A, autographs, silent auction, and photo op. Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. (registration at 1 p.m.). $30, $15 under 13; $75 to bowl, $450 for a team (max of six). Kings Back Bay, 50 Dalton St., Boston. 617-268-0001.

HOWL-OWEEN DOG COSTUME CONTEST AND PET PARADE Here are some of the prize categories to be awarded to man’s - and woman’s - best friends: Bad-2-the-Bone, Most Creative, Ugliest Costume, and Best in Show. The first-place winner will get $500; that’s a lot of dog bones. There will be a Yappy Hour after-party at Ned Devine’s, where well-behaved pooches are welcome. Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. (registration at noon). Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston.