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What to do this weekend, Oct. 28-30

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  October 26, 2011 03:25 PM

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Hey all you ghouls and goblins. It's Halloween weekend! Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata and Milva DiDomizio's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Now get out and go to it!

[Fear at Fenway; Boston Ballet's Night of Stars; Vegetarian Food Festival]


FEAR AT FENWAY: One horror show at Fenway gives way to another as SpookyWorld infiltrates the ballpark. Celebrate Halloween with concessions, games, and haunted attractions including 3D Freakout, Hancock Hill Cemetery, and Brigham Manor. Oct. 28-Nov. 6, gates open 5:30-10 p.m. Attractions close 11 p.m. $45, $69, student and military discounts available. Children’s matinees Oct. 29-30, Nov. 5-6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $19. Fenway Park, Boston.

VEG OUT: You know they’re good for you, but if spinach, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts don’t sound good to you, perhaps Chef AJ (above right) can change your mind. The Los Angeles-based chef will appear at the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival to teach people how to cook plant-based meals with no processed or refined ingredients. The annual event features more than 100 exhibitors, tastings, cooking demos, and kids’ activities. Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston. 617-424-8846,


DEVILS & ANGELS This spooky soiree lets you celebrate Halloween and help Children’s Hospital Boston at the same time. Don your costume and head to the party, where candy bowls, swizzle themed libations, food, and a costume contest are featured. Oct. 28, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $25, $20 advance. 21+. Brahmin American Cuisine and Cocktails, 33 Stanhope St., Boston. 617-723-3131,

SEDUCTIVE SPIRITS: Have a naughty Halloween with Ms. Sassypants, Busty Keaton, Liz Fang and the Slaughterhouse Sweethearts at Rogue Burlesque’s production of “Slumber Party Séance.” The story centers on a girlie sleepover gone wild courtesy of a Ouija board, dancing popcorn, and pillow fight finale. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. $20-$25, $15-$20 advance. 18+. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge.

XMORTIS DEVIL'S NIGHT: Calling all creatures of the night. Channel your dark side and dress the part as DJ Chris Ewen and DJ Static churn out goth and industrial beats. Ghouls from Blackcat Burleque will entertain with a spooky striptease. Oct. 28. $5, $10 after 10:30 p.m. 18+. T.T. the Bear's Place. 617-492-2327.

STARRY NIGHT: Boston Ballet mixes things up at its season opener, the annual Night of Stars. Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen says in the press release, “It’s not often you can see a ballet by Jorma Elo on stage with the works of George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, and Martha Graham.” Speaking of Graham, Martha Graham Dance Company principal dancer Jennifer DePalo is a special guest for this show. Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. $50-$149. Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.


HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL: Once you're too old to go trick or treating, Halloween means only one thing: costume parties. This year at the Gypsy Bar, turn that costume into cold, hard cash. The partygoer with the best get-up will go home with $1,000. Oct. 29, 8 p.m. $10. 21+. Gypsy Bar. 617-482-7799,

BIG SCARY SCREEN: Seven movies. Witches, zombies, and other creatures of the night. 12 hours of sitting on the edge of your seat. Sound good? Head to the 11th Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon. A midnight double feature presents “Suspiria” and “Return of the Living Dead.” If you dare to stay beyond that, we can’t tell you what’s in store (it’s a secret) -- just be prepared to be scared. Oct. 29, midnight-Oct. 30, noon. $15, $20. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500,


THROWED HAUNTED MANSION & COSTUME PARTY Don your spookiest duds and rock the night away to tunes from DJ E-Marce and DJ Texas Mike at the Middle East Downstairs during this indie/electro dance night hosted by Throwed. Oct. 30, 9 p.m. $15, $12 in advance, $20 for VIP tickets which will allow you to skip the line. 18+. Middle East Downstairs. 617-492-9181,

TO A TEA: Don’t worry – the 8th annual Boston Tea Party has nothing to do with politics or Boston history. Breathe deep, sip, and relax as Kyoko Wada leads a Japanese Tea Ceremony and Incense Ceremony. Oct. 30, three sessions offered between 10 a.m.-2:50 p.m. $20, reservations required. Sanzashi-An Tea House, Showa Boston, 420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain. 781-301-1525,

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.


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