Thursday-Monday: Where to celebrate Halloween

Oct. 27-31

If you're not sure where to go to celebrate the great annual night of toothaches, cheap wigs, and acceptable partial nudity, fear not—City Paper has you covered. Unfortunately, Halloween is on a Monday this year (and the Science Center's big bash is already sold out), but there is no end of spooky offerings in the days ahead. Here is but a mere sampling of the many opportunities to look ridiculous in public: a special Halloween edition of DJ Trillnatured's "All Good" dance party at Ottobar (10 p.m.-2 a.m. on Oct. 28); the American Visionary Art Museum's free day of lantern-making workshops, a bike race, and a screening of "Young Frankenstein" (5-7 p.m. Oct. 27); a full weekend of events at the historic Owl Bar including a pumpkin-carving contest, "Zombie Prom," and '80s character costume contest (Oct. 27-31); the 4th annual Black Cat Ball at Mobtown Ballroom benefiting Poe Baltimore and the Edgar Allan Poe House (8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 29); and the Crown's annual Halloween Cover Show with members of Wume, Scroll Downers, Halloween Tres, and others covering Joy Division, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, and more (9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 29). For Día de los Muertos festivities, visit the Walters Art Museum to craft your own artwork and see an altar created by local artist Edgar Reyes and a traditional Mexican folk dance performance (noon-3 p.m. Oct. 30); or march in the always-dazzling Great Halloween Lantern Parade in Patterson Park (3:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29). If you're looking to get your theater fix, catch Happenstance Theater's "Cabaret Macabre" at Baltimore Theatre Project (Oct. 27-Nov. 13) or Iron Crow Theatre's take on "The Rocky Horror Show" at Motor House (Oct. 27-31). And for trick-or-treating on the actual day of Halloween, head to the Annual Hampden HalloweenFest (5-8 p.m. Oct. 31)—both kids and adults are welcome to go shop-to-shop to snag candy and participate in costume contests. You have to figure out your costume, though; we can't help you there—just don't go as Trump, please. (Maura Callahan)

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