12 Days of Halloween: I’d Hit That

creature black lagoonAn ongoing list of brilliant Halloween activities that aren’t boring and don’t involve Valleyscare. Or haunted hay rides. And probably don’t involve drinking apple cider but hopefully do involve eating candy, popcorn, drinking beer or perhaps taking a tug of whiskey from a flask. Also, may involve costumes but probably not “sexy” costumes, like Sexy Nurse, Sexy CPA, Sexy Kitty, et al.

The Parkway Theater in Minneapolis is showing the original 3D print of Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) on October 29-31. This came out of the Universal vault, people, and if the Disney vault is any example, you know it’s hard to get shit out of there. All seats for all shows are $7.50. On Friday, Oct. 29 it screens at 9:55 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 30 it screens at 2, 3:45 & 5:30. On Sunday, Oct. 31 it screens at 2, 3:45, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:15.

BareBones Productions is a collective of visual and performing artists who like puppets of all shapes, sizes, scale and intensity. They put on a show for FREE at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul that includes puppets, stilt-walking, costumes, masks and an orchestra. This year the show is Carnetheria, which explores “the repercussions of technology and energy use on the world and humanity.” OK, yeah, well, just show me lots of cool puppets! This Saturday & Sunday, (Oct. 23, 24) from 7-9 p.m. and then Halloween weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 7-9 p.m. Just show up.

The Minnesota Orchestra is going to provide the soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Yup. Cool, huh? They’ll be “performing Bernard Herrmann’s spine-tingling score against the dramatic backdrop of the big screen.” High culture and pop culture combine for one great taste. One performance only – Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m.

Evil Dead: The Musical at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. We’re going to this on Saturday night (Oct. 23) so you can expect a review. This actually goes on past Halloween, so still time to get tickets. As you might imagine, this is a send-up of the films Evil Dead, Evil Dead II. Includes a march of the zombies and the throttling of chainsaws. And there is a “splash zone” onstage if you want to get doused with fake blood. I’m not sure if ponchos are provided. Check Illusion’s site for showtimes, tix.

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