Our arts critics have already recommended 91 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 31 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from Cat Videos Live! to the Video Nasty Film Festival, from the Urban Craft Fall Market to An Evening with Anna Faris, and from Tinder Live in Tacoma to the Port Gamble Ghost Conference. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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1. Save Lake Serene Trail Happy Hour
The astonishingly beautiful Lake Serene trail is in danger of being logged. The land preservation trust Forterra NW is trying to raise $275,000 by October 30 to save the land. Have a drink, learn more about Forterra and the history of the trail, and consider donating.
2. Stranger Things Trivia
In light of the upcoming season of Stranger Things, put your detail retention to the test at a trivia night dedicated to the Netflix original series. Enjoy drink specials and Caribbean food, and be ready to answer the most important question of all: Is Barb okay?!
3. Matthew Walker
In Matthew Walker's Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, he explores "cultural notions that equate sleeplessness with productivity, and elucidates the fallacy in those beliefs." In doing so, the book makes a case for the social, professional, and health benefits of snoozing.
4. Think and Drink
This event invites you to consider the ways in which literature and media have the potential to break down barriers between cultures and "get us closer to our common humanity." Gonzaga University professor Jessica Maucione and University of Washington senior lecturer Anu Taranath will "explore the power of story by discussing two books that encouraged them to re-examine their biases and see the world from a different point of view."
5. Flights & Rights
Join the ACLU and KEXP for an evening of beer tasting (courtesy of Redhook Brewing) and a discussion with ACLU's legal director, Emily Chiang, who will address the state of civil liberties since the presidential election and will outline the five Supreme Court cases the ACLU will argue this session.
6. Represent! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival
See four new plays by playwrights of color, including Juliette Carrillo's Plumas Negras; short selections by local playwrights Maria Batayola, Shontina Vernon, Celeste Mari Williams, and others; Madhuri Shekar's House of Joy, and Mara E. Palma's Echoes of Empire.
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7. Ghastly Tales and Cocktails
Feel comforted by the warm caress of a cocktail while scary stories are read aloud to you by Central Library reader David Wright.
8. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Rich Smith recently described two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage as "all-powerful," which lines up perfectly with her impressive list of accolades and awards. Her uneven but fascinatingly character-driven 2011 play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is about a young black woman who starts out a maid and becomes a burgeoning Hollywood star, and explores racial stereotypes in Hollywood with playful humor.
There is no performance on Wednesday.
9. Public Art Party
Every year, the Office of Arts & Culture's public art program integrates artworks into a variety of public spaces. Celebrate this year's local public pieces, as well as newly acquired portable artworks, at King Street Station.
10. Unwritten: An immersive experience of childhood denied
Unwritten: An Immersive Experience of Childhood Denied is a night of interactive events meant to honor those who died as children. Guests will move through installations and see performances "designed to have them consider and engage with issues of child mortality in new and deeper ways."
11. Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead
Nothing is sacred to the mischief-makers of Mystery Science Theater 3000—Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett—who dared to make live onstage fun of the classic Night of the Living Dead back in 2013. Relive the snarkfest at this rebroadcast.
12. Rocky Horror Picture Show
See Tim Curry in all his fishnet glory in a screening of the cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show, hosted by Viking Tom. The actors aren't performing live, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't dress up like your favorite beautiful weirdo from the musical.
At this biannual showcase, see a "dark" and "vibey" Halloween-themed collection of Pacific Northwest-made music videos curated by Bobby McHugh and Sharlese Metcalf. This installment features videos of Tacocat, Shabazz Palaces, Baywitch, Built to Spill, and others.
14. Danielle Centoni
Join Danielle Centoni for a discussion of her new book, Portland Cooks, which presents 80 recipes from 40 of Stumptown's most popular restaurants and bars.
15. Farm to Table Dinner
The goal of UW's student-powered, urban vegetable market garden is to serve as an "educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes." Join them for their fourth-annual vegan- and gluten-free-friendly dinner of local produce served with local beer and wine. Also enjoy games, live music, and more.
16. Whiskey Business
For this collaboration dinner from TRACE and Woodinville Whiskey Company, TRACE's executive chef Steven Ariel has crafted a three-course meal to pair with a selection of Woodinville’s hand-distilled whiskeys and cocktails. Start with bites of ahi tuna with whiskey barrel-aged shoyu soy (accompanied by a Rye Sazerac) before digging into the main course of grilled pork chop with whiskey barrel maple syrup, paired with a bourbon Manhattan. For dessert, try an Applewood stave-finished whiskey truffle with ice cream, followed by a pour of a special Toasted Applewood Bourbon to keep you warm and toasty.
17. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxies
Drink a beer and delve into the mysterious world of outer space with Dr. Jennifer Sobeck, who will discuss her research on the evolution of our galaxy, and UW grad student Grace Telford, who will give a talk on "A Whirlwind Tour of Galaxies: the Tiny, the Gigantic, and Everything in Between."
18. Music of Today: Intercontinental Experimental Music Ensemble
The University of Washington School of Music and DXARTS — Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media have partnered once again to co-sponsor Music of Today, a series that showcases the innovative new works and contemporary classics composed and initiated by faculty members and guest composers. This evening will focus on the experimental instrumental work of four musicians from four different continents, performing on viola, guitar, trumpet, bass, keys, percussion, and live electronics.
19. The Westerlies Fall Gala
Join Seattle jazz quartet the Westerlies (called "folk-like and composerly, lovely, and intellectually rigorous" by NPR Music) for the kickoff of their 2017-2018 concert season by hearing them perform their latest program, "The Songs We Sang: American Vocal Music of the 20th Century," as well as some older Westerly favorites.
20. Mr. Nude
At this ameteur contest, men from Washington State are invited to strut their stuff in a striptease for a prize of $500.
21. Alfred W. McCoy
Historian Alfred McCoy's book In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power examines the United States' rise to global power post-World War II, and its decline in power in the decades since. The book addresses land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace, as well as "the netherworld of covert operations" during this period.
22. Borrowing from Nature to Build Better Computers: DNA Data Storage and Beyond
Hear how UW associate professor of Computer Science & Engineering Luis Ceze (and his partners) broke a world record by developing a process to encode, store, and retrieve data in DNA. They add: "Our ability to digitize data using silicon technology is reaching its limit, while our ability to engineer biomolecules is rapidly improving."
23. An Evening Out for Ambitious Introverts
Standard tips for professional success are seldom catered to those whose personalities don't naturally lend themselves to traditional networking. Join Morra Aarons-Mele for an evening of conversation and connections for introverts in the professional world, where she'll share stories and skills from her new book, Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert's Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You'd Rather Stay Home).
24. Frankenstein: A Modern Postmortem
Realists rejoice: Everyone knows the story of the clunky monster brought to life by Doctor Victor Frankenstein, but would such a feat be possible in real life? Join scientist Kaitlyn Casimo as she talks about what Frankenstein needed to invent and how he should have been stopped.
25. Gabrielle Union's Real Life Book Club Tour: We're Going to Need More Wine
Actor/activist Gabrielle Union's new book of autobiographical essays, We're Going to Need More Wine, examines life as a woman of color in today's America. At this reading, journey with her through childhood and puberty in Nebraska and white Californian suburbs.
26. Oona Hathaway: How Outlawing War Remade the World
In The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World, Oona Hathaway, a Yale Law professor, explains how the 1928 Peace Pact failed to prevent war, but also how the document made way for a "subsequent era where tariffs and sanctions take the place of tanks and gunships."
27. What do Ghosts Want? with Neil McNeill
Ghosts love to haunt our bathrooms and our parties, but what is it they're really after? Is it unfinished business? Attention? Free snacks? Paranormal expert and educator Neil McNeil shares his insight.
28. Threats from the Other Washington: Defend our Public Lands
Join Washington Wild executive director, previously their conservation director, in a discussion and Q&A about the threats from the federal government that are currently facing Washington State.
29. 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith
Yussef El-Guindi's 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith tells the story of an Egyptian American Muslim family trying to honor their roots while also living their own lives in America. Over the course of one day in Ramadan, bonds are tested as the family prepares for an old family friend to visit from Egypt for a wedding.
30. The Sins of Sor Juana
Karen Zacharías's play dramatizes the life of Sor Juana, a brilliant 17th-century nun who taught herself numerous languages and sciences and became the most famous poet of her time.
31. Sasquatch! Photography Appreciation Party
Celebrate the photographers who capture the magic and mayhem of Sasquatch! Music Festival every summer by seeing a showcase of their work and attending a happy hour and photography workshop on how to shoot live music, led by photographer Eddie Rehfelt.
32. The Pander City Comedy Compilation - A Benefit for Planned Parenthood
This live comedy showcase and recording features local talent like Derek Sheen, Sam Miller, Jill Silva, Vanessa Dawn, Robert Pidde, Levi Manis, Chase Rope, and many others. They'll film each showcase (in Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and Portland) to create an album and film that will help raise money for Planned Parenthood.
33. ARCADE Fall Salon: "A City to Love" with the Runstad Affiliate Fellows
Discover the urban and civic solutions that Auckland has brought to today's challenges, like mass transit, rapid growth, and other all-too-familiar-in-Seattle issues. They say, "According to the [University of Washington Runstad Associate] Fellows, who spent a year investigating Auckland as a case study for place and design-led city building, Auckland and Seattle have much in common. Both cities share similarities in climate, age, size, urban form, and relationship to adjacent communities." Encounter the group's findings on New Zealand ideas that may apply to Seattle.
34. Night Lab: Pumpkin Party
Work on your pumpkin-carving craft to win the carving competition (they'll provide tools and stencils) while tasting a flight of pumpkin beers, snacking on pumpkin bread, and hearing a scary soundtrack of horror-themed music. Also browse a curated selection of creepy books.
35. Stella Steps Out
Slip into your flashiest ensemble to support BABES Network-YWCA, which "provides critical peer support to women facing HIV and their families" with a night of dancing, food, and drinks.
36. Writing Public Comments
The internet offers a platform for just about anyone to voice their opinions about issues they care about, and that's mostly a good thing. However, it also leaves room for vast amounts of misinformation. If you're a scientist or a local leader who works in labor and environmental advocacy, your expertise could be a big help—this workshop will help you craft effective public comments that advance public health, environmental protections, and safe working environments.
37. Amplify Her: Seattle Purple Carpet Premiere
At the "purple carpet premiere" of this optimistic music film, three female electronic artists—Blondtron, Applecat, and Lux Moderna—rise above "demons from their painful pasts" to become stars. The movie uses animation to add color to their stories. Meet the filmmakers and some artists, pick up graphic novels, and party afterward with CloZee.
38. Campout Cinema: Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
In the third installment of Chuck Russell's classic 1987 horror flick starring Robert Englund, Patricia Arquette, and Heather Langencamp, the dream warriors must work together to try and stop Freddy Krueger once and for all.
39. Seattle Against Slavery
Drink wine, eat food, and bid on a plethora of items in a silent auction to support Seattle Against Slavery, an organization that works to end human trafficking in the Seattle area. Auction donors include Seattle Seahawks, BANG Salon, Deschutes Brewery, Queen Anne Chiropractic, Ride the Ducks, SEA BnB, Frans Chocolates, Microsoft, and others.
40. Hip Hop Trivia
The Socialites Seattle present a Dirty South edition of hiphop trivia with categories based on hits from spots like Florida, ATL, New Orleans, and Houston. Makeda Hope Crichlow and Sierra Stewart of the podcast Black in the City will host.
41. UFO Night
Celebrate the 70th anniversary of two notable UFO sightings—the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting and the Maury Island incident—that both happened to take place in 1947 (coincidence?!). Taste beer from Three Magnets Brewing Co., watch a screening of The Maury Island Incident with the filmmakers, make some UFO-related crafts with the the Museum of Flight, and more.
42. Bushwick Book Club: Grimm's Fairytales
Hear original music inspired by Grimm's fairytales, presented by the Bushwick Book Club. Performers include Leslie Braly, Mike Votava, Ian McFeron, Tobias the Owl, Brenda Xu, Tim Kennedy, and others.
43. Puffy Nubs Presents: Relax Tracks 001 Tape Release
If you've been feeling the need to chill out, hit up this free local show that will celebrate the official release of Relax Tracks 001, with sets of "soothing and healing live music" from the artists featured on the compilation, including Trash Mountain, Lithium Bath, mysterywacker, Fleetwood Snack, Lo Hp, and Jiminy Picasso, and visuals by Kblanq.
44. Total Eclipse of the Arp
There's no solid explanation as to why ‘80s synth music feels so right at a Halloween party. It just does. Dance the night away to '80s synthwave and enter a "retro-future" fashion contest. Featuring Tonebox, Shades-Triangle, and DJs CUFF LYNX and Dav of the Dead.
45. Murderlesque: An Evening of Killer Burlesque
See burlesque performances tinged with murder and mischief from Lil’ Tigre, Jax Mourningwood, Hunny Bee, Sugar Darling, Matt Aguayo, Sally Savant, Steamed Peter, Posh Johnberg, Evie Tart, and Rosie Mala.
46. Action Bronson Cookbook Signing
Before his Showbox Sodo show, join rapper and food lover Action Bronson for a signing of his cookbook, Fuck, That's Delicious: an Annotated Guide to Eating Well, which features over 40 recipes inspired by "his childhood, family, tours, and travels."
47. Ampersand LIVE
Forterra presents Ampersand Live, a multimedia storytelling event "about people and place." The list of (all-local!) performers will include a wide variety of artists, possibly including filmmakers, artists, writers, musicians, and more.
48. An Evening with Anna Faris
Actress (and UW alumna) Anna Faris will discuss and sign her new memoir, Unqualified, which "reveals her unique take on how to navigate the bizarre, chaotic, and worthwhile adventure of finding love."
49. Libraryoke with ggnzla
Witness the joyful spectacle that is librarians singing karaoke while also sipping literary-themed cocktails late into the night.
50. Sally Jewell on Health and Nature: How Nature Unlocks the Mind, Feeds the Soul and Strengthens the Community
Sally Jewell (former CEO of REI, the 51st U.S. Secretary of the Interior under Barack Obama, and current UW Environment Distinguished Fellow) will speak about public lands and nature in this talk.
51. DEFY NOW Fright Fight
See international wrestling star Sammy Guevara duke it out with a few Northwest wrestlers.
52. The Mystery of Irma Vep — A Penny Dreadful
In Charles Ludlam's spooky comedic play, Lord Edgar, his new wife, an awkward gardener, and a stern maid (the employees of the aristocrat's sinister estate) are haunted by a werewolf, a ghost, a vampire, a sarcophagus, and an unsolved murder.
53. Gig Harbor Film Festival
See screenings of short and feature-length films inspired by the Washington State community and beyond at the Gig Harbor Film Festival. On the roster are short film blocks like Made in Washington, which will showcase "locally sourced homegrown short films," and World Views, which will showcase foreign short films.
54. Vocalpoint! Seattle: Hop Til You Drop
Experience the popular music from the "Fabulous Fifties" in "Hop Til You Drop!" as Vocalpoint performs classic rock and roll and pop tracks from the American songbook.
55. Tinder Live with Lane Moore
Produced and hosted by comedian Lane Moore, Tinder Live! explores the wild world of swiping and double-tapping on the popular dating app. The show is full of tips, tricks, and real-time matching and messaging action (which may lead to on-stage phone calls and text conversations).
56. Magical Creatures - Sober Halloween Party
Come dressed as your favorite mythical beast, archetype, divine being, or elemental for a sober night with Sanctum Dance, full of meditation, Chi exercises, and dancing to DJs Osiris Indriya and Chiyona Indriya.
57. Port Gamble Ghost Conference
Hitch a ride with your spirit guide to already-pretty-spooky Port Gamble and meet with parapsychologists, cryptozoologists, animal communicators, UFO-spotters, and other frequenters of non-rational realms.
58. RISE: Morning Storytelling Series
The debut of this recurring morning storytelling series will feature congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who will share "uplifting stories" and engage in a discussion with community members about collective action. Proceeds support "training programs that prepare women, immigrants/refugees, and people of color to pursue careers that address injustice."
59. Urban Craft Fall Market 2017
If the idea of shopping close to the holidays makes you quiver with fear, worry not. The Urban Craft Uprising is offering a one-day event where you can get a head start, featuring 75 local makers who will be selling their jewelry, art, clothing, household items, and more.
60. Cat Videos Live!
Do you spend your free time perusing cat videos on the Internet? Do you loathe being able to do it in the comfort of your own home? Do you love the idea of spending $30 to join up to 799 other like-minded feline enthusiasts in an enclosed room, with no actual live cats, but with a few hours of cat videos? Well, now you can do all those things at Cat Videos Live! Cat Videos Live! is “a feline film, cat comedy event and social gathering for all ages.” In other words, it’s a company betting that introverted cat lovers will spend $30 a ticket to share a cat video viewing experience with hundreds of others, with the vids projected onto a big screen versus playing out on their individual laptops. ANNA KAPLAN
61. Indepenetration Extreme Genre Festival
This mini festival hosted by Chris Mejia features "twisted, sexually provocative, and self-deprecating films" to kick-start your favorite macabre weekend.
62. A Nordic Nightmare
Nordic nations are beloved for their smoked fish, scenic fjords, and comfy cable-knit sweaters, but the Vikings were straight-up spooky. At this Nordic-themed hunted party, enjoy one-off beers, a costume contest, and a haunted brewery tour.
63. Freaky Friday Rainbow Bingo
The indomitable queer Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (not your typical abbesses) and MC Bobby Jo will host a 21+ party with 12 bingo sheets included in the ticket price, plus beer, wine, jello shots, a costume contest, and dinner.
64. The Beasts of Burden with Petty Differences
Start your weekend on a nostalgic note by grooving to the Beasts of Burden and Petty Differences as they churn out all your favorite Rolling Stones and Tom Petty cuts. They don't mention anything about costumes, but in light of the season, don't be afraid of going heavy on the fringe.
65. Cathedrals XVIII: The Steel Wheels, Tyler Edwards, Lydia Ramsey
Join Virginia roots band Steel Wheels, South Carolina singer/songwriter Tyler Edwards, and Seattle folk musician Lydia Ramsey for a night of acoustic serenading under the cathedral eaves.
66. East-West Trumpet Summit with Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott
Hear East Coast and West Coast trumpet styles collide at a concert with New York trumpet player Ray Vega and Seattle trumpet player Thomas Marriott. The two will be backed by pianist Tim Kennedy, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer Matt Jorgensen.
67. Littlefield Organ Series: Halloween Concert
Join the students of UW professor Carole Terry as they perform a free all-ages set of spooky organ classics, including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor on the famed Littlefield Organ.
68. Seattle Phonographers Union
The Seattle Phonographers Union, a collective of music, visual art, audio engineering, nature recording, film/video, and game sound artists, will give an improvised performance using only field recordings gathered by group members. They add: "The goal is not to excite, confuse or entertain per se, but to attend to the world, which is much more detailed and diverse than any one person’s perception of it." For this performance, the group will use sounds that are recorded in, or are evocative of, the Georgetown Steam Plant.
69. Back to the '80s
Princeology will bust out an anthology of Prince jams, just like their name suggests, and the Aqua-Nets will keep you dancing with a montage of '80s hits all night long. Grab a drink and get your creepy crawly jitters out to kickoff All Hallows' weekend, and don't forget to wear a costume for a chance to win some prizes.
70. Are You Afraid of the Strip?
Kickoff your Halloween festivities with Seattle’s Hairiest Host Quazie as he guides you on a delightfully macabre journey of burlesque performances that are simply "too risqué for the Midnight Society."
71. The Rocky Horror Pastie Show
See a burlesque-inspired rendition of Rocky Horror, with performances by Zora Pheonix, Romeo Bedwell, Miss Alex Kennedy, Lily LeFauve, and others.
Hear select poems from Love Her Wild, a collection of new and old poems by Instagram poet Atticus.
73. Vertical World Halloween Party
Celebrate Halloween while also strengthening your calf muscles and testing your spatial awareness skills at this lights-out climbing party. Wear a costume, bring a headlamp, drink libations of all sorts from Urban Family Brewing Company, and wrap things up with a dance party.
74. Arsenio Hall
Join comedian Arsenio Hall, best known for his late-night talk show The Arsenio Hall Show, which debuted in 1989.
75. Weirder Stuff: An Improvised Supernatural Sci-Fi Horror Story
This improv show features three stories whose only commonality (or so it may seem in the beginning) is that they all take place in the same small town. Eventually, the tales will weave together to reveal a number of sinister conspiracies and creepy secrets lurking beneath the surface of the seemingly normal town.
76. Ivan Arteaga’s CMD (Computers, Music, Dance)
CMD (a collaboration between saxophonist Ivan Arteaga, digital artist Marcin Pączkowski, and choreographer Allison Burke) explores movement and sound by having artists wear accelerometer sensors, which measure vibrations and static. For this performance, the artists are saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi, trumpeter Ray Larsen, bassist Carmen Rothwell, singer Katie Jacobson, drummer Chris Icasiano, and dancers Khadijah Lindo and Fenja Abrams.
77. Ghost Game XI: Beyond the Veil
The 11th annual Ghost Game dessert theatre cabaret promises an evening of ghoulish folklore and mythology, plus devilish desserts from the Confectional. Each of the five vignettes features contemporary dance, aerial acrobatics, and storytelling, with live accompaniment by celadon and Vox Vespertinus.
78. The Kutt'N'uP Massacre 5
Kutt'N'uP's annual gruesome Halloween dance show showcases dance crews from across the state, including Kutt'N'uP, Langston, First Klass, Kreativ Mndz, Baile Dior, PG Boys, The Purple Lemonade, and others.
Whatever happened to Einstein's daughter, who disappeared from history at the age of two in 1904? A reporter in 1949 seeks the answer in this play.
80. Bead Fest Tacoma
Explore aisles and aisles of artisan exhibits and shop around for "beautiful findings and gemstones, cutting-edge tools, unique beads, and handmade finished pieces of jewelry" from near and far.
81. Steamposium 2017
It's a three-day celebration of all things steampunk, so bust out your finest clockwork corsets and reserve some zeppelin parking down at the waterfront. Spectate future-past style parades at the Tea and Fashion Show, snoop out the villain at the Murder Mystery, and hear concerts by Abney Park and Unwoman.
82. A Million Little Heartbreaks
This series of monologues written and performed by Seattle playwright Dan Tarker draws on real stories and experiences about people whose lives have not turned out they way they planned. Meet a webcaster from Alabama reporting on the news from his neighborhood, a recently crippled man now living with his elderly mother, an opioid addict who has bad luck with dogs, and an Uber driver whose politics derail his career.
There is no performance on Saturday.
83. Nightmare! A Musical Revue Spooktacular
Embrace those creepy crawly feelings of Halloweekend and sing along to a musical revue of songs from one of Tim Burton's most beloved animated Halloween films Nightmare Before Christmas, performed by local artists.
There is no performance on Saturday.
84. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Based on the movie, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - The Musical recounts the adventure of a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard an old bus (nicknamed "Priscilla") searching for love and friendship.
85. Bizarre Bazaar
Spooked in Seattle's annual Halloween craft fair features work for sale by local artists and vendors, as well as entertainment. Walk around, meet the artists, and take home some festive goods.
86. 94th Turkish Republic Day Reception / Cumhuriyet Balosu
Enjoy Turkish food and beverages at this reception celebrating Turkish Republic Day, and stick around for a live performance of classical Turkish music.
Meet and spend time with adoptable critters from Seattle Humane, from lizards and bunnies to cats and dogs. Learn about their care, take photos, and possibly take home a new roommate.
88. Issaquah Zombie Walk
Issaquah's Front Street will close to make way for a sea of the undead at this annual crawl, ending with a flash mob dance to "Thriller" at City Hall. Afterward, stick around for a zombie after-party at the Issaquah Brewhouse, where Fred Hopkins and his band of ghouls will perform.
89. Mystical Winds "Halloween" Holistic Fair
If you need some cleansing from all the booze and sweets that permeate the Halloween season, consider stopping by this holistic fair that offers crystals, intuitive, psychic, and tarot readings, arts & crafts, chakra balancing, and more. There will also be local artwork and jewelry for sale.
90. Pumpkinfest Catapult Competition
At this annual pumpkin festival, see how far you can hurl a pumpkin into the air from wooden pumpkin catapults and trebuchets to win the competition.
91. Sugar Skull Class
Learn how to make traditional calaveras (sugar skulls that are placed on altars to honor loved ones) in honor of Dia de los Muertos. Students will mold sugar into skulls using sugar paste, colorful royal icing, flowers, and embellishments, and they'll also get a chance to learn about the folk art tradition from books and videos. Pro tip: Don't eat them! They don't taste like candy!
92. Aebleskiver Cooking Workshop
Æbleskiver (a breakfast treat popular in the Nordic nations) may just seem like a mini spherical pancake, but its slightly hollow center leaves room for delightful fillings of all sorts. At this workshop, learn how to cook a variety of Æbleskiver after reviewing the history and culture of the dish.
93. Barrel Aged Invitational
Drink 15 barrel aged beers and ciders from 11 breweries and eat bites from Lake City Way Public House and Brother Barrel at this boozy invitational.
94. Everything Chocolate
Celebrate National Chocolate Day by joining local chocolatier Tease Chocolates for an informative talk, where you'll also get to hold a cocoa pod and nibble on some chocolate treats.
95. South Sound Craft Beer Festival
Drink over 150 Halloween-themed and seasonal craft beers from 34 Washington breweries. Wear a costume to receive an additional tasting token.
96. Baby Gramps with Hot Damn Scandal
Lifelong ragtime legend and king of bizarro backcountry humor Baby Gramps will shed year after year of folky blues experience on stage with his National Steel guitar, and a little help from opener Hot Damn Scandal.
97. (Not Séance) Science
Hear improvised jazz by trio Underworld Alchemy, accompanied by dark and spooky live visuals by Janet Galore to set the mood for All Hallows' weekend.
98. Opulent Temple: Gothica
Opulent Temple will host this eerie gothic bacchanalia with an intimate area of music, costumes, and dancing provided by DJs The Scumfrog, Chris Tower, Clint Williams, and Hydef, all amidst the trappings of an underworld costume party.
99. Seattle Philharmonic: "A Great Teacher Is A Great Artist"
Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra will begin their 2017-2018 season with this program influenced by John Steinbeck's assertion that "a great teacher is a great artist, and that there are as few as there are any other great artists." As such, the show will focus on the great student-teacher music relationships of the past, with performances of popular works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Saint-Saëns' pupil Fauré, Fauré's student Ravel, and Ravel's disciple Ralph Vaughan Williams.
100. Ska-lloween with Natalie Wouldn't and The Bandulus
Eight-piece Seattle ska rockers Natalie Wouldn’t and Portland's The Bandulus will supply plenty of tunes worthy of your unique dance moves. Don't forget to wear a costume and your dancing shoes.
101. We Will Rock You: HalloQueen with 1-2-3-4!
Seattle's foremost Queen tribute band HalloQueen hits the stage with "We Will Rock You," their power-surge glam rock act aimed towards this Halloween season. They'll be joined by Ramones cover group 1-2-3-4!
102. The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Celebrate the King of Pop at this Michael Jackson tribute production starring Joby Rogers. See the Moonwalk and other classic dance moves, sing along to the hits, and marvel at the sparkly costumes.
103. Thrill the World Redmond
Every year, Michael Jackson's beloved spooky anthem resonates throughout the world as dance groups and community members break out into song and dance to "Thriller." Show up early to register, get your zombie makeup done, hear live music from Seattle's Ricky Venture Review, and participating in a costume contest before the main event.
104. Phinney Center's Unwritten History via Visiting Spirits
Washington State Ghost Society researchers will talk about the paranormal experiences they had at the Phinney Center and present audio evidence (like knocks and voices) of spirits they found. There will also be a Q&A session after the talk.
105. Saturday University: Protest, Rights, and Sacred Waters in Bali
Jennifer Gaynor, assistant professor of History at the University of Buffalo, will discuss the protests surrounding a project that seeks to buy land for development in Southern Bali. Members of the anti-reklamasi protest movement make the case that Balinese waters are holy, and therefore cannot be claimed.
106. Tokers' Bowl and Masquerade Gala
Scare off the autumn doldrums at this "Halloween Extravaganja" (ha!) for Hempfest members—a group that can easily include you, for $15 (trials membership) or $30 (yearly membership). Compete for "Scariest, Hempiest, Sexiest, & Best Over All" costume and win a prize (is it possible to dress up as "Oh god everybody in the world knows I'm high"?). There will also be a raffle, the proceeds of which will support those imprisoned for life for weed-related offenses.
107. Zombie Disco
Zombies don't sleep, and neither should you at this 12-hour party. With three rooms of music, guests can dance to house and electronic music from San Francisco's Atish and Galen, as well as a very hearty lineup of local artists like Wesley Holmes, Xan Lucero, Griffingrrl, Errant Sons, and many others.
108. Ales from the Crypt
Hear gruesome tales from Central Library reader David Wright, whose delivery will shiver your timbers and encourage you to seek solace in local beer.
109. WTF Art History Series: Gerhard Richter
You may recognize Gerhard Richter's work from Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation. Suzanne Walker will outline his oeuvre in an art history lecture, from Capitalist Realism to abstracts to landscapes.
110. Haunted Puppy Town
Hang out with haunted puppies at Cascade Kennels fourth annual Halloween event, replete with a haunted corn maze, a pet costume contest, carnival games and prizes, food from Woodinville's La Rivera Mayaand taco truck, and totally non-spooky adoptable pups from the Seattle Humane Society's mobile adoption bus.
111. Reaching Beyond the Veil
Medium Teotl Tonilli promises to sweep aside the curtains separating the dead and the living and bring you messages from loved ones Beyond.
112. A Halloween Movie Marathon, From the Cradle to the Grave
Test your tolerance for freakiness at this 12-hour Halloween marathon, where the movies will progress from festive and kooky to frightening as the day gets darker. Bring pillows and blankets to keep you warm from all the chills, and don't forget to wear your costume (or your pajamas).
113. Nature Gone Amok 35mm Triple Feature Pizza Party
Here's the short but sweet description of the priceless Grand Illusion Cinema's annual themed pizza party: "Sometimes Mother Nature has had it with humans. Join us for films in 35mm and pizza!" The films will be from 1976-1980, no doubt a golden time for schlock cinema.
114. Video Nasty Film Festival
Ditch your friends with good taste and celebrate schlock at this festival of trashy, trashy movies, which features international films with titles like "The Bootyman," "Meat," and "Attack of the Handface People." There will also be tunes by DJ Count Spankula, a Vintage VHS Swap, and (we don't doubt) a lot of strange new acquaintances.
115. Death By Stereo 4: Halloween Havoc Beat Battle
In this competition, local producers lay down the tracks and duel it out one-one-one, in recognizable face-off fashion. This year's performers include Feezable The Germ & WebbWavvy, Wirerim, Tieren Simon, and Bonez, with special guest DJs Krescendo and Joy Reyes. Costumes are highly encouraged.
116. SOMI: Petite Afrique Performance and Dialogue
East African vocalist and songwriter Somi was born in Illinois to immigrant parents from Rwanda and Uganda. Hear her perform and discuss her latest album, Petite Afrique, which explores stories of Harlem's longstanding community of African immigrants.
117. Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live
Take a "tour" through pre-historic Australia. They add: "You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world."
118. Spiritual Halloween: Folk Tales from India
Hear stories from ancient India about the birth of Kali, the heroism of Hanuman, and much more, plus a live gallery of Indian gods, goddesses, heroes, and demons. They also promise Halloween treats and a free raffle drawing for a $25 gift certificate.
119. Run Scared
Run or walk a 5K, 10K, or 4K (or a free Kids Dash for those 12 and up) to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Enjoy Halloween-themed festivities like "best costume" prizes, a pre-race treasure hunt, a candy corn tasting bar, post-race treats like homemade pumpkin bread, and more.