by Traci Vogel

(See also Stranger Suggests, page 60.)


*LITTLE HAUNTED KIDS THEATRE -- Throughout the weekend, the usually cultured Little Theatre is transformed into a haunted swamp with real ghosts, hunchback projectionists, and bubbling brains galore. Kids who live long enough to get a seat will be treated to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Abbot & Costello Meet the Monsters, and a super-secret scary film. A prize for best costume will be given out at each screening. The Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629, 4, 6 & 8 pm, Thurs-Sun, $5.

GHOST OF JIMI -- Every Halloween -- or so the legend goes -- Jimi Hendrix reappears on the very stage where he first played, and his ghost emits soul-shakin' music to a mesmerized audience. See Jimi, along with Count Dracula, the Mummy, and Aliens from outer space. Nu Black Arts West Theatre, 153 14th Ave, 329-3328, 7-10 pm; Fri-Sat Oct 29-30, 7 pm-midnight, $4.

INDEPENDENT EXPOSURE -- You don't need a high-speed modem to see the latest in short films, not while Joel Bachar continues his Independent Exposure series at the Speakeasy. The "Halloweird" edition features, among other things, devils and dirty nuns. And if you don't like the movie, just grab another drink or piece of snack food (included in the admission price). The best thing about it? No need to come in costume. (Andy Spletzer) Speakeasy Cafe, 2304 Second Ave, 728-9770, $4, 21+ only.

FRIDAY 10/29

*MULTI-MEDIA MASQUERADE -- Terrifyingly tight local musicians Skerik from Critters Buggin, Reggie Watts and Davis Martin from Maktub, and others, come together for a live drum & bass performance, rounded out by cult horror movie footage, guerrilla art, and the live painting of "Long-Haired Mary." Produced by Mimsee International. Big Picture, 2505 First Ave @ Wall, 256-0566, $10 advance/$12 at the door.


BIRINGER FARM -- This fabulous farm haunted by muddy pumpkins and buggy scarecrows offers a Boo Barn, corn maze, and u-pick pumpkin patch. Marysville, just off I-5 (follow the signs), 10 am-5 pm. Sat-Sun, $6.

PIKE PLACE MASQUERADE -- Creepy smells and dank chills haunt the Pike Place Market every day, but tonight it's all part of the atmosphere. Live music is provided by Seattle band Feel, and scary stories about the Market's most famous ghosts will be told. Lower Levels of Pike Place Market, 587-0351, 7-11 pm, $10-$15.

RUPERT'S -- Scarier even than the sugar shakes is the upstairs-downstairs madness at Rupert's. Bands playing include the Screaming Devilles, featuring Barron Kaminski and Elvis' reanimated corpse, and Godot (at midnight). You are urged to "wear your scariest costume." Rupert's, Jackson & First, 9 pm, $5.

HALLOWEEN SOIR:E -- Harlequin Productions' adult costume party features the original music of Bruce Whitney, a staged reading of Ira Levin's scary play Veronica's Room, and catered treats. All proceeds benefit the State Theater in Olympia. The State Theater, 202-204 Fourth Ave E, 360-786-0151, 7 pm, $35.

SUNDAY 10/31

ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN SHOW -- Mad scientist Robert Krampf returns for high-voltage demonstrations of a Tesla coil that shoots lightning sparks through his fingers and off the top of his head. The Center also offers trick-or-treating, a "Creepy Corridor," and Amazing Psychic Demonstrations. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave N, 443-2001, shows at 11:30 am, 1:30 & 3:30 pm, $7.50/$5.50.

*HUSSIES FROM HELL -- The fabulous Back Door Ultra Lounge spins you for a loop with music from DJ Special K and KJ RA, and performances by Athena the Snake Lady and the Pussy Galore Dancers -- all hosted by dominatrix Ursula Android. There are $100 prizes for the hussiest costume and the fussiest costume. You know you want it. Back Door Ultra Lounge, Third & Yesler at the alley entrance, 517-0355, 9 pm, $10.

BROADWAY GRILL COSTUME CONTEST -- Broadway is scarier than usual on Fright Night, and one of the lucky drunks at the Broadway Grill will win a trip to Mexico in this 9th annual costume contest (they usually offer fun fizzy Halloween cocktails, too). Broadway New American Grill, 314 Broadway E, 328-7000, 7 pm-2 am, free.

TROLL-A-GO-GO -- Freaky Fremont offers up a hippie-rific Halloween party, with henna, tarot, and fire performances, Zimbabwe rhythms by Zanga Zanga, Afro dance tunes by Ziegele, and skipping stone waves by Tiny Giants. All proceeds benefit the Fremont Art Council. Redhook Concert Hall, 3400 Phinney Ave N, 9 pm, $5 w/costume, $8 w/out, 21 & over.

*RISQU: -- Ride the audiobahn to a smooth, posh Halloween, with the Baltic Room's Pagan Pleasures: lush downtempo grooves and funky stuff by LSDJ, Space DJ, and Darek Mazzone. Afterwards, the party continues at Superhighway. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 749-9141, $12 advance.


*DAYS OF THE DEAD -- A multicultural arts celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday, including music, theater, masks, and visual art by artists from Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, and the U.S. Call for specific events. Studio Duende, 7413 Greenwood Ave N, 545-8808, $8-$10.

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