This Halloween season, it’s not all about haunted houses or trick-or-treating. Everything from film to theater to classical music to comedy can be enjoyed during this ghoulish time of the year, with venues like ComedySportz, Theatre on the Square and Hilbert Circle Theatre getting in on the action.
Here’s a sampling of some artsy and unique ways to celebrate this haunting season:
- Courtesy Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
That motley crew known as the Addams Family takes the stage just in time for Halloween. Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley and the rest of the gang perform daily (except Mondays) through Nov. 22 at Beefs & Boards Dinner Theatre.
The Addams Family
Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley and Uncle Fester gather for a family reunion of sorts when The Addams Family hits the Beef and Boards stage for the first time. Just in time for one of the spookiest holidays of the year, the Addams clan prepares to greet the unsightly characters standing on the other side of the door when daughter Wednesday brings home her “normal” boyfriend and his parents for dinner.
When: Daily through Nov. 22 (except Mondays). Show times vary.
Where: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Road.
Cost: $40 to $65 (including buffet). A $6 discount is available for children 3-15.
Info: (317) 872-9664, www.beefandboards.com.
Frightful: A Silent Halloween
On Halloween Eve, the disfigured composer living in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House will roam the Indiana Landmarks Center when the 1925 classic film The Phantom of the Opera is screened inside the Grand Hall. But this silent film won’t be so silent as musician Mark Herman, winner of the American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Organist Competition, provides spooky live organ accompaniment. Dressing in “Phantom” attire is encouraged, with the best costume securing a prize.
When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. (Doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
Where: Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Ave.
Cost: $10 members; $12 general public.
Info: (317) 639-4534, www.indianalandmarks.org.
- Courtesy Indiana Landmarks Center.
The disfigured composer that lives in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House and falls in love with a beautiful opera singer returns in the silent film showing of Phantom of the Opera on Oct. 30 at the Indiana Landmarks Center.
Classical music lovers – both young and old – can celebrate Halloween together with creepy music, crafts, story time and a costume parade inside Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. A highlight of the program features spooky classics, including The Composer is Dead from Lemony Snicket, and haunting sounds from ISO bassoonist Mark Ortwein.
When: 3 p.m. Oct. 25. (Pre-activities begin at 2; music concert begin at 3 p.m.)
Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 55 Hilbert Circle Drive.
Cost: $15-$40 adults; $10-$20 children. Tickets available online or at the door.
Info: (317) 639-4300; www.silenthalloween2015.eventbrite.com.
Monster Mash-Up Musical
ComedySportz Indianapolis will exploit the humorous side of Halloween.
That’s right, this holiday isn’t just about scaring the pants off of little kids or timid adults. ComedySportz players re-create favorite movie monsters in Monster Mash-Up Musical, a two-act production. This completely improvised show is different every night, so you never know which monsters will make an appearance or what they will do. The production is performed to improvised music by Yes, And Band! (Note: The show is for ages 17 and older.)
When: 10 Oct. 16, 23 and 30.
Where: ComedySportz Indianapolis, 721 Massachusetts Ave.
Info: (317) 951-8499, www.indycomedysportz.com.
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Fans of Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller video can learn and perfect the dance moves on Oct. 31 at the Indiana History Center.
This is Thriller
Michael Jackson’s Thriller video has become a Halloween staple. On Halloween night, fans of The King of Pop can pay homage to the Gary, Indiana, native by gathering to learn the video’s choreography at the Indiana History Center. Learn how to move like the creatures of the night or MJ himself at this family-friendly event, which also includes pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating through the exhibits, and Hoosier ghost stories. Costumes are encouraged by not required.
When: Noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Indiana History Center (Lilly Hall), 450 W. Ohio St.
Cost: Free, with admission to the Indiana Experience (free for Indiana Historical Society members and children 5 and younger; $7 adult, $6.50 seniors 60 and older, $5 ages 5-17).
Info: (317) 232-1882, www.indianahistory.org.
Let’s be honest, there’s something a little creepy about walking through historical homes – with their creaky floors and tales of ghost sightings. It’s that feeling that Candlelight Theatre will feed on as it offers a frightful (and fun) look into Indiana’s storied past. Through tales told by a few favorite and less-famous Hoosier ghosts, this hair-raising performance travels from room to room inside the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.
When: Oct. 16-18. Performances are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday (with performances lasting 1.5 hours).
Where: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St.
Cost: $14 Presidential Site members and students ages 6-12; $17.50 adults. (Not recommended for children younger than 6.)
Info: (317) 631-1888, www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org.
Cabaret Poe – A New Musical
Edgar Allen Poe’s work has always been a little creepy, and that’s the point of this co-production between Q Artistry and Theatre on the Square. The Broadway-style musical is set to Poe’s works and original music that features a mix of murder, mayhem and comedy. This year, in addition to the musical, local visual artists have created original works based off of Cabaret Poe, which will be on exhibit inside the theater’s lobby.
When: Through Oct. 31. Times and days vary.
Where: Theatre on the Square
Info: (317) 685-8687, www.tots.org.
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Revisit Gizmo and the mayhem his brethren caused in the movie Gremlins, which will be screened Oct. 23-24 at Landmark Keystone Arts Cinema.
If it’s films you want …
There’s nothing like sitting in a dark movie theater or room, and jumping at the things that go bump in the night.
Here’s a brief listing of some scary (OK, and funny, too) Halloween-related movies being shown in local movie theaters and other venues. (Check local listings for times.)
“The Bride of Frankenstein” (Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Indiana)
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (Skyline Drive-In)
“The Hills Have Eyes” (Skyline Drive-In)
“Freaks” (Landmark Keystone Arts)
“Scream Bloody Murder” (Skyline Drive-In)
"Frankenstein" (Garfield Park Arts Center)
“Gremlins” (Landmark Keystone Arts)
“An American Werewolf in London” (Landmark Keystone Arts)
“Evil Dead II” (Skyline Drive-In)
“The Beyond” (Skyline Drive-In)
“The Wizard of Gore” (Skyline Drive-In)
Oct. 25 and 28:
"Dracula" Double Feature (Various theaters via Fathom Events)
"Halloween" (Various theaters via Fathom Events)
“Ms .45” (Landmark Keystone Arts)
"Halloween" (Tow Yard Brewery)
"Rocky Horror Picture Show" (The Irving Theatre)