Looking for hair-raising Halloween adventures? There’s no shortage of spooky stuff going on around town this week. From haunting theatre to horror films to enchanted estates and pretty princesses, there’s something for every ghost and goblin.
The Zombie Feast Film Festival is being held in conjunction with Dedfest at the Victoria Theatre Friday and Saturday nights. Catch screenings of two horror movies each night (Millenium Bug, CHILLERAMA Friday, Monster Brawl and the digitally restored Lucio Fulci classic Zombie on Saturday) with local short films screened in between. Costume contest, door prizes and underwater zombie-versus-shark scene included. Tickets $10 advance (Absolute Underground) or $12 at door. 7 p.m.
Urban Arts Productions presents a look inside the comatose mind of Edgar Allan Poe in the musical Nevermore, being presented in the Vice-Admiralty Courtroom at the Maritime Museum of B.C. Oct. 27 to 29 and Nov. 3 to 5 at 8 p.m. Special midnight performance Oct. 29. Ghosts of Frances Rattenbury and notorious “Hanging Judge” Matthew Begbie may be in attendance.
Intrepid Theatre and Shine*ola Communications present Enchanted Halloween at Heritage Acres (Saanich Historical Artifacts Society near Saanichton). The grounds will be transformed into a celebration of glowing illuminations, spooky decor, music, performance and mystical fun for all ages, running Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 30, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for children and seniors, $15 for adults by advance purchase online at TicketRocket.org, by phone at 250-590-6291 or in person at the TicketRocket box office at 1609 Blanshard. The family rate is $40 for two adults and two children.
Atomic Vaudeville is back with Episode 54, Mr. Peanut presents “My Delicious Monsters,” Oct. 28 to 29 and 31 at 8 p.m. at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). The show also marks the group’s first venture into the world of the Splatterzone so patrons may want to leave their best clothes at home for the evening lest they wind up covered in vomit and blood by show’s end. Rain ponchos will be on sale at the venue. Tickets for the Oct. 31 performance include admission to a post-show dance party for audience members who are 19 years and older. Tickets are $15/$20 and are available in advance at Rebel Rebel and at the door on the evening of each show.
And for the kiddies, an afternoon of music from the Walt Disney archives by the Victoria Symphony, Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Royal Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Check out timeless Disney images and music from early classics and recent releases including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Aladdin and others. Tickets range from $11 to $30 and candy will be handed out to children who come dressed in costumes. Rmts.bc.ca. M