Boo! That’s right, Halloween is just around the corner. It’s time to put “Spooky, Scary Skeletons” on your playlist and get into the spirit of the season with some festive events. Check out our picks for this upcoming weekend.
Pet Sematary at Spooky Popcorn
Constitution Plaza, 1 Constitution
Friday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bring blankets, chairs, and get your fright on at Hartford’s outdoor movie festival, Spooky Popcorn.
Stephen King’s creepy novel, “Pet Sematary,” comes to life in the major motion picture film released last spring. You (and all your friends, relatives, and neighbors, too) can watch it for free and scare yourselves silly.
For more information: https://hartford.com/event/spooky-popcorn-2019-10-10-2019-10-24/.
Haunted Halloween Bash
Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth St., Middletown
Friday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. to Midnight
It’s the most anticipated party of the year at the Wadsworth Mansion. This year’s Halloween bash is themed, “A Strange Evening with Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” and features food, drinks, a photo booth, dancing with DJ Mike, and all sorts of festive fun.
Come in costume and have a ball.
Tickets are $50.00.
For more information visit: https://wadsworthmansion.ticketspice.com/halloween-bash-a-strange-evening-with-dr-jekyll-mr-hyde.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Tour
Grand Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket
Friday, October 25, 8:00 p.m.
The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns with an all new production for 2019. Mission leader Asia O’Hara is on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens including Aquaria, Detox, Monet Exchange, Naomi Smalls, Plastique, Violet Chachki, Yvie Oddly.
For tickets and information on VIP and hotel packages, visit the website: https://www.foxwoods.com/rupauls-drag-race/#.
Museum After Dark Annual Halloween Bash
New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain
Friday, October 25, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Come join the fun at the New Britain Museum of Art’s annual Halloween party. Haunt the galleries of the NBMAA with spook-tacular dancing, food, and drinks.
DJ Will Ortiz provides the music, artist Matt Ryan is on-hand to create “Zombie Caricatures,” and Evernia Fay will peek into your future with the ancient practice of “Bone Throwing.”
There will also be craft beer, a photo booth and all sorts of fun activities.
Come in costume!
Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. 21+ only. If tickets are sold out, the NBMAA is hosting another party on Halloween (October 31) which will be a 1920s-themed “Spooky Speakeasy.”
For more information visit: https://nbmaa.org/events/museum-after-dark-halloween-2019.
Chez Est, 458 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 p.m. (showtimes at 11:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.)
Come out and support an amazing local drag show the weekend before Halloween at Chez Est in Hartford. The ball will feature a spooktacular cast of villains including Ethel De Luxe, Kiki Lucia, Sparkle Diamond, and Mz. October May Lay.
Costumes encouraged but no required.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/355789818662645/.
Halloween at Troupe429
Troupe429, 3 Wall St., Norwalk
Saturday, October 26, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Come to Troupe429 to celebrate Halloween in style. Hosted by Brita Filter, Robin Fiercè & Kamikaze Jones, there will be spooky drink specials, dancing, and prizes for best costume.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2475208042595839/.
Halloweekend at Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville
See below for various dates and times
It’s nonstop, spirited fun at Mohegan with a variety of Halloween-inspired events. Mohegan’s newest lounge, Novelle, hosts costume contests Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 with prizes and music.
Avalon Nightclub will host a Halloween bash on Saturday, October 26, as will VISTA Lounge at Wombi Rock.
Game On, a new interactive restaurant at Mohegan, is hosting a “Bowl-O-Ween” party on Saturday, October 26, with bowling, food, and themed drinks until 10:00 p.m. The event is open to all ages.
Finally, the Cabaret Theatre will celebrate Halloween night (Thursday, October 31) with a showing of the timeless classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” at 8:00 p.m.
For more information and details on any of these events visit: https://mohegansun.com/halloween.html.
On the Grounds of Belonging
Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven
Through November 3, See website for specific dates and times
Directed by David Mendizábal and written by Ricardo Pérez Gonzále, On the Grounds of Belonging is a story of star-crossed lovers at the height of Jim Crow laws in the 1950s.
In Houston, segregation pervades society in every way, including the underground and illegal gay bar scene. A chance encounter between Russell, a local at the Blacks-only Gold Room, and Tom, from the whites-only Red Room, leads to a forbidden romance that could destroy them both.
Due to mature content On the Grounds of Belonging is recommended for ages 14 and up.
For tickets or further information visit: https://www.longwharf.org/on-the-grounds-of-belonging.
It’s a Queer Story: Everyone Has a Story
Through October 30, Tues – Thurs, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange St., New Haven
It’s a Queer Story explores the introspection of ‘What being Queer means to me.’ The artist asks several peers this same question and the answers, stories, and emotions are materialized into photographs.
The artist, Julia Genzano (she/her), is a Connecticut-based photographer who brings to life the struggles or triumphs of queer individuals. Everyone has a story and it deserves to be heard.
For more information: http://www.newhavenpridecenter.org/programming/exhibitions/its-a-queer-story-2/#
I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost
Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours
Select dates and times through Saturday, October 26
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford
Featured on Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters,” and the Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story,” the Mark Twain House & Museum offers ghost tours filled with the haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spirits, all in the spirit (pun intended) of good fun.
Not suitable for kids under 10.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 for children 10-16.
For more information: https://marktwainhouse.org/event/graveyard-shift-ghost-tours-5/2019-09-27/.