Everything You Should Do This Halloween Weekend in Cleveland (Oct. 25-31)

WED 10/25

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at Music Box Supper Club hope to raise awareness of the mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society's new Cleveland History Center. The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to "bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland's past — from sports, to rock 'n' roll, to Millionaires' Row," as it's put in a press release. Admission is free, with no cover charge, although a prix fixe dinner, designed to complement the night's theme, is $20. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. Tonight, Charles Cassady Jr. and William Krejci talk about Cleveland ghost stories. The menu includes Ghost Chili Beer Cheese Soup, Ghost of Porky and Devil's Food Cake. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.

Happy Hour Classic

Located in the Gordon Square Arts District, the locally owned and operated Capitol Theatre regularly presents special screenings of cult classics and oddball flicks that don't receive wide distribution. Tonight at 6, the venue presents its Happy Hour Classic Film, a monthly screening of a classic film that includes a happy hour cocktail party in the lobby before the feature. Tonight's featured film is Carrie, the 1976 horror film based on a Stephen King novel. Admission is $10. The price of admission includes a mini-cocktail (or soft drink if you don't fancy the hard stuff), appetizers and live music. (Niesel)

1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com.

How to Change the World (a Little) with Graphic Design

Can good design change the world? Internationally renowned designer Michael Bierut believes it can...a little. Bierut visits the Cleveland Institute of Art for a special presentation titled How to Change the World (a Little) with Graphic Design from 7 to 9 tonight. In addition to winning hundreds of awards, his work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Montreal. He has previously served as president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1988 to 1990 and is president emeritus of AIGA National. Additionally, he is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art. Although the talk is free, tickets are required, and seating is limited. To reserve your seat, visit CIA's website or Eventbrite. A reception precedes the event at 6:30 p.m. outside the Peter B. Lewis Theater, also known as the Cinematheque. (Josh Usmani)

11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland Ohio 44106, 216.421.7000, www.cia.edu.

THU 10/26

9th Annual Chocolate Walk

Hosted by LakewoodAlive and the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance, the 9th annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. today in downtown Lakewood. More than 20 shops and eateries will participate, and each sweet stop will provide visitors with a unique chocolate treat. A $30 general admission ticket gains you entrance to First Federal Lakewood where you'll receive your Chocolate Walk supplies. Signs and "festive bows" decorating participating merchants will mark the "Sweet Stops." A VIP ticket option is available for $50. The VIP Reception, limited to only 50 attendees, takes place from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at KB Confections, where guests will sample chocolate treats as well as appetizers, wine and beer. Transportation aboard the "Chocolate Express" will be provided from downtown Lakewood to the VIP reception and back. VIP tickets will only be available for purchase online. (Niesel)

14806 Detroit Ave.

A Book Release Party

Start Halloween weekend early with the book release party for Sandwich Anarchy, the first book showcasing more than 200 of Cleveland-based illustrator John G.'s Melt Bar & Grilled sandwich posters. Melt's Independence location hosts the release party from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight. Sandwich Anarchy collects ten years' worth of Melt sandwich posters illustrated by the Gordon Square-based artist. The hardbound book features 208 full-color pages, but John G. estimates he has created more than 1,000 concept sketches for Melt since its founding in 2006. Although the book will be available through local bookstores, Amazon, 1984publishing.com and all Melt locations starting on Halloween, guests can grab a copy for just $25 today, and John G. will be on-hand to sign copies. As an extra bonus, all books come with a Blu-ray copy of Turnstyle Films' Draw Hard documentary, an insightful glimpse into John G.'s life and work. Pre-orders are available now through 1984publishing.com. Admission is free. (Usmani)

6700 Rockside Rd., Independence, 216-520-1415, meltbarandgrilled.com.


Cleveland State University's Department of Theatre and Dance takes on Company, a "musical dark comedy" about adult relationships. The winner of seven Tony Awards, it centers on a 35-year-old man who regrets not marrying. Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics. The play opens tonight at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre, where it runs through Nov. 5. Tickets are $10 and $25. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., playhousesquare.org.

Halloween Fun

Skull & Skeleton in Art V: Folk Art to Pop Culture

Since 2009, the Gallery at Lakeland Community College has been one of the most festive venues in town every-other Halloween thanks to curator and director Mary Urbas' Skull & Skeleton exhibitions. Skull & Skeleton in Art V: Folk Art to Pop Culture opens with a reception, costume party and boneyard market from 6 to 9 tonight. Held on odd-numbered years, the exhibition is the fifth incarnation of the show in the past eight years. The show has continued to grow each and every year. Beginning with 18 artists in 2009, the show has now expanded to more than 100 local, regional and national artists and 275 works in a diverse variety of media, including: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, textiles/fiber, wood, glass, jewelry and digital art. Skull & Skeleton in Art V: Folk Art to Pop Culture remains on view through Nov. 3. Gallery tours are available by appointment. Admission is free. (Usmani)

7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, 440-525-7029, lakelandcc.edu/gallery.

Jay Stevens

"Laughter is a healing medicine," says comic Shawn D. Stevenson (aka Jay Stevens), a native Clevelander. Originally, Stevens didn't intend to pursue a career in comedy. But after he had a religious awakening nearly 20 years ago, he felt the need to share his gift with others to help them relieve their stress and possibly heal them with laughter. A clean comic, Stevens performs in both comedy clubs and churches. He performs at 7:30 tonight and Sunday night at the Improv. Tickets are $15. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.

A Sugar Skull Painting Class

Before Halloween and Día de los Muertos, get into the Halloween "spirit" with a sugar skull painting class at House of Blues Cleveland, home to a variety of haunting folk art from throughout the country. Traditional calaveras are representations of human skulls, usually made with either sugar or clay and decorated in colorful patterns for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mexico's annual celebration of deceased loved ones. Paint the Skull includes a calavera painting class, live painting demonstration by local folk artists, a tour of the House of Blues Cleveland folk art collection and a cash bar. The event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight in House of Blues' Cambridge Room. Tickets are $15 plus applicable service fees. (Usmani)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com.

FRI 10/27

Cantina Nights

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiering in theaters on Dec. 15, fans around the world are waiting with anticipation for the next chapter in the epic saga. On Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 28, the Cleveland Brewery is transforming into the Mos Eisley Cantina, from Star Wars: A New Hope, for Cantina Nights. Step into the infamous bar from Tatooine, the desert home of Luke Skywalker, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Figrin d' and the Modal Nodes will perform, and organizers promise appearances from rebels like Han Solo, Chewbacca and Jedi knights, as well as stormtroopers, Greedo, Ponda Baba and more. You can dress in costume and bring the kids for photos too. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through October. (Josh Usmani)

777 East 185th St., 216-534-6992, theclevelandbrewery.com.

Monsters vs. Ontario Reign

The Monsters, our city's beloved minor league hockey team, kicks off a two-game series against the Ontario Reign with today's 7 p.m. game at the Q. The two teams face each again tomorrow at 1 p.m. Both games will feature a Socktober Sock Drive. The team encourages fans to donate a pack of new socks to benefit local homeless shelters. The first 10,000 fans who attend tonight's game will receive a team poster. Also, as part of a 1-2-3 Friday promotion, concession specials include $1 Pepsi products, $2 hot dogs and $3 beers. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.

An Opening Reception

The Galleries at Cleveland State University's Fall 2017 Exhibitions focus on abstraction with three individual painting exhibitions and sound and image installation. CSU's new shows include Mark Keffer's Dark Pronoun in the North Gallery, Dana Oldfather's Candyland in the Center Gallery, Tony Watkins' The Trees of Kinsman (curated by Elmer Buford) in the South Gallery and 3.9644E+7 CM3 OF VOLUMETRIC PROJECTIONS, a multimedia installation by Markus Vogl and Margarita Benitez in the Media Room. In celebration of its new exhibitions, the Galleries at CSU host an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Before the opening, join the featured artists for a gallery talk at 4 p.m. All of CSU's fall 2017 exhibitions remain on view through Saturday, Dec. 9. Free. (Usmani)

1307 Euclid Ave., 216-687-2103, csuohio.edu/artgallery.

Jay Pharoah

Saturday Night Live wouldn't be what it is today without Jay Pharoah; between his impersonations of President Obama, Jay Z, Denzel Washington, Kanye West and Daniel Frye, Pharoah has and continues to shape memorable moments on SNL. Most recently, Pharoah nailed a sketch impersonating rappers at the "secret rappers meeting" at which Jay Z consulted friends like 50 Cent, DMX, Lil Wayne and Drake on what to do since Beyoncé aired his dirty laundry on Lemonade. Each impression Pharaoh did was spot-on and hilarious, so you're not going to want to miss him at Hilarities, where he performs tonight at 7:30 and 10. He has shows scheduled at Hilarities through Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $35. (Danielle Immerman)

2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.

Playhouse Scare

Now in its third year, Playhouse Square celebrates Halloween with Playhouse Scare, an event that takes place at 8 p.m. at Connor Palace. The event will feature free séances with psychic medium Marianne Goldweber and attendees can register to win a one hour private session with her on a future date. There will be a "Creepy Crawl" through the Playhouse Square District with food, drink and special offers at participating restaurants, bars and retailers. a "Creepy Crawl" through the Playhouse Square District with food, drink and special offers at participating restaurants, bars and retailers. Happy Hours start at 8 p.m. and special events include free séances by medium Marianne Goldweber at 7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m. at Cibréo Privato, and a free screening of the original 1968 horror flick Night of the Living Dead at 11 p.m. at Hofbräuhaus Cleveland. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

The Pulitzer at 100

Designed to commemorate last year's Pulitzer Prize Centennial, The Pulitzer at 100 chronicles the prize's history with interviews with musicians, writers and journalists. The movie screens at 1:45 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It screens against at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at the art museum, and columnist Connie Schultz, who won a Pulitzer in 2005 while working for the Plain Dealer, will be on hand to talk about her award after that screening. Tickets are $10, $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

David Sedaris

A humorist who's won awards for books such as Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Seders is known for his sardonic wit and social critiques. His writings appear regularly in The New Yorker, and he's twice been included in The Best American Essays. A regular on the theater circuit, he'll likely talk about his work and read a few recent pieces at tonight's event, which takes place at 8 at the State Theatre. Tickets are $10 to $50. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Silent Disco: Stranger Things Edition

Perhaps even more highly anticipated than Halloween itself is the Oct. 27 release of Stranger Things on Netflix. In honor of everything "Upside Down," MOCA Cleveland hosts a Stranger Things Edition of its Silent Disco at 9 tonight. Silent Disco: Stranger Things Edition includes a costume contest for cash prizes, DJ Ellery and DJ Candi, "The Upside Down Lounge," upgraded headphones and plenty of Eggos, of course. Costume contest categories include: Best Stranger Things Costume, Best 80s Horror Movie Villain, Best 80s Horror Movie Victim and Best Overall Costume. Admission is $16 during a presale or $20 at the event, but organizers promise this event will sell out. Be sure to get your tickets while they last. Tickets are available through Eventbrite and MOCA Cleveland's website. (Usmani)

11400 Euclid Ave, 2164218671, mocacleveland.org.

Vanitylab Hurricane Relief Fundraiser

Vanitylab Salon & Artisan Project in Westlake hopes to raise money for families who have lost their homes, jobs and businesses due to the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Families have lost their homes, jobs, businesses, and source of income. The event takes place from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the PBA Disaster Relief Fund. Tickets are $15. (Niesel)

24945 Detroit Rd., Westlake, 440-835-4490, square up.com/store/vanitylab.

SAT 10/28

Carnival of Horrors

For the third year in a row, House of Blues will present its annual Carnival of Horrors. This year's Halloween-themed event will feature a costume contest with a $1,000 cash prize. It takes place at 9 tonight. There will also be a carnival sideshow, and DJ Flaco Flash, DJ SB and Jimmy Beats will provide the tunes. Each guest will receive 3D glasses to enhance the black light décor throughout the venue. Carnival sideshow performers include the Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow, the Monster Dolls and Two Muffin Rabbit. Burlesque dancers will also be on hand. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. The $40 VIP ticket includes Pass the Line privileges, two drink tickets and exclusive admission to the Foundation Room VIP Club for meet and greets and complimentary late night snacks. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com.

Día de Muertos 2017

Though it might not sound like it, the Detroit Shoreway's Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration is a family-friendly affair. Kids love to join the Parade of Skeletons that features life-sized puppets and plenty of people in costume. Vendors will set up inside Cleveland Public Theatre's Parish Hall, and Gordon Square Arts District bars and restaurants will have specials. The event kicks off at 11 a.m., and the parade starts at 3:30 p.m. At 11 a.m., the Capitol Theatre will present a free showing of Calling Home the Dead (Llamar a los Muertos a Casa), film that provides an authentic look at Día de los Muertos as practiced in Pátzcuaro, Mexico. The theater will offer $1 off popcorn for anyone in Day of the Dead makeup. (Niesel)


Halloween Comicfest

During Halloween weekend festivities, plan a stop to Carol & John's Comic Book Shop for their sixth annual Halloween Comicfest and learn why Cleveland's favorite comics shop won Diamond's Best Practices award for Best Halloween Comicfest Event. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Similar to a small-scale Free Comic Book Day, it features free comics, candy and photo-ops. Anyone can pick five free comics, but those in costume can select as many of the 30 available titles as they like, up to 18 full-size comics and 12 all-ages mini comics. Titles include Batman, Thor, Hellboy, DC Superhero Girls, The Tick, Darth Maul, Ghostbusters: Dia de los Muertos and many more. (Usmani)

17462 Lorain Ave., 216-252-0606, cnjcomics.com.

The Old Dark House

James Whale (Frankenstein) directs The Old Dark House, a 1932 horror film about the maniacs and murderers who live in a haunted mansion. Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart and Ernest Thesiger star in the movie that one critic calls "the greatest of all horror films." At 6:20 tonight and at 4:50 on Sunday afternoon, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque shows a new 4K digital restoration of the movie. Tickets are $10, $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.

Open Projector Night

MOCA Cleveland's ongoing Open Projector Night series encourages local filmmakers to bring their short films to Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern for an opportunity for filmmakers and the public to gather and review new shorts in an open mic-style setting. Films must be 10 minutes or less and provided on a flash drive in .MP4 or .MOV format. Films will be added to the night's line-up on a first-come, first-served basis until the 60-minute limit is reached. Submit films to [email protected]. Film screenings begin at 8 tonight. Uncensored and not pre-screened, viewer discretion is advised. Admission is free. (Usmani)

11400 Euclid Ave, 2164218671, mocacleveland.org.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 film that still draws an exuberant, costumed crowd that likes to throw rice and dry toast and sing along to the songs in the movie, maintains a strong Cleveland presence. Expect a throng to show up for tonight's screening that takes place at midnight at the Cedar Lee Theatre. The screening will also feature a live floor show performance by Simply His Servants. Tickets are $9.75. (Niesel)

2163 Lee Rd., Heights, 440-717-4696, clevelandcinemas.com.

SUN 10/29

William Morris: Designing an Earthly Paradise

This weekend, the Cleveland Museum of Art debuts William Morris: Designing an Earthly Paradise opens during regular museum hours today in the Arlene M. and Arthur S. Holden Textile Gallery (Gallery 234). Morris (1834-1896) was an English textile designer and major contributor to the revival of traditional textile arts and production methods in England in the 19th century. His rich patterns combined natural elements with complex geometric patterns, showing the underlying geometry of nature. The CMA's exhibition includes woven and block-printed textiles from throughout Morris' career from the CMA's permanent collection, as well as volumes of Morris' intricately designed books from the CMA's nearly complete collection of books by Kelmscott Press and an embroidery by Morris' daughter, May, on loan from the Cranbrook Art Museum. On view through Nov. 11. Admission is free. (Usmani)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

L'Inhumaine (The Inhuman Woman)

The Cleveland Museum of Art will screen L'Inhumaine (The Inhuman Woman), a silent French film from 1922, with two different scores. Today's screening will feature a score by the Alloy Orchestra and Tuesday's screening will include a score by percussionist Aide Tafial. The movie centers on an opera singer and her various male suitors. Today's screening takes place at 1:30 p.m., and Tuesday's screening takes place at 1:45 p.m. Tickets are $10, $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

MON 10/30

Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan in Concert

Pianist Martha Argerich and 1989 Cleveland International Piano Competition first prize winner Sergei Babayan team up for tonight's concert that features works by Mozart and piano transcriptions by Babayan of music by Sergei Prokofiev. The program will also feature Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $100. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.

TUE 10/31

Monsters vs. Rockford IceHogs

The Cleveland Monsters, our beloved minor league hockey team, has a game that falls on Halloween, so tonight's contest against the Rockford IceHogs will feature trick-or-treating on the concourse prior to the 7 p.m. game. It's also College ID Night, so students will receive $6 tickets and a $6 College Meal Deal (hot dog, chips, and a soda). Tickets for the general public start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.

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