Halloween fun from the Thinkery and more to complete your spooky week

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 Things to Do
Learn about historical events from Austin’s early days at the 11th annual Murder, Mayhem and Misadventure Walking Tour through Oakwood cemetery. Contributed by Save Austin’s Cemeteries

1. Halloween Spelltacular

5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26. $6.27-$22.09. Palm Park, 711 E. Third St. eventbrite.com/e/halloween-spelltacular-featuring-hocus-pocus-tickets-37950213109.

The Austin Parks Foundation is celebrating the season of witches with this Movies in the Park screening of “Hocus Pocus,” just in time for Halloween. But it’s much more than a film showing — the evening will feature a Halloween dance party in the park with pre-movie activities including a Halloween candy walk, pumpkin smashing, a witch’s cauldron photo booth, a costume contest and food trucks with spooky treats. The costume contest has special prizes for both kid and adult categories, and the party as a whole is BYOB.

2. Elvis Costello at Paramount Theatre

7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. $75-$300. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

The indie music lifer, known for sharp songcraft loaded with melodic flourishes and witticisms, plays a benefit show to raise startup money for the new Musician Treatment Foundation. The nonprofit is launching to provide restorative care to uninsured and underinsured musicians dealing with injuries related to the repetitive stress of performing. Costello, who will perform solo, says the evening will feature a mix of his classic hits and newer material. — Deborah Seunpta Stith

3. America Ferrera’s “Out of Reach” at Alamo Drafthouse

7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23. Free. Alamo Mueller, 1911 Aldrich St. Suite 120. facebook.com/events/705756736281328/.

A new film called “Out of Reach” follows actress America Ferrera as she travels to Texas in the final months of the Obama administration to find out how key immigration policies were affecting the 1.65 million undocumented people living in the state. A new president in office has led to a sharp rise in ICE raids, a travel ban and the rescinding of a policy that allowed minors who arrived illegally to apply for a work permit. The screening will include a Q&A and discussion with local leaders. RSVP to attend.

4. Harvey Relief Ale Pint Night at Red’s Porch

5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Free. 4200 B Braker Lane. facebook.com/events/122872811733727/.

Revolver Brewing is rolling out the Harvey Relief Golden Ale on draft and in bottles to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. One hundred percent of the profits from the beer will go toward charities, including the Keep Texas Beautiful’s Rebuilding Texas Fund, that serve the Gulf Coast towns affected by Harvey. The beer will be tapped at the new location of Red’s Porch in North Austin along with the brewery’s seasonal Redshift Spiced Red Ale and the Blood & Honey American Wheat Ale.

5. Penfold Theatre’s “Woman in Black”

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 29, with additional performance 8 p.m. Oct. 30. $18-$25. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. penfoldtheatre.org.

Stephen Mallatratt’s haunting adaptation of Susan Hill’s hair-raising ghost story plays for one more weekend before Halloween. A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the specter of a woman in black asks a skeptical young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise his fear. The further they reach into his darkest memories, the more they find themselves caught up in a world of moving shadows and deadly secrets.

6. Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny at the Thinkery

6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27. $11-$15. 1830 Simond Ave. shop.thinkeryaustin.org/EventPurchase.aspx.

Your kids can have Halloween fun before they ever go trick-or-treating. The Thinkery’s not-too-spooky night (which adults and children alike can show up to in costume) will show you how to make your own scary sounds, face your fear of freaky foods, learn how to walk like an eight-legged spider, taste edible insects with Little Herds, check out Austin Toy Museum’s collection of creepy toys and much, much more. Complete all activity stations and receive a special prize.

7. Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure: 11th Annual Walking Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 1601 Navasota St. sachome.org/events/mmmtour.html.

These tours cover the chilling, untimely deaths of “residents” of East Austin’s Oakwood cemetery, as portrayed by actors at their grave sites in the southeast section. The 45 minute tours highlight historical — not scary — events from the 1870s-1930s and showcase a wealth of information from the Austin History Center and local sites. Tours start every 15 to 20 minutes through 3:15 p.m. at the blue tents erected for the tour. Donations are welcome to help with restoration projects of 1800s monuments and other needs.

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