1. “Dracula” and the Vamps & Vixens Masquerade at Zach Theatre
6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $44-$98. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org
Come early to the night’s performance of Stephen Dietz’s adaptation of “Dracula” and experience a Victorian goth lobby, complete with tarot readers and ghostly storytellers, before the onstage tricks and spooks. A vampire bite awaits the first 20 people in the lobby. The Vamps & Vixens Masquerade will also feature DJs, dancing, “drinkulas” and light bites. Access to the party is included with your ticket of “Dracula,” a chilling fantasy with a surprising twist — a bold heroine who dares to defy the ruler of the night.
2. Scare in the Square
6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St. facebook.com/events/622229921641309
Not into trick or treating but still want to enjoy some family-friendly Halloween fun? 101X presents a screening of the slasher film “Scream,” and before it shows, you can play spooky games including an eyeball spoon race and a witch hat ring toss. Grab a bite from Salt & Time and find a spot to watch the costume contest. Or enter in the contest yourself for the chance to win cool prizes. “Scream” stars Neve Campbell as a teenager stalked by a mysterious figure, Ghostface.
3. “Pachelbel: More Than the Canon”
7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 3 p.m. Nov. 3. $10-$30. St. Martin's Ev Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th St. lafollia.org
La Follia Austin Baroque performs music by Johann Pachelbel, composer of the famous Canon in D Major. Included in the concert are three exquisite chamber works, two works for solo voice, a motet, a full cantata and an organ work on the church's magnificent Visser Roland pipe organ (and of course, the Canon). Performing are a handful of vocalists; Keith Womer, organ, harpsichord and director of La Follia; and a 10-piece baroque orchestra led by concertmaster Alan Austin.
4. Dia de los Muertos Music Festival with Los Lobos at Stubb’s outdoor
4 p.m. Nov. 3. $25-$30. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com
It’s a couple of days past the actual Nov. 1 traditional Mexican holiday, but any occasion that brings the great East Los Angeles band Los Lobos to town is worthy. Inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame last year, Los Lobos has long been a favorite of Austin audiences, drawing big crowds here even before their 1987 “La Bamba” breakthrough. A benefit for Easter Seals, this afternoon-into-evening shindig also features sets by Los Daddys, El Dusty, Chicas Rock and more. — Peter Blackstock
5. 24 Diner 10-Year Anniversary Party
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3. Free. 600 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 200. facebook.com/events/780034485786391
Here’s an indication of just how big a bash this will be: 24 Diner plans to block off the parking lot to hold the 10-year-old restaurant’s largest and most exciting party to date. Partnering with neighbors Waterloo Records, Amy’s Ice Creams and Lululemon, 24 Diner is bringing you an epic day of grilling, beer, live music, pop-up shops, free hot chocolate, face-painting, cotton candy, lawn games and more. Austin Eastciders, Austin Beerworks and TIto’s Vodka provide the sips.