1. Halloween with Edgar Allan Poe
8 p.m. Oct. 31. $25. Chez Zee American Bistro, 5406 Balcones Drive. eventbrite.com/e/halloween-with-edgar-allan-poe-tickets-50695815549.
Tickets to this spooky reading and performance have sold out in the past few years. The evening features macabre and mysterious poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe. The romance, the passion and the fears of one of America's most distinguished writers are brought to life by actor Lucien Douglas in this dramatic presentation that includes performances of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Raven." Come in your Halloween costume. Seating is communal. Come early for dinner; making a reservation is recommended.
2. Fifth First Annual Polkapocalypse
Noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. austintexas.gov/event/fifth-first-annual-polkapocalypse-brave-combo-friends.
Four of Texas' best polka bands will rock the boots off your lederhosen with a wild mix of Tejano, Czech, German, Polish, gypsy and Norteno sounds. These groups include the Ennis Czech Boys and the Grammy Award-winning Brave Combo. The family-friendly afternoon also will have a costume contest, screenprinting and food and drink options. You can bring a picnic and chairs, although not your own alcohol. Bring a shirt to get it printed on-site.
3. Spooky Pairings: Halloween Candy & Cheese with Antonelli's Cheese House
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29. $40. 500 Park Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/spooky-pairings-halloween-candy-cheese-tickets-50132188726.
In celebration of Halloween, Antonelli's puts aside its usual food pairings for one that might not seem so expected: cheese with Halloween candy. Gorgonzola and Goobers? Red Hawk and Reese's? Bucheron and Butterfingers? Sounds scary, but they're pairings you won't be able to put down. Come dressed in costume for extra frights and delights. The guided pairings also include olives, nuts and Easy Tiger bread.
4. Holy Roller Halloween: Circus Freaks
8 p.m. Oct. 30. $15 suggested donation. 509 Rio Grande St. facebook.com/events/484966152003872/.
The owner of Holy Roller, a brunch-all-day diner, is pulling out all the stops for Halloween again and is becoming ringmaster to a circus of human oddities. Some of Austin’s top talent — including Nickel City's Travis Tober and Native Hostel's Jim Gilbert — will perform as a snake charmer, fortune teller, bearded lady, strongman, Siamese twins and a devil boy. Marvel at the sights and frights while enjoying carnival-inspired eats and drinks. Donations at the door go toward local organization SAFE.
5. Brown Sabbath at Mohawk outdoor
7 p.m. Nov. 1. $20-$25. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com.
Austin’s premier Latin funk ensemble never intended their Ozzie-assimilating side project to grow into a three-year endeavor loaded with two album releases and extensive touring, but the people went crazy for their worldly renditions of classic metal jams. Last year, they set the project aside to focus on originals, but they’ll be back to summon darkness for a special Dia de los Muertos show. Henry + the Invisibles and Chulita Vinyl Club open. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
6. Viva Cinema: "Tesoros" at the Bullock Museum
7 p.m. Nov. 2. $5-$8. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
The Bullock Museum is hosting a screening and conversation about the film "Tesoros (Treasures)" as part of the museum's series Viva Cinema, celebrating the modern movies of Mexico and beyond. In "Tesoros," siblings Dylan and Andrea set off with their new friends on a marvelous journey of discovery in search of long-lost pirate loot. After the screening, stick around for a Q&A with guest moderator Jean Anne Lauer, Cine Las Americas festival director.
7. (512) Brewing's Decade of Draft party
Noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 3. $15. 407 Radam Lane. eventbrite.com/e/512-decade-of-draft-tickets-49964095956.
It's been 10 years of mostly draft-only brewery (512), which is celebrating with a rain-or-shine anniversary party. Expect plenty of beer options, live music and food trucks — and revelry, of course. (512)'s infamous firkin row is back with one-of-a-kind versions of beloved brews. Musical acts that include Boss Street, the Haberdashers, and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will perform. Dogs are allowed on leash.