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Five spooky performances to see before Halloween

Emily Quigley,
Melissa Vogt and Hayley Armstrong star in "Vampyress." Contributed by Kimberley Mead

Even the arts community gets creepy in Austin in October. Here are some Halloween-themed theater, comedy and musical performances coming up this month; get your tickets now before they disappear like a ... well, you know.

“Vampyress.” This Gothic opera, a tale of horror and magic, chronicles the downfall of Erzsebet Bathori, the Bloody Countess, who gained infamy upon murdering hundreds of young women and bathing in their blood to sustain her youth and beauty. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 28. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282,

“Woman in Black.” Penfold Theatre Company, 7 Towers Theatre and Austin Scottish Rite Theater present this spine-tingling stage thriller that has been haunting London’s West End for 28 years. A man who believes his family has been cursed enlists the help of a skeptical young actor to tell his terrifying tale. Various dates and times Oct. 13-30. $18-$30. Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. 512-850-4849,

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 “Death by Musical.” This completely improvised campy horror musical is inspired by irreverent comedic musicals like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Evil Dead: The Musical,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” Every week, a new performance will be improvised before your eyes, complete with singing, screams, dancing, (fake) blood and a smoke machine. 8 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28. $15. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.

“Comedy Séance.” Join your host, Satan (Norman Wilkerson), as Austin comics come together to roast dead performers. Past “honorees” have included David Bowie, Amelia Earhart and Edgar Allan Poe. This year’s performers include Enzo Priesnitz (2017 Funniest Person in Austin), Joe Hafkey, Carina Magyar, Nick Saverino, Mike Macrae, Katie Pengra, Adam Hrabik and Vanessa Gonzalez. 7 p.m. doors Oct. 29. $10. Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St. 512-480-9562,

Halloween Children’s Concert 2017. Dress up in your Halloween costume and listen to music from the Austin Symphony, including “Peter and the Wolf” and the theme from “Jaws.” 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 29. $14-$19. Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, 1925 E. 51st St.