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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for October 28 to 31

Tour spooky locals with Haunted Walks. Photo credit: OTCA.

Friday, Oct. 28
What better way to celebrate Halloween than by scaring yourself silly with true tales of ghostly happenings? Sign up for a tour with Haunted Walks that will take you through some of the city’s creepiest locales. The Ottawa Jail Hostel? Check. The site of the last working gallows? Check. Haunted buildings? Check. Our pick is the adults-only tour of the Canadian Museum of Nature on Friday night. Once the doors close to the public you can enjoy wine and cheese and see for yourself where ghostly encounters have taken place. If you dare… Halloween edition tours are offered nightly until Oct. 31, see website for full schedule.

Local chamber ensemble Seventeen Voyces hosts one heck of a performance. They’ll be screening the 1925 silent film classic The Phantom of the Opera on a giant screen and accompanying the film with  live choral and pipe organ music. Don’t expect traditional songs from the musical though — instead, the choir will perform works by Gounod (Faust), Schubert, Beethoven, Berlioz, Kodaly, Puccini (Madama Butterfly), Ravel, and Langlais. The concert runs Oct. 27 and 28.

It’s a world premiere! Whispering Pines, on at the GCTC, takes place in the divided city of Berlin in 1987, where artists Renate and Bruno want to make a new world. When Thomas, a Canadian academic, arrives on their doorstep bearing gifts from the West and dreams of life beyond the Wall, their lives are turned upside down. Years later, in a peaceful cabin on the shores of Lake Superior, the three come together one last time to confront the betrayal that tore them apart. Politics, intrigue, and the cold war — sounds like the makings for a great play. And, bonus!, on the opening night (Friday, Oct. 28), the German Embassy has partnered with GCTC for Whispering Pints (geddit?). Stop by after the show (10pm to 1am) for German beer, food, and music.  The play runs Oct. 28 to Nov. 13.

Saturday, Oct. 29
The final movie has come and gone, but it’s still possible to get your Harry Potter fix. While they won’t be flying around on Nimbus 2000s, Carleton University plays host to more than 100 muggles for the first-ever Canadian Quidditch Cup this weekend. The non-flight version of Quidditch, which does still involve broomsticks, is a modified version of the sport that mixes rugby, dodge ball, and tag and is described as “super intense” by those who play. Eight teams will battle it out to decide who gets to go to the Quidditch World Cup tournament in New York City in November. Come cheer for Carleton, ranked second behind McGill, on Saturday.

Sunday, Oct. 30
Calling all families! The Canada Agriculture Museum hosts its annual Barnyard Halloween Party. Your little monsters can enjoy a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt through the barns, strut their stuff in a costume parade, learn to make caramel apples and other pumpkin treats, as well as decorate their own pumpkins to take home for The Big Night. The event runs Oct. 29 and 30.

Monday, Oct. 31
The annual Dark Carnival rages on for not one, but two nights of sinfully good weekday fun. On Halloween, the arts and music fest features German musicians En Esch, Gunter Schulz, and vocalist Mona Mur, as well as Ontario’s own Promonium Jesters playing “psychedelic industrial thrash music.” The second night is jam-packed with Canadian electronic-industrial acts and performances by Poi Sin from the Sin Sisters (dancing with her glow-in-the-dark poi spinning), a plethora of burlesque shows, modern and traditional belly dancing, live art, interactive body painting demos, a showcase of local artists, and (unbelievably) much more. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Do the time-warp again at the annual screening of rock musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running theatrical release in movie history. On at Mayfair Theatre, this cult classic encourages audience participation (like shouting along and throwing toast). With special guests the Absent Friends shadow cast. Screenings run Oct. 28, 29, and 31.

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