10 things to do in Boston this Halloween weekend

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Steve Aoki at Memoire nightclub. Chris Lavado for Big Night Entertainment Group

Skip Netflix this weekend — here are 10 ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city. If you’d like BosTen delivered to your inbox every Thursday, click here. Want more things to do? Check out our events calendar at You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.


More than two decades after its Broadway debut in 1996, Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” continues to make an impact. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical lands in Boston as part of the 20th anniversary of the musical’s touring production. Performances began on Tuesday, and will run through Nov. 10. (Now through Sunday, Nov. 10 at various times; Shubert Theatre, Boston; $48 and up; all ages)

Brattle Theatre ‘Halloween’ Double Feature

John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 film has been seen by horror film fans worldwide, but what fewer know is that Carpenter originally didn’t want future films in the series to center around masked villain Michael Myers. Audiences tended to skip Carpenter’s “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” due to an absence of Myers, but the 1982 film — about an insane mask-maker attempting to kill millions through an ancient Celtic ritual — stands on its own merits. Interestingly, the Brattle is screening the movie as a double feature with the 2018 “Halloween,” which essentially retconned previous sequels like “Season of the Witch” out of existence. (Thursday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $12-15; rated R)

Day of the Dead Dance Party

Cambridge’s Beat Brew Hall will combine Halloween and Dia de los Muertos on Thursday, with prizes for best Halloween costume and best calavera (skull) face-painting. There will also be authentic Mexican-American street food and spooky cocktails, along with dancing and a DJ. (Thursday, Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Beat Brew Hall, Cambridge; free; 21+)

Dragathon Halloween Night Spectacular

Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova, two popular drag queens from season seven of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will be on hand for a show at Royale on Halloween night, where organizers will also give away a $1,000 top costume prize (Thursday, Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $54 and up; all ages)

’80s Costume Party

Pull out your acid-washed jeans and studded leather jacket for City Winery’s ‘80s costume party, a celebration of all things hair metal. Keeping the show rolling with Mullett, one of the top acts bringing the glam band energy of Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, and others to life. (Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.; City Winery, Boston; $25; all ages)

“Rocky Horror Picture Show”

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with Dr. Frank-N-Furter and the rest of the merry “Rocky Horror” gang? Jim Sharman’s genre-bending tribute to B-movies starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick will play twice at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on All Hallows Eve. The 7:30 p.m. screening is already sold out, but seats for the 10 p.m. screening — which gets you closer to the traditional “Rocky Horror” showtime of midnight anyway — are still available. (Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $13.25; rated R)

Big K.R.I.T.

Mississippi-born rapper Big K.R.I.T. helped define the southern hip-hop movement of the early 2010s, garnering award nominations for his country-fried collaborations with fellow southerners like Ludacris, Big Boi, and Yelawolf. Big K.R.I.T. stops by Paradise Rock Club this weekend in support of his recent album “K.R.I.T. Iz Here,” with Rapsody and Domani Harris serving as openers. (Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $35 and up; all ages)

Rise & Rumble Donut Throwdown

This Saturday will mark the sixth edition of Back Bay restaurant Post 390’s Rise and Rumble Donut Throwdown, where eight local pastry chefs will face off for their chance to hoist the Throwdown championship belt. With competitors hailing from restaurants like Capo (Marissa Hart), Harvest (Joshua Livsey), and Tiger Mama (Dee Steffen Chinn) your taste buds will be the ultimate winner, regardless of which chef reigns supreme. Enjoy unlimited doughnut samples, a brunch buffet, and enter the costume contest for a chance to win a $200 gift card to any Himmel Hospitality restaurant. (Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Post 390, Boston; $35; all ages)

Massachusetts Cheese Festival

Things will be getting deliciously cheesy at the Massachusetts Cheese Festival on Saturday, as some of the state’s award-winning artisan cheesemakers gather to offer samples and discuss their local products. Sample and purchase local cheeses, wines, hard cider, jams, breads, honey, and other gourmet foods. Learn from local chefs at workshops and have fun with hundreds of other fans of local food. (Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville; $40 GA, $10 children ages 12 and under; all ages) 

Steve Aoki

This week marks the opening of Big Night Live, the new entertainment venue at Hub on Causeway from Big Night Entertainment Group. One of the first performers to take the stage at the 1,200-person venue is DJ Steve Aoki, one of the most prolific EDM acts today. Aoki — who was also one of the first to perform at BNEG’s Memoire nightclub at Encore Boston Harbor — will play two shows on Saturday, an 18+ set at 6 p.m. and a 21+ set at 10:30 p.m. (Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $34.50 and up; 18+ at 6 p.m., 21+ at 10:30 p.m.)

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