11 fun ideas for your weekend — Halloween or not


Lauren Sukup browses ‘Astral Entrance’, a work by artist Ash Armenta at GLEAM, an outdoor exhibition at Olbrich Gardens through Saturday.


It’s Halloween weekend, so get the costumes out and plan some fun. Adults, your favorite bar probably has live music and Halloween entertainment, so stop by. There are also many family options in town.

Check out the top picks for celebrating the end of October (PS They’re not everything about Halloween):

"She kills monsters" at Madison College

Madison College presents “She Kills Monsters” this weekend at the Mitby Theater.


“She Kills Monsters”: Madison College students and alumni perform the play “She Kills Monsters” by writer “Raya” Qui Nguyen, featuring a Dungeons and Dragons-themed plot and extensive combat and movement choreography. Mitby Theater, Madison College Truax Campus, 1701 Wright St. Oct. 28-Nov. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $12-15; free for Madison College students. Book at madisoncollegetheater.org

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Boo at the zoo: Put on your costume and greet the animals with free Halloween activities and trick or treat stations at Henry Vilas Zoo702 S. Randall Ave., 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. www.henryvilaszoo.gov/event/boo-at-the-zoo/

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”: This Madison band survived “Quarantween,” and now the velvet darkness shadow cast is back for a free showing of a raunchy classic Saturday at Shannon Hall, Memorial Union800 Langdon St. Doors at 9:15 p.m., costume contest at 9:30 p.m., “Rocky Horror” feature film at 10 p.m. No carry-on props, but prop bags available for purchase. union.wisc.edu

Garver Feed mill pumpkin

Garver Feed Mill will be hosting a Family Pumpkin Party on Sunday.


First Annual Pumpkin Festival: Family celebration at 11 a.m. Sunday at Garver Food Mill offering unlimited carving pumpkins, with proceeds going to Sustain Dane, plus games, crafts, movies and a costume contest. Full schedule on garverevents.com/public-events/

Hilldale-O-Ween: Shows, activities for children and costume contests from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hilldale Shopping Center726 N. Midvale Blvd. hilldale.com/event/hilldale-o-ween/

GLEAM: Art in a new light: It’s the last weekend to experience the sculptural light exhibit at Olbrich Gardensuntil Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets only, $15, at www.olbrichgleam.org

Noon music: Enjoy one hour of free music at noon Friday with Cristina Balatori, flute, and Kevin Chance, piano at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive. fusmadison.org/musicales

St. Louis Stompers: Madison Jazz Society continues its last year of concerts with a show Sunday by this St. Louis favorite at Funk’s Pub and Bar, 5956 Executive Drive, Fitchburg. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., show noon to 3 p.m. Tickets $20; $15 MJS members; 18 and under free. www.madisonjazz.com

“Curve”: Saturday is the last chance to see the Theater Strollers production of “Bent” by Martin Sherman at the Bartell Theater, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday plus 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets $20 at bartelltheatre.org

Casem AbuLoghod and Alejandro Tey in "Mole Hill Stories"

Children’s Theater of Madison cast members Casem AbuLughod and Alejandro Tey perform a scene from “The Mole Hill Stories,” a play adapted from three children’s books by Wisconsin-native illustrator Lois Ehlert.


Badger Honor Flight Welcome Home: Attend a free reception Friday for returning veterans – with music, Bucky Badger and more on Dane County Regional Airport, 4000 international route. Arrival at 7:45 p.m. for the plane landing at 9:15 p.m. badgerhonorflight.org

“The Mole Hill Stories”: The Madison Children’s Theater features stories from Lois Ehlert of Wisconsin in a lively play with music suitable for young children. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday3 p.m. Sunday at MYArts1055 E. Mifflin St. $15-30. ctmtheatre.org


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