Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

This family friendly event takes you along a path lined with dozens of fantastic carved pumpkins, including multipumpkin works and some 100-pound beast pumpkins that, we’re told, the artists can spend up to 15 hours carving. The carving themes run the gamut, including a “Star Wars” piece. Some of the pumpkins are artificial, allowing for more intricate carvings, but 5,000 are real.Oct. 27-30, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston, $26, therise.org

Pumpkin Carving Contest


Union Square bar The Independent hosts their11thannual pumpkin carving contest this Thursday night. Get your team together and grab a table. You’ll get yourprehollowedpumpkin and everything you need to chop it up. TheWachusettBrewing Co. will also be there, pouring pints of their pumpkin brew straight from the belly of — you guessed it — a pumpkin.Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m., The Independent, 75 Union Square, Somerville, Free, bit.ly/2ey6AwS



If you’ve ever done a spin class and thought, “This should be more like a rave,” this spin class is for you. There’s preride T-shirt and body painting, black lights, a photo-op and swag bag to take home at the end. Plus, the class takes place in the dark so you can totally let lose as Mmmmaven DJs spin a live mix while you pedal.Oct.27, 7 p.m., The Handle Bar — Harvard Square, 1030 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, $35, handlebarcycling.com


“Twelfth Night of the Living Dead”

This play is exactly what it sounds like, a horror-splattered rendition of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Anthem Theater promises “an even bloodier good time than the original,” and considering how much zombies improved “Pride and Prejudice,” this’ll probably be a good Halloween romp, and probably the perfect Halloween date if you happen to be dating an English major.Oct. 27 through Nov. 5, Plaza Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston, $35,

“Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.”

Company One presents the New England premiere of this crash course in contemporary feminism by Alice Birch. The show is a series of vignettes describes the troubling ways women are still socialized, with an unambiguous call for rebellion. Men: You should check it out, especially if you consider yourselves progressive — you might just learn something you thought you already knew.Through Nov. 19, Plaza Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston, $15-$25, bostontheatrescene.com


The Coolidge’s 16th Halloween Horror Marathon

This orgy of horror starts at midnight on Saturday and stretches until noon on Sunday. It starts with “Scream” and “Scream 2,” and from then on, as per tradition, the next four films are a secret until they screen. But this is the Coolidge Corner Theater, so you can expect something good, or at least so-bad-it’s-good, which can be even better.Oct. 29, 11:59 p.m., Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, $25-$30, coolidge.org


Black Mass III

No, this isn’t like that aborted Black Mass at Harvard. It’s an art show and masquerade party featuring over 30 artist who, according to Eridanos Gallery, “come from a variety of metal music, illustration and tattooing backgrounds, all with the flare for the macabre.” Sounds perfect for Halloween, no? Oh, and there’s a little burlesque, too, to spice things up.Oct. 29, 8-11 p.m., Eridanos Tattoo and Art Gallery, 36 Prospect St., Cambridge, Free, culteridanos.com