Scary — and not-so-scary — arts events

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from its begin­nings in an­cient Bri­tain in­spired by a clus­ter of stars known as the Pleiades. The show is best for those 9 and older; ad­mis­sion is $4-$6.

for those 15 and older, shares the leg­ends and scary sto­ries of the night sky. That show, $4-$6, is at 10 p.m. Oct. 27 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Fi­nally, the plan­e­tar­ium will host a free chil­dren’s

with candy and a cos­tume con­test. It runs 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

Also for kids is the Def­i­nitely not for the lit­tle ones is

at the Par­lia­ment House’s Foot­light The­atre, 410 N. Or­ange Blos­som Trail, Or­lando. Doug Ba’aser and Rich “Gid­get Ga­lore” Kuntz star in this adult-themed com­edy about two ag­ing women of ill re­pute. Showtime is 8 p.m. Oct. 31, and the $20 ticket in­cludes ad­mis­sion to the Par­lia­ment House’s clubs and eye-pop­ping cos­tume con­test af­ter the show. Go to phouse .tick­etleap.com.

In an­other com­edy of­fer­ing, The Hu­mor Mill Or­lando will present its first Hal­loween-themed re­vue in which it explores the fears that drive mod­ern so­ci­ety.

in­cludes scripted sketches, im­prov and mu­si­cal par­o­dies. Shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Lowndes Shake­speare Cen­ter, 812 E. Rollins St., Or­lando. Tick­ets are $15; call 407-340-8574 or go to the­hu­mormil­lor­lando .com.

The Or­lando Fringe also wants to make theater­go­ers laugh with the re­turn of its Hal­loween fundraiser, this year ti­tled

Five per­for­mance troupes fa­mil­iar to Fringe fes­ti­val­go­ers will par­ody Mel Brooks’ “Young Franken­stein,” it­self a spoof of Mary Shel­ley’s classic hor­ror tale. Each the­ater group — Cen­tral Flor­ida Vo­cal Arts, Gro­ma­lot The­atre Fac­tory, Lil The­atre Com­pany, Phan­tas­mago­ria and Wanzie Presents — will tell part of the story in its own style.

Tick­ets are $20 for the show, which will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lowndes Shake­speare Cen­ter; go to or­land­ofringe.org.

Speak­ing of Phan­tas­mago­ria, the troupe’s eighth in­stall­ment of spooky sto­ry­telling, dance, pup­petry and aerial per­for­mance runs through Nov. 4 at the Shake­speare Cen­ter. In

tales from Edgar Al­lan Poe, H.G. Wells and Robert Brown­ing will be the­atri­cally brought to life. VIP seats in­clude a spe­cial preshow, bev­er­age and take-home gift. Tick­ets are $15-$25 ($30-$40 VIP) at 407-476-5121 or or­lando at­play.com.

The Break­through The­atre has mur­der on its mind with a pre­sen­ta­tion of four short plays about the das­tardly deed. “It’s You!” is a sendup of slasher films; “Any Body For Tea?” is a daffy ro­mance; “Chairs” is a su­per­nat­u­ral thriller; and “Coun­try Gothic” is a thriller.

runs Oct. 20-30 at the the­ater, 419A W. Fair­banks Ave., Win­ter Park. Tick­ets are $12-$20; call 407-920-4034 or go to break­throughthe­atre.com.

Fi­nally, walk on the wild side with the

From 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20, hear ghost sto­ries while ex­plor­ing the dark cor­ners at the Mait­land Art Cen­ter, built in 1937. As much of the tour is out­side (and in the dark), vis­i­tors should wear walk­ing shoes. Flash­lights will be pro­vided. Tours leave ev­ery 30 min­utes at the cen­ter, 231 W. Pack­wood Ave.

Tours will also take place ev­ery 30 min­utes from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Water­house Res­i­dence Mu­seum. The Vic­to­rian-era home will spot­light tra­di­tions and folk­lore sur­round­ing death as part of its Hal­loween trans­for­ma­tion. The Water­house is at 820 Lake Lily Drive, Mait­land.

Tours are $4-$6; call 407-539-2181 or go to ar­tand­his­tory.org.

COURTESY OF CHRIS BRIDGES

Milleda (Brenna Ar­den), Vik­tour (Zach Lane) and Mathias (JD Rees) are among the in­hab­i­tants of the world of “Phan­tas­mago­ria.”

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