Scary — and not-so-scary — arts events
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.
Milleda (Brenna Arden), Viktour (Zach Lane) and Mathias (JD Rees) are among the inhabitants of the world of “Phantasmagoria.”