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Best Halloween-Themed Stage Performances In Seattle

October 12, 2015 5:00 AM

Halloween

It’s almost that time of the year where kids and adults alike assume new identities, taking candy from strangers is actually “okay” and every bump in the night becomes more scary than it should be. Some people are not fans of Halloween, while others revel in it. If you are in the latter half, you’ll want to know about five of the city’s best performances tailored for the season, but see them now before they disappear!
Dracula 
Taproot Theatre
204 N. 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-1502
www.taproottheatre.org

Written by Nathan Jeffrey, Taproot Theatre presents a whole new adaptation of Bram Stroker’s “Dracula” through Oct. 24. This version of the story “takes you on a chilling adventure following the unlikely allies that join forces to defeat an ancient villain.” It is also a story about light invading darkness, goodness verses badness and life verses death. Tickets range from $20 to $40 depending on the performance date and the seating location. Discounts are available for seniors, and students, and they offer one pay-what-you-can-afford performance as well.

Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories
Unexpected Productions
1428 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 587-2414
www.unexpectedproductions.org

In a totally improvised show, Unexpected Productions will ask audience members for their suggestions and personal “horror” stories that they will gladly act out for all to see, modifying where they see fit. This annual show has been a hit, with people coming back each year for more. The best thing about the show? You’ll never see the same performance twice. Performances are held on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. and tickets range from $9.39-11.49 but you can get in for just $5 if you bring a group (see website for details).

Carnevolar VI: The Funeral 
Emerald City Trapeze
2702 6th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 906-9442
emeraldcitytrapeze.com

“He flew through the air with the greatest of ease…” could be uttered in this unique performance of “Carnevolar VI: The Funeral,” where audiences are invited to a funeral of their own. The performance will tell the story of the coffin’s mystery person. The show features circus-like performances, aerial arts, music and dance. There is an “all ages” show on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and a “21 and over” performance on Oct. 30 and 31 at 9:30 p.m., which is followed by a dance party. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes as well. Tickets range from $17.50-32.50.

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Thrill the World
Occidental Park
117 S. Washington St.
Seattle, WA 98104
www.meetup.com/seattlethrillers

The Seattle Thrillers will be a part of the simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” trying out for a world record and used as a charity performance. Believe it or not, this has been going on since 2007. This year’s performance will be presented in Occidental Park in Pioneer Square on Oct. 24 at 3:00 p.m. sharp. The performance is free, but donations (to go toward the Sister Island Project and the Community Health Fund) are encouraged.

Welcome to My Secret Lair 
Theater Schmeater
2125 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 324-5801
www.schmeater.org

Theater Schmeater presents “Welcome to My Secret Lair” by Courtney Kessler Thursday through Saturday from Oct. 23-31. Taken from an original one-act play and directed by Grant Scott, this new full-length play is a story about an “online serial dating mad scientist” who brings unsuspecting women to his secret laboratory, which just so happens to be located remotely in the mountains. Tickets are $10 if you purchase them online or $15 at the door. Thursday’s performances are “pay what you can afford,” which is a price everyone likes.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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