Thursday, June 20, 2024

A bag full of Halloween events, all weekend long, at all kinds of prices. There’s something for everyone across Cambridge and Somerville. Here are a few:

bullet-gray-small Kimpton Marlowe Hotel and Bambara Kitchen & Bar’s “A Stranger Evening: An Original 1980s Halloween Party” from 7:11 to 11:11 p.m. Friday in the outdoor courtyard of the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., East Cambridge, made to look like the Hawkins, Ind., of 1983 from Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” with a 1980s dance party, food inspired by the show (including Eleven’s Wonderful Wall of Eggos and an Upside Down dessert), with appropriate attire recommended. General admission is $25.

bullet-gray-small Haunted Somerville’s Horror Punk Night from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday with three bands (Garbage Point, Loser’s Circle and Coffin Salesman), mazes and music and Dark Rock Night from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday at ARTFarm, 10 Poplar St., near Union Square, Somerville, with bands Lucretia’s Daggers and Blacksoul Seraphim playing amid two haunted experiences – Kindergarten Nightmares and The Hall of Horror –and wandering ghouls, food and other attractions. Tickets are $25.

bullet-gray-small “GoreFest XV: Horror House” at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Central Square, the club’s annual burst of comedy so full of blood, guts and gore that smart fans wear ponchos. This time there’s a reality show theme. Tickets are $25 to $29 (with the extra $4 being the price of that poncho). The show runs Halloween.

bullet-gray-small EHChocolatier’s Halloween Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with shopping and tasting of treats (pictured above) such as dark chocolate Witch Hats, Wise Guys, Spooky Bonbons and seasonal Apple Cider Caramels, at the maker’s chocolate shop and kitchen, 561 Windsor St., Somerville.

bullet-gray-small East Somerville Main Street’s Halloween Block Party from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Chuckie Harris Park, 15 Cross St., East Somerville. Free.

bullet-gray-small “ZombedyCazi: Tales from a Creep” horror-themed comedy from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door.

bullet-gray-small Twin Peaks Halloween Party from 8 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Brass Union, 70 Union Square, Somerville. Free.

bullet-gray-small Odds Bodkin’s “Heartpounders” scary storytelling for adults from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar, 89 Winthrop St., Harvard Square. Admission is $15.

bullet-gray-small Cornucopia Collective’s Samhain Ritual from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square. This is the real deal – the witches’ new year, when it’s time to honor the dead and the goddess Hecate – and when the ritual starts at 6 p.m., the doors of the room is sealed to latecomers. A donation of $5 to $15 will be collected afterward. (And there’s a potluck.)

Annual Family Weekend Concert from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. Free.

This annual event celebrates music ranging from Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and Bernstein’s “Slava” to Ellington and Brian Blade’s “Fellowship Band.” Along with classical music performed by the MIT Wind Ensemble, saxophone and percussion ensembles, the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble will feature vocalist Laura Jaye and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble in a program of classic and contemporary jazz directed by Frederick Harris and Kenneth Amis, assistant conductor. Information is here.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at Harvard’s Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $5.

In this new classic musical comedy, six adolescent spellers compete for a slot in the National Spelling Bee along with three adults stuck in adolescence themselves and four audience volunteers. They spell their way through the pandemonium of pubescence, family crises and some possibly made-up words, ultimately discovering that losing doesn’t necessarily make them losers. Gregory Lipson directs, with a live five-person band. Information is here.

Boston Hassle presents “Storytime at the Ape’s Nest” from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St., near Inman Square.

A podcast of weird music and weird words goes live, as some of the area’s strangest writers and performers – Chris Braiotta, Angela Sawyer, Talbot Talbot Talbot, Death Shepherd, Dark Crystals, Tyler Derryberry and more – deliver short, funny, gross, weird fiction while experimental musicians perform an improvised soundtrack. Information is here.

Comicazi Cookie Clash from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Davis Square, Somerville. The buffet is $10.

The Davis Square comic book shop’s sixth annual bake-off, where cooks (more than two dozen, in past events, making two dozen cookies each in three categories – chocolate chip, a bar cookie and a wildcard of their choice) provide all the cookies you can eat, with a glass of milk or coffee to wash them down. The proceeds benefit the nonprofit Boston Partners in Education. Information is here.