10/30: Off the Lighted Path

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: A decorated altar is unveiled for the British Museum's Day of the Dead celebration on October 29, 2009 in London, England. The altar has been created by Mexican artist Adriana Amaya for Mexico's famous 'The Day of the Dead' celebration, which will be celebrated at the British Museum and in Mexico this Sunday. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: Trace the goodies of Mexican folklore -- the sugar skulls, the chocolate coffins -- that are showing up in North Texas mailboxes and kids' treat bags this week to their origins, where full-on Día de los Muertos festivals invade the senses with music, dance, sweets and theatrics. Artes de la Rosa at the Rose Marine Theater in Fort Worth begins a celebration with a musician-led puppet procession and showcases ballet folklórico (while offering pan de muertos, of course). 7PM.

    SHH!: Is there an antidote for chronic slasher film syndrome? If you've already watched the Final Destination and Friday the 13th series ahead of Old Hallow's Eve, we prescribe a blanket and some early horror fare at Silent Films Under the Stars at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano. Watch a double feature of Jekyll & Hyde (1920) and Nosferatu (1922) over a bring-your-own picnic dinner and welcome the most haunting character of all: your own imagination. 5-10PM; house tours until sundown.

    GHOST-DAR: Brian Righi, author of Supernatural Texas: A Field Guide, serves as keynote speaker at a hybrid ghost-sleuthing and witch-themed variety show. In the first half, The Sammons Center's Paranormal Forum gathers experts on unexplained phenomena to sit on a panel and in the second, Shakespeare Dallas and the Women's Chorus of Dallas are among the groups to summon witches from Macbeth and Wicked with performances. Make a reservation by calling 214.520.7789. 7PM.