10/30: Off the Lighted Path

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.

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