They're baaack ... After taking last year off, the creative minds behind the Kinetic Lab of Horrors are ready to serve up some serious scares, shrieks and shivers at the Kinetic Sculpture Lab, Eighth and N streets in Arcata, starting Wednesday, Oct. 28 and running nightly through Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight ($12). The brains behind the brains have built a spooktacular house of horrors crawling with special effects and mechanical, kinetic creations. If the lines are long, don't worry. Not only are the 15-or-so minutes of terror worth it once you get inside, spooky rockers the Dead Drops keep you entertained while you wait. Ages 13 years and older suggested.
Grave Matters and Untimely Departures, one of Humboldt's most fascinating and frightening tours, brings to life tales of local residents and their unfortunate demises this Sunday, Oct. 25 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Sunrise Cemetery in Fortuna ($15). This history/theater hybrid features actors and storytellers in full period costume recounting stories of those who died by their own hands, at the hand of another or in some ghastly manner. Tours leave every 10 minutes and a shuttle scoots you to the cemetery from the parking area in Newburg Park.