When it comes to Halloween thrills, do you prefer dancing in costume or flailing about in fear?
Flailers, nothing gets your limbs thrashing like a trip through the dark passages of the Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors. The creepers at The Kinetic Sculpture Lab are freaking people out Oct. 26-28 and again on Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight ($12). This shriekfest has music every night by The Dead Drops and is recommended for ages 13 and over. In Willow Creek, check into the Asylum - Haunted House at Dream Quest on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. ($5-$10 donation). Make sure you check out. Recommended for mature audiences.
If you like a little more motor control in your bodily movements, mash it up with your monster pals at one of these costume parties/dances: Mateel Community Center's annual Halloween Boogie is the place to get freaky with Five Alarm Funk and Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra on Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. ($30, $25 advance, 21 and up). Find clues and solve a whodunit at Arcata Veterans Hall at the Murder Mystery Halloween Costume Ball Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. ($20). See who's haunting the halls on Tuesday, Oct 31 at 7 p.m. at the Haunted Mansion Costume Party at the Portuguese Hall ($15, 18 and up to enter, 21 to drink), featuring costume and dance contests, and wicked performances by Esch, Drinking Moonlight, NADA Crew, Masta Shredda, Kash, Subaura and DJs Chops Junkie & Mr.415. And also on Oct. 31, The Inn at 2nd & C (formerly the Historic — and haunted — Eagle House Inn) has KMUD and Burningleaf Productions' March Fourth Mystery Costume Ball at 9 p.m. ($23, $17) with all the mystery, performance, dance and cocktails you can handle, plus music by Portland's March Fourth Marching Band, The Elegant Mollusque Philharmonic and Cobra Wolf Shark.