When Halloween arrives, Flagstaff becomes a bustle of family-friendly activities, haunted tours and pumpkin patches. The fall weather here in the high country gives the Halloween spirit an added flair, and a taste of Mexican folklore brings its own flavor to the proceedings.
The usual trick-or-treat and holiday kid fun aside, Flagstaff also has become known for bringing the Halloween parties, concerts and special movie engagements. With the upcoming weekend of Oct. 27-28 currying strong favor as the Halloween weekend, we decided to put together a chronological run-down of ghoulish delights on the town.
The Scream Room. Flagstaff's Green Room will host the Theatrikos Halloween Fundraiser on Saturday, for an all-out dance party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The evening will include a seriously big costume contest with $1,000 in prizes. They'll also raffle off a $250 beach cruiser. It's likely that, if one is in serious need of hearing "Thriller" and dancing out the choreography to the video, this will be the place to do it. 15 N. Agassiz St. www.flagstaffgreenroom.com.
"Rocky Horror Picture Show." Few cult classics measure up to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," with its endless string of catchy tunes and iconic, campy scenes. So, for many people, Halloween is about doing the "Time Warp" again and again.
For this reason, the Orpheum Theater is hosting two showings of "Rocky Horror" on Monday, Oct. 29. The first one is at 7 p.m. and the second is at 11 p.m. The first one is for people 18 and older and the second for people 21 and older. Tickets are $5.
The uninitiated should know that "Rocky Horror" is about a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet (played by Susan Sarandon), who have car trouble and end up at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite played by Tim Curry. Audience participation is key. 15 W. Aspen Ave. www. orpheumpresents.com.
Donna the Buffalo. For a Halloween-timed concert that's a little tamer than a "Rocky Horror" night, Donna the Buffalo might be the perfect ticket. They'll take the stage for a fun-filled show Tuesday, Oct. 30.
This revered folksy-roosty band features the soaring and lilting vocals of Tara Nevins and the husky singing of Jeb Puryear. The talented Nevins also plays acoustic guitar, fiddle, accordion and washboard.
Donna the Buffalo has been around for more than 20 years with a strong East Coast following. They have such a following that their fan base has nicknamed themselves "The Herd." They are also are known for headlining a number of folk festivals and helped found the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance. 15 W. Aspen Ave. www.orpheumpresents.com.
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"Don't Look Now." Not missing out on the Halloween fun, the Northern Arizona University College of Arts and Letters Film Series is bringing one of the creepier movies from the 1970s, and that's saying a lot.
The NAU series presents "Don't Look Now," 1973 film starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. It screens Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. and is free.
The movie follows Laura and John Baxter, who have recently relocated to Venice so that John can oversee the architectural restoration of an old church. Both hope that the change of environment will allow them to forget the recent tragic demise of their child, Instead, they find themselves surrounded by reminders of death, as the city attempts to deal with a series of unexplained murders. NAU Cline Library Auditorium. www.nau.edu/calevents.
"Frankenstein." Harkins Flagstaff 11 will join a host of other movie theaters around the country in bringing a Halloween double feature of "Frankenstein" (1931) and "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). Classic horror movie buffs will rejoice.
The two Frankenstein films come with the 100th anniversary of Universal Studios and will play Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Normal ticket prices apply for this one-night-only event. The audience will have a chance to see the original Frankenstein's monster as played by Boris Karloff in both films.
The films are preceded by a special Turner Classic Movies presentation with host Robert Osborne as he treats audiences to exclusive interviews conducted at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival. 1959 S. Woodlands Village Blvd. www.harkinstheatres.com.
Devil Makes Three. Rounding out our list is the Halloween night performance of the beloved Americana band Devil Makes Three, a great name for a band playing on the famously scary night.
The Devil Makes Three will play at the Orheum Theater at 9 p.m. Oct. 31 with special guest Jonny Fritz. The band arrives highly anticipated for many local Flagstaff music buffs, some who might have caught their show-stopping act at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this year.
This guitar-banjo-bass trio features an occasional female-singer accompaniment to bring a great mix of incredible songs. Expect a high-energy show that might even awaken the dead. 15 W. Aspen Ave. www.orpheumpresents.com.