Friday, October 28
Bloodsucking & Backpacking
What: Leif Pettersen presents Backpacking with Dracula
When: 7-8 p.m.
Where: Subtext Books, 6 W. Fifth St., St. Paul
Local author Leif Pettersen shares his experience researching the legendary Prince Vlad “the Impaler” Dracula during a two year stint in Romania. Pettersen explores fact, fiction, and folktales surrounding the prince and how the modern day bloodsucking, garlic-fearing creature was born. subtextbooks.com
Lights, Camera, Monsters
What: Twin Cities Film Fest presents Horror Shorts-Ahhhhh Real Monsters!
When: 9 p.m.
Where: ShowPlace ICON Theater, 1621 West End Blvd St., St. Louis Park
This ghoulish selection of seven short films, including many by Minnesota filmmakers, focuses on real life monsters and demons as well as a few sinister fictional characters. Tickets can be purchased online for this one-time screening. twincitiesfilmfest.org
Saturday, October 29
Corny Family Fun
What: Sever’s Fall Festival
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Sever’s Corn Maze, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee
Sever’s is celebrating 20 years of corn mazes with a special edition maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, live music, food, and more. Festival-goers can also take home apples, fresh corn, pumpkins, and locally grown honey. seversfallfestival.com
I Soap You Make It Out Alive…
What: Haunted Basement X
When: 6-11 p.m.
Where: Soap Factory, 514 Second St. SE, Minneapolis
The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement is turning ten and is spookier than ever with new attractions. This year, visitors can participate in solo tours of the decked out basement, promising one-on-one encounters with some creepy characters, as well as lighted and ‘no touch’ tours for the faint of heart. Themes focus on real life horrors and a day in the life of tortured souls. soapfactory.org
Sunday, October 30
Get a Slice!
What: Minnesota Monthly’s First Annual Slice of the Twin Cities
When: 1-5 p.m.
Where: Minnetonka Orchards, 6530 County Rd. 26, Minnetrista
This family-friendly Minnesota Monthly event highlights five local pizzerias including TRU Pizza, Pizza Man of Crystal, and Birch’s on the Lake, along with a wide array of seasonal beer and wine. Admission includes pizza and beverages, unlimited hayrides, a corn maze, trails, and petting zoo. minnesotamonthly.com
Classic Holiday Hijinks
What: Masquerade at Bernard’s
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Phoenix Theater’s Shakespearean take on the 1980s classic Weekend at Bernie’s involves two bookkeepers who are invited to their lord’s luxurious estate, but discover him dead on arrival. The merriment commences anyways as they try to convince everyone their boss is still alive and try to avoid being murdered themselves. phoenixtheatermpls.org