With the arrival of the season of specters and spooks, you may feel the urge to go see a movie of horror or suspense. We’d like to suggest that a live theater performance is much more in keeping with the spirit of Halloween. When men, women and children dress in costumes and act out roles of terror and intrigue (and possibly comedy) for your amusement, you’ve seen the very embodiment of Halloween before you.

Unsurprisingly, many theater productions in the Baltimore area have come to the same conclusion. Here are several suggested shows which capture the essence of the Holiday of Horror.

Zombie Prom
The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre

817 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 752-1225

Oct. 16 – Nov. 8

Known for its circular viewing area — giving everyone in the audience a unique perspective on the play — its inexpensive prices, and its great intermission wine and munchies, the Spotlighters Theatre spotlights horror comedy all this October (and early November) with their side-splitting romantic horror comedy “Zombie Prom.” In this 1950s-themed musical, the greaser bad-boy and his pure and innocent girlfriend find themselves in a Romeo-and-Juliet-style separation. Things are complicated when he rides his bike through a nuclear waste dump and comes back toxic and glowing. Can their differences be reconciled so that they can still attend the prom together? Only one way to find out. Attend the performance and prepare to have yourself a laugh.

Something’s Afoot 
Vagabond Players Inc.

806 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 563-9135

Oct. 16 – Nov. 15

Vagabond Players Inc provides an intimate little theater with affordable pricing on both the tickets and the treats. The actors are known for their fine performances and their friendly demeanor as they mingle with the audience post-show.
Visit this Halloween Season to watch the lightning flash and the thunder crash while a stranded group of terrified survivors watch their numbers begin to dwindle to the mysterious killer in a show that packs together a thriller with comedy all crammed into a musical. “Something’s Afoot” is a play that has a little of something for everyone and is the perfect show for the October season.

From A Black Egg
The Yellow Sign Theatre

1726 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

A small restaurant store front which has been converted into a theater, The Yellow Sign is named after an arcane symbol which emerges from late 19th-century horror literature. As one might expect, the performances here all tend toward darker material. This October is no exception, as the theater presents its original play,”From A Black Egg.” A “silent play,” this is an impressionist piece accompanied by a musical score, animated sequences and other creative means of storytelling without dialogue. The play tells the story of a lovelorn widow who makes a deal with the devil in order to recover the husband she lost.

Prepare for a twisted, mind-bending experience to leave you thoroughly disturbed this Halloween.

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Spooky Story Time 
White Marsh Library

8133 Sandpiper Circle
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 887-5097

Saturday, Oct. 31

The White Marsh Library is a large friendly edifice of knowledge which has increased its free content over the years. Now, libraries don’t just rent out books — they also rent movies, audio and digital content and video games. Libraries also have meeting rooms where they host a number of free meetings from the fun to the educational.

Come by with your youngster on Halloween in order to enjoy Spooky Story Time, where storytellers stand on a stage in one of their larger lecture rooms and perform stories for the children to enjoy. Make sure your child is in costume to really engage in the fun of the stories and the ensuing trick or treating offered by the library.

Cabaret Noir
Baltimore Theatre Project

45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 539-3091

Oct. 29 – Nov. 15

Every year around the Halloween season, the Baltimore Theatre Project puts on its ‘Cabaret Macabre,’ a theatrical montage of dark stories and images which chill the blood of the audience — just as it ought to do. This year’s Cabaret is themed around the Noir, and will feature the dark and brooding images of film and play in the Noir tradition. Come by and enjoy the odd, quirky and always dark Cabaret of the Baltimore Theatre Project.

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.