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Boston Halloween Events: Dining in the Dark, Day of the Dead, and a Doggy 5K
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Tired of the Halloween house party scene? Sick of finishing just out of the medals in bar costume contests? There’s much more to do this Halloween weekend, so you don’t have to stay home and hand out candy to an endless parade of Elsas whose parents aren’t even much older than you and somehow can afford to own property in your neighborhood, and that is truly frightening.

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‘Carnival of Curiosities’ Costume Contest Wraps Up SoWa in Terrifying Fashion
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Goatwomen, sad clowns and severed heads decorated the alleyways of Harrison Ave. last Sunday, as New England Open Markets wrapped up its last outdoor market of the season with the SoWa annual costume contest. This year’s theme was “Carnival of Curiosities,” which brought an array of intricate handmade costumes. SoWa visitors and vendors displayed these costumes on a spooky catwalk, strutting to the tune of eerie carnival melodies and even eerier — wait for it — Halloween hip-hop. With a personality as big as his top hat, Izzy Berdan served as both the ringmaster and host of the contest for his third year in a row. Take a look at some of the costumes and oddities the “Carnival of Curiosities” had in store.

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Keytar Bear Allegedly Attacked Again Last Night Near Faneuil Hall
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Yesterday morning, I woke with a text from a friend: “Keytar Bear is at Porter!” I rushed through my morning routine and headed to the Red Line hoping to catch everyone’s favorite mute street performer. But according to a Facebook post, Keytar Bear caught the wrong kind of attention last night, allegedly falling victim to an attempted stabbing and robbery near Faneuil Hall. More

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From Discos to Costume Parties: 5 Things to Do in Salem This Halloween Season
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Halloween is just a couple short days away, and conveniently enough, it falls on a Friday this year.  With Salem just a commuter rail ride away, why not hit the Witch City itself to celebrate the dead?  Rest easy, we’ve got all your Salem celebration needs right here. Get your ghost on, you won’t regret it.

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Cooking Class, Zombie Politics, and More Boston Events This Week
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Take a break from the Halloween debauchery this week to learn how to cook dinner that doesn’t frighten your guests, see staged readings of acclaimed plays, and hear from the MFA director. Or keep the party going with Halloween-themed burlesque, realistic zombie scenarios, and a retro costume bash.

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Get Your Circus Freak On at This Weekend’s Boston Events
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Happy Halloweek! That’s “Halloween” plus “week” and it’s what I’m calling the weeklong series of Halloween events all over the city starting tonight. May your candy bars all be king-sized, your costumes half-assed but hilarious, and your candy corn nonexistent because it’s gross and no one should have to eat that stuff, not even children.

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‘Exponential Oreos’ and More Ridiculously Inaccurate Evolutionary Theories Presented at MIT’s BAHfest
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It turns out that the extra layer of fat found on the torsos of many middle-aged men is not just the result of poor diet, declining metabolism, or a sedentary lifestyle. Instead, the “donut” or “spare tire” is actually an emergency flotation device, and the result of thousands of years of evolution. More

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Wimp’s Day Out: A Firsthand Experience at Worcester’s Rock and Shock Horror Convention
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I’ve never been one for horror films. There’s something about blood and guts, ghosts and vampires and Michael Myers that have me shielding eyes from a movie screen. I’d choose “Hannah and Her Sisters” to “Hannibal” any day of the week. Call me a wimp, I’ll be the first to agree with you. More

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Hub Punch, Square Dancing, and More Boston Events This Week
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If you’re not a big Halloween fan, make sure you get out and enjoy some of this week’s events, because starting this weekend it’s basically all Halloween all the time for 10 days straight. Or if you love Halloween, you can still dress up this week: like you’re going to a hoedown, drinking pre-Prohibition cocktails, or hitting up one of the city’s hippest dance nights.