Spookiness may be in the air this Halloween weekend, but events around Fort Worth will have many different atmospheres. There will be three new local theater productions, a documentary about a man who played monsters, a special event from a local Broadway star, themed classical music, a giant duck, a big Christian concert, a chalk art festival, and more.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.
Thursday, October 28
Circle Theatre presents The Glass Menagerie
From her cramped St. Louis apartment, Amanda Wingfield dreams of her days as a Southern debutante while worrying about the future of her aimless son Tom and unmarried daughter Laura. With their father absent and the Great Depression in motion, the siblings find comfort in their foibles, which only heightens Amanda’s anxiety. When a gentleman caller arrives for dinner, the Wingfields are flooded with hope. But it’s unclear if his presence will change things for the better or shatter their fragile illusions. The production will run at Circle Theatre through November 20.
Friday, October 29
Halloween doesn't often take place on a weekend, so you can expect plenty of people out and about and in a spooky mood. The Dallas-Fort Worth area does not have a lack of quality haunted houses and other Halloween-themed events. Special this weekend will be Fort Worth Zoo's Boo at the Zoo, where guests can enjoy treat stations, themed entertainment, animal shows, and more, and themed train rides from Grapevine Vintage Railroad that appeal to both kids and adults.
Magnolia at the Modern: Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster
Drawing from dozens of interviews, including with Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Roger Corman, Ron Perlman, Sara Karloff, Peter Bogdanovich, Christopher Plummer, Stefanie Powers, Lee Grant, Sir Christopher Frayling, and Kevin Brownlow, Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster takes audiences to the heart of the man, with a gripping, intimate portrait of Karloff and the genre he helped define. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Major Attaway's Magical Cabaret: Genie's Jukebox
Major Attaway was the first to take over the role of The Genie in Aladdin from James Monroe Iglehart and currently holds the title of Broadway longest-running Genie with over 1,500 performances. This show, taking place at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis, finds Attaway presenting a Genie variant Cabaret from a slightly evil timeline. Who are the genie's would-be favorite vile villain cohorts?
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Halloween on Bald Mountain: Mussorgsky, Liszt, and Stravinsky
This concert from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will feature Mussorgsky's now-seminal A Night on Bald Mountain, Liszt's Totentanz, or "Dance of the Dead," and Stravinsky's Pétrouchka. The concert, featuring conductor Anna Skryleva and pianist Joyce Yang, will have three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Amphibian Stage presents Egress
Amphibian Stage presents the world premiere of Egress, a psychological thriller examining the way spaces can protect us or trap us. An architecture professor who specializes in modes of egress tries to teach his students to care about safe passage through spaces and they write about doors and windows. One night, he startles awake wondering what had just been in the room with him. What does he expect to come find him? And how does he get away? The production will run through November 14.
Saturday, October 30
Kindness Duck Project presents Big #KindnessDuck Party
Rescheduled after a COVID-cancellation earlier this year, Kindness Duck Project will present Big #KindnessDuck Party, featuring a six-story tall rubber duck. Circling the duck will be a number of great attractions, including live music, food trucks, beverage vendors, craft artisans, games, and more. Proceeds for the event, taking place at Trinity Park, will benefit the Kindness Duck Project’s partner charities.
TCU School of Music presents TCU New Music Ensemble
The New Music Ensemble program at TCU focuses on performing repertoire that ranges from early 20th century classic works to newly written music by contemporary composers. This concert will feature Paul Schoenfeld's trio for flute, clarinet and piano; George Walker's Lyric Suite; Ida Gotkovsky's trio for violin, clarinet and piano, Peter Maxwell Davies' Sonata for Trumpet and Piano; the world premiere of Amy Barlowe's "Epitaph;" and Alyssa Morris' “Four Personalities” for oboe and piano. The concert will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Casa Mañana presents Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Lieber and Stoller
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and nearly 40 of their hits — from “Jailhouse Rock” to “Stand by Me” and “Hound Dog” to “Love Potion #9” — are featured in Smokey Joe's Cafe. The production, taking place at Casa Mañana Theatre through November 7, takes the audience on a trip down nostalgia lane that will lead them to dust off their vinyl records and continue the party after they leave the theatre.
Premier Productions presents Elevation Nights
Elevation Nights is a new tour featuring Elevation Worship and Steven Furtick that brings the worship experience of Elevation Church into arenas. Taking place at Dickies Arena, the tour is more than a concert; it's a full worship experience as Furtick preaches and Elevation Worship leads some of their hit songs, including “Graves Into Gardens,” “Rattle!,” “Do It Again,” “The Blessing,” and others.
Sunday, October 31
Crockett Row at West 7th presents Monsters & Murals Chalk Art Festival
The Monsters & Murals Chalk Art Festival is an outdoor Halloween community event that will feature live professional chalk artists, a kids activity area, food and drink specials from nearby shops, live entertainment, trick-or-treating, festive décor, local art, and more. Amateur artists will be set up along Crockett Street creating custom pieces vying for attendees’ “votes” via cash donations.