A&E’s guide to local Halloween-inspired theater and film screenings

Enjoy these entertaining Halloween events that require no costume.

Movie posters for Suspiria (1977), Hausu (1977) and The Omen (1976)

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Movie posters for Suspiria (1977), Hausu (1977) and The Omen (1976)

Liv Martin

Why go through the hassle of finding a costume when you can sit and enjoy an entertaining Halloween evening? The Twin Cities has vintage horror movie screenings and spooky theater events that you won’t want to miss this week.

The Omen” (1976)

Damien, a five-year-old boy, begins to act strangely. His parents, father Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) and mother Katherine (Lee Remick), are confused by their son’s behavior and the mysterious events that begin to plague their family.

It’s clear that Damien is not like other children — but why? Equal parts supernatural horror and psychological thriller, “The Omen” will have you on the edge of your seat.

When: Monday and Tuesday at 7 or 9:15 p.m.

Where: The Trylon Cinema, 2820 E. 33rd St., Minneapolis

Cost: $8

Rating:

Hausu” (1977)

“Hausu” is like a campy horror flick on a magic mushroom trip. Upon realizing that her father married a new woman, Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami), defiantly plans a getaway trip with her closest friends in tow.

When they arrive at her aunt’s countryside mansion, things start to get freaky. Supernatural objects begin to lash out at the girls in rapid succession: a flying head (that bites), a vengeful mattress, a finger-eating piano and a mirror with the power to possess.

An unconventional blend of quirky horror with moments of comedy, “Hausu” will confuse you, scare you, amuse you and — most importantly — keep you thoroughly entertained.

When: Wednesday and Thursday at 7 or 9 p.m.

Where: The Trylon Cinema, 2820 E. 33rd St., Minneapolis

Cost: $8

Rating: NR

Twin Cities Horror Festival 2018

Horror fanatics have a wide variety events to choose from at this year’s Twin Cities Horror Festival at the Southern Theater, located on West Bank.

Presented in hour-long staged shows by various artists, viewers should prepare to get spooked by chilling campfire stories, the screening of a series of horror movie shorts, bloodcurdling ghost stories and the chance to be fake-embalmed in a coffin.

If you are fascinated by death, you’ll find an entertaining and terrifying experience waiting for you.

When: Daily, Oct. 25 through Nov. 4

Where: The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

Cost: General admission $15, $55 for a discounted package of four tickets, $180 for all-access pass

Ages: Varies by show, 13+ through 16+.

 25th Annual BareBones Halloween Puppet Extravaganza

Entering its 25th year as a beloved Twin Cities Halloween staple, BareBones’ annual Halloween Extravaganza is not an event to miss.

Come for the free hot food and drink provided by Sisters’ Camelot and stay for amazing spectacles of puppetry, stilting, dance, fire, song and music.

There is limited seating on provided straw bales, so plan to arrive early. BareBones encourages biking, busing or carpooling to the event.

When: Wednesday, 7 to 10 p.m.

Where: Hidden Falls Regional Park, North Gate, 1305 Mississippi Blvd. S., St. Paul

Cost: $10 – 20 (suggested donation)

Ages: All

Suspiria” (1977)

Even if you don’t have a passion for horror, come for the beautiful aesthetics presented in “Suspiria.” Director Dario Argento has a strong eye for vibrant colors that add a special quality to the film.

American ballet dancer Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) arrives at a prestigious dance academy in Germany. When many of her peers begin to die, Suzy realizes that the academy has sinister motives.

Go to this screening of the 1977 film to prepare for director Luca Guadagnino’s anticipated remake featuring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: The Walker Cinema at the Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis 

Cost: $10 ($8 Walker members, students and seniors)

Rating: R