Get weird this Halloween

Portland is many things, especially weird. With one of the weirdest holidays around the corner, things are bound to get freaky in the City of Roses. Why, you ask? Because it’s Portland.

Want to laugh and be terrified all in one evening? Then Murder Mystery Machine is the act for you. Watch your favorite Scooby Doo gang improvise live slasher movies that will make you scream from fear and cry from laughter. Presented by the Funhouse Lounge, the crew will take suggestions from the audience as they solve mysterious murders. This is not an act for the whole family, folks—the event is rated R. Oct. 22–24, Oct. 29–30, Nov. 5–7. $12/advance, $16/door.

The words “horror” and “musical” don’t usually go hand in hand. But thanks to the weird, creative minds at Stumptown Stages, you can go see your favorite thriller live, as a musical. Carrie by Stephen King comes to the Brunish Theatre. With Academy Award–winning names behind the production, it’s sure to be a hit. Oct. 22–Nov. 8.

If you’re looking for creepy this Halloween, look no further than the Doll Asylum. The house opens its doors only five days a year for those who are brave enough to walk the halls lined with skewed, tortured and macabre dolls. The purpose of the house dates back to 1867, when German doctor Hermann Reinhardt began taking in dolls that were abandoned, neglected or, most significantly, showing signs of psychotic or murderous behavior. If you like testing your horror level, this is the asylum for you. Oct. 23–25, Oct. 30–31. Free to the public.

Get your sexy freak on at Crystal Ballroom’s Portland Erotic Ball. For its 16th year in a row, the Pacific Northwest’s sexiest Halloween event returns. Get your tastebuds tingling by visiting the fetish room, or win $5,000 in their costume contest. Hosted by Emmy-nominee Sasha Scarlett, experience three floors of fun. This is a strictly 21+ event. $39/general, $89/VIP.

Ever wanted to play Clue in real-life? Here’s your chance with the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show. Enjoy a four-course meal with a side of crime-solving and humor. Everyone’s a suspect at this dinner table. Cast members will blend in with the audience to ensure your experience is as authentic as can be. Involvement in the show is encouraged, though not expected. Oct. 31. $59.95/person.

Have you ever wanted to learn the “Thriller” dance? What about Bollywood style? If you’re wondering what that means, you should probably just go see for yourself at Jai Jo! Bollywood Thriller Halloween Costume Dance Party at the Hawthorne Theatre. Dance with DJ UV and Justina Nashif on her LED Hula Hoop, or enter their $1,000 costume contest. Either way, you’re sure to have a thrilling good time. Must be 21+. $8/advance, $10/door, $5 each for groups of four or more.

There ya have it, folks: some of the weirdest Halloween events happening in our neck of the woods this year. Be sure to put on your weirdest costumes, grab some of your weirdest friends and head out into our weird city for a wicked good time!