Great Halloween Performances and Events in Boston 2016

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If you are looking for a great show or attraction to get you in the Halloween spirit, there are plenty of options available in the Boston area. Here are just a few of the attractions you might want to check out.

Boston Circus Guild Presents: Cirque of the Dead

In its fourth year of production, Cirque of the Dead by the Boston Circus Guild is an annual extravaganza that crosses circus spectacle with gruesome acts taken straight from horror movies. Featuring zombies, mad scientists and a variety of monstrosities, the event offers music, acrobatics, aerials, sideshows and burlesque.

Cirque of the Dead takes place at Harvard Square with seven shows running over the course of five nights. Shows take place October 21 at 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm, October 22 at 6:30 pm, October 27 at 7:30 pm, October 28 at 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm and October 29 at 6:30 pm. All shows are 18+ only due to the graphic and disturbing content. Harvard Square is located at 18 Brattle St. #352 in Cambridge.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

Rise of the Jack O”Lanterns will be debuting in Boston this fall at the Boston Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center from October 27th through the 30th. Previously hosted in New York and Los Angeles, the event is expanding its geographic reach to provide a Halloween attraction for adults and children of all ages.

Featuring more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns that have been creatively arranged along a scenic walking path, the pumpkins represent a number of time-honored characters from American pop culture. Some of the pieces will even feature multiple pumpkins as they create artistic structures such as life-sized dinosaurs and dragons. Other jack o’lanterns will be carved from 100-pound pumpkins, while the walking path itself is set to a musical score. Other features will include multiple live carving stations where visitors can watch the artists as they create their pumpkin treasures.

The well-lit and well-staffed path ensures safety for all participants. Advanced tickets are required for the event. The Boston Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center is located at 1 Seaport Lane in Boston.

Gorefest XIV: Election

ImprovBoston will be returning with its GoreFest for the 14th year in a row this year. Promising “guts, gore and musical mayhem,” this year’s show will be a full original special election themed show featuring parodies of elected officials as they dance, sing and murder their way into office.

All shoes take place at ImprovBoston’s Studio Theater at 40 Prospect Street at Central Square in Cambridge. Shows take place on October 27 at 8:00 pm, October 28 and 29 at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm, October 30 at 7:30 pm. October 31 at 7:30 and 9:30 pm, November 2 and 3 at 8:00 pm, November 4 and 5 at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm and November 6 at 7:30 pm. Audience members are advised to dress appropriately and to possibly bring ponchos, as audience members may be splattered by fake blood, guts and other gore.

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