Dia De Los Muertos Festival — Concordia Heritage Association hosts a special Day of the Dead festival 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Concordia Cemetery. Booths will be set up with Dia de Los Muertos, paranormal and Halloween items. Attendees encouraged to dress up in costume. Live music, guest speakers, and more. Information: 581-7920, 591-2326 or concordiacemetery.org.
Fashion Show and luncheon — Ladies Oriental Shrine hosts its fundraising luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at El Maida Shrine Auditorium, 6331 Alabama, with door prizes, silent auction and fashions by Chico’s, Macy’s and EPCC. Tickets: $30. Information/reservations: Sylvia, 497-1076.
‘Dracula’ – El Paso Community College Theater Ensemble presents Crane Johnson’s version of the gothic horror classic Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, Monday, Oct. 31; and Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5 at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre. Directed by Hector Serrano. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 students, seniors and military). Information: 831-5056.
The Oct. 31 performance will feature a costume costume and other special Halloween events.
‘Pinokio’ — The 12th annual presentation of the musical drama for the whole family is 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28-31, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or alfc.com.
‘The Imaginary Invalid’ – El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the French farce Oct. 14-Nov. 5. Directed by Melissa Spalding. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
A hypochondriac wants his daughter to marry a doctor so he can get free medical treatment. During the course of the play, he learns whom he can trust, who he cannot, and what it means to live.
Witches Ball — The 3rd annual ball and potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 4425 Byron, with an auction, poetry/seasonal reading contest, prizes for costumes and a Celebration Samhain Ritual. The theme is “Old Hollywood.” Childcare provided with children’s events sponsored by the UUC of El Paso. Admission: $5 or toy/canned goods of equal value. Information: uuelpaso.org.
‘Through the Veil’ spirit readings — Psychic Diana Calamia will hold spirit readings with an audience and tell them individual messages about their lives 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Most of the audience will receive readings during the event, which will be recorded for a future Capstone Productions television program. Admission: $30. Information: 532-1317 or ephistory.com.
‘Dia de Muertos ¡Fandango!’ — Mercado Mayapan, 2101 Myrtle, will celebrate the Day of the Dead 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29-30. This year’s celebration highlights the state of Veracruz with traditional music, dance, food for sale, a display of Mexican altars, artisan booths and more. Food, decorations and products. Featured entertainment is the internationally recognized Son Jarocho group Los Ultrera. Admission is free. Information: La Mujer Obrera, 532-6206 or mercadomayapan.org.
Advance orders will be taken for papel picado and cempazuchitl marigolds.
Spooky Halloween Spectacular — Jungle Jaks, 1700 Zaragosa, host a weekend of Halloween events Friday through Monday, Oct. 28-31, featuring a kid-friendly haunted house, free candy for kids and a costume contest with prizes at 6 p.m. Monday. Information: 856-3763 junglejaksfun.com.
KLAQ Haunted Warehouse — The 2011 haunting runs Sept. 30-Oct. 31 at 1323 N. Lee Trevino. This year’s theme is “Fear Factory.” Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Tickets: $12 ($7 age 12 and younger). Advance tickets with $2 discount available at all 7-11 Fina stories in El Paso and Pic Quiks in Las Cruces. Information: 880-4955 or klaq.com.
Frank N’ Con — The sci-fi, horror and movie event is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, at Wyndham El Paso Airport. Frank N’Con features live music, celebrity guest appearances, artist and vendor booths, Texas “Return of the Living Dead” reunion and the 30th reunion for “The Howling.” Main hall open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days with film fests and musical performances 6 p.m. to midnight. One-day and two-day ticket packages available; $5 military, law enforcement and fire department discount with ID; free for ages 10 and younger with paid adult admission. Admission:$20 one day; $30 two-day pass. VIP pass: $200. Information: frankncon.com.
Celebrity appearances include Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, The Crow), Margot Kidder (Superman I-IV, Amityville Horror), Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th VII-X), Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling), Belinda Balaski (Gremlins, Piranha), Brooke Bundy (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and 4, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Tiffany Helm (Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning) and more.
Musical guests 45 Grave, First Jason, The Last Dance, Bella Lune and Cat As Trophy with Master of Ceremonies Joshua Bradford.
Guest artists include Carlos D’Anda, April A. Taylor, Eddie Nunez, Joe Illarramendi, Andy Perez, Abraham Martinez and David Olivarez.
Special Olympics Fall Games — The 2011 fall games are Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, with Opening Ceremonies at 6 p.m. Friday at the Valle Verde Campus Gym, 919 Hunter. Victory Dance follows at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is free. Information: 532-1795.
Boo at the Zoo — The El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano, will host its 5th annual “merry, not scary” safe trick-or-treating event for families with children age 2 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30. Admission: $10 ($6 for ages 3-12 and $7.50 for ages 60 and older, active duty military with ID; free for zoological society members and ages 2 and younger). Information: 521-1850 or elpasozoo.org. Presented by Robert Bonaventure.
Activities include the Animal Pumpkin Squish, free candy for ages 12 and younger, games activities and entertainment. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in the Zoo costume parade each day.
T-Mobile Tuner Bash Halloween Car show — The largest tuner car show of the year is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Fox Plaza mercado back lot. Competition open to all vehicles. Free Halloween candy for kids. Spectator admission is free. Information: 449-1032 or elpasostreetscene.com.
Pre-registration for vehicles is $25; $30 day of show.
UTEP Men’s Basketball – Home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Game times to be announced. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Nov. 3 — Eastern New Mexico (exhibition)
The Monsters Ball — Community Scholars hosts its 5th annual costume event 6:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 28, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. featuring a silent auction, dancing and costume party. This year’s theme is a “Hootenanny of Horror.” Tickets: $65. Information: 533-6200 or communityscholars.org.
Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest or scariest western wear, enjoy Halloween inspired , food, cocktails, music, dancing, and a live auction all in support of the Community Scholars’ leadership summer internship program.
The nonprofit Community Scholars program, now in its 14th year, has provided students from all over El Paso County the opportunity to participate in a paid, intensive research internship.
‘Dracula’ – The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Bram Stoker classic horror Oct. 28-Nov. 6, in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre, presented by UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Monday, Oct. 31, and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Tickets: $12 ($10 UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, groups of ten or more and non-UTEP students; $9 UTEP students). Information: 747-5118.
A blood drive is noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24; all donors receive a free ticket to the play.
A costume contest with prizes will be held during intermission Monday, Oct. 31.
UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame — The 2011 Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony honoring the best of UTEP athletes and coaches is 6:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at UTEP’s Larry K. Durham Sports Center, with dinner by sponsor Landry’s Seafood House. Cocktails at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 ($20 Miner Athletic Club members). Table for eight: $160. Information/reservations: 747-8759 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: utepathletics.com
2011 Inductees are Thaddeaus Steele (deceased) and Jack Curtice (deceased) for football, Jim Forbes for men’s basketball, Obadele Thompson for track and Soma Dutta for rifle.
UTEP Football — The Miners host Southern Mississipi 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Individuals tickes are $15-$55. Information: 747-5234, 544-8444 or utepathletics.com.
Planet Fitness Challenge — The 5K run and kids one-mile fun walk is 8:05 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Westside Planet Fitness, 5700 N. Mesa, benefiting Child Crisis Center of El Paso. Opening ceremonies are 8 a.m. with awards ceremony following at 9:15 a.m. Trophies for overall male and female, with medals to top three in each age group, plus for the largest team. Cost: $20 per event by Oct. 28; $25 on race day ($10 for ages 12 and younger). $5 discount for military, law enforcement and teams of ten or more per person. Information: Register online at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Eastside Planet Fitness, 11160 Rojas, and Friday, Oct. 28, at the Westside location, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the starting line.
Clean and Scary Fun Run — The 4th annual Halloween 5K race and 1-mile walk to benefit Keep El Paso Beautiful begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Madeline Park in Kern Place. Several booths will be set up including a health booth, and booths from the El Paso Police Department and Fire Department. Halloween costumes encouraged. Cost: $20 per event; $25 day of race. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663.
‘Ghost Stories of El Paso’ premiere — The premiere of El Paso Gold’s “Ghost Stories of El Paso Volume 3” is at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, , at the Scottish Rite Theatre, 301 W. Missouri in Downtown. Admission: $6 cash ($6.50 with credit card). Portion of ticket sales benefit the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. Information: 533-4409 or ephistory.com.
“Ghost Stories of El Paso, Volume 3” presents all-new stories and visits some of El Paso’s most haunted and historic locations. Psychic Diana Calamia and her crew of ghost trackers reportedly capture an image of spirits as they begin to take on human form.
‘Nosferatu’ — The classic 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, will be shown with live accompaniment by organist Walt Strony at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Plaza Theatre. The story is a variation on the original “Dracula” novel. Tickets are $5. Information: 533-4020 or plazaclassic.com.
Southern New Mexico
New Mexico Pecan Festival — The inaugural festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, at the Mesilla Valley Maze, 3855 W. Picacho in Las Cruces. The event features live music, pecan ice cream, cooking, pecan art, carriage and pony rides, children’s activities and more. Admission: $10 ($8 children) Information: (575) 522-1232, (575) 526-1919 or nmpecanfestival.com.??NMSU Homecoming — The New Mexico State University Aggies’ 2011 Homecoming game is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, against Nevada at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. Tickets: $13-$30. (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420.? This year’s events celebrate 100 years of New Mexico Statehood. Several special events including lunches, class reunions, scholarship breakfasts, decorating contests, pep rallies, concerts and more, are planned Oct. 24-29. For a complete listing by department, visit http://alum.nmsu.edu/.? The Bonfire Pep Rally is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the dirt lot north of the NMSU Soccer Field. Entertainment by local performers.? Crimson Day activities begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, with free giveaways throughout campus, decorated houses, offices and residence halls. Students spotted wearing crimson by the Crimson Mobile receive a prizes.? The Distinguished Alumni Dinner is 6 p.m. Friday, in the Corbett Center Ballroom.? Homecoming Parade is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on University Ave. from the Pan Am Center to Knox Street.??Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Information: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or spencertheater.com.? Gordon Snidow’s art and the Snorkel Arizona Opry artists team up for a multimedia tribute to the famed artist at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.. This production features the works of world renowned artist and Ruidoso resident Snidow. Snidow’s works will be joined with the musical talent of master musician George Staerkel and his Arizona Opry cast. Tickets: $46 and $49.??LCSO with Adele Anthony — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, welcomeS guest pianist Oct. 29-30 at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.? Selections include Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27. Call for luncheon/dress rehearsal information.??New Mexico State Championship Fiddle Contest — The N.M. Old Time Fiddlers Association hosts its 39th annual contest Oct. 28-30 at the Truth or Consequences Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth. Jam session is 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, with contest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Street dances are 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and a Gospel program is 9 a.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 per event. Information: (575) 894-1506 or (575) 740-3154.??‘Oldies But Goodies’ — The nostalgia group performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10 at the door. Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223.??‘Wait Until Dark’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents the thriller by Fredrick Knott Oct. 28-Nov. 13 at the Black Box Theatre at the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Directed by Karen Caroe. A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 and 13, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. Tickets: $7-$10. Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.