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Harvard Scare in Harvard Square

Harvard Scare in Harvard Square
October 26th – 31st, 2012 
Come all ye boils and ghouls to Harvard Scare for a weekend of wicked good fun. Enjoy tricks, treats, costume parties, a mysterious ballet and more:  something magical for everyone! More ghoulish details arrive every day so visit often for updates!

Anime Zakka
Anime Zakka will be hosting a Halloween Anime Cosplay (Costume) contest party on October 28th from 4pm – 8pm (4pm – 6pm for young kids with family only).
Anime Zakka, 36 JFK Street – 2nd Floor at the Garage Mall, (617) 945-2743,
Brattle Theatre
Haunted House of Pancakes - Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM    Presented by The International Pancake Film Festival  Tickets $5. No Brattle Passes.  Since 2007, the International Pancake Film Festival has showcased short films and videos with a good portion of their length dedicated to the humble flapjack (johnnycake, hotcake, blintz, crepe, griddlecake, ploye…) This year marks our fifth edition, and our first spooktacular Halloween celebration: The I.P.F.F.’s Haunted House of Pancakes. Admission includes a complimentary stack of pancakes! Sweet, syrupy fun will certainly be had by all.
Cabin in the Woods also plays Halloween Night! - Plays Tuesday, October 30 & Wednesday, October 31 at 10:00 PM  Hands down one of our favorite horror films of the year, this ingenious deconstruction of the slasher film puts Scream to shame. The less said, the better, but we’ll tell you that CABIN begins like any other slasher film, with a cadre of good looking college students heading to an isolated cabin for a goodtimes weekend – but it quickly, and very successfully, goes wildly off the rails. If you missed it’s initial run, don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with it. And if you already saw it, come see it again to take in every insane detail!
Nosferatu – Wednesday, October 31st at 7:00pm, doors at 6:30pm  Live Score by the Andrew Alden Ensemble!  Tickets $15 General Public/$12 Students, Seniors, Brattle Members
One of the definitive vampire films, Murnau’s NOSFERATU is about as far from the sexy, sympathetic bloodsuckers of Twilight and True Blood as you can get… and we like it that way. Max Schreck plays the creature of the night in this thinly veiled adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, (617) 876-6837, 
Cambridge Historical Tours
Cambridge Historical Tours proudly presents their Spooky Pub Crawl , which will run on October 23rd and October 30th.  The Harvard Square Pub Crawl gets spooky for Halloween! The normal Pub Crawl, running every Tuesday at 5:30PM, gives you 5 Drinks, 5 Appetizers, and 5 Histories of 5 of the best bars and restaurants in Cambridge. For only $50, the value is already terrifyingly good. A charming host in Historical Clothing will toast you around the Square, regaling you with the most charming and lascivious cheers possible. For October 23rd and 30th ONLY, you will also get the added bonus of a few good ghost stories, and a slightly more ghoulish guide. To make reservations and payment, please email, and come get tipsy with a ghost!
Ask the citizens of Cambridge about ghosts and hauntings and you’ll probably get a blank look or even a scoff of derision; Cantabrigians have little time to waste on frivolity…unless you’re in Harvard Square. The locals in Harvard know that behind every Crimson corner lies a dark secret. Stories of gruesome murders, dismemberments and other things that go bump in the night permeate the streets and campus. Harvard professors have been known to explore the shadowy recesses of the yard, some even after death.  Our Harvard ghost tours pass through the Harvard University campus and visit the Cambridge Burying Yard, with lots of ghost stories and Harvard history along the way. Our guides are professional storytellers who love to put a chill in your bones. Tours on October 26 – 28 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15/$10 (Adults/Child)
Cambridge Historical Tours, Tours gather in front of the Harvard Coop, directly across from the Harvard Square T. Your guide will be hard to miss! (617)520-4030,
The Comedy Studio
Fresh faces Halloween show on October 31st at 8pm! Guests: Dean Abbott, Matt Chaves, Rob Crean, Ryan Darmody, Doug Fitzgerald, David Fogelman, Gerritt Hagen, Scott Oddo, Rohan Padhye, Shawn Robbins, Danielle Soto.  Ticket prices are $8. 
The Comedy Studio, 1238 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 661-6507,
Grafton Street Pub & Grill
Halloween Party on October 27th - DJ Axel Foley will be spinning terrifying tunes 10pm-2am
Pumpkin Fritters
sweet chili sauce, scallion
Crispy Confit Chicken Wings
sirracha honey mustard, buttermilk ranch
Pork Belly Sliders
grilled pork belly, confit tomato, baby arugula, cider aioli
True Blood Martini
Malibu Black Rum, Pomegranate Juice, Sparkling Wine
Malibu Black Rum, Myers Dark Rum, Blood Orange Puree, fresh pineapple
Hot Pumpkin Cider
Spiced Rum, Apple Cider, fresh pumpkin & cinnamon
Southern Tier Pumpkin
Grafton Street Pub & Grill, 1230 Massachusetts Avenue, (617) 497-0400,
The Harvard COOP
The Harvard COOP presents their annual Halloween Carnival, Sunday, October 28th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm on Palmer Street.  The carnival will feature pumpkin decorating, face painting, spooky ring toss, trick or treat trail and make your own trick or treat bags.  Come in costume for plenty of treats…no tricks!  Ages 8 and under.  Event will be held weather permitting.  Rain location will be on the lower level book building.
The Harvard COOP, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, (617) 499-2000,
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Cockroaches Exhibit
These adaptable arthropods are some of the oldest land-living animals on Earth.  They thrived in lush coal forests 300 million years ago, survived multiple mass extinctions, and today encompass 4,500 species, including some of the most beautiful and colorful insects on the planet.  Nurturing parents, these insects often carry and protect their young, and some species even feed them with a kind of “milk” made from their own bodies!   Who are they?  The answer may surprise you. They’re cockroaches!   You've already heard the negative propaganda. Now come learn the real and amazing truth about these much maligned and misunderstood insects in a new mini-exhibit.
The exhibit is the latest installment in the museum's Exploring Diversity series in the exhibition Arthropods: Creatures that Rule. It will be on display through September 2013. 
The Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, (617) 495-3045,
Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre
Mysterious Arrangements:  Fridays and  Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 4pm from October 5th – 28th; Special Thursday night performance, October 25th, at 8pm.  "Mysterious arrangements" refers to the intriguing, ever-changing choreographic positionings of the performers in Mateo's ballets as much as to the complex relationships that the dancers' physical interactions describe. The intentional ambiguity in these relationships always engages --even perplexes -- and leaves the audience wanting to know more.
Tickets:  $40
Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard St., (617) 354-7467,

Lush Cosmetics
MONSTER BASH!  Saturday October 27th 1-5PM  Join us for a spooktacular time as we celebrate the launch of our limited edition Halloween treats including Twilight Shower Gel!  The first 20 people to arrive at the party get a FREE Twilight Bath-Bomb! (RSVP to Qualify)  RSVP to the event on our Facebook page!  See you there!!
Lush Cosmetics, 30 JFK Street, (617) 497-5874,
The Mystery Lounge
It’s Halloween!  And at the Mystery Lounge, that means one thing, another visit from the legendary Dr. Magogo!  Yes, the former host of the late late late late night TV horror TV show will be at the lounge this week.  See him while he’s sort of alive.  Joining Dr. M will be the delightful deceptions and smooth conjuring of Bob Riordn!  And – the chaotic conjuring of Danny Hustle!  The magic wrecking ball.  October 30th, the show begins at 8:00pm and ends no later than 10:00pm.   Admission is only $12. Cheaper than a movie and twice as fun.  For advanced reservations, call (617) 661-6507, or online at  Good news!  We have a new deal on parking.  Print out the coupon, found here: (nights and weekends) go to the parking garage under Au Bon Pain in the center of the Square and pay only $5 for the evening.
The Mystery Lounge, upstairs at the Comedy Studio, 1236 Massachusetts Avenue, (617) 661-6507,
New School of Music
Trick or Treat to the Beat - a Musical Halloween Open House - Join us as we turn the New School of Music into a Halloween wonderland for families to explore. The New School of Music is hosting a fall open house, with free Family-Friendly Musical activities, tricks and treats for all ages.  Families are welcome to trick-or-treat in our music studios, try an instrument in our petting zoo and join our family sing-a-long.  Come in costume!   Sunday, October 28th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.  Free; donations graciously accepted.
New School of Music, 25 Lowell Street, (617) 592-8105,
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH - Halloween Night only! Wednesday, October 31st at 7:00pm & 10:30pm
Tickets $20-25 She’s back for Halloween, whether you like it or not!  Produced and Presented by Rose Tinted Productions.  Hedwig and the Angry Inch returns to OBERON for a very special Halloween engagement, and boy does she have some treats in store for you.  Join Hedwig for a night of hilarious and heartbreaking storytelling mixed with hard-hitting rock in the venue she was born to play.  With text by John Cameron Mitchell and an electrifying score by Stephen Trask, come experience the Halloween event that will leave your head banging harder, your heart beating faster, and your soul loving stronger.   In true Hedwig fashion, dressing your Halloween trashiest is always encouraged.  For more info visit
The Donkey Show celebrates Halloween  on Saturday, October 27th at 10:30pm.  You are invited to a crazy and spooky disco party this weekend at The Donkey Show!  Our fabulous show and post-show party will be featured at 10:30pm and will include Mr. Oberon’s Costume Contest!  Prizes will be awarded – extra points for creativity and disco-theme!  There will also be party favors and surprises for all and everyone is welcome to dance the night away until 1:00am.  Enter promotional code SPOOKYDONKEY for $5 off any ticket.  Tickets start at $25 to $55 and can be purchased online at by phone at (617) 547-8300 or in person at the A.R.T. box office at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street.
OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, (617) 495-2668,
TistiK will be having a “bobbing for savings” promo for Halloween, in which customers will pick a coupon which can be up to 50% off their purchase.  The sale runs from October 29th – 31st.
TistiK, 54 Church Street, (617) 661-0900,
UpStairs on the Square
Children’s Spook-tacular Tea - Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 (1-3:30pm) In Our Lightly Haunted Soirée and/or Monday Club Dining Rooms $16 Children 12 and under . $30 Adult Tea
While we think UpStairs on the Square is always a treat, there are times when we have a few tricks up our zebra sleeves. This marks the first in hopefully many Spook-tacular Teas to come, where we offer children the respite of high afternoon tea, while putting our own ghoulish spin on it—with marshmallow ghosts and black cat cookies. Children and parents alike are encouraged to come dressed up and ready for a frightful, yet delightful event.
Harvest Halloween Vegan Dinner - Wednesday, October 31; all night long, by reservation  As part of our popular Vegan Dinner series, we offer our “Harvest Halloween Vegan Dinner” on Wednesday, October 31 in the Soiree Dining Room. Matched with Matt Reiser’s picks for organic and/or biodynamic wine pairings. Menu to be posted shortly on our website.
Annual Halloween Party - with Scary-oke - Wednesday, October 31 - Monday Club Bar – all night long!
We look forward to Halloween all year long, because it’s our chance not only to dress up ourselves, but also to pass judgment on your silly sartorial statements. The Rocky Horror Show will be playing in the background and "Scary-oke" will be beginning at 9. Best costume wins big.  Lino is concocting some very potent but specially priced magic brews for the bar, and our kitchen is coming up with a special $40 prix fixe menu all night long—heavy on the pumpkins and apples. See the website for menu and contest details. And note, there’s also a great menu upstairs in the Soirée Room, with the same scary cocktails. 
UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop Street, (617) 864-1933.
World’s Only Curious George Store
Halloween Storytime with Curious George - Come dressed in your best costume to hear some seasonal stories and get a treat bag (no tricks!) from Curious George himself.  This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.  Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:30am.
World’s Only Curious George Store, 1 JFK Street, (617) 547-4500,


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