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What’s up this Halloween in Fredericton?

With Halloween approaching, various events are planned across campus and the city. Here is a round up of some things worth checking out:

The Playhouse Theatre will host a screening of the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

Attendees are encouraged to sport their best Rocky Horror-themed costume and take part in a pre-show party at 10:30 p.m., followed by an interactive screening of the film.

Theatre New Brunswick will also continue its 2015-16 season with performances of the play Vigil, a dark Canadian comedy. The play tells the story of an unexpected visit between the character Kemp (played by Paul Dunn) and his bedridden elderly aunt (played by Linda Goranson) as they struggle to find common ground.

Eleven performances of the play have been scheduled. They began Thursday, Oct. 22, and continue until Sunday, Nov. 1. The Halloween screenings include a matinee at 2 p.m. and another performance at 7:30 p.m. at TNB’s new studio theatre on Whiting Road.

While the events calendar on the University of New Brunswick’s website doesn’t list anything related to Halloween, St. Thomas University will participate in Trick-or-Eat on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Sir James Dunn Hall.

Trick-or-Eat involves students across Canada going door-to-door to collect non-perishable food items for food banks. In 2014, over 400 volunteers at St. Thomas alone gathered more than 22,000 pounds of food – the equivalent of 17,637 meals – for both the campus food bank and Fredericton Food Bank.

Keeping with the spooky Halloween tradition, a few haunted house events have been held, are ongoing or will take place. One of those is the Kingswood Haunted House at the Kingswood Entertainment Centre on Hanwell Road, which began Friday, Oct. 9 and continues until Saturday.

The haunted house for adults goes Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m., making this weekend the last opportunity for older fright-seekers to take part. Adult admission costs $5 with a food bank donation.

The Capital Exhibit Centre will host a Halloween Haunted House event from Oct. 28 to 31, which they say is New Brunswick’s largest. The Exhibit Centre will include a creepy, fog-ridden maze, with the runway part of the centre geared for children.

The event at the Capital Exhibit Centre runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. each day.

The Charlotte Street Arts Centre will host a Haunted Tour from Oct. 28 to 31, with a low-scare tour being held at Science East. Along with Haunted Tour, the Arts Centre has been holding Monster Mayhem since Oct. 23. The exhibit will continue until Nov. 15, and it includes works from Fredericton’s youngest spooksters.

While there are lots of musical options as well, one option to check out is the Halloween Howler on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Capital Exhibit Centre. Entertainment will be provided by Tristan Horncastle, the Downtown Blues Band and Mad Mary, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Whether it is music or art, screams or theatre, Fredericton is proving once again to have a little something for everyone.

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