CLASSICAL NEW ENGLAND CARTOON FESTIVAL Cartoons are a great way to expose the kids to classical music. Remember Elmer Fudd singing “Kill the Wabbit” to the tune of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”? A giant screen will show Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoons set to classical music; the kids visit an instrument petting zoo, and hear live music; PBS-costumed characters include Curious George and Arthur. Oct. 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15, $35 (family 4-pack), free under 6. Symphony Hall,
301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-300-5400.
“AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” In this Agatha Christie classic, folks with secrets and dark pasts are invited to spend the weekend on a private island — but where is their millionaire host? The Watertown Children’s Theatre Play Factory presents the murder mystery. Oct. 26 at
7 p.m. (through Oct. 28). $10. Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 800-838-3006. www.watertownchildrens
CHILDREN’S SPOOK-TACULAR TEA You and your little pumpkins are invited to dress up and enjoy a few tricks and treats from the folks at UpStairs on the Square. Do you like marshmallow ghosts and black cat cookies? Oct. 27 and 28 from 1-3:30 p.m. $30, $16 under 13 (reservations recommended). UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-864-1933. www.upstairsonthe
ZOO HOWL Tell the kids to practice their howling and put on a favorite costume for the two contests at the zoo. Watch for animals on the Trick-or-Treat Trail and enjoy creepy crafts, ghoulish games, and a haunted maze. Oct. 27 and 28 from
11 a.m.-3 p.m. $17, $14 seniors, $11 ages 2-12. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466. www.franklinparkzoo.org
“THE POLITICS OF HANDSOME” The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents a panel discussion with Paula Lyons, Joyce Kulhawik, Lauren Beckham Falcone, and Jan Saragoni. Moderator Margery Eagan will navigate the talk about how some voters yearn for “a simpler age of the Cold War and domestic abundance.” Think Don Draper meets the “Mad Men” of politics: Mitt Romney, Scott Brown, and Rob Portman.
Oct. 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St., Boston. 617-557-2007. www.fordhallforum.org
“THE SMELL OF FEAR: SCARY CHEESES” Put your fear of ghosts on the back burner and turn your attention to pungent washed-rind and blue cheeses courtesy of Adam Centamore. Complimentary wines will rescue you from your fears. Oct. 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. $55 (plus $25 for materials; reservations required). Boston Center for Adult Education,
122 Arlington St., Boston.
RUSSIAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL The Educational Bridge Project mission is to nurture relationships between American and Russian musicians, composers, opera singers, visual artists, writers, and filmmakers. Participants are Harvard College, Wellesley College, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Moscow Conservatory, and the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Friday’s “Sharing the Stage” piano concert presents the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Boston University students. Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. (through Nov. 5). Free. Boston University CFA Concert Hall, 767 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-867-0017