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Olivier Samson Arcand


City slickers

Does your urban experience involve bungees, a trapeze, acrobatic bicycling, and juggling? It does? Oh, then “Saltimbanco” from Cirque du Soleil should look familiar. The show title comes from the Italian “saltare in banco,” which means “to jump on a bench,” and the 50 cast members from 20 countries go urban by taking a look at folks, streets, and skyscrapers. Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. (through Nov. 4). $35-$80; $31.50-$67.50 military, students, seniors; $28-$65 under 13. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.


Dress for success There are many categories to consider when you plan your costume for Bad Habit Productions’ “Halloween Spectacular.” We’re partial to “If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!” Options also include “Toil & Trouble: Worst Costume,” “The Carrie: Funniest Costume,” and “They’re all going to laugh at you!” Stand-up comics and improv troupes provide additional entertainment.
7-10 p.m. $10 cover. Stadium Bar & Grille, 232 Old Colony Road, South Boston. 617-269-5100.

Jewish pioneers Jews first came to America in the 17th century, but many arrived in the 19th century. At “The Promised Land: Celebrating the Stories of Boston’s Jewish Immigrants,” the Jewish experience in the early 19th century will be told through theater, music, and storytelling. 7:30 p.m. $28, $45. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 866-811-4111. www.newcenterboston



Cocktails and costumes Drink responsibly, of course, but celebrate Halloween with “Highway to Hell,” “Bare Bone Pomegranate,” and other holiday libations. Two guests at the Haunted Ball Halloween Celebration will be named best dressed of the evening, so get creative with your attire (make sure you can move to the DJ’s tunes). Oct. 31 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. 21+. M Bar & Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., Boston. 617-535-8800.

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Up on the Hill The oh-so-proper Beacon Hill has a spooky past with the murder of George Parkman, the “sleepwalking” murderer, and other tales of terror. Learn more at the 90-minute, guided walking tour “Beacon Hill With a BOO!” Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m., rain or shine. $20. Meet at the foot of the Massachusetts State House steps, 24 Beacon St., Boston. 617-367-2345.

Blues in the night Blues music is a good fit for Halloween, especially in the hands of the Bruce Bears Band at Beehive-O-Ween. Executive chef Rebecca Newell whips up the frightening food fare. Oct. 31 music from 8 p.m.-midnight (dinner 5:30-11 p.m., reservations recommended). No cover. The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069.

The carousel caper Sometimes we forget that Halloween is for kids, so bring the little pumpkins to “Spooky Carousel” at the Frog Pond Carousel. There are lots of treats including Frog Pond Freddie, puppeteer Aunty Goose, Kayla the Magician, and prizes for best costumes. Oct. 31 from 4-7:30 p.m. Free (carousel rides are $3). Frog Pond, 84 Beacon St., Boston Common. 617-635-2120.