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5 things to do in and around Boston this week

Get Halloween costume inspiration, laugh about the election, start your holiday shopping, and more.

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October 28


A cofounder of both The Daily Show and Air America Radio, Lizz Winstead knows from funny — and from politics. This election season she’s out to satirize the entire field with her stand-up show Bang the Dumb Slowly: The Long Road to the White House. It starts at 8:30 p.m. at Johnny D’s in Somerville’s Davis Square. Tickets are $24. 617-776-2004;

October 29


On Monday, the “Science on Screen” series at Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre presents the 1990 cult classic Edward Scissorhands, about a young man with blades for fingers. Before the film rolls, at 7 p.m., Boston University anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva discusses the body parts (and lives) of two early-man fossils he’s studying. Tickets cost $10. 617-734-2500;

October 30



The Celtics open their season Tuesday with an 8 p.m. game in Miami. (First home game is Friday, against Milwaukee.)

October 31


Need ideas for Wednesday? These Halloween costumes are the top sellers at iParty, a retailer in New England and Florida and a nationwide website:

For Kids:

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> Monster High characters such as Frankie Stein (based on the Mattel dolls)

> Angry Birds (from the smartphone game)

> Batman

For adults


> Ted (from the movie with Mark Wahlberg)

> Wonder Woman

> Obama and Romney masks

November 2-4


Get an early start on holiday shopping at the Boston Christmas Festival at the Seaport World Trade Center. More than 350 craftspeople will be selling wares such as jewelry, ornaments, and specialty jams. There’s also a gingerbread-house competition featuring local chefs. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. 617-385-5000;

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