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Brookline: Forget Hello Kitty costumes and candy corn — Halloween is a time to get scared. Let the dark side of traditional folklore raise the hairs on the back of your neck as massmouth’s storytellers duke it out at a Scary Story Slam Thursday, 8 to 10 p.m., at the Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St. $10 ($8 theater members), $5 student rush (requires ID). 617-731-6400, www.massmouth.ning.com.
Waltham: Join hundreds of area residents and art enthusiasts at the Waltham Mills Open Studios, a free event that offers access to more than 80 participating artists, their work and their creative spaces Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at 144 Moody St. www.wmaastudios.org.
Lexington: Seven Times Salt presents “From Plimoth to Yorktown: Music of Colonial America,” covering the span from the first Puritan settlers to their descendants on the eve of the Revolution through the performance of refined English consorts, early shapenote hymns, and songs of liberty and taxation on period instruments, Friday, 8 p.m., at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square. $12. Seating is limited; call to reserve. 781-862-1703, www.lexingtonhistory.org.