By Rowena Lindsay, deputy inside editor
Entry of The Week: Saturday, Nov. 1
Experience the mystery and intrigue of “Dracula” at a midnight showing of one of the earliest film renditions of Bram Stoker’s famed novel. This Saturday night, the Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi and directed by Tod Browning. It tells the story of Count Dracula’s move from Transylvania to England where he preys upon an innocent young girl named Mina (Helen Chandler). While not particularly scary by today’s special effects standards, the film is a classic example of early Hollywood horror and has influenced many adaptations since. 290 Harvard St., Brookline; 11:59 p.m.; $10.25.
Thursday, Oct. 30
Let Boston Circus Guild draw you over to the dark side with a combination of horror and humor in this year’s Halloween show, Cirque of the Dead. Be warned: this performance is not for the faint of heart. The show includes classic circus acts such as burlesque, aerial gymnastics, acrobatic performances and juggling, but with a gruesome and gory Halloween twist. Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in the show’s costume contest with assorted prizes available for the winners. Tickets are available at goldstar.com. Oberon Theatre; 2 Arrow St., Cambridge; 10:30 p.m.; $12.50.
Friday, Oct. 31
You may think you’ve long been too old for trick-or-treating, but at the fifth annual Halloween on the Harbor – you aren’t. This event is part bar crawl, part costume contest, part scavenger hunt. Start at TAMO Bistro and Bar before traveling – by Boston Duck Tour boats repurposed for the night to shuttle trick-or-treaters – between the ten other participating bars. Each location offers Halloween-themed cocktails and appetizers as well as prizes for best costume. Collect a passport stamp at each of the bars and challenge yourself to visit them all. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com. 21+; 1 Seaport Lane; 7 – 10 p.m.; $5.
Sunday, Nov. 2
Delight in a satirical inversion of the classic American family with The Addams Family, a new musical at the Stoneham Theatre. In this musical comedy, a grown-up Wednesday Addams falls for a normal boy and invites him and his parents to the family mansion for a gothic meet and greet. With the family’s unique brand of hospitality, the evening goes horrifically wrong, bringing out the worst in everyone. Tickets are available at goldstar.com. The theatre is accessible by the orange line and the 139 bus. 495 Main St., Stoneham; 2 p.m.; $25.
Monday, Nov. 3
Join local female gamers for Women In Games (WIG) Boston for their November party. Khadeja Merenkov, advocate for cultural competency in video game design, will give a lecture on visual language and symbolism of video games. The presentation will focus on how gamers unconsciously use visual images and how it affects game creation and play. The talk will involve explicit language and images. Attendants are encouraged to email Merenkov at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific trigger warnings and other concerns. Halloween-themed snacks will be served. Bocoup Offices, 2 South Market St.; 7–10 p.m.; free.
Tuesday, Nov. 4
Meet the author of the humorous coming-of-age novel “Beijing Bastard,” Val Wang, this Tuesday in Snell Library. In the autobiographical book, Wang tells the story of her move from America to China, from where her strict parents fled before the Communist takeover in 1949. Staying with her traditional relatives, Wang, as well as the city itself, struggle to find a new and modern identity. A multimedia storyteller, Wang is also the creator of Planet Takeout, a documentary depicting the role of Chinese takeout food with the intersection of American and Chinese culture. 421 Snell Library; noon – 1 p.m.; free.
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Not your average art gallery, the Sculptors Drawings exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum explores the relationship between drawing and sculpture for the artists of the Italian Renaissance. The gallery raises the question of why sculptors, who work mainly with wax and clay preparatory models, also drew sketches of their work when it was not an essential part of the process. Many of the Italian masterpieces in the gallery are on display for the first time in the United States and provide clues about the sculptors’ training and artistic goals. 25 Evans Way; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $5 with college ID.