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by Sherry Lucas

Halloween brings out the beast in all of us. Or the cavewoman. Or the St. Pauli Girl. Or Jessica Rabbit. Or the Queen of Hearts. Or that scary one-night-stand from “Fatal Attraction.” Or even Cyndi Lauper. Because girls really do just want to have fun.

Gal pals and I ran the gamut on that lineup back in the day, and the only thing better than a great costume is the guffaw of recognition and appreciation you get when you show up in one. See if you can find a bit of that yourself as you wrap up in a whole new identity and make the rounds around town.

There are plenty of Halloween happenings on the weekend horizon. So, treat yourself, get tricked out and have some fun with it.

First Moves, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Duling Hall, kicks off Ballet Mississippi’s season with a mini-concert and social that‘ll highlight new ballets and give viewers a peek at the season. Cold beverages at the cash bar, tasty food, lovely dancing and music from Barry Leach are the draw. Tickets are $15 at the door and at balletms.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Ballet Mississippi’s “First Moves” is Wednesday at Duling Hall. Image: Ballet Mississippi

Colorful and spooky car trunk decor and treats galore await at Fondren Presbyterian Church’s Trunk or Treat, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The church youth will have a face painting station — it just may be the finishing touch your costume needs! There will be refreshments.

Trunk or Treat, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Meadowbrook Church of Christ welcomes costumed kids for family-friendly Halloween fun with free trick-or-treating, bounce houses, carnival games music, refreshments and more. They’ll also be accepting donations of cash, gas cards and leather work gloves for hurricane relief in Beaumont, Texas.

This is your last chance to join the Pumpkin Adventure at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Friday. Admission is $7 for ages 2 and older.

Pumpkin Adventure continues at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum. Image: Ag Museum

Tennessee Williams’ “Baby Doll” continues at New Stage Theatre with performances at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 5. The show’s a new adaptation of Williams’ “Baby Doll” screenplay (a 1956 black comedy-drama) set in the Mississippi Delta and dwelling on the desperation and desire afoot when a failing cotton gin owner tries to take down the competition and his hot young wife becomes a player/pawn in the aftermath. Tickets are $30 adult, $25 seniors/students at newstagetheatre.com or 601-948-3531.

“Baby Doll” continues at New Stage Theatre. Image: James Patterson

Zoso — The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience returns to Duling Hall at 8 p.m. Thursday with its live show formed to recreate the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. Relive a golden era and music with this crew. Tickets are $15 advance (ardenland.net) and $20 at the door.

Zoso — The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience is Thursday at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Trappy Hour at the Flamingo, 4-10 p.m. Thursday, is a chance for a happy hour hangout backed by heavy bass and trap snares, plus $2 PBR and Miller Lite. The Pop-up Retro Boutique will be open.

Living historians will portray well-known and nearly forgotten Mississippians at the ninth annual Present Meets Past from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, at the Old Capitol Museum. Nine historical figures will be stationed throughout the building, ready to discuss the events of their times: Fannie Lou Hamer, civil rights activist and leader in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; William Lattimore, delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the Mississippi Territory; Governor Andrew Longino, who served from 1900 to 1904; John Roy Lynch, African American member of the legislature during the Reconstruction Era; Burnita Shelton Matthews, suffragist, legal pioneer, and first woman ever appointed to federal trial court; Isaiah T. Montgomery, founder of Mound Bayou and delegate to the 1890 Constitutional Convention; anti-lynching activist and writer Ida B. Wells; and novelist and playwright Stark Young. It’s free.

It’s your last chance to see Fondren Renaissance’s “Fall” art show featuring Ann Seale and Thomas Wilson at The Cedars. It’s free and open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Image: Thomas Wilson

“Citizen: Reflections on the Humanities and Civic Life” with Claudia Rankine will be held on the Millsaps College campus in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall. The 2016 MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine will read from her acclaimed work Citizen, which was the 2016 summer reading assignment for first-year Millsaps students. As a prelude to this event, the Mississippi Experimental Music Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jason Rosenberg, will perform “Boots on the Ground,” a choreographed work inspired in part by Citizen. It’s free and open to the public and begins at 12:50 p.m.

Don your best costume and head to Lucky Town’s Haunted Brewery Tour. A costume contest, Halloween candy pairings and “evil brewery tours” are included. Doors open for tours at 4 p.m.; the costume contest will be at 9:30 p.m.

Highland Village will host FamFriday: Tricks & Treats in the main courtyard, Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday 5-7 p.m. Kids will enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating, carnival games, s’mores, popcorn, pops and drinks for sale at Deep South Pops. Wear your costumes for trick-or-treating throughout the Village. Dogs are welcome. In case of rain, the event moves to the south plaza near Beagle Bagel.

FamFriday will feature trick or treating, rain or shine, Friday. Image: Highland Village

The “Merry not Scary” Boo at The Zoo is Friday and Saturday at the Jackson Zoological Park. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged for trick-or-treating throughout the zoo and each night features a dance party with live DJ, games and more. Regular zoo admission applies ($10.25 adult, $7.25 kids) and only $3 for members. Because of the weather, Friday activities are being merged with Saturday’s activities 

Park After Dark, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park promises a bubbling cauldron of spooky science, creepy crawly crafts and trick-or-treating through both museums for a ton of costumed fun. It’s $9 per person (advance tickets which include 5:30 p.m. entry are $8 at mschildrensmuseum.org). Rain or shine!

Park After Dark is Friday. Image: Mississippi Children’s Museum

Fondren Public hosts a Halloween Costume Contest, 8 p.m. Friday, with beer specials and prizes for best costume. Contest signup is at 8 p.m.

Come back around Saturday for Hops & Habanas’ Halloween Party, featuring Stonewalls and Jig The Alien. The kids’ zone is in control 5-7 p.m., but 8 p.m.-until the focus is on adults. There’s costume contest fun for both sets.

The WonderLust Halloween Party, 8 p.m. Saturday at WonderLust, 3911 Northview Drive, brings another costume contest shot, this time with $1,000 cash up for grabs. The party’s for folks 18 and older, and the cover is $15.

The Portland, Oregon, band LoveBomb Go-Go, a marching band in silver and white that’s gone from street to stage with their outer space bent (intergalactic freaks on a mission to mend, with music, they say), brings that original music that draws from some of Earths’ best influences, including New Orleans and Balkan brass bands, contemporary rock and the Sun Ra Arkestra, to Duling Hall. The show’s at 8 p.m. Friday. Stonewalls and DBL TAKE open. Tickets are $10 advance (arenland.net), $15 at the door.

LoveBomb Go-Go performs Friday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

The Cirque du Frique — A Very Special Halloween, 8 p.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. delivers on that promise with DJs, drag queens, burlesque and more with featured performers that include Jezabelle von Jane Tori Mattison Vivi Noir and London DuMore, at Wasabi, 100 E. Capitol St. Costumes are encouraged, with prizes part of the fun.

Saturday night at Hal & Mal’s, the Vernon Brothers cook up acoustic bluegrass, free in the dining room. At 8 p.m., join the fun for a Sexy Halloween Party with $100 cash prize for best costume, shooters and more. It’s $10 advance, $15 at the door.

Sunday, give that costume one more good workout at the Cosplay Contest, 6-9 p.m. at Offbeat. It’s $8 with a costume, $10 without, with proceeds going to the JPS Career Development Center Technical Students Association.

Fondrenite Sherry Lucas, a feature writer in Jackson for the last 34 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a sampling of creativity and culture from Fondren and beyond. For additional Fondren-centric events, see our Fondren events calendar. Reach Sherry at sherry@finditinfondren.com.