Halloween Extra 

A piercing cry beckoned from beyond, and the calendar/crypt keeper came crawling out from under a stack of old Boise Weekly papers to list enough events to keep readers haunting the streets late into the night on Halloween. Cue maniacal laugh ... Bwha-ha-ha-ha-ha.

Festivals & Events

Corkscrews Wine Shop's Hallowine "Pirates of the Vine"—Nothing says Halloween like wine and pirates. Put on your best swashbuckling outfit and enjoy some quality wine and food. The best dressed guy and gal will win a cash prize. Also featuring a musical performance by Moondance. 8 p.m., $25 per person, 208-888-4049, www.corkscrews1.com. Corkscrews Wine Shop and Pub, 729 N. Main St., Meridian.

Dia de los Muertos Altar—The altar celebrating the "Day of the Dead" is on display all Halloween day presented by the Cultural Center. FREE. Student Union Brava! Stage, Boise State University, Boise.

Halloween at Pair—The party at Sixth and Main includes drinks, dancing, DJ Gil and a dead sexy costume contest. 10 p.m., Pair, 601 Main St., 208-343-7034, http://eatdrinkshare.com.

Halloween Costume Contest—Barbacoa's annual Halloween bash includes food, drink specials in the bar including Witches Brew. Costume contest judging begins at 11 p.m. with cash prizes totaling $250: one creative costume wins $100 and three $50 prizes will be awarded. 9:30 p.m., Barbacoa, 276 Bob White Ct., 208-338-5000, www.barbacoa-boise.com.

Halloween Costume Dance—The dance at the Cathedral of the Rockies calls for a costume or dressy attire. Receive East Coast Swing lessons from 6:45-7:30 p.m. The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. and dance until you drop or until 10:30 p.m., whichever comes first. 6:45 p.m., $5 admission includes lessons, Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., Boise.

Halloween Haunts—The entire block between China Blue, Main Street Bistro and Dirty Little Roddy's expects a frighteningly big turnout of party people dressed in their ghoulish best. Expect drink specials, costume contests and a howling good time. $20 cover for all three clubs, China Blue, 100 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-338-6604.

Halloween Party—Rock band Left of Heaven performs for the crowd clad in scary costumes. It's a party with prizes and fright. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. FREE. Mr. Lucky's, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-327-0925.

Halloween Party and Psychic Fair—Find out what's in store for you by plopping down for a psychic reading. Enjoy fun and prizes throughout the night. Fifteenminute mini-readings are $20. 4-9 p.m., Moon's Kitchen Cafe, 815 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-385-0472, www.moonskitchen.com.

Halloween VIP Party—The all-ages event presented by Boise Party Hotline and Idaho's Finest Women features live performances by local and out-of-state hip-hop artists, bands and DJs. Dress up for costume contests and more. Performers include S-Dot from Philadelphia; Lil Hyphy and T-Flip out of California; Freddy P all the way from Virginia; GoodBoys from Mountain Home and DJ Rampage from New York City. 9 p.m., $10, 914-924-2352. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or Box office 208-331-8497.

Happy Hallowine Party—Rob Faler plays an acoustic set while diners dine. Taste fun Halloween wines like Pure Evil, Vampire, Ghost Pines and more. Costume contest with prizes, free wine tasting and a full menu round out the night. 6-10 p.m., FREE. Tannins Wine Bar, 347 Ave. E, Kuna, 208-922-1766, www.tanninswinebar.com.

Haunted Woods—The 11th annual Haunted Woods presented by the Eagle Volunteer Fire Fighter's Association will scare those who dare enter. The haunted woods have surprises around every corner from dusk until 11:30 p.m. Funds raised go to the Burn Out fund for families displaced by fire, support annual scholarships that help high school students further their education, provide Christmas presents for families and help fund the fire department's equipment needs and training. $10 adults; $6 children 12 and younger; groups of 8 or more receive a discount of $1/ticket if purchased in advance, www.eaglefire.org. Merrill Park, 637 E. Shore Dr. (in the Eagle River Development), Eagle.

The Maize—Want to do something real scary? Head out to Linder Farms and get lost inside an 11-acre corn maze carved into the giant heads of Obama and McCain. More than two miles of twists and turns lead navigators down spooky paths with 100 decision points. Take a wrong turn and visitors may end up at a dead end. On Fridays and Saturdays, venture down a separate haunted trail and stumble upon the ghosts and goblins of the farm. Enter if you dare. Opens after dark. Tickets for the haunted part of the maze are $12 for ages 12 and older; $9 for ages 11 and younger. 4-11 p.m., $8 general ages 12 and older; $5 ages 4-11, The MAiZE, 8685 S. Meridian Rd., Meridian, 208-922-LOST, www.idahomaze.com.

Third Annual Halloween Bash—Attend a frightening night at the Stage Coach Theatre full of dancing, drinks and live music by Jack Crowne and the Coronas with a costume contest and prizes. Also, test your skills at shredding and sign up for the inaugural Air Guitar Competition sponsored by the Northwest Air Guitar Society to win cash, prizes and fans. The air guitar competition fee includes entry to the competition, free beer, wine and food all night. 6:30-11 p.m., $15 admission; $30 for air guitar competition entry fee. Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 W. Overland Rd., Boise, 208-342-2000, www.stagecoachtheatre.com.

Witches Costume Party—The Colombian Community invites everyone to dress in black or a costume for a scary night full of dancing to a night of rumba, salsa, merengue, bachata and reggaeton. Come in costume and enter to win the Best Costume Contest. For more information, call 208-571-5551. 9 p.m., $8. Chilango's Mexican Restaurant, 8915 W. Overland Rd., Boise, 208-376-0304.

On Stage

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood—Boise Little Theater presents this musical by Rupert Holmes and directed by Autumn Kersey. The musical is based on the writings of Charles Dickens who died before he finished the mystery. Holmes came up with a creative way to allow each night's audience to decide who the murderer will be, resulting in the ultimate in audience participation. 8 p.m., $11 general; $9 for students and seniors and everyone on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, www.boiselittletheater.org.

Sweeney Todd—Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's chilling and suspenseful masterpiece of murderous "barber"-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th-century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe. 7:30 p.m., adults $15; student/senior $14; $20 at the door, 208-468-2385, www.mtionline.org. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa.

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