This Week in New Haven (October 31 - November 6)

This Week in New Haven (October 31 - November 6)

After days of Halloween celebrations, the day itself arrives—and other stuff too.

Monday, October 31 – Halloween
From 5 to 7 p.m., the New Haven Youth & Recreation Department’s annual Trunk or Treat invites families to drive through a trail in Edgewood Park that finishes with bags of candy for the kids.

Also starting at 5, another free sugar rush is available at Milford’s Walnut Beach Creamery, where “the Walnut Beach Witch makes an appearance each Halloween night and leads a scarily good parade around the neighborhood. Those who come in costume will receive free ice cream as it is our last night open for the year!”

At 6, Hamden’s Spring Glen Church hosts a screening of The Phantom of the Opera—the 1925 silent version, finished here with live organ accompaniment by Daniel Brownell.

From 7 to 10, GATHER hosts “a very special SPOOKY edition of trivia” featuring “candy, pumpkins, beer costumes.”

For anyone who didn’t get enough dancing in over the weekend, The State House is throwing an 18-and-up party powered by DJs R.I.C.H.A.R.D. and Omegatelik as well as a live performance by Digital Geist.

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New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, November 1
Drawing from “a number of South Asian contexts—Pakistan, India, and Nepal,” specifically—Saad Gulzar, assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton, comes at noon to Yale’s Luce Hall to discuss his research indicating that “those not considered traditionally elite are in fact equally, if not more, capable of competent governance.”

Wednesday, November 2
Urban Legends, a show of photographed and painted “urbanscapes” at The Gallery at The Blake Hotel, gets an artists’ talk and opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

A few blocks away at 7:30, the Shubert Theatre hosts “two hours of uplifting, dance-inducing and sometimes heartbreaking songs, fully live with fantastic staging, lighting and effects” courtesy of MANIA! The ABBA Tribute.

Thursday, November 3
Best Video in Hamden promises a “a quiet setting of candlelight and soft music” from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by “the best lounge music mix from DJs Cam & Simply T” from 7 to 9.

Or go the other way with an 8 p.m. bill at Hamden’s Space Ballroom. Head-banging, head-spinning musical feats are on the menu, with headliner Arch Echo and second opener The Resonance Project both charging headlong into the possibilities of prog fusion.

Saturday, November 5
From 1 to 4 p.m., City Gallery hosts an opening reception for Abstractions…Naturally, featuring abstract paintings, monotypes and collages inspired by “the patterns, movements, and shapes” of nature.

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, actually spans two days, on Tuesday and Wednesday. But New Haven’s annual parade is today. Organized by Unidad Latina en Acción, the face painting starts at 4 p.m. and the parade at 6, “followed by a party with home-cooked food and live mariachi, salsa and cumbia music. Bring a photo of your loved ones to place on the altar.”

Sunday, November 6
Starting at 1 p.m., a natural wreathmaking workshop at Woodbridge’s Massaro Community Farm invites you to “join us as we walk the farm, collecting end-of-season materials, and decorate a wreath to grace our home or give as a gift this holiday season.”

Written by Dan Mims. Image 1, featuring the entrance to the trick-or-treating hotspot 1801 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, photographed by Dan Mims. Image 2 features Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera. Image 3 features MANIA! The ABBA Tribute in concert. Image 4, courtesy of Unidad Latina en Acción, features puppets being prepped for this year’s Day of the Dead parade. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations, prices and other details before attending events.

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