The Portsmouth Gas Light Co. hosts its Nightmare on Market Street Halloween party on Saturday.

Top 10 things to do: Oct. 27-29

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

It’s the Halloween edition of our weekly roundup! Get in the spirit this weekend as you prepare for trick-or-treating and the Portsmouth Halloween Parade early next week.

Ghosts on the Banke

Spooky Jack-o’-lanterns will light the way between historic houses as trick-or-treaters prowl the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth this weekend. Ghosts on the Banke, an annual family-friendly trick-or-treating event, takes place Thursday through Sunday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6-$12. Learn more here.

Haunted Lighthouses

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Learn about the dark and mysterious side of our local lighthouses — including one ghostly keeper — during a special Halloween event at the Kittery Lions Club. Paranormal expert Ron Kolek and lighthouse historian Jeremy D’Entremont join forces to present Haunted Lighthouses on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Learn more here.

Standup comedy at the Rio

Boston comic Jack Lynch, who has performed at some of the biggest comedy venues on the East Coast, headlines a standup show at Rio Tequila Cantina in Portsmouth on Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. Presented by McCue’s Comedy Club, the bill also includes Tony Moschetto, MYSTARU, and Casey McNeal. Tickets are $20. Learn more here.

Stone Dead at The Stone Church

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The Stone Church will celebrate Halloween with a two-night run from its own house band in Newmarket. Tribute band Stone Dead — a local supergroup featuring members of Percy Hill, Groovechild, Thanks to Gravity, and Trade — will play the music of The Grateful Dead on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Learn more here.

Live music at The Dance Hall

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Local septet Soggy Po’ Boys will pay tribute to jazz great Jelly Roll Morton during a special show titled “Honoring a Tradition” at The Dance Hall in Kittery on Friday from 8-9:30 p.m. ($17-$22). Acoustic Nomads play their blend of South American folk and Northern Americana on Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m. ($17-$22). Learn more here.

Dover Zombie Walk

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The annual Dover Zombie Walk offers a new twist this year: The first ever grand marshal of the undead promenade will be Diane Girardin Baringer! The shambling begins on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and ends at Henry Law Park, where there will be games, prizes, and a costume contest. Learn more here.

Spooky happenings at The Word Barn

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The Word Barn’s weekend begins with The Lullafrights, an evening of spooky songs by The Rough & Tumble accompanied by tales from some esteemed local storytellers, on Friday from 7-9 p.m. ($25). The Exeter venue then hosts Halloween bard Doctor Gasp (aka Dan Blakeslee) and author Brian Serven, who will present their new book “The Lore of the Jack-O’-Lantern” on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. AND 7:30-9:30 p.m. ($10-$22). Finally, Tailwinds educators present local raptors at Owloween in the Meadow on Sunday from 1-2 p.m. ($25). Learn more here.

‘Dreaming Again’ at NHTP

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Local playwright Genevieve Aichele conducted interviews with more than 40 immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire and turned their shared experiences into “Dreaming Again,” a play on stage at New Hampshire Theatre Project in Portsmouth on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. AND 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $28-$32. Learn more here.

Nightmare on Market Street

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The Portsmouth Gas Light Co. claims their annual Halloween bash is the best in town. Find out for yourself when Nightmare on Market Street returns on Saturday at 8 p.m. DJ Koko P will spin tunes in the Third Floor Nightclub, plus there will be a costume contest with $1,000 in cash and prizes. Tickets are $25-$50. Learn more here.

Haunted Ballroom Dance Party

After a lengthy closure and extensive renovations, The Rockingham Ballroom in Newmarket has reopened just in time for Halloween. They’ll host a “Danse Macabre” with tripped-out decorations, live music from two local deejays, a costume contest with prizes, and more on Saturday from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $20. Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.