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Grand Marshal Holly Cook will lead the 26th Portsmouth Halloween Parade on Sunday night. photo by Matt Kanner

Top 10 things to do: Oct. 29-31

A roundup of Halloween entertainment on the Seacoast

Halloween is Sunday, and there are fantastically spooky events taking place all weekend! Here are some highlights.

‘Frankenstein’ at The Players’ Ring

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The Players’ Ring is bringing Mary Shelley’s horror masterpiece to the stage in Portsmouth. The world premiere of writer/director Bretton Reis’ original adaptation of “Frankenstein” runs Oct. 29 to Nov. 14. Show times are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $22-$25. Learn more here.

‘The Lady of the Woods’ at 3S Artspace

A local ensemble will perform an original score for the new exhibit at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth. “The Lady of the Woods” features Kim Massaro’s charcoal drawings of the Grim Reaper’s sister. Jim Rioux’s Crooked Orchestra will set the art to music on the exhibit’s opening night Friday from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $10-$50. Learn more here.

‘Jekyll & Hyde’ at the Seacoast Rep

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The Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s production of “Jekyll & Hyde” is running for two more weeks in Portsmouth. Set in Victorian London, the gothic rock thriller is on stage (and streaming online) through Nov. 6; show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $32-$44. Learn more here.

Holloween shows at The Stone Church

Stone Dead — The Stone Church’s own Grateful Dead tribute act — plays a two-night pre-Halloween run in Newmarket on Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. ($20 for one show; $35 for both). Then, on Sunday, Jamaican dancehall legend Sister Nancy & The Naya Rockers headline a Halloween Dance Party with guest the Green Lion Crew ($30).

Dover Zombie Walk: Resurrected

Zombies of the Seacoast region will rise again to shamble the streets of downtown Dover on Saturday. Dover Main Street’s annual kid-friendly Zombie Walk sets off from the Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 2 p.m. Participants will receive goody bags, raffle tickets, and an invitation to sample some delicious brains. Learn more here.

Owloween at The Word Barn Meadow

Guests at The Word Barn Meadow in Exeter will meet some live local raptors on Saturday from 3-4 p.m. Jane Kelly from On the Wing will lead an “Owloween” presentation about some of the Seacoast’s native owl species and demonstrate how un-scary they actually are. A Q&A follows. Tickets are $25 (free for kids 10 and under). Learn more here.

Katie McNally & Neil Pearlman at The Dance Hall

Postponed from the outdoor summer series, the acoustic duo of fiddler Katie McNally and pianist Neil Pearlman will perform inside at The Dance Hall in Kittery on Saturday from 7:30-9 p.m. The talented Portland-based couple will bring new life to the vibrant musical traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton. Tickets are $15. Learn more here.

Nightmare on Market Street

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It will be a ghastly good time at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co.’s third-floor nightclub on Saturday from 8 p.m. until the wee hours of Halloween morning. The Nightmare on Market Street party will feature music from DJ Koko P, dancing, a costume contest, drink specials, swag, and more. Tickets are $12 ($30 for VIP access). Learn more here.

Portsmouth Halloween Parade

New Hampshire biggest and best Halloween parade marches into its 26th year on Sunday night. The Portsmouth Halloween Parade will gather on Peirce Island at 6 p.m. and begin its promenade through the streets of downtown Portsmouth promptly at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome to join in or watch from the sidelines. Learn more here.

Doctor Gasp at The Press Room

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Immediately following the parade on Sunday, the notorious Doctor Gasp (ghost of local folk musician Dan Blakeslee) and his band the Eeks will take the stage at The Press Room in Portsmouth with special guest Peter Squires. They’ll play spooky tunes with old-time cult horror themes starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $13-$16. Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.