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Watch Hitchcock’s “Psycho” on the big screen at the Schnitzer on Halloween day, with the Oregon Symphony providing live music.

HALLOWEEN

Vagabond Opera

The group's fourth Halloween extravaganza, 'Transylvanian Voodoo Ball,' celebrates the dead like no other, with two separate shows of music, voodoo ritual, art, dance and partying with the dead. An early family show will be kid-friendly with special guest Joe the Balloon guy.

2:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, The Secret Society, 116 N.E. Russell St., vagabondopera.com, $12 adults and $7 children's early show, $15 late show

New Iberians

The Halloween Zydeco Bash features the New Iberians bringing the Big Easy to town - 'Bon Temps Rouler,' or 'let the good times roll' is the theme.

9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Blue Monk, 3341 S.E. Belmont St., 503-238-1838, 21 and older

'Psycho'

Oregon Symphony provides the bone-chilling music as Alfred Hitchcock's thriller is shown on the big screen on Halloween.

4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave., orsymphony.org, starting at $14

Portland Erotic Ball

The 11th annual event is the biggest, sexiest Halloween party featuring 11 stages of entertainment, a full fetish demonstration area and the city's only $5,000 costume contest.

8 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., portlanderoticball.com, $35 advance, $40 at door

Howloween

Trick or treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn more about wildlife during Oregon Zoo's Howloween, and also watch as animals are provided with holiday-themed treats like pumpkins stuffed with snacks.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 30-31, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, oregonzoo.org, free with admission

MISC.

Ice racing

Heads up: Top-flight motorcycle ice racing returns to Portland as part of the 35th Annual World Championship Ice Racing Series.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, Memorial Coliseum, 1-877-789-7673, $19.50-$44.50, $5 kids (2-12)

Lan Su exhibit

Lan Su Chinese Garden welcomes an exhibit from the Oregon Chinese Artists Association, featuring a variety of traditional Chinese art forms such as calligraphy, painting and music and modern interpretations in oils and watercolors.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 1-30, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St., lansugarden.org, free with regular admission

Lan Su chrysanthemums

The plant, with its slim, curling petals and elegant appearance, has long been a favorite with the Chinese people, and it'll be celebrated during November.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 1-21, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St., lansugarden.org, free with regular admission

Multnomah Arts Center

The center's annual open house will feature an instructors' art show, performances, demonstrations and hands-on art activities for the whole family.

5-8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway, multnomahartscenter.org, free

'Stage Left Lost'

It's the fourth and final installment of director Jerry Mouwad's live action silent movies, as audience members and actors are confronted by an offstage crisis that ensues when an actor playing Othello murders his Desdemona.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 4-21, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, $10-$12