These days, zombies abound in pop culture. A Google search on "zombies" brings up a bevy articles that claim the zombie apocalypse is a real possibility, like cracked.com's, "5 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen," which cites brain parasites, neurotoxins and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
You can party like a zombie on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Red Room's Rise Up, a zombie apocalypse Halloween bash, with DJ Kreeper and a whole mess of local DJs. Come in your best living-dead costume. 9 p.m. $8, The Red Room, 1519 W. Main St., 208-331-0956, redroomboise.com.
If you're not up for a whole night of zombie partying, check out the Thrill the World Boise in front of Boise City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 29, as part of the third-annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." 8 p.m., FREE, Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.
And if more refined zombie action is your taste, check out Evil Dead: The Musical, which is based on Sam Raimi's cult classic Evil Dead films, with performances on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29. 8 p.m. $10-$15, Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall, 3401 Brazil St., 208-995-0088, brownpapertickets.com.
Of course if blood and guts aren't your thing, there are a whole host of more classic Halloween haunts to hang out at this weekend. Old Death Whisper, whose music "is a cocktail of dirty Western roots music and country-tinged parlor tunes," will headline the Linen Building's Halloween Costume Party on Friday, Oct. 28. It's an all-ages event with a full bar for the grown-ups and food from Pie Hole. 8 p.m., $5. Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
Creepier than the twang of a steel guitar, Boise Trolley Tours will tour the haunted history of downtown on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29. It's a two-hour tour, with one hour spent on the trolley and one spent exploring the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Also, on Monday, Oct. 31, is an adults-only party tour; vampire wine and food will be served on board. 8 p.m., $18 adults-only tour, $22 Old Pen/trolley. Boise Trolley Tours, 1911 W. State St., 208-433-0849, boisetrolleytours.com.
And if you're looking for a good time west of the county line, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, check out the Halloween Party Video Premiere of Turn Off Your Mind with music from The Shades. 7 p.m., FREE, Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, flyingmcoffee.com.
For the kids and the kid in you who still loves to don a costume and rifle trough the linen closet for a sturdy old pillowcase, you can fix your sweet tooth at Boise's beloved Boo at the Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 29. There will be costumed characters passing out candy, costume contests for all ages, a bat toss, pumpkin patch photos, face painting and lots of fun animals. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $4-$7, FREE for kids 3 and younger and pass holders. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, 208-384-4260, zooboise.org.
If classic cars tickle your fancy, you can take the little ones to Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 29, with lots of candy, games, costume contests and '50s tunes from band Ghosts of the Malt Shop. Noon-3 p.m., FREE. Burger Time, 1273 S. Orchard St., 208-424-5073.