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The great thing about having Halloween on a Wednesday is that we get to celebrate it two entirely separate times, with plenty of rest in between. This weekend, Fri-Sun 10/26-10/28, is when Chicago’s bogeymen are really boogying down. Here’s a selection of the best our Halloween listings have to offer, and be sure to check Agenda for more good bets, too, like the ZomBeyonce party.

Friday26

OperaModa and American Chamber Opera Halloween Concert Kind of pricy, but there are no better costumes than opera’s. Here you’ll find Halloween-themed activities capped off by a concert of theater hits. 6-9 PM, Flederhaus Haunted Mansion, 2461 N. Geneva Terrace, americanchamberopera.org, $100, kids under 18 free.

Peek-A-Boo: An Ooky Spooky Halloween Burlesque Hey, I reviewed this revue a while back, noting that Kiss Kiss Cabaret’s annual Halloween show “swaggers only when the vamps turn truly vampirical.” They will tonight, I wager. 11 PM, Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336, greenhousetheater.org, $20, $15 in advance.

Saturday27

Happy Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of canned and dry dog food, toys, werewolves, and cleaning supplies to benefit the Famous Fido Rescue and Adoption Alliance.* Noon registraton, 1:30 PM parade, Bow Wow Lounge, 1744 W. Winona, 773-728-5474, asnachicago.org, $5 entry fee per dog, free for humans.
*actually, only three of those things are encouraged