Halloween doesn't have to be about overpriced haunted houses and lame parties populated with drunks dressed up like creatures from Avatar. Emily Hynds, artistic director of BooTown, has one of the best annual alternative Halloween celebrations in the city. This time it's an outdoor production of The Farmer and the Badger, with a visual sensibility inspired by anime. "We always pick a fairy tale, and this year we picked a Japanese fairy tale," says Hynds. Don't worry, despite its Asian origins, the black comedy is full of good Halloween gore. According to Hynds, a farmer and his wife are having problems with a badger who's stealing their crops. The real fun starts once they catch the badger and tie her up. She gets loose and well...let's just say there's some serious blood and guts mayhem, including an over-the-top duel. Everything ends with death and cannibalism, which isn't at all family-friendly, but is very camp and funny. 8 p.m. 1740 Harold. For information, call 832-541-2861 or visit www.bootown.org. $15 Thursday, and pay-what-you-can Friday.
Thu., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., 2010