6 Autumnal Things to Do This Weekend for $25 or Less

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It's not quite Halloween yet, but as the days get shorter, the events get spookier — and so there's lots of spine-tingling fun to be had this weekend. Not into frightfests? How about donning some lederhosen and drinking 'til you drop?

Here are our picks for six fun fall things to do this very weekend. Best of all? Three of these events will cost you just $5, and a fourth is absolutely free. Read on for all the glorious details.

1. Catch a Midnight Movie The Moolah brings the original, 1981-vintage The Evil Dead back to the big screen for two late nights of drink specials, trivia and gory mayhem. Sam Raimi's cult flick proves that hanging with your buds in the woods can be a chilling experience, especially if you inadvertently unleash some nasty demons with a taste for human flesh. This feast of torn bodies and spurting blood stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, the wisecracking, shotgun-toting protagonist who learns the hard way that possession is more than nine-tenths of the law. Facing personal demons has never been this much fun. Screenings take place at midnight on Friday and Saturday (October 9 and 10) at the Moolah Theatre & Lounge (3821 Lindell Boulevard; 314-446-6806 or www.stlouiscinemas.com). Admission is $5, and you must be at least eighteen years old to enter. — Rob Levy


2. Visit a Free Outdoors Arts Festival Citizens of the world: Artica returns to this dimension for another weekend-long celebration of art, performance, life and creation under the the banner of REAL ART>civic gibberish. The mutidisciplinary arts festival features site-specific installations, dance, poetry and music in the outdoors, and it only flourishes with your participation. If you have something to say in response to an artist's project, say it; if you feel inspired to make your own project in an open space, make it. Your voice is as important to the process as anyone's. Artica 2015 takes place from noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday (October 10 and 11) on the Artica grounds (Lewis and Dickson streets on the north riverfront; articafest.wordpress.com). Admission is free and there are no vendors of any kind at the site, so pack in whatever you need to get by, and pack it out when you leave. — Paul Friswold

3. Check Out a Haunted House
While those prone to seizures or heart attacks are forbidden entry to The Darkness, attendance has been skyrocketing among those with male pattern baldness, because America's scariest haunted house is more hair raising than ever! The chills begin right away with classic monster movies projected on the mega-scream movie wall, and to make the visit as uncomfortable as possible, brain-eating zombies have been imported from Pittsburgh and Haiti to torment attendees waiting in line. Those who make it inside will pass through ancient ruins filled with demons and giant man-eating worms, and the few who survive to reach the second story will want to check out the books of the dead in the all-new haunted library. The Darkness (1525 South Eighth Street; www.scarefest.com) is open 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday through Sunday, October 18. It's open nightly at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 22, through Sunday, November 1. Tickets are $23 to $25. — Mark Fischer


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4. Party Like an German — or At Least an American in Munich 
For those among us who own traditional lederhosen, it must be challenging to find appropriate times to wear them. Sure, there's Halloween and an occasional casual Friday, but undoubtedly you want to wear your German beer-drinking gear more often than that! Enter Soulard Oktoberfest (1798 South Seventh Street; www.soulardoktoberfest.com). At this weekend-long festival, those who don the lederhosen not only earn the admiration of all who get a look-see at those fancy short pants, but they also get free general admission — danke schön! The rest of us will pay $5 to get in, or $45 to $75 per day for VIP tickets, which include parking, beer and more. The party runs from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (October 9 through 11), and in addition to seeing traditional Bavarian dress, there will be plenty of polka music (and other types), stein-carrying and brat-eating contests, and so very many liters of beer.— Alison Sieloff


5. See Sondheim, Without Breaking the Bank
Bobby has loads of friends and three girlfriends, so you'd think he'd never be lonely. His problem is that all of his friends are married to each other, so he's a singleton floating in a sea of couples. This year he turns 35, and his gift to himself is a great deal of introspection. Is he happy with his life? Is marriage as bad as it looks from the outside? Stephen Sondheim's musical Company explores these questions through a series of incisive songs about love, life and human frailty. The Washington University Performing Arts Department presents Company at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 9 through 18) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-935-6543 or www.edison.wustl.edu). Tickets are $10 to $15. — Paul Friswold


6. Explore Some Weird Science The St. Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) hosts The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not, a discovery-based exhibition that uses the hard sciences — such as genetics and biology — to explain some of the most mysterious wonders of our world. Learn why reptiles grew to enormous size 60 million years ago, and why they don't today. Experience optical illusions and then discover how your brain can be into believing false information. See Willard Wigan's tiny sculptures that fit in the eye of a needle, and then learn how he makes them. You'll be amazed, both by what's on display and what you learn. The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not is open daily through Sunday, January 3, 2016. Admission is $5.25 to $12.50. — Rob Levy


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