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Going out guide: The best things to do for the coming week

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 12:01 am

TODAY

GO WILD: Treat your young ghouls and goblins — OK, and princesses and cartoon heroes and heroines, too — to an afternoon at the Wild Zoo Halloween at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park.

The fun goes noon-5 p.m. today through Sunday and also on Halloween day. Daily activities include collecting treats, exploring mazes, live animal shows, a Pumpkin Patch and more, a news release said. Special activities include a pumpkin-decorating workshop today, free train rides Friday, Princess Day on Saturday, Magic Day on Sunday and seeing zoo animals get pumpkins as treats on Halloween day.

Admission is $8 for children and $4 for adults. Zoo members receive $2 off per person every day. Additional fees are charged for the train ride, pony ride, carnival-style games, bracelet-making and face painting. Food is available for purchase.

For more information, go to http://kidszoo.org/events/wild-zoo-halloween or call 427-6800.

FRIDAY

OUT OF THE BOX: Popular cartoon characters Phineas and Ferb take their antics from the TV to big stage in “Disney's Phineas and Ferb Live: The Best Live Tour Ever!,” a live stage show at 4 and 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

This touring production includes songs from the TV series, a new song written just for this show, lots of dancing and an opportunity for children join the characters on stage to perform.

Cost is $15.50, $20.50, $32.50 and $47.50; tickets are available at the coliseum ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations, at www.ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Parking is $4, main lot, and $8, preferred lot.

REAL TREAT: Youngsters can get a jump on trick-or-treating during Trick-of-Treat Festivities 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgetown Square shopping center at East State Boulevard and Maplecrest Road.

Trick-or-treating will be 5:30-7 p.m. at shopping center's businesses. Costume judging will take place 6-7:30 p.m., in the area between the Allen County Public Library branch and Riegel's Pipe & Tobacco. You also can try pumpkin chuckin' at 6 p.m. between the library and Riegel's. Enjoy live music at Jeff's Coney.

FAVORITE HAUNT: Many families' Halloween activities wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Haunted Castle and Black Forest, 8965 Auburn Road, just north of Wallen Road.

The attraction's website, http://hauntedcastle.com, promises “New scares, new terrors, new paths” as youth and adult actors lurk within the castle and along the forest trail to jump out at you. The scare factor usually is too intense for young children.

Hours are 7-9 p.m. Thursday, 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7-9 p.m. Sunday through Halloween night.

Tickets are required. Cost is Haunted Castle, $10; Black Forest, $10; and combo ticket for both, $16. You can get $2 off regular price on Thursdays and Sundays by donating a canned food item.

For more information, go to http://hauntedcastle.com.

ROCK ON: One of Fort Wayne's favorite bands, Spike & The Bulldogs, takes the stage for a Halloween Sock Hop at 8 p.m. at Picasso's, which is next to Piere's at 5629 St. Joe Road. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 advance, $10 day of show. For advance tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.com.

SATURDAY

CULTURE CELEBRATION: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic celebrates Fort Wayne's Sister Cities relationships during the Masterworks Series concert “Ain't It a Pretty Night?” at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The concert features music from Germany and Japan. Fort Wayne is a sister city of Gera, Germany, and Takaoka, Japan, as well as Plock, Poland, and Taizhou, China. Soprano Janice Chandler Eteme will perform “Ain't It A Pretty Night” from the opera Susannah.

Tickets are $15, $25, $45 and $60. They are available by calling 481-0777, at www.fwphil.org, at The Phil box office 4901 Fuller Drive, Embassy box office and the box office at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

CHRISTIAN ROCK: The popular nationally touring Christian band MercyMe performs in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Blackhawk Ministries, 7400 E. State Blvd. They will be joined by guest performer Adam Cappa.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

MercyMe is touring in support of their new album, “The Hurt & The Healer,” which was released in May. The CD debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard magazine Top 200 Albums chart and at No. 1 on the Christian SoundScan chart, the band says on its website, www.mercyme.org.

General seating tickets are $20, groups or 10 or more; $25, advance ($30 at door); $35, Artist Circle; and $50, VIP Experience (5:30-6:30 p.m. enjoy YoYo Yogurt with an artist meet and greet, photo opportunity, Q & A session and Artist Circle seating). Ages 5 and younger are free, except for Artist Circle and VIP seating.

Tickets are available at YoYo, 10015 Lima Road and 9930 Illinois Road; and at Trinity Communications, www.trinitycommunications.org or 484-1029.

SUNDAY

MONSTER MUSIC: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic salutes scary music during its Family Series “Spooktacular” concert at 2 p.m. in Auer Performance Hall in Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

Music will include such classics as Grieg's “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Phantom of the Opera” and Michael Jackson's “Thriller.” Beginning at 1 p.m., youngsters also can enjoy an instrument playground, face-painting and experiments by Science Central.

General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets are available by calling 481-0777, at www.fwphil.org, or at the box office at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

WEDNESDAY

HAPPY HALLOWEEN: Official Trick-or-Treat hours are 6-8 p.m. for residents of Fort Wayne, New Haven, Huntertown and Leo-Cedarville.

In Fort Wayne, city police ask people to turn on a porch or exterior light if they are willing to be visited by trick-or-treaters.