Bodices, sword swallowers, fishnets and fire eaters! Wax moustaches, burlesque dancers, top hats and musical saws! Hypnotists, banjos, parasols and washboards! Throw in a couple minor-key songs, and you’ve got the recipe for two back-to-back events this Halloween weekend. Cirque du Sebastopol
returns with Kraddy, Nit Grit, Brothers Horse, the Jug Dealers and all manner of stilt walkers and magicians on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Hopmonk Tavern (230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol; 9pm; $30; 707.829.7300). On Sunday, the Yard Dogs Road Show
return with their highly theatrical set sure to amaze even the most jaded former trick-or-treater on Halloween night. It’s a night to remember when the Yard Dogs Road Show play on Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Mystic Theatre (21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma; 8pm; $22–$25; 707.765.2121).