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It’s In Queens! (Oct. 29 to Nov. 4)

It’s time for two days of pumpkin-chucking! Other non-traditional Halloween celebrations include a haunted hike through a forest, a tour of murder and mayhem, kimchee-eating, and a multi-disciplinary Day of the Dead event. Also on the “To Do” list are a Russian play, an Irish crooner, a Jewish comedian, a French filmmaker, and a Panamanian expo. Here’s the rundown.

Oct. 29, The Cherry Orchard, through Nov. 8. Russian playwright Anton Chekov’s classic is about life, death, transition, and change. After many years in Paris, Ranevskaya returns home to sell her beloved cherry orchard, but her refusal to deal with change becomes a metaphor for life’s missed chances (Thursday and Friday, 7 pm; Saturday, 8 pm; Sunday, 3 pm; special 2 pm matinee on Nov. 7). $16. Queens College Performance Space M11 in Rathaus Hall, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Reeves Avenue, Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

Oct. 30, Pumpkin Chucking, 4 pm (Plus, Oct. 31, 1 pm). Watch a large catapult named “Chuck” toss pumpkins long distances. Free with admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Oct. 30 Mickey Coleman, 7 pm. This famous Irish singer performs as part of a fundraiser for Fighting Blindness, an Emerald Isle-based charity that funds research of vision loss. $22. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Oct. 30, Wait Until Dark, through Nov. 14. This play is set in Greenwich Village in 1944. Susan Hendrix, a blind woman, is being tormented by three men in her apartment. Susan discovers that her blindness is the key to her escape, but she and her tormenters must wait until dark to play out the shattering conclusion. (Wednesdays–Saturdays at 8 pm with 2 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.) $18. The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Road, LIC, www.VariationsTheatreGroup.com.

Oct. 30, Haunted Forest Halloween Hike, 6:30 pm. This annual hike has a new feature, the Haunted Forest Trail ending with a stop at the Mad Scientist Lab. Wear a costume and bring lots of courage. Limited to 40 participants. $13. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Oct. 31, Tour Haunted Waters, noon. A guided tour along the Long Island City waterfront with historian Richard Melnick passes by spots where murder, mayhem, and mystery took place. Meet under the Hell Gate Bridge at Shore and Ditmars boulevards. End at Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway and Vernon Boulevard, LIC. $15/$5 for people in costume. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Oct. 31, Renée Taylor: My Life On A Diet, 2 pm & 8 pm (Plus Nov. 1, 3 pm). Best known as Fran Drescher’s mom on the TV series The Nanny, Taylor takes the audience on a trip through her 60-plus-year career during which dieting and her 47-year marriage are the only constants. $35/$25 for rear side seating. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave., S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Oct. 31, Center of Attention, 4 pm This monthly program entices visitors to engage with the collection through an hour-long discussion focused on a single work of art. This session’s conversation is on Rock in the Form of a Fantastic Mountain, which is on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. $10/$5 for students, seniors/free for children under 13. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Oct. 31, Celebration of the Day of the Dead, 2 pm to 7 pm. Music, dance, workshops, singing, Central and South American rituals, and art. Free. Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, www.queensmuseum.org.

Oct. 31, HalloQueens, 9 pm. A popup with Kimchee Smoke, First Beer, costume contests, and giveaways, $20 in advance/$25 at door. Rockaway Brewing Company, 46-01 5th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/1MYfdv3.

Oct. 31, Japanese Music, 1 pm. A special performance by the YIS High School Japanese Music Ensemble. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Oct. 31, Children’s Halloween Parade, noon to 4 pm. Costumed attendees march through the main grounds and enjoy trick-or-treating and creating crafts. Free with admission ($2-$4). Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Oct. 31, Halloween Festival, 4 pm to 7 pm. Costumes, mask-making, pumpkin piñatas, ghost stories, and treats. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Oct. 31, The Masquerade, 7 pm to midnight. Music, cocktails, burlesque, belly dancers, stilt walkers, and body painters. $50 (fundraiser). Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., www.jcal.org.

Oct. 31, Happy Halloween Happening, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. A scavenger hunt on nature trails, spooky snacks, hairy and scaly friends, scary pumpkins and more. (Ages 5-7.) $26. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, La Maison des Bois, 1 pm (includes a one-hour intermission at 4 pm). Presented as part of a retrospective on Maurice Pialat, a French director known for emotionally raw, incisive films, La Maison is a seven-episode, six-hour miniseries that presents an unusual perspective on World War I. Rather than taking place amid the trenches and bunkers, this epic focuses on a gamekeeper and his wife in a rural village who take in children displaced by the war. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Nov. 2, LIC Forum: 1915 Panama Pacific Expo, 7 pm. This 1915 exposition was a celebration of the human spirit and ingenuity that marked the opening of the Panama Canal. One feature was the display of Mathews Model Flats, a kind of townhouse architecture found in Woodside and Ridgewood. Learn more about this historic event and these homes. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Nov. 4, Senior Film Series, 2 pm to 5 pm. A nine-week series presents movies on themes such as the pursuit of freedom and the collision of cultures. Each flick is introduced by Mark Ethan Toporek, who also leads post-screening discussions. This week’s feature is Hiding and Seeking, a 2004 documentary about an Orthodox Jewish man and his grown sons who travel from New York to Poland to find the family that protected his father during World War II. Free with admission. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Nov. 4, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. All are invited to join the Queens Jazz OverGround and other musicians at this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone skills, jam with peers, or listen. $10, but free for those who play. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions. More info at www.itsinqueens.com.

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