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WEEKENDER: Dress-up parties, burlesque, creepy magic, and some antique hunting (just for a change of pace)

The Canadian Museum of Nature features music by Hilotrons and Plants and Animals. Wear a costume!

Mother Nature likes Halloween too
Along with the monthly DJ, drinks, and dancing in-between museum exhibits, this month’s Nature Nocturne will be Halloween inspired and costume required! Nature lovers, it’s time to get your creative thinking masks on, as nature-like costumes are encouraged. Hilotrons and headliners Plants and Animals to perform. Friday, October 25. 8 p.m. $20. The Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St

Tiki Terror: A Halloween Burlesque Special
Join Bourbon & Spice Burlesque for a night of spooky entertainment, live music, and bawdy humor. From classic burlesque and belly dancing to fire spinning and a mysterious Tiki mask display, this show has a bit of everything for every ghoul and gal. Montreal-based band The Mighty Swells will perform, as well as a slew of Ottawa burlesque stars. The evening includes a costume contest and fundraiser for the 2014 Ottawa Burlesque Festival. Friday, October 25. 9 p.m. $10 advance tickets or $15 at the door. Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray St.

Nice shades: The Ottawa Antique Show takes place over three days at the Carleton University Fieldhouse.

Calling all antique lovers
Persian rugs, Inuit Art, Manhattan glass, and Mad Men worthy kitchenware — everything you’ll find at this weekend’s Ottawa Antique Show. With over 60 vendors and countless stylish finds and furnishings, it’s sure to be your weekend vintage fix. Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27. See website for hours. $10 weekend pass. Carleton University Field House, 1125 Colonel By Dr. 

Stories of Courage
The 2013 fall season of the Ottawa International Writers Festival presents a weekend of women who are changing the world. Whether defending human rights, peace, social justice or gender equality, these writers are working to open up new discussions and tear down old barriers. Featuring Jo Becker, Amanda Lindhout, Jody Williams, and Sally Armstrong. Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27. See website for times and locations. $15.

A ghastly and ghoul-y magic show
Spend an afternoon with illusionist and magician Chris Pilsworth as he entertains with his spellbinding wizardry and hilarious antics. Part of the Live at the Museum! series, this special Halloween-themed magic show is for all ages and invites audiences to attend in costume! Sunday, October 27. 3 p.m. $6. The Canada Aviation and Space Museum, 11 Aviation Parkway.

Go Go Science
Stop by participating museums for some scientifically proven fun during the last days of National Science and Technology Week. Build giant marble runs at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, study some eggs-periments at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, or swing by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to see how ejection seats save pilots’ lives! Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27. See website for event details.

Art Expo
Now in its 6th year, the Ottawa Art Expo features over 60 established and emerging artists from around Ottawa, eastern Ontario, and western Quebec. Founded and run by artists, this not-for-profit corporation aims to encourage a new generation to pursue art and help them make a living at it. Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27. 10 a.m – 5 p.m. Free admission and parking. St Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave.

 ~Anastasia Philopoulos