MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Halloween is still a week away, but there are plenty of spooky events taking place around the Twin Cities this weekend.

Here are five things — some of which aren’t Halloween related — you should consider before nailing down your plans.

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1. Victorian Ghost Stories at the James J. Hill House

This is the Minnesota Historical Society’s annual reading of ghost stories inside the beautiful, but old (and sort of spooky), James J. Hill House in St. Paul.

Guests will be treated to costumed hosts, and tales from Edgar Allan Poe and the Brothers Grimm.

The stories are told both Saturday and Sunday, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will set you back $12.

2. Blackout 2014: Glow Crazy At MOA

Blackout is happening on Friday and Saturday at Nickelodeon Universe inside the Mall of America.

During Blackout, the rides go unlit, fog effects fill the air, there’s a live DJ, and bunch of kids dancing, eating candy and running around in costumes.

The fun starts at 5 p.m. The unlimited ride bands run for about $22.

Also, the first 1,000 ride ticket purchasers get a free treat bag.

3. Zoo Boo At Como Zoo

This is the 25th annual Zoo Boo, a family-friendly event where the zoo is turned into a non-scary world of “fairytales and fun.”

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The zoo will have 200 costumed characters, and there’ll be treat stations, live music, crafts and pumpkin bowling.

Zoo Boo is held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The festivities start at 4:30 p.m. and run through 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7.

4. The Heidi Chronicles At The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis

This isn’t a Halloween event, but this wonderful play – one of Jason Matheson’s favorites – is playing at the Guthrie all weekend.

The production spans the life a woman from high school in the ’60s to having a career in the ’80s. The play explores what it means to be a woman in the modern age, and it colorfully brings to life the fashions from several decades.

On Friday and Saturday, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, it starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets range in price from $35-$72.

5. Hello, Dolly! At The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

This classic play is running through February of next year at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, and it’s a wonderful way to spend an evening.

On Friday and Saturday, the show starts at 8 p.m. On Sunday, it starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Tickets range from $47-$84.