Arts & Events

Hey Kids (and Parents), It's Time to Get Your Spook On!

By Gar Smith
Saturday October 12, 2013 - 10:58:00 AM

With each day bringing us closer to Halloween, why wait to get your holiday chills? Thanks to Berkeley singer/songwriter/promoter Ira Marlowe, you can get a head start on the spooky season at The Monkey House, a unique live/work storefront cabaret at 1638 University Avenue. For the rest of the month, The Monkey House will be hosting "Mortimus Greely's Haunting School"--"a spooky stage show for kids"--every weekend from October 12 through Halloween. 

Marlowe (aka "Mortimus Greely") is your host at his hidden haunted house. Knock on the door and be surprised as you walk into a fully sound-proofed performance space complete with a stage, video screens and 49 comfy seats. The one-hour show is a kid-friendly celebration of all things ghoulish -- a spine-tingling series of musical, theatrical and interactive treats for "humans 7-12 years." 

"This interactive performance involves a roomful of kids, a handful of ghosts, one ghoulish (yet kindly) instructor, songs, games, interactive video, and a 'calcium-rich anatomy lesson'." In addition to the lively sing-a-longs about skeleton parts and other hairy-scary topics, ghost-master Greely also promises of a rousing game of "ectoplasm dodge-ball." (KGO's Peter Finch recently gave the show two (boney) thumbs up.) 


Here's a taste of Mr. Greely's spirited barrel of tricks and treats:  


Saturdays and Sundays
October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Doors 2:45, Show at 3
Halloween show:
Doors 4:45, Show at 5
Final show! November 1, 8PM
Followed by the
Monkey House Halloween Party!!!
For more info, call: (510) 898-1979 

You can also check out: 

Tickets are only $10 via Brown Paper Tickets: 

Opening day (10/12) tickets are only $5, but must be purchased at the door to receive this half-price discount. You can reserve your seats at 

NOTE TO PARENTS: “Haunting School” includes the brief use of strobe lights, as well as a fog-machine using a safe, USA-made water-and-glycerin solution.