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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, October 251 to Thursday, October 31

By Margaret Chrystall

Every week What's On North offers up seven top picks from across the north of Scotland of all the things to do out there in our area. This week's picks include Halloween fun with an alien invasion in Inverness, a storytelling festival with Norwegian guest in Caithness, a male voice choir in Strathpeffer and Club Of The Dead for a night of DJs, a skull parade with fire eater, stilt walker – and a prize for fancy dress!

There's an alien invasion for Halloween at Ness Islands, Inverness.
There's an alien invasion for Halloween at Ness Islands, Inverness.

1 Beware Alien Invasion, this year’s Halloween show at Ness Islands, Inverness, from 6.30pm on Saturday, October 26 and 5.30pm on Sunday, October 27. This year’s theme means spectators will be transported to a zoo packed with aliens and predators from all over the galaxy. Admission is free, but last entry is at 8pm, 30 mins before Saturday’s show closes (8.30pm), on Sunday finishing 7.30pm.

2 Part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Portskerra Storytelling Festival at Lyth Centre, Caithness, is on Saturday, October 26 with local storytellers and musicians and special guest Heidi Dahlsveen from Norway. Tickets 10/£6 concession. Details: https://lytharts.org.uk

3 Two choral events this weekend are Fron Male Voice Choir at Strathpeffer Pavilion, on Saturday, October 26 at 7.30pm (Tickets £12/10, details on Facebook/StrathPavilion. And at Elgin Town Hall on Sunday, October 27 at 7.30pm Cantare: Voices Of The Valley And Glen appear. Tickets £10/5 youngsters, details: www.elgintownhall.co.uk

4 Club Of The Dead at Sobar in Inverness, on Saturday, October 26, from 9pm to 1am promises a big night hosted by Venus Guytrap. In a night that features a skull parade, aeriel lyra hoop performers, pole performers, a circus freak side show, a fire eater/breather, a stilt walker, face painter there is also entertainment from The Vandal, DJ Butterscotch, Monkey Magic (Funk Bunker), James King (Illicit DNB). And there is a prize for the best fancy dress! Early bird tickets £5, advance £7. Details from www.facebook.com/ Sobar/Club Of The Dead

5 The Truly Terrible Orchestra Playday at Culduthel Christian Centre, Inverness, is on Saturday, October 26 running from 10am-4pm. The group says talent is optional but a sense of humour is essential, the rehearsal list has Khachaturian’s Adagio from Spartacus (the popular theme from vintage TV drama The Onedin Line), a George Gershwin medley, Tchaikovsky’s waltz from the opera Eugene Onegin and a light-hearted finisher – La Bamba (bring your maracas!). The event is free with tea, coffee and home baking provided. But people should bring their own lunch – and a music stand. For more info: www. thetrulyterribleorchestra.org

6 Join contemporary country duo Ashton Lane who will play some of the songs they have created with the help of fans when they appear at Eden Court, Inverness, on Monday, October 28 at 8pm. Tickets £16-£26 for a meet & greet and to be there for the soundcheck too. More: www.eden-court.co.uk or phone 01463 234234.

7 Three tribute line-ups come to Eden Court – A Celebration Of Paul Simon’s Graceland Live (tickets from £29) is there on Tuesday, October 29 from 8pm with Josh Turner Guitar plus band and the UK’s South African Cultural Gospel Choir. What’s Love Got To Do With It (tickets from £26) stars Elesha Paul Moses (pictured) with a 10-piece band from 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 30. And on Thursday, October 31 enjoy The Boss’s hits from The Sound Of Springsteen (tickets £23.50). More info on the music and for tickets: www.eden-court.co.uk or phone 01463 234234.

For the full listings for October, take a look here: https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/lifestyle/whats-on-in-october-183805/

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