Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Oct. 25-27 _ 1

The Rude Grooms theater group is ready to spook up your Halloween season with performances of the 1622 tragicomedy “The Changeling,” a tale of lust, madness and murder. Performing will be Elisabeth Ahrens, left, Deb Radloff, Daniel Kemper, Jack Sochet, Montgomery Sutton, Clio Contogenis, Andrew Garrett, John Roque and, not seen here, Harry Waller and Yael Reich.

In the run-up to Halloween, there are plenty of fun, spooky and kooky goings-on in Queens, from now until All Hallow’s Eve itself. We’ll list a few here among today’s “Five things to do in Queens this weekend!” and you can find plenty more in What’s Happening — our Community Calendar, our reader-generated Online Calendar and our qboro cover story this week. Boo! Enjoy.

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For some truly timeless scary stuff — so old it predates the Salem Witch Trials by 30 years — check out “The Changeling.” The 1662 tragicomedy, presented by the Rude Grooms theater troupe, is about a woman who persuades her servant to kill her fiance, and the cascade of horrors that follows. Performances started last night and continue tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; as well as on Halloween itself at 7:30 and 10 p.m., at The Astorian, located at 28-50 31 St. It’s also being performed Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 28-30, at 7:30 p.m., at The Plaxall Gallery, located at 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. Tickets run $10 to $35. Info: (646) 725-8539,

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Some more recent fare for the whole family is “Hotel Transylvania,” the 2012 computer-animated comedy film about Count Dracula’s resort that’s for monsters only, until a human shows up. Costumes are encouraged at the screening, set for 3 p.m. Sunday, after a preshow party at 2 p.m. The venue is LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College, at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing. Tickets are $9; or $6 for the kids. Info: (718) 544-2996,  

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If you’d rather stay local for your frights, you can hear the lecture Armchair Ghost Tales from Queens, with Boroughs of the Dead tour guide Marie Carter talking hauntings, buried treasure, tragic film stars and more, in an event best for ages 12 and up. It runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Queens Historical Society’s base at Kingsland Homestead, located at 143-35 37 Ave. in Flushing. Admittance is $5; or $3 for seniors and students. Info: (718) 939-0647,

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Over at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, it’s APEC Adventure Time — Scaly Creatures, with kids 18 to 36 months and a caregiver meeting snakes, turtles and lizards in a program about reptiles, with an art project and more. The event runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with APEC located at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston. The cost is $20. Info/pre-registration (required): (718) 229-4000,

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The Bayside Village Business Improvement District is making Sunday its Halloween Family Fun Day, with a pumpkin patch, crafts, games, magic, music, stories, photo booth, tot dance party and more. The location is 41st Avenue between Bell Boulevard and 213th Street, and it’s free to stop by. Info: (718) 423-2434,

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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