48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo will host its eighth annual “Boo at the Nature Zoo” event, which offers guests the opportunity to go on a scavenger hunt and walk an indoor forest trail to search for treats to the sounds of Halloween. Children are encouraged to come wearing a costume and bring their own bag for treats. Bags will not be handed out. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Free. Jefferson at the foot of East Grand Blvd., Detroit. The zoo is at the east end, near the Blue Heron Lagoon. Visit belleislenaturezoo.org.
a.m. Gather the family together and head on over to Cranbrook’s Fall Family Festival, presented by Cranbrook Institute of Science and Detroit Moms Blog. Celebrate the arrival of fall with a bat launch, pumpkin chuckin,’ trunk or treat, superheroes, princesses, firetrucks, face painting, crafts, food, shopping, hands-on activities and science experiments. Pre-registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-moms-blog-fall-family-festival-at-cranbrook-institute-of-science-tickets-28595047557. Attendance is limited to 400. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Cranbrook Institue of Science, 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. Call (248) 645-3200, or visit cranbrook.edu.
a.m. Wild Swan Theater kicks off its 2016-2017 season with a presentation of “The Ugly Duckling.” 11 a.m. Sat. $10 youth and seniors 60-plus, $12 adults. 66175 Jackson, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 995-0530.
p.m. Stop by Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle for an evening of laughter as stand-up comedian Norm Stulz shares a few jokes on stage. Stulz has been seen on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime and comedy specials on NBC and ABC. Also appearing will be David Beck, with Wes Ward as emcee. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sat. $18. Patrons must be at least 18 years of age. 310 South Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900.
p.m. You still have time to catch a performance of “Evil Dead: The Musical,” presented by the Ringwald and Olympia Entertainment, at City Theatre. The popular tale is brought to life with new and returning local cast members. 8 p.m. Sat. $30. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 471-3465.
p.m. See a film about Ann Arbor’s legendary band the Stooges, “Gimme Danger,” at the Detroit Film Theatre. Directed by Jim Jarmusch, the film was well-received at the Cannes Film Festival. 7, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $9.50, $7.50 DIA members and seniors. Inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 833-3237.
a.m. Why not treat the kids to Treats in the Streets” at the Detroit Historical Museum, where children ages 12 and younger can trick-or-treat in the “Streets of Old Detroit,” and enjoy making Halloween crafts to take home, in addition to free treats. Entertainment will include magic performed by the Amazing Clark, and Richard Paul’s “Ha Ha Halloween Show.” Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Parking is $7. Call (313) 833-1805 or visit detroithistorical.org.
p.m. The Janice Charach Gallery will show a retrospective of the work of prolific Michigan abstract artist, Rick Vian, titled “Rick Vian: Keeping a Wet Edge.” An upstairs show called Detroit Abstraction will feature work by 41 abstract artists connected to the Detroit area. 1-4 p.m. Sun. The show runs through Dec. 8. (Vian will give an artist talk and walk through the exhibition at 1 p.m. Dec. 4.) 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield Township. Call (248) 432-5579 or visit charachgallery.org.