Top 5 (Frankly Ridiculous) Events This Week

1. Spooky Pooch
You’ve always known that your dog’s costume deserved more fame than that Facebook album could bring, and here’s your chance to prove it. This all-day doggie event not only includes a costume contest, but also a lure and agility course, a stuffed animal costume contest for the kids, and a creative grooming exhibition (If you’re not sure what a creative grooming exhibition is, or if you’re having a bad day, click here). There are some rules: for example, you cannot bring your cat, no matter how cute his costume is, or how unfair it is that dog people get all the fun. $10, register online or at event, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Washington Park, Glendale, spookypooch.com

2. Weeki Wachee Mermaids 
Did you know the Newport Aquarium is going to be showing live mermaids? That’s the story, anyway. Starting this Friday, you can meet the world-famous “mermaids” of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. They’ve come all the way from Florida (in tanks? Presumably?) to swim and pose for photos at the Newport Aquarium. In other news, doesn’t this raise some human—er, mermaid—rights issues? What does King Triton have to say about this? General Admission $23 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. Oct. 10 – 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Newport Aquarium, One Aquarium Way, Newport, newportaquarium.com

3. Ohio Renaissance Festival
Don’t get the wrong idea: the Renaissance Festival is awesome. There is no other place in the world where you can buy giant turkey legs and have grown men throw mud at you. It’s a fun time. Check it out this weekend to enjoy all the rides, shows, and anachronisms that make it great. $22 for adults, $10 for children: discounts online. Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 19, 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville. renfestival.com

4. Young Frankenstein: The New Mel Brooks Musical
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is the gripping tale of a young man learning that you can’t escape your own fate. Well, that and a long string of innuendos. Watch as Frederick Frankenstein (that’s Fronk-en-steen) sings his way toward his own monstrous destiny. $18. Weekends, Oct. 10 – 25, Loveland Stage Company, 111 S 2nd St., Loveland, lovelandstagecompany.org

5. Rocky Horror Picture Show at Esquire Theatre
If you’ve never jumped to the left and then taken a step to the ri-i-i-i-i-ight, this weekend is your chance to remedy that. Esquire Theatre’s bi-weekly midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is every tacky, wacky musical lover’s chance to dance with scantily clad strangers (in other words, if you’re the kind of person who prefers not to touch complete strangers, this may not be the event for you). However, if you’re game for a very weird evening, throw on your favorite corset and get ready to do the time warp (again). $9.75, October 11, 11:55 p.m., Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, rhps.net

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