The Monster Squad

“Halloween” and “dance” are two words no grown adult wants to hear together. If you made your way through junior high school, you likely can conjure up some excruciating memories to remind yourself why. While you probably thought your Mary Katherine Gallagher costume was da bomb back in 1999, a healthy, normal person represses those memories in exchange for sexy watermelon costumes and getting bombed on Halloween night. My, how far we’ve strayed from the roots of All Hallow's Eve.

Remember the good ‘ole days, when Halloween was about horrific gore and goblins? As it turns out, those creatures totally can get down without embarrassing you decades later. A Haunting We Will Go features local dance troupes diving to find their inner demon, vampire or zombie through the art of movement. Companies including Glendale Community College’s VERVE Dance Company, Desert Dance Theatre and Terpsicore Dance Company piece together several stories of poetic Halloween haunts into one tantalizing production.

Oct. 25-27, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 28, 2 p.m., 2012