Halloween is a time for dressing up, trick-or-treating and, most of all, ghost stories. If you and your family are looking for simple short stories that jump off the page, then check out Drama Center of City Arts’ Evening of Short Plays: Stage Fright, Thursday through Sunday. Each original play, presented by The Drama Center Playwright’s Forum, has a Halloween or horror them and lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. Entry is a suggested donation of $10.

The evening will be hosted at the Stephen D. Hyers Studio theatre in the Greensboro Culture Center.

If you’re looking for a thriller to get in the mood, Triad Stage’s Deathtrap will definitely get your heart pounding. The play, which capitalizes on suspense over gore, is about a celebrity playwright who plots a murder to continue his legacy. The play runs this week through Nov. 8.

This week through Sunday is the final run of Open Space Café Theatre’s Arsenic and Old Lace, a dark comedy about two spinster aunts who are poisoning lonely old men with a glass of homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic.

Also running through Sunday is Community Theatre of Greensboro’s production of the Halloween classic, Dracula. On Friday, the theatre is hosting Fright Night, a costume party at its Starr Theatre. There will be a cash bar, DJ and dancing, and admission is free with the Dracula playbill. Others are welcome with a donation of $3 or more.

Speaking of Halloween classics, it wouldn’t feel like the holiday without a certain transvestite in heels. This week through Sunday Theatre A lliance presents the musical The Rocky Horror Show, featuring such iconic numbers as The Time Warp.

UNC Greensboro Theatre has already turned its sights on light-hearted comedies for its production of Cloud 9, a spoofy parody about the Victorian empire and its attitude toward sex. The play runs Thursday through Sunday in Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret.

Already drumming up for Thanksgiving next week is The Drama Center with You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, which runs Nov. 6-14. !