If you’re looking for a spooky good time this weekend, the Mesquite Arts Center could be your ticket to a little Halloween fun.

After a COVID-19 interruption in 2020, the Mesquite Arts Theatre is again hosting its own version of a haunted house when it presents “The Mad Doctor’s Doorways to Horror.” The production will be staged from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 per person and the event is not recommended for children under 13.

First presented in 2019 in collaboration with the MAC’s Day of the Dead celebration, director (and Mad Doctor) Steven House said the MAT was thrilled to be part of the event where a haunted hospital was created.

The Mad Doctor returns this year as the MAT’s Black Box Theatre is transformed into an all new haunting experience.

Guests will enter the Black Box Theatre and find a room full of doors where they must attempt to find the only one that leads to the exit. They only have three minutes and if they fail ... well, House warns, “let’s just hope they don’t.”

Inspired by modern escape rooms, the event will allow five or fewer people to enter the theatre at a time and find the correct door that allows them to escape. Each wrong door will feature a scare or delight, House said.

In addition to the “The Mad Doctor’s Doorways to Horror,” the MAC will also host its fifth annual Dia de los Muertos cultural celebration on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This event offers attendees the chance to enjoy and learn about the Mexican cultural celebration of Day of the Dead where loved ones who have passed away are remembered.

Dia de los Muertos will feature local vendors, dance presentations, cultural celebrations and art activities such as sugar skull painting, mask painting, silkscreen T-shirt making and face painting. The event is free.

Kent Miller is a Mesquite native with three decades of newspaper experience. His passion for community journalism is reflected in his work on Make It Mesquite. He also produces editorial content for the City of Mesquite through Pegasus Media Dallas.