MONSTER MASH. Halloween party and costume contest, Saturday, Oct. 30, 3 to 6 p.m., Hip Baby Gear, 83 Washington St., Salem, or 80 Washington St., Marblehead. Event will include dancing, festive music, Halloween art and healthy treats. Bring a gift for Room to Grow and receive 10 percent off a purchase. Gifts accepted are new and lightly used clothing, gear, toys and books for newborns to age 3. Customers will be awarded gift cards for top costumes; additional discounts will be offered for children in costumes and if parents dress up. Event will benefit Room to Grow, a charity that provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items until the child turns 3. 866-9-HIPGEAR.
CASH FOR CANDY. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2 to 6 p.m., Highland Dental Group, 100 Highland Ave., Salem. Children can bring their candy to the Highland Dental Group and get $1 per pound of candy exchanged. The candy collected will be sent to troops serving overseas. Also, for every pound of candy collected, the office will donate $10 to the USO Phone Card program, which provides prepaid phone cards to troops. 978-740-5135.
DECORATE DOWNTOWN SALEM. Help Salem Main Streets decorate downtown Salem with live 30-inch full evergreen wreaths and red ribbon to be hung on lampposts. To donate, make a check payable to Salem Main Streets by Friday, Nov. 5, and send it to Salem Main Streets at 265 Essex St., Salem. Contact Jennifer Bell at 978-744-0004, ext. 15, or visit www.salemmainstreets.org.
ANNUAL PENNY SALE. Monday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., American Legion Post #227, 69 River St., Middleton. Free. Refreshments provided. $1/100 tickets. Event includes holiday basket raffle and special drawings. Drawings start at 7 p.m. 978-587-3706.
BANGKOK PARADISE. Rock, funk, reggae, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Jazz jam every Monday night, 7 to 10 p.m. With Darq, goth/industrial every second and fourth Saturday night. DJ Agent 3, Oct. 28; Mother Ton and the Movement, Oct. 29; Darq, Oct. 30. 7:30 to 10 p.m. 90 Washington St., Salem. 978-825-9202.
CAPONE'S. Tom Pittman, Oct. 28; Code 51, Oct. 29; Wildfire, Oct. 30. $5 cover, proper dress required. 147 Summit St., Peabody. 978-977-0520.
CHIANTI. Tuscan restaurant and jazz lounge. Otis Grove, Thursday, Oct. 28; Mike Tucker Quintet, Friday, Oct. 29; Joel Larue Smith, Saturday, Oct. 30; Scaredy Cats Halloween party, Sunday, Oct. 31. All shows 9 p.m. to midnight unless noted. 285 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-2233 or www.chiantibeverly.com.
DODGE STREET BAR AND GRILL. Sour D, Oct. 28; Vic Morrows and Doug MacDonald Band, Oct. 29; Regressing to Apes and friends, Halloween party, Oct. 30; Regressing to Apes and friends, Halloween party, Oct. 31. All shows 9:30 p.m. 7 Dodge St., Salem. 978-745-0139.
GULU-GULU. Lucas Custer, Oct. 28; What Time Is It Mr. Fox?, Oct. 29; Birdface, Oct. 30; Big Blue Octopus, Oct. 31; Princess Mononoke-Best of Hayao Miyazaki, Nov. 2; Open mike Wednesday nights, Nov. 3. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER LOUNGE. Oct. 29, 8 p.m., Ditto. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
IN A PIG'S EYE. TBA, Oct. 28; blues jam, 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 29; seasonal Halloween special, Oct. 30; DJ Lanie Mac Rockin' the House, 8 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 31. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Oct. 29, Eliza Gilkyson, John Elliott opens. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; music starts at 8 p.m. 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-8987.
ROCKAFELLAS. Joshua Tree Band, Oct. 28; The Spinz, Oct. 29; Acme Music, Oct. 30; Lisa Love Experience Halloween bash, Oct. 31; Latin dance party, 8 to 11:30 p.m., Nov. 3. 231 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-2411.
VICTORIA STATION. Open mike night with Ross Livermore, Oct. 28, 9 to 11:30 p.m.; Zombie Prom with the Ross Livermore Band, Oct. 29, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. 86 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem, 978-745-3400.
VILLAGE GREEN. Swing dancing every Wednesday. Stump Trivia, dancing and karaoke every Thursday. Dances every Friday and Saturday night. Oct. 29, DJ Chris in the Barn, karaoke with Louise in the Tavern; Oct. 30, Halloween costume ball and prizes with Roundabout, karaoke with Louise in the Tavern. 225 Newbury St. (Route 1 north) Danvers. 978-774-7270.
"WHAT DREAMS MAY COME: SHAKESPEARE AND THE UNCONSCIOUS." Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Wine and cheese social, 6:30 p.m., Veterans' Hall. Reading by Thomas Luddy, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Room. Proceeds benefit Salem State's English Department scholarship fund. 978-542-7529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"BABY." Friday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, Washington St., West Boxford Center. Broadway show presented by Moonlight Productions. Musical tells the stories of three couples each expecting a child. The cast features local talent, Matthew Condon and Jeremy Benson. $15/general, $12/students and seniors; tickets available at the door or by e-mailing email@example.com.
"INTO THE WOODS." Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 4 and 7:30 p.m., on Oct. 29 and 30 and Nov. 2 through 6, Barrington Center for the Arts, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Presented by Gordon College's theater department. $7/adults, $5/students and seniors at Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday matinees; $12/adults, $10/students and seniors on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. www.gordon.edu/theatreschedule.
CHILLING TALES: RETURN OF THE WORMS. Friday, Oct. 29, Saturday, Oct. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 31, performances every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Salem Maritime National Historical Park, Salem. $15/ticket; available at www.salemtheatre.com or on the Plaza of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site Orientation Center starting at 5 p.m. on show dates. www.salemtheatre.com or 978-790-8546.
SERVICE ACADEMY NIGHT. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Features representatives from more than 15 military academies and organizations, including National Guard, Maritime Academy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. All high school students and parents welcome. Free. 978-356-5453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LULLABY PROJECT. Monday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University Recital Hall, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan will perform a recital featuring selections from his Lullaby Project. $10/general, $5/students and seniors. Tickets available at the door. 978-542-7890.
"FROM OPERETTA TO BROADWAY: A MUSICAL JOURNEY." Performance by Rebecca Hains, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Fall concert series. Free. Register at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
SIMPLY CINEMA SATURDAY. "The Breakfast Club," Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to noon, Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Discuss the film "Breathless." Participants are asked to view the film in advance. Also, at 2 p.m., the Saturday Matinee will screen "The Crucible," adapted from Arthur Miller's play, starring Winona Ryder and Daniel Day Lewis. 978-774-0554 or email@example.com.
BOOK DISCUSSION. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Featuring Paul Harding's book "Tinkers." 978-468-5577 or www.hwlibrary.org.
"AMERICAN POPULISM, THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT AND THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS." Monday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m., Ken Olsen Science Center, Chairman's Room and MacDonald Auditorium, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Faculty-student-community discussion sponsored by the Jerusalem and Athens Forum. Learn about the election before voting on Tuesday. Speakers: Steve Alter, Lawrence Holcomb and Ruth Melkonian-Hoover. Reception, 4 p.m.; discussion, 4:30 p.m. www.gordon.edu/jafdiscussions, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-867-4227.
EMERITUS J. DAVID BROUDO: RETROSPECTIVE. On view through Feb. 10, 2011, Monday through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m., at Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Major survey exhibition includes 64 pieces. Also, artist reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28, 5 to 7 p.m., Grillo Gallery, starting with a lecture on The Realism of Abstraction in the Rose Performance Hall at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. 978-232-2655 or email@example.com.
"GREAT MARSH COLOR." On exhibit at Mimi, 26 Market St., Ipswich. Ipswich artist Dorothy Kerper Monnelly's photographs will be on display 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Artist reception, Friday, Oct. 29, 4 to 7 p.m. All are welcome. www.mimigiftgallery.com or 978-356-0804.
EGOART. Monday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m., Salem State University, O'Keefe Center, 225 Canal St., Salem. Nicole Pierce presents "The Multitudes," an athletic, buoyant dance set to music of contemporary Mexican composer Javier Alvarez. Free. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
"13,699." On view through Nov. 30, at the Pingree School library, 537 Highland St., Hamilton. Artist Christine Destrempes' installation memorializes the people who die every day from unsafe water. Destrempes will give a talk to the public on Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., and will provided a DVD to accompany the installation. Free. 978-468-4415, ext. 233.
OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW. Extended through Nov. 24, at Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton. The Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Show features 35 works of 20 New England artists displayed throughout the 100-acre campus. 978-468-4415, ext. 233.
THE ART OF NATURE. Saturday, Oct. 30, 1 to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join watercolorist Brenda Sloane for a class that combines nature and art. Take a walk in the sanctuary to look for colorful leaves, berries and nuts, then return to the Nature Center to create a multimedia watercolor painting based on the shapes and results of findings. Materials provided. $10/adults, $8/children, discount for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration is required. 978-887-9264.
"THE COVE TO THE WHARF." Monday, Nov. 1, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Monthly brown-bag lunch. Bill Effner will discuss a walking tour he created for Trails and Sails surrounding the history of the cove area. Coffee and tea provided. $5/nonmembers; free to members. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
PUTTING YOUR GARDEN TO BED. Historic house tour and garden program, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to noon, Ropes Mansion Garden, 318 Essex St., Salem. Help tuck in Ropes Mansion Garden with Robin Pydynkowski of Cape Ann Tree Service and learn how to put a garden to bed for the season. The program will be canceled if it snows before the date. Free with museum admission. Make reservations before Nov. 2. www.pem.org.
COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 to 11 a.m., Masonic Hall, 20 Washington St., Beverly. Menu includes blueberry and plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more. Proceeds support charitable programs of the Masons, including the free Thanksgiving meals and free Christmas Tree donations to Beverly families in need. 978- 807-4150.
CORKS & FORKS, WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL. Saturday, Oct. 30, noon to 4 p.m., Shubie's, 16 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Sample 50 wines, enjoy food and wine pairings and experience kitchen and houseware demos. Free. 781-631-0149 or www.shubies.com.
DELUXE PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Sunday, Oct. 31, 8 to 11:30 a.m., 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Sponsored by the Vittori-Rocci Post #56 in support of the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Hospital and the Veterans Aid Fund. Breakfast will include apple sauce, juice, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, baked beans, coffee, tea and unlimited pancakes. Donations are $4/adults and $3/children. Handicapped-accessible. 978-922-7150.
BREAD, SALT AND WINE. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 5 to 7 p.m., 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar, 62 Wharf St., Salem. Wine samples, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and "spuntini" will be free with the purchase of one of the wines during the tasting. The Boston Wine School will speak about wines served and answer any questions asked. firstname.lastname@example.org.
URBAN DANCE. Saturday, Oct. 30, noon to 2 p.m., Tia's Theater, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Monkeyhouse will teach two-hour workshop for Endicott students and the community in contemporary partnering and movement from the company's repertoire. $30/general, free to Endicott College ID holders. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or 978-232-2166.
BASIC RIGHTS WORKSHOP. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., Higgins Middle School, Cullen Library, 1 King St. Ext., Peabody. Hosted by Peabody's Special Education Parent Advisory Council and presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Free; all are welcome. Translators will be available upon request. 978-536-6060.
FLU CLINIC. Thursday, Oct. 28, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly. Beverly residents age 18 and older are welcome. Cash donations will be accepted for the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry. Sponsored by the Beverly Board of Health. 978-921-8591.
FOOD ALLERGY GROUP OF THE NORTH SHORE. Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehab Hospital, Board Room, first floor, 1 Dove Ave., Salem. Allergist James MacLean will discuss "The ABC's of Anaphylaxis." Free. 1-877-227-8462.
VISUAL HEALTH AND SERIOUS EYE DISEASE LECTURE. Monday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., Danvers Medical and Day Surgery Center, 480 Maple St., Danvers. Dr. Tina Cleary and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston will address diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration and other age-related eye diseases. Free. Register by calling, 978-236-1653.
FLU CLINIC. Wednesday, Nov. 3, noon to 4 p.m., Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey St., Marblehead. Ages 10 and over are welcome. Bring health insurance card. 781-631-0212 or www.marblehead.org. Sponsored by Marblehead Board of Health.
WILL YOUR KIDS HAVE FAITH AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Gordon College, Ken Olsen Science Center, Room 104, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Cheryl Crawford will present her documented findings of six years of research. Free; open to the public. Registration encouraged. www.gordon.edu/parentssymposium2010 or email@example.com.
THE CAT CATALYST INC. Presentation, Saturday, Oct. 30, noon to 3:30 p.m., front of Witch Museum, corner of Essex and Summer streets, Salem. Presentation will include informative fliers on cats and cat care. 617-472-9618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LECTURE ON STONE CARVING. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Lecture given by William Nutt and Carol Driscoll, members of The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center. Free; open to the public. Also, a collection of Nutt's work will be on exhibit at the MAA through Oct. 31. 781-631-2608.
"ABOLITIONISTS, SANITARY COMMISSIONERS AND WRITERS: North Shore Women During The Civil War." Monday, Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Bonnie Hurd Smith will discuss the contributions made by North Shore women during the Civil War as part of "Monday Mornings" lecture series. Refreshments provided. Free; open to the public. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
SALEM ATHENAEUM'S ADAMS LECTURE. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 7:45 p.m., Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut St., Salem. Harvard professor of history, David Armitage will speak. Program will include wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m. $30/members, $35/nonmembers, $10/students with proper ID. www.SalemAthenaeum.net or 978-744-2540.
HASTINGS HOUSE HISTORY. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St., Beverly. Beverly Farms historian, Nancy Coffey will host a history discussion on the Farms-Pride Community Association. Share pictures and stories of the House. Coffee, tea and desserts served. 978-922-6648.
NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE. Thursday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m., NSCC Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, Berry Building, Danvers. NSCC admissions specialists will be available for information on how to get an associate degree, transfer credits to four-year colleges and cut education costs in half. Also, learn about on-the-spot acceptance, 100 credit certificate and associate degree programs and financial aid, scholarships and payment plans. 978-762-4188 or 781-477-2107.
NORTH SHORE ELDER SERVICES ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 9 to 11 a.m., in the MacIntosh Club House at Brooksby Village, 100 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody. Speaker Dr. Robert Schreiber, physician-in-chief at Hebrew Senior Life, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, advocate for seniors, American Medical Directors Association's 2010 Medical Director of the Year. Free, light refreshments. 978-624-2220.
PEABODY GOLDEN AGE CLUB MEETING. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m., Elks Hall, 40 Oak St., Peabody. Plans for late fall and winter activities will be outlined and tickets for the holiday party at the Danversport Yacht Club will be on sale. 978-531-0635 or 978-807-1105.
DOWNTOWN TRICK-OR-TREAT NIGHT. Thursday, Oct. 28, 4 to 6 p.m., Cabot and Rantoul streets, Beverly. Kids in costumes can stop in at any business on Cabot and Rantoul streets that have a flier for "Downtown Trick or Treat" in their window and get a treat. Beverly store owners can call 978-922-8558 to get a flier for their store.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY. Thursday, Oct. 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Kids OT to Play, 10 Elm St., Danvers Atrium lower level, Danvers. Event will include food, trick-or-treating with small sensory toys and musical interactive entertainer, Ieanniemack. Free; open to the public. For ages 4 to 10. 978-777-1122.
HALLOWEEN HARVEST. Celebration in story and song, Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., Topsfield Town Library, 1 S. Common St., Topsfield. Program will include Davis Bates and participatory songs and stories. Hear about a rainy Halloween, how a coyote got his howl and be prepared to sing along and enjoy the fun. There will be a short lesson on how to play the spoons and a visit from a dancing wooden dog. Free. All ages welcome. 978-887-1528.
IPSWICH MUSEUM KIDS' HALLOWEEN PARTY. Friday, Oct. 29, 3:30 to 5 p.m., 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Features haunted house, scary stories, scarecrow building, crafts, snacks and costume parade. $5/per child for member, $6/nonmembers, $20/family for members and $24/family for nonmembers. 978-356-2811.
COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m., care center, 63 Locust St., Danvers. Event will celebrate Halloween with children in the community. Magician Peter Jackson will put on magic show. Pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, games and prizes, best costume judging, pizza, and refreshments will be provided. Free. Hosted by the Twin Oaks Care and Rehab Center. 978-777-0011.
HAUNTED HASTINGS HOUSE. Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 to 10 p.m., 14 Oak St., Beverly. Event will include craft tables in the gym for every age, DJ with spooky music, haunted house, pizza and snacks for kids and cash bar, homemade food and appetizers, and tarot card readings for adults ($10 donation for the reading). $5 for adults and children. Proceeds go to maintenance of Hastings House. Admission is free with renewal of Hastings House membership. 978-922-6648.
TRICK-OR-TREAT. Sunday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., Putnam Pantry Candies Inc., 255 Newbury St., Danvers. Putnam Pantry Candies will give a free ice cream sundae to all young children who arrive in Halloween costumes. Children must be 12-years or younger; register at Putnam Pantry by Saturday, Oct. 30; be in costume; be accompanied by an adult. 978-777-1336.
TRICK-OR-TREATING AT PHILLIPS HOUSE. Sunday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the backyard of 34 Chestnut St., Salem. All young trick-or-treaters and their parents are welcome for a special show by the Salem Pirates, led by Ken Harris. Little pirates will be able to collect gold coin candies and information about Stevie Phillips and his love of pirates while being entertained by sea chanteys and pirate tales. Free; open to the public. 978-744-0440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELECTRONIC AND APPLIANCE RECYCLING DAY. Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Masco parking lot, 20 Endicott Road, Boxford. Hosted by the Masco Music Parents Association (MMPA). Local residents can drop off broken and outdated electronic items ranging from refrigerators to cell phones, MP3 players and computer mice. The fees range from $5 to $20. All proceeds go toward scholarships for Masco music students. email@example.com or 978-352-7315.