DOUGH RAISER. Thursday, Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Uno Chicago Grill, 970 Paradise Road, Swampscott. For A Bed for Every Child, an initiative of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless that provides new mattresses, box springs and linens to school-age children without a bed. Uno will donate up to 20 percent of dine-in, takeout or delivery checks. email@example.com or www.unodoughraisers.com.
BENEFIT CONCERT. Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., St. John’s School, gym, 19 Chestnut St., Peabody. All proceeds will buy food, clothing, toys and educational materials for the poor in Santa Lucia, Los Rieles, San Francisco de Macoris. Entertainment includes Latin music performed by Lenguas de Fuego, Stacey Vasquez and Grupo Esperansa; dancing by “Los Angeles”; rock ’n’ roll by Blackwater Noise and Protest. Also, 12-year-old K. Leigh Ryan will sing. Event includes raffle tickets, homemade Dominican pastelitos, pizza, assorted snacks and refreshments available for purchase. $10/ticket, available at the door or 978-531-0002.
MS HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER. Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m., Essex Street pedestrian mall, Salem. Wooshie’s Warriors, a fundraising group for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will have a table in downtown Salem selling MS T-shirts, candy bars, jars of chocolate bark, knitted hats, Halloween blankets, soda, water, decorative wall mirrors, chocolate/peanut butter fudge, brownies, cookies, bracelets and PartyLite candles. firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COMEDY NIGHT. Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus No. 498, 7 Topsfield Road, Ipswich. Featuring Paul Gilligan, to benefit the Knights’ scholarship fund. $25/person. Includes prizes and raffles. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8:30 p.m. 978-356-7740.
TEMPLE BETH SHALOM COMEDY NIGHT. Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Join comedians Mark Scalia, Steve Bjork and Jimmy Dunn for 90 minutes of fun. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets cost $30 and include three drinks, snacks and dessert. 978-535-2100 or email@example.com.
FOBA PARTNERS WITH JOE’S. Throughout October, Not Your Average Joe’s, 45 Enon St., Beverly, will donate 15 percent of meal receipts from Friends of Beverly Animals supporters to the nonprofit rescue organization. Patrons should inform servers if they’re dining to support FOBA; participants will be eligible for gift card drawings. Donated proceeds will be used to help rescue and find homes for homeless animals in and around Beverly. friendsofbeverlyanimals.org or 978-922-7190.
BOXFORD CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY. Thursday, Oct. 25, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. The Friends of the Boxford Library will hold annual party. Come in costume, and enjoy treats and the not-too-spooky tales of Joe the Storyteller. Free. 978-887-7323.
IPSWICH KIDS’ HALLOWEEN PARTY. Thursday, Oct. 25, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Haunted house, scary stories, scarecrow building, crafts, snacks and costume parade. $5 per child. www.ipswichmuseum.org.
CREEPY TALE EXPRESS. Thursday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Visit Dracula’s castle, Frankenstein’s laboratory and witches in Salem. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Flint. 978-774-8132.
HALLOWEEN PARADE. Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., begins at the Riverwalk, Ipswich. Presented by the Ipswich Police Department. Participants will parade from the Riverwalk to Elm Street, down County Road, and end at Town Hall for cider, doughnuts and pumpkins. Sponsored by Marini Farm and Russell Orchards.
GHOST STORIES AT DANVERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Dan Tremblay of Heritage Films presents “Ghost Stories and Ghost Dowsing,” with a ghost dowsing demonstration following the film. Light refreshments will follow the program. $5 donation at the door. Advance reservations appreciated. Parking on Page Street or in community lot at corner of Page and Elm streets. 978-777-1666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAUNTED HALLOWEEN PARTY. Friday, Oct. 26. 3:30 to 5 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Haunted house, Halloween crafts, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow building, spooky storytelling, fall treats and more. Rain or shine. $5/child. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS. Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 5 to 10. Guided walks along Halloween trail leave every 15 minutes. Learn about the creatures of the night and some history and myths that surround the holiday. Refreshments served. Costumes welcome; dress warmly. $8.25/members, $9.25/nonmembers. Registration required. 978-887-9264 or email@example.com.
ZOMBIE-PROOF THE LIBRARY. Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Teens ages 14 and older are invited to help secure the library against hordes of zombies. Working within groups, teens will make decisions that either keep zombies away or put the library in harm’s way. Pizza and drinks served. All survivors receive a zombie decal. Free. 978-887-7323.
22ND ANNUAL HALLOWFEST. Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Children’s Montessori Center, 12 Bradstreet Ave., Danvers. CMC alumni and families welcome. Baked goods and food items for sale. Rain or shine.
HALLOWEEN STORYTIME & CRAFT. Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Hear stories about friendly ghosts, pumpkins and trick-or-treating, then make a craft to take home. Program for children ages 2 and older. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
PUMPKIN LIGHTING. Saturday, Oct. 27, 4 to 7 p.m., First Church, 1 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich. Residents are invited to bring their pumpkins after the candy walk. A small candle will be provided. Refreshments served. Also, residents can vote for their favorite decorated pole at Ipswich Chamber’s booth and ballot box near Zumi’s. http://ipswichma.gov/index.php?option=com_gcalendar&view=google&Itemid=465.
HASTINGS HOUSE HALLOWEEN PARTY. Saturday, Oct. 27, 6 to 10 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St., Beverly Farms. Annual party includes craft tables in the gym for every age, DJ playing spooky music, House of Horrors in the basement, pizza and snacks for kids. Adults can enjoy a cash bar, homemade food and appetizers. Tarot card readings for $10 donation. $5 door fee for adults and children. 617-680-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL WITCHES ROOST FOR CHILDREN. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. Topsfield Historical Society presents spooky music, costumes, games, decorations and more. email@example.com or 978-887-9137.
MALLOWEEN. Monday, Oct. 29, 5 to 7 p.m., Liberty Tree Mall, 100 Independence Way, Danvers. Presented by the United Martial Arts Center for Health and Wellness. For children of all ages. Stop by the registration table for treats, then go store-to-store in a costume for more treats and prizes. All mall retailers participating will have orange pumpkins in their windows or storefronts. Also, take a ride around the mall on Cubby Caboose, watch a martial arts demonstration, make crafts, participate in the costume contest and collect giveaways. Free. 978-777-0795 or www.facebook.com/LibertyTreeMall.
SAFE TRICK-OR-TREAT. Monday, Oct. 29, Endicott College, field house in the Post Center, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott’s annual event includes food, games and crafts. Meet in the field house at 6 p.m.; trick-or-treating begins at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. Free; open to all Beverly-area children up to age 12 and their families. Parent or guardian must accompany child. Bring a canned food item for the college’s Halloween for the Hungry Food Drive and receive a special treat. 978-232-2141.
DOWNTOWN TRICK OR TREAT. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4 to 6 p.m., Cabot and Rantoul streets, Beverly. Beverly Main Streets is sponsoring the annual event. Kids in costumes can visit businesses on Cabot and Rantoul streets for treats. Participating businesses will display an orange flier with the black cat saying “Enter Here for Treats.” Treats for children of all ages in costume. 978-922-8558 or www.beverlymainstreets.org.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5 to 8 p.m., Carriage House, Lynch Park, 55 Ober St., Beverly. Beverly Recreation Department will host. Face-painting, cider doughnuts, a haunted tour of Lynch Park, and Halloween songs with DJ Jmel. All proceeds benefit the Lynch Park Carriage House. $5/adult, $3/child; purchase tickets at the door. 978-921-6067.
HALLOWEEN BOWLING PARTY. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bowl-O-Mat, 100 River St., Beverly. North Shore Community Action Programs Inc. presents a family-fun event. $6 admission includes one game and shoes. Wear costume, win prizes and raffles. Purchase tickets at the door. Parents must accompany children. Refreshments available for purchase. All proceeds support NSCAP programs to help low-income families and individuals find stability needed to rise out of poverty. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-531-0767, ext. 148.
TRICKS, TREATS AND TREASURES. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Join the sea chantey-singing Salem pirates on Halloween night. Learn about Stephen Phillips’ love of pirates and history while collecting gold coin candy. Free. 978-744-0440.
HALLOWEEN SMORGASBORD. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., Putnam Pantry Candies, Route 1, Danvers. Free ice cream sundaes for all young children who arrive in Halloween costumes. Recipients must be 12 or younger and accompanied by an adult. Registration required by Oct. 30 at 978-777-1336.
Music and theater
“THE DRESSER.” Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. Faculty members Celena Sky April, Thomas Billings, Richard Ellia and David Allen George, joined by guests Thomas Luddy, Patricia Zaido and Alex Gordon, perform a stage reading of Ronald Harwood’s award-winning story of an aging actor’s personal assistant, who struggles to keep his charge’s life together. Reserve a spot in advance at 978-542-6284. Donations accepted to support Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts programs.
WIND ENSEMBLE AND SYMPHONIC BAND FALL CONCERT. Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Under the direction of David Rox; first concert of the season, featuring talents of current Gordon students and local community members. www.gordon.edu/event.cfm?iEventID=1787.
TOAST AND JAM CONCERT. Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 to 10 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Cape Cod’s popular bluegrass and modern folk group will perform. Suitable for the whole family. Chowder and pizza served. $10 suggested donation per person, $25 per family. Donations accepted at the door.
ENDICOTT SINGERS, HARMONELLE AND BASSLINE “THE CROWNING GLORY.” Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 3 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Endicott College, Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Including students’ favorite selections and more. $5/general, free/Endicott ID holders. 978-232-7701 or email@example.com.
10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA PERFORMANCE. Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m., Community House of Hamilton-Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. New England Light Opera presents “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat), a classic operetta performed as a semi-stage, concert celebration featuring local singers and musicians. http://newenglandlightopera.org/tickets.shtml or 866-811-4111.
“NIGHT AND DAY.” Opening reception Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Exhibit on view through Thursday, Nov. 8. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. www.rawartworks.org or 781-631-4951.
SOAP EXHIBIT. On view through Thursday, Nov. 1, at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106H, Beverly. Exhibit features Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery’s invitational group show titled “SOAP: Series of Artists Present Work,” current work from selected students and alumni. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
GUERRILLA GIRLS SYMPOSIUM. Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. “Agents of Change: Art as Activism” includes public programming, workshops and an academic symposium with a keynote presentation by the Guerrilla Girls at 8 p.m. Symposium accompanies exhibit, which illustrates the vital and revolutionary work of the anonymous, feminist-activist collective. email@example.com, 978-867-9604 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries/.
TEEN STEAMPUNK PRESENTATION. Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Two local Steampunk experts will introduce attendees to the wild world of Steampunk. Program features a talk by Bruce Rosenbaum on Steampunk art and design. Also, artist Brian Dow will demonstrate techniques for putting together found-item forms using plastic, metal, wood, paper and more. Dow will also do a faux painting demo to simulate metal surfaces. Attendees will not assemble forms themselves. Bring questions and enthusiasm. Free; open to students in grade five through 12. 781-596-8867.
ANNUAL FALL SHOW. Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, noon to 4 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. “Gallery 62” juried show, featuring oil, acrylics, watercolors, photography, jewelry and crafts. All items made by Danvers Art Association members and available for purchase. Award ribbons will be given in all categories. Free admission. www.danversart.org.
Lectures and presentations
VISITING AUTHOR SERIES EVENT. Thursday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m., Little Theatre, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. The Endicott College/Ibbetson Street Press series features Fred Marchant, poet and founder of the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston. The director of the series is Doug Holder, a member of the creative writing faculty. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTH SHORE CHAPTER OF SIGMA XI FALL LECTURE. Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Endicott College, Hospitality Suite of the Post Center, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Local chapter of international organization that promotes research in the sciences and engineering will host its fourth annual fall lecture. Dr. Dwight Tshudy will speak on “Green Chemistry and Sustainability: What’s all this, then?” Free. At 6 p.m., the chapter will host small group discussions (over pizza and soft drinks) on sustainability within the college context. Reserve a spot at email@example.com.
“BAY STATE PHANTOMS.” Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. As part of its monthly lecture series, the Topsfield Historical Society presents an entertaining show by folklorist John Horrigan, who will share a collection of bizarre and paranormal events that took place in Massachusetts in early Colonial times. Free. Refreshments served. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-887-9137.
“THE JEWISH COMMUNITY ON THE MOVE.” Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m., JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. JCC, Shirat Hayam and Marblehead’s Temple Emanu-El present speakers Alan Pierce of the Jewish Historical Society, Bill Simons speaking on the Jewish teen group AZA, and lifelong JCC member Jack Stahl. Program will look at the inspiring story of Jewish families moving from the inner city to North Shore suburbs. Free admission, $10 donation suggested. To save a seat, contact 781-631-8330 or email@example.com.
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD HOUSE LECTURE SERIES. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., Appleton Farms, Route 1A, Ipswich. Cindy Brockway, The Trustees’ own cultural resources program director, presents “More Than a Farm: Landscape Stories of Appleton.” $15/members, $20/nonmembers. Light refreshments served. Registration required. 978-356-5728 ext. 18, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“MEDITATION: FOR STRESS-FREE LIVING.” Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Dr. Allan Hughes will discuss the effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. Hughes presents a simple, yet powerful meditation technique that can enrich one’s life personally, professionally and spiritually. 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
FILM SCREENING. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., Endicott College, Rose Performance Hall, 376 Hale St., Beverly. “Poster Girl,” an Oscar-nominated documentary short that follows Robynn Murray over two years as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption through art and poverty. Murray, once an all-American high school cheerleader, became the poster girl for women in combat. Murray will be present at the screening. A light reception will follow. Free. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or 978-232-2655.
SMASH: A DISCUSSION OF BROADWAY THEATER LIGHTING. Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Donald Holder, an American lighting designer for theater, opera and dance based in New York, will speak. Free. 978-232-7701 or email@example.com.
MARBLEHEAD MINISTERS ASSOCIATION HOSTS CIVIL DISCOURSE. Monday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Group will sponsor a panel presentation, conversation, and question-and-answer period about Question No. 2, Death With Dignity Act, on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo and a representative from Dignity 2012 will speak in favor of the vote; Rabbi David Meyer and Dr. Kerry Pound will speak against the vote. Free.
DISCUSSION ON BALLOT QUESTION 2. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m., Gordon College, Ken Olsen Science Center, Chairman’s Room, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. A panel of professionals will discuss question No. 2 on upcoming election ballot, “Death With Dignity or Physician-Assisted Suicide?” Panel includes Alexandra Cist, Mass. General Hospital; Daniel C. Johnson, Gordon College; Carol L. Powers, Gordon College, private attorney; Patrick Smith, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Reception at 4 p.m., followed by discussion at 4:30 p.m. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-867-4227, www.gordon.edu/cfi.
“GWENDOLYN THE DANCING PIG.” Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m., Ipswich Town Hall auditorium, 25 Green St. Author David Ira Rottenberg will read his book in a special Halloween program hosted by the Ipswich Public Library. Ballerinas from the North Shore Performing Arts Center will join the reading and dance performance. Free. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes. Rottenberg will sign copies of his book. Children may have their photos taken with the ballerinas. Also, Keith Carlson of the Ipswich Fire Department will provide handouts on Halloween safety. 978-412-8713.
BALLROOM DANCE. Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 96 Main St., Peabody. Complimentary dance lesson at 7 p.m., followed by evening of ballroom dancing. $15/general, $12/seniors age 60 and older. Robertbeloff@comcast.net or 978-281-2365.
Fairs and festivals
A FAIR TO REMEMBER. Thursday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m., Essex Park, 265 Essex St., Beverly. Fall festival includes a petting zoo, pony rides, face-painting, pumpkin decorating, costume contest, carnival games, raffles, food and more. Free admission; donations accepted for Windrush Farm. 978-816-0557.
ANNUAL FAIR. Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 16 Sylvan St., Danvers. Booths include candy, baked goods, country store, holiday table, grandma’s attic, books, jewelry, gifts and accessories, plus cookie walk, silent auction, coffee shop and luncheon. Handicapped-accessible. 978-777-7408.
ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL. Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Greenhouse School, 145 Loring Ave., Salem. Includes food made by parents and friends, silent auction, raffle, fine arts, holiday shopping from handmade crafts, kids room with games, and more. Orders will be accepted for stock crafts and “Green Gifts,” including Christmas cards, soaps, unique gifts, mango and avocado trees, and more. www.greenhouseschool.org.
FINZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL. Friday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m. to midnight, Ervin Dhimo Trio. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-774-8485.
GULU-GULU. Oct. 25, 8 p.m., Jeff Savlon; Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Radio Scotvoid; Oct. 27, 8 p.m., annual Halloween Party; Oct. 30, 8 p.m., Dan Blakeslee; Oct. 31, 8 p.m,. The Found Objects improvisational art. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER CAFE. Oct. 26, Joey Vellucci. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Oct. 25, 10 p.m. to midnight, System Soul; Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m., Steve Spungin. 76 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-774-9653 or www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG’S EYE. Oct. 25, 9 to 11:30 p.m., Lois Lane and The Daily Planets; Oct. 31, 8 p.m. to close, 27th annual Halloween Costume Party with DJ Lanie Mack. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, Oct. 26, The Battlefield Band. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for 8 p.m. show. 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Tickets $22 in advance at 781-631-8987, www.meandthee.org, Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or Arnould Gallery. $25 at the door. www.meandthee.org.