AUTHOR SERIES KICKS OFF. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. The JCC’s author series Jewish Book Month kicks off with B. A. Shapiro who will discuss her new novel, “The Art Forger,” about a young Boston artist caught up in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, 25 years after the heist. Tickets and details at jccns.org or 781-631-8330, ext. 1022.
RADIO 92.9 HAUNTED MOVIE SERIES ON SALEM COMMON. Saturday, Oct. 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m., 18 Washington Square, Salem. Bring a blanket or beach chair to watch “Casper the Friendly Ghost” under the stars. Free. www.Radio929.com.
FILM DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. Group will discuss “Cold Souls.” Attendees should view film prior to discussion. Group discusses the art of filmmaking and current trends and historical contexts that drive the creation of selected documentaries and award-winning films. Details and registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
“INVENT IT, BUILD IT.” Thursday, Oct. 3, 4 to 5 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Four-week program for teens, ages 11 to 18, begins. At the inventors workshop, teens work together to create solutions to design challenges, and build, test and share their own confetti launchers and more. Space is limited. Sign up at 978-531-0100, ext. 14.
HAUNTED HAPPENINGS GRAND PARADE. Thursday, Oct. 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m., downtown Salem. A Salem tradition to kick off Haunted Happenings filled with pageantry, music, and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college. This year’s theme is Books Come Alive! Parade beings at Shetland Park and ends at Salem Common. 978-744-0004, salem-chamber.org.
A WEEKEND OF COACHING. On Friday, Oct. 4, at 10:30 a.m., more than a dozen road coaches and park drags will leave the Myopia Schooling field in Hamilton and arrive at Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich, at noon, where the coaches will be available for viewing. Coaches leave the farm at 1 p.m. to return to Myopia at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 5, coaches leave Myopia at 11 a.m., arriving at the main gate of the Bradley Palmer State Park at noon. Coaches can be viewed as they past the main parking area just before entering the forest. Coaches will travel in the forest to the cross country field near the wading pool where they will water and rest the horses. Coaches will leave by the lower gate of the forest at 1 p.m., returning to Myopia at 2 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 6, coaches will leave from Myopia at 1 p.m. to tour Bridge Street in Hamilton and Walnut Street in Wenham, then return to the Myopia polo field at 2 p.m. where there will be a presentation and viewing of the coaches, followed by a polo game at 3 p.m. Presented by the North Shore Coaching Drive. All times and routes are subject to change in case of inclement weather. Details and schedules at www.themyopiadrivingclub.com.