SECOND ANNUAL SALEM COSTUME SWAP. Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, 13 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem. Costumes cost $5 each. Proceeds benefit Salem Park & Recreation youth programs. A coloring table for children and light refreshments will be available. Also, donations of gently used adult, child or pet costumes will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 11, during normal hours at the Salem Senior Center, 5 Broad St. Halloween accessories will also be accepted. For each donated item, donors receive one swap ticket for a new-to-you costume at the Salem Costume Swap. Hosted by Salem Park, Recreation & Community Services. Tim Short, recreation supervisor, 978-744-0180, ext. 20, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATLATL DAY. Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine St., Danvers. The Massachusetts Archaeological Society Northeast Chapter will sponsor Atlatl Day 2013. Attendees are invited to participate in ancient hunting techniques using an atlatl, a spear-throwing stick. Special guests Bob and Cheryll Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl will host a workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on how to make atlatls and darts. $65 per person. Reservations and pre-payment required by contacting Info.NEchapter@MassArchaeology.org. Admission to Rebecca Nurse Homestead is $7 adults, $5 senior citizens age 65 and over, $4 children ages 6 to 16, free children under 6. Admission to Homestead grounds, only, is $3 adults, $1 children.
2013 TOPSFIELD FAIR. Through Monday, Oct. 14, Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St. This year’s festivities include the Giant Pumpkin Contest; horse pulls and shows; antique farm tractor pulling; Monster Trucks; Demolition Derby; Rawhide Rodeo; Beekeeping & Honey Show; art show, handcrafts, cooking entries, pageants, music and demonstrations in Coolidge Hall; milking demonstrations, observation corral, and 4-H and Youth Cattle Show in the Cattle Barn; Essex County Farmyard; Flower Show in the Flower Barn; Junior Fruits, Vegetables and Decorative departments; American Dairy Goat Association sanctioned Goat Show; Dock Dogs; live entertainment by The Fools, Bobby Vinton, Britt Nicole, Tate Stevens, Coco Jones, Cher Lloyd, and the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show; Essex County Granges and the Topsfield Fair Farm Museum; amusement rides and games provided by Fiesta Shows; Grand Parade and four weekday parades; Pig Barn; poultry shows; Rabbit Barn; annual sand sculpture; Open Sheep Show; Sportsman’s building exhibit; and more. For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, visit www.topsfieldfair.org.