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The week ahead: Kids events

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ZOO HOWL Halloween is coming, and so are treats for visitors and residents at the zoo. Kids are welcome to trick or treat, view the animals, do creepy crafts, play ghoulish games, enter a costume contest, take a hayride, and navigate the haunted maze. Animals get pumpkins as part of the zoo’s enrichment program. Oct. 26-27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with admission of $17, $14 seniors, $11 ages 2-12, under 2 free. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 617-541-5466,


FALL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Carve your little pumpkin (8 inches or smaller) at home, then bring it to the Boston Common where all the pumpkins will be lit and floated on the Frog Pond. The celebration also features art activities for kids, a Halloween parade led by Frog Pond Freddie (costumes encouraged), a puppet show by Rosalita’s Puppets, spooky science activities, a magic show, and more. Oct. 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Boston Common Frog Pond. 617-635-4505,

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FAMILY DESIGN DAY In “Canstruction! Designing for the Movies,” families view an exhibit of large, movie-themed structures of canned goods built by Boston-area architects and engineers, then use recycled materials to design a set based on their own favorite movies. Bring nonperishable food items for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8, registration recommended. BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Second Floor, Boston. 617-391-4039,

TALES OF THE NIGHT Celebrate Halloween on the farm with activities including a haunted hayride, the Creepy Critter Mansion, and the Nursery Rhyme Trail. The event also features a display of more than 100 jack-o-lanterns, educational programs on noctural wildlife, witches brew, spider cider, and other treats. Oct. 24-25, 6:30-9 p.m. $13. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. 781-259-2218,


ELLIS BOSTON ANTIQUES SHOW The annual event features everything from Greek and Roman antiquities to mid-20th century design. See jewelry, fine art, silver, ceramics, decorative arts, maps, prints, and more presented by more than 40 dealers from the US and Europe. Also on tap are lectures, panel discussions, a special exhibit by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (”Family Treasures From Early Massachusetts”), and walking tours of Boston’s South End. Oct. 25, 1-8 p.m. Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, under 12 free. Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-363-0405,

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SPOKE MAGAZINE OPENING Celebrate the poetic side of Massachusetts life at a reading and celebration of a new magazine of verse, Spoke. The publication’s inaugural issue focuses on Massachusetts writers. Readers include Danielle Georges, Damon Krukowski, and Fanny Howe. Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m. Copies of Spoke will be available for $5. Lorem Ipsum Books, 1299 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

CHOCOLATE BAR Don’t let the kids have all the fun this Halloween season. Gourmet sweet stuff is yours for the eating every Saturday at the Langham. A DJ spins tunes while you indulge in all-you-can-eat truffles, brulee, bread pudding, whoopie pies, crepes, chocolate fountains, and more. Chocolate cocktails also available. Saturdays through June 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $42, $29 ages 5-12. Cafe Fleuri at The Langham, 250 Franklin St., Boston. 617-451-1900, ext. 7125;

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S FUNNY BONES He may be known as a master of the macabre, but Edgar Allan Poe was a humorist, too. Listen as interpreter Rob Velella brings the writer to life and reads some of his frightening and funny works. Oct. 26, 3:30-5 p.m. $12. Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge.

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