HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS Failing to own a fairy princess costume or skeleton attire is no reason not to enjoy Halloween. From concerts to storytelling to a show of illuminated pumpkins, Halloween and the days surrounding it abound with opportunities to celebrate this beloved and multifaceted holiday.
The Eliot Church in Natickwill host a jack o’lantern competition on Friday, Oct. 30. Participants are invited to carve a pumpkin, insert a candle, and drop it off at the church,located at 45 Eliot St., any time on Oct. 30 before 5 p.m. Pumpkins will be illuminated and displayed for commuters and passers-by from 5 to 6:45 p.m., and then the judges will grant awards. Entrants should write their names on the back of their pumpkins, and may pick them up after 6:45 the same day. For complete details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, go to www.theeliotchurch.org or call 508-653-2244.
GHOSTLY TALES The Needham Historical Society offers “Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight,” an evening of ghost stories for adults presented by storyteller Rita Parisi, on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Needham Historical Society, 1147 Central Ave., Needham. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.needhamhistory.org or call 781-455-8860.
HAUNTING BELLS Wellesley College will hold its annual “Carillon Haunted Open Tower,” at which the Guild of Carillonneurs entertains onlookers with spooky Halloween-inspired music, on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in the Galen Stone Tower. Guests are welcome to wear costumes. The tower is located on the Wellesley College campus at 106 Central St., Wellesley.
MUSICAL TREAT-OR-TREATING The Dana Hall School of Music in Wellesley invites children and adults to its fifth annual Halloween Open House, featuring musical trick-or-treating, on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. Costumes are welcome, and children will be invited to explore a variety of instruments, join in guided instrument jams; and take part in a musical scavenger hunt. The event is free and open to the public. R.S.V.P’s are requested but not required. The Dana Hall School of Music is located at 103 Grove St., Wellesley. For more information, go to www.danahall.org/schoolofmusic, call (781) 237-6542 or email email@example.com.
PUMPKINS IN THE PARK The Framingham Park and Recreation Department holds its ninth Annual “Pumpkins in the Park” celebration on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. This family event will be held in Cushing Memorial Park and will include pumpkin painting, crafts, music, and hayrides. Admission is $5 residents/$10 nonresidents. Preregistration is required and can be done online at www.framinghamrec.com or at the Park and Recreation Office, 475 Union Ave. For more information, call 508-532-5960.
Spookapella The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN) greets Halloween night with “Spookapella XII,” an a capella concert featuring three Boston-based vocal groups: Overboard, Fermata Town and AChoired Taste. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission; $22 TCAN members. TCAN is located at 14 Summer St., Natick. For tickets or more information, call 508-647-0097 or go to www.natickarts.org.
STORIES AND SONGS Performer and storyteller Davis Bates presents “Stories & Songs about Halloween and Harvest Time,” combining classic folk tales, Native American heritage, international and regional stories and songs in an all-ages program on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 3:30 p.m. at the Natick Community-Senior Center, 117 East Central Street, Natick. Admission is free, and Halloween costumes are welcome. For more information, call 508-647-6540.
CHAMBER MUSIC The Carlisle Chamber Orchestra opens its second season on Friday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, Carlisle.cq The program includes Rodrigo “Concierto de Aranjuez” for guitar & orchestra as well as pieces by Piazzolla, Copland, and Haydn. Suggested donation is $15. For more information, go to www.carlislechamberorchestra.org.
ART AND SOCIETY Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh, painter and digital artist Kevork Mourad, and filmmaker and writer Khalil Younescq collaborate in an audio-visual performance exploring the role of the artist in society, particularly within the context of the Syrian revolution and its aftermath, on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. at the Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham.cq Also on the program is a premiere of a new work by Kinan Azmeh and film maker Khalil Younes for clarinet, electronics, and string quartet, performed with the Lydian String Quartet, resident faculty ensemble at Brandeis since 1980. A pre-concert talk titled “Art, Beauty, and War: A Short History” will be given at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors and members of the Brandeis community; and $5 for other students and may be purchased at www.brandeis.edu/tickets, via telephone at (781) 736-3400, or in person at the Shapiro Campus Center Box Office
HARMONY AND HUMOR New England based folk quartet Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhemcq will perform a program of harmony, rhythm, and humor at the First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington St., Newton, on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.cq Tickets are $22.50cq and may be purchased in advance at raniarbofusn.brownpapertickets.com.cq Proceeds will benefit Americans United for Separation of Church and State.Send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.