• BENEFITS

Steve Byrnes’ Charity Fundraiser, Byrnes is running the NYC Marathon for the National Arthritis Foundation; music by string trio Flight of Fancy; The Salt Exchange, Portland. Cost for food and drink. 347-5687. 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Yarmouth Pumpkin Run, children, adults and pets in costume race to benefit the Yarmouth Food Pantry, Yarmouth High School. $10 to $45. tinyurl.com/pumpkinrun2012. 9 a.m. Saturday.

Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Craft Fair, annual fair with quilts, baskets, jewelry and knits; benefits the children’s hospital; Maine Medical Center, Scarborough. Free admission. 662-4173. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Antiques Road Show and Live Auction, appraisals by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries; benefits the Volunteer Transportation Network; People Plus, Brunswick. $5 per item appraised. peopleplusmaine.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; live auction at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Boy Scout Troup 875’s Haunted Halloween Night, spooky ghost tales through the Old Red Church and Howe Cemetery; fundraiser for trip to Gettysburg; Old Red Church, Standish. $10. 523-0821. 4:30 p.m. (family-friendly); 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Chefs and Musicians for Safe Harbor Concert, music by Peter Alexander, The Adam Ezra Group and Burundian drum corps Batimbo Beat, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Dinner tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12; concert tickets are $10 for adults and free for children under 12. firstparishportland.org. Dinner at 5:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Sunday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

THURSDAY

Fairy Tales Alive!, stories, songs and crafts based upon fairy tales for children in grades K-3, children invited to come in costume, Kennebunk Free Library. Free; pre-registration requested. 985-2173. 4 p.m.

Innovators of Design, textile designer Erin Flett, interior designer Krista Stokes and Pottery Barn designer Heather Dutton share their inspiration, history and what is takes to be a successful designer in Maine, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. $5. rivertreearts.org. 7 p.m.

Harvest on the Harbor, culinary festival includes the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition and more, Ocean Gateway, Portland. Various prices. Schedule at harvestontheharbor.com. Thursday to Saturday.

SATURDAY

Saco Spirit Monster Bash, dancing, costume parade and more, Pepperell Square, Saco. sacospirit.com. Noon to 4 p.m.

Ghosts of Smuttynose, haunted house with actors, Jefferds Tavern, York Village. $5. parksandrec.yorkmaine.org. 6 to 8 p.m.

Halloween Cemetery Tour, John Henderson portrays local resident Cornelius Murphy in a walk among Celtic crosses and tombs, Mount Hope Cemetery, Lewiston. Donation. 784-8803. 1 p.m.

Food SCAREcity Costume Dance, with DJs Aimee Moffitt-Mercer and Dan Miller and a silent auction; attendees encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for local food pantries; Watts Hall, Thomaston. $10. dancing4fun.org. 7:30 p.m.

Local Harvest Dinner, roast pork or vegetarian dinner and live music by The Tofu Typhoons, Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, Sanford. $9; $8 for seniors and students; $5 for ages 4 to 12; free for children under 4. sanforduuchurch.org. 5 to 7 p.m.

Nursery Rhyme Story Time, story time for children, Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center. Free. 829-2215. 10 a.m.

2012 Navy Birthday Ball, dinner, dancing, music from Freeze Frame and keynote address from Maj. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Libby, The Inn at Brunswick Station, Brunswick. $50. 442-7773. Social hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.

“Spooky Car Days,” spooky sounds and scary sights, Seal Cove Auto Museum. $4.50; free for children under 12. 244-9242. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday.

SUNDAY

Cashore Marionettes: “Simple Gifts,” puppet show featuring portrayals and scenes from everyday life set to classical music, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. $10; $8 for children under 14. laarts.org. 3 p.m.

MONDAY

Little Festival of Horrors, horror stories, author talks, screening of “Night of the Living Dead” and a zombie crawl onto Monument Square, Portland Public Library and branches. Free. Schedule at portlandlibrary.com. 4 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; zombie crawl at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

TUESDAY

Halloween Spooktacular, stories, games and crafts; costumes encouraged; Camden Public Library. Free. 236-3440. 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Halloween Fun Day, International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland. $2. cryptozoologymuseum.com. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Casting for Sasquatch,” Halloween program with Maine guide Dustin Howe and treats for children and adults; costumes encouraged; International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland. $10. cryptozoologymuseum.com. 5 p.m.

NOV. 1

“Granular Modality,” live sound exploration with Earl Howard and special guest Gustavo Aguilar, Emery Community Arts Center, Farmington. Free. 778-7288. 7:30 p.m.

Innovators of Design, fashion designer Jessie Lacey and organic textile and fashion designers Brook Delorme and Daniel Pepice share their inspiration, history and what is takes to be a successful designer in Maine, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. $5. rivertreearts.org. 7 p.m.

• FILMS

THURSDAY

Teen Movie Night, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989, Rated PG-13), for ages 12 to 19, Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 4 p.m.

“Mother Nature’s Child,” screening and panel discussion about importance of youth connection to natural areas, Belfast Public Library. Free. swlamaine.org. 6 p.m.

FRIDAY

“Compliance” (2012, Rated R), chilling story of how far one might go to obey a figure of authority (based on a true story), Space Gallery, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

“Bluestocking Film Series,” short films by women directors from Maine, New York, Los Angeles and Germany, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $9. stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m.

MONDAY

Global Lens International Film Series, “Mourning” (2011, Iran), Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. Free. bates.edu/museum. 7:30 p.m.

“Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” (2011), documentary screening with filmmakers Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis, Bowdoin College (Kresge Auditorium), Brunswick. Free. 725-3552. 6:30 p.m.

“Damnationland 2012,” annual showcase of terrifying new Maine-made short films, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $7. stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

TUESDAY

“Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” (2010), award-winning environmental documentary, Kennebunk Free Library. Free. 985-2173. 6:30 p.m.

“Star Wars Uncut” (2012), crowd-sourced, shot-by-shot remake of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” Space Gallery, Portland. Free. space538.org. 7:30 p.m.

Nature at Risk Film Series, “When the Mountains Sound” directed by Kennebunk New School student Nate Bennett, Louis T. Graves Library, Kennebunkport. Free. 967-2778. 7 p.m.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

THURSDAY

Jane Brox, author of “The Story of Rural Electrification in America,” Maine Historical Society, Portland. mainehistory.org. 7 p.m.

Gerry Boyle, author of “Port City: Black and White,” Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. www.lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m.

Susan Poulin, author of “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life,” Ellsworth Public Library. 667-6363. 6 p.m.

Poet Linda Aldrich, author of “March and Mad Women,” York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m.

Author and Artist Raina Telgemeier, creator of “Smile” and “Drama,” Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. 4 p.m.

SATURDAY

Author and Artist Raina Telgemeier, creator of “Smile” and “Drama,” Casablanca Comics, Portland. casablancacomics.com. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Susan Poulin, author of “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life,” University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn, Lewiston. 753-6545. 1 p.m.

TUESDAY

Steve Pinkham, author of “Old Tales of the Maine Woods,” Maine Historical Society, Portland. mainehistory.org. Noon.

WEDNESDAY

Morgan Callan Rogers, author of “Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea,” Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

• PRO SPORTS

Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $15 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Manchester, 7:30 p.m. Sunday.