• HALLOWEEN EVENTS
OOB365 Presents Field of Screams Haunted Hayrides, Old Orchard Beach Ballpark. $13 to $18. oob365.com. kid friendly tours at 5 p.m, scarier ones start at 6 p.m. Thursday to Sunday and Oct. 24. Through Oct. 30.
7th Annual Tales of Terror, storyteller and playwright Lynne Cullen performs Victorian horror tales: ”The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe and “The Judge’s House” by Bram Stoker, Victoria Mansion, Portland. victoriamansion.org. 6 and 8 p.m. Friday.
7th Annual “The Haunting: A Grim Night at Par Sem,” theme is childhood books from Grimm, Aesop, Mother Goose and more, parental discretion advised, Parsonfield Seminary, Parsonfield. $10, 12 and under $5. 793-8825. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Oct. 26.
Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions Presents Victorian Tales by Candlelight, theatrical storytelling with tales of curses, death and immortality from 19th century New England writer Sarah Orne Jewett, Edith Belle Libby Memorial Library, Old Orchard Beach. 934-4351. 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Our Theatre Company Presents “The Rocky Horror Show,” costumes and audience participation encouraged, Nasson Community Center, Little Theatre, Springvale, $10, 18-plus. myotc.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Oct. 31.
Fright at the Fort, Fort Knox Historic Site, Prospect. $10, $5 for 12 and under. fortknox .maineguide.com/fright. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Throug Oct. 26.
Halloweenfest, Halloween displays, haunted hay rides, games, contests and more, costumes encouraged, Maine Wildlife Park, Gray. 657-4977. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Seventh Annual Tales of Terror, actress and storyteller Brittany Cook performs the original work “Ghost Tales of New Orleans,” Victoria Mansion, Portland. victoriamansion.org. 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday.
“Jack the Ripper,” Halloween performance about Jack the Ripper who terrorized London in the 1800s, not recommended for children, Portland Ballet Studio, Portland. $20 advance; $25 day of show. portlandballet.org. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Witches Brew Fest, featuring micro-brews and ciders, live music from Doc Franklin & The Brew Steins, free photo booth, stein-hoisting contest, food and a raffle. Costumes encouraged, Augusta Armory. $30, 21-plus. centralmainebrews.com. 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Friends of Evergreen Historic Walking Tours, Evergreen Cemetery, Portland. $7. friendsof evergreen.org. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 27.
Family Halloween Show with Audiobody, comedy, pumpkin juggling, crazy lighting effects, music and more, The Freeport Theater of Awesome, Freeport. $17, $12 children, $12 all seats for 2 p.m. shows. awesometheater.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Halloween Spooktacular, family friendly program of dance with “Dance Macabre,” Night on Bald Mountain” and more, children’s costume parade at intermission. Portland Ballet Studio, Portland. $18 advance; $23 day of show, $12 students in advance; $17 at door, $5 for 18 and under. portlandballet.org. 3 p.m. Saturday.
Pumpkin Hayrides, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport. $6, $20 per family. wolfesneckfarm.org. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Oct. 27.
Lowry’s Lodge Monthly Poetry Series, Hosted by Jim Donnelly and Anna Wrobel, Saccarappa Art Collective, Westbrook, $3. 591-7300. Featured poets Mark Melnicove and Lee Sharkey, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
Tate House Museum Presents “Ghosts Come Alive” Cemetery Tours, hear from the ghostly apparitions themselves as they talk about the joys and hardships of colonial life as they knew it, Stroudwater Cemetery, Portland. $12, $6 for 12 and under. tatehouse.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
“Trail of Terror,” wagon rides to the haunted trails, Raitt Homestead Farm, Eliot. $6. raitt farmmuseum.org. dusk to 10 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 26.
Ghoulwill Ball, live music by Take 4, food and drinks, free photo booth and cash costume prizes, fundraiser for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, The Portland Club, Portland. $15, $25/for 2 tickets. goodwillnne .org. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
5th Annual Haunted Walk, guided tours through the dark woods, proceeds benefit the Animal Welfare Society, Animal Welfare Society, West Kennebunk. $5, 8 and under free. animalwelfaresociety.org. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Spooktacular Trail Ride, trail ride with costumed horses, LaDawn Therapeutic Riding Center, Dayton. $10. 499-0080. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Wicked 5K Road Race, goody bags, prizes, costumes encouraged, race benefits the Center for Grieving Children, Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport. 272-7927. 1 p.m. Sunday.
“POE: Tales of Mystery & Suspense,” costumes encouraged for Halloween performance with prizes awarded, Clay Hill Farm Restaurant, Cape Neddick. $15, with a la carte menu. clayhillfarm.com.
Spirits Alive “Walk Among the Shadows,” living history performance with focus on The Civil War, Eastern Cemetery, Portland. $10, $5 for under 12. spiritsalive.org. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24.
Maine Historical Society Presents Longfellow’s Haunted House, a private guided tour of the house based on the interpretation of Longfellow’s poem “Haunted Houses,” written in 1851, Longfellow House, Portland. $10, Reservations required. 774-1822 x212. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24.
Halloween Author Reading, Jen Blood, Patrick Shawn Bagley and Katherine Silva, Rockland Public Library. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24.
Fall Book & Bake Sale, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. thomasmemoriallibrary.org. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Robbie Foundation 2nd Annual Gala Evening, with comedian Juston McKinney, benefits children and youth in Maine with developmental disabilities, Black Point Inn, Scarborough. $75, $140 per couple. robbiefoundation.com. 6:30 p.m. Friday.
“Boots, Band and BBQ – A Party with A Purpose,” BBQ contests, western photo booth, live music and dancing with Bonnie Edwards and the Practical Cats, Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, Windham. $50. riding tothetop.org. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Iris Network Walk for Independence, 1.4 miles through Portland, goal is to raise awareness around white canes as a symbol of independent travel, proceeds provide training, education, and support for people with vision loss or blindness in Maine, Monument Square, Portland. $15, 12 and under $5. 774-6273. Registration at 9:30 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County Annual Benefit Auction, live music, food, live and silent auction, University of Maine, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. $5-$10. 930-2677. Silent auction at 5 p.m., live auction at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Noah’s Walk, benefit for research and awareness of Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL), North Dam Mill, Biddeford. 200-7674. Registration at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Crossroads Inaugural Masquerade Ball Fundraising Gala, with music by Wavelength, humorist Tim Sample, non-alcoholic drinks, costume contest and more, benefit for Crossroads, Dunegrass, Old Orchard Beach, $65. crossroads me.eventbrite.com. 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
“Building Blocks for Habitat” Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser, family fun building blocks, competing for prizes, station tours, proceeds benefit fire prevention at the Women Build House in Freeport, Freeport Fire Station. $5. habitatportlandme.org. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Martinis and Art, fundraiser to benefit Maine cancer patients, ticket includes chance to win original artwork donated by local artists, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland. $85. 373-3742. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24.
• BOOKS AND AUTHORS
Jean Flahive, author of “Railroad to Maine,” Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, Sanford. 324-2797. 7 p.m. Thursday.
Mary Morton Cowan, author of “Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer,” Meeting House, New Gloucester. 926-3188. 7 p.m. Thursday.
Colin Sargent, author of “Museum of Human Beings,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. Noon Thursday.
Richard Rubin, author of “The Last of the Doughboys,” Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. thomasmemoriallibrary.org. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Bath Family Dance, live fiddle music and dances taught, Bath Dance Works, Bath. $3, $12 per family. 522-3900. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Port City Swing Dance, music by Maine Swingin’ DJs, Woodfords Club, Portland. $10. portcityswing.com. Lessons at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. Friday.
Folk Dance Brunswick, world music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe and around the globe, many dances taught, no partner needed, People Plus, Brunswick. $8, $5 students and seniors. 200-7577. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Bowdoinham Dance Series Contradance, music by The Racket Factory with Cynthia Phinney calling, Bowdoinham Town Hall. $9. 666-3090. Beginners workshop at 7:30 p.m. dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Fifth Annual Yarmouth Art Festival, juried show featuring painting, sculpture, photography, etching and digital media, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth. yarmouthartfestival .com. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
68th Annual Harvest Fair, Pride’s Corner Congregational Church, Westbrook. pridescorner church.org. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Maine Artisan Group Fall Craft Fair, handmade products by local artists and craftspeople, American Legion Post, Falmouth. 712-2788. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Craft Show and Sale, Lincolnville Improvement Association, Lincolnville. 762-3381. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Fall Family Festival, pumpkin carving, face painting, crafts, live music by The Rusty Hinges, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. Free. farnsworthmuseum.org. 2 to 5 p.m., parade on Main Street at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Dead Man Walking,” (R), screened in conjunction with Maine Inside Out weeklong symposium on the “The Culture of Punishment: From Parenting to Prisons,” Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Damnationland: The Way Life Should Bleed,” five short Maine made films, State Theatre, Portland. $10, $5 students. statetheatreportland.com. 7 p.m. Friday.
Bluestocking Film Series, six award-winning short films by talented women directors for Portland’s cinema lovers, Maine College of Art, Osher Hall, Portland. $5 advance; $7 day of show. bluestockingfilms.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.
The 32nd Asbury Short Film Concert, combines classic and world-renowned short films with new international festival honorees, Fryeburg Academy, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg. $10, $8 seniors, $5 students. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Farnsworth Museum and The Strand Present “The Wizard of Oz,” screening of original 1939 film, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $7.50. rocklandstrand.com. 2 p.m. Sunday.
Global Lens Film Series, “Paziraie Sadeh,” Bates College, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston. bates.edu. Iran 2012, 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Classic French Film Series, “Au Revoir les Enfants,” Kennebunk Free Library. kennebunklibrary.org. 6 p.m. Monday.
“The Banned Book Film Series,” “Of Mice and Men” (PG-13), Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium. portland library.com. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Through Oct. 31.
• FOR CHILDREN
“Hansel and Gretel,” new twist on the classic Brothers Grimm tale, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland. $8 to $9. kitetails.org. 4 p.m. Friday, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Oct. 27.
“Play Me A Story: Enchanted Adventures,” Interactive Theater Performance and Workshop, for kids ages 4 to 10, Portland Stage Company. $15. portlandstage.org. 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
• SPECIAL EVENTS
National Theatre of London Presents Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in HD, with Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $23, $15 students. rockland strand.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday.
Maine Media Portland Open House and Portfolio Review, PhoPa Gallery, Portland. mainemedia.edu. 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Quilts by the Bay Quilt Show, raffles, vendors, more, show is sponsored by Friendship Sampler Quilters of Belfast, a chapter of the Pine Tree Quilters Guild, The Boat House, Belfast. 993-2640. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
“Beats & Bars” Book and CD release from Guitar Doors, 80-page book and 8-song CD contains pieces from women and men at Maine Correctional Center and Long Creek Youth Developmental Center, readings and music by The Reverie Machine and Blue Lobster Troupe Community Chorus, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $7. mayostreetarts.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Portland Spiritualist Church Presents Autumn Mediums Fair, readings with spiritualists mediums, healers, vendors, American Legion Hall Post 62, Westbrook. 797-2039. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Port Veritas Presents “Pilgrimage to the Heart: The Life and Loves of Etty Hillesum,” with Martin Steigesser, Robin Jellis and Judy Tierney, Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $5. 828-9937. 8 p.m. Tuesday.