BENEFITS

Martinis and Art, fundraiser to benefit Maine cancer patients, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, $85. 373-3742. Ticket includes chance to win original artwork donated by local artists, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Betsy Delano Beat Cancer Fundraiser, Black Cat Coffee, Portland, $10. 956-6686. Music by Jay Blagdon, Jon Mermin, Phil Daligan, John Linscott and more, 7 p.m. Thursday.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s 10th annual Autumn Night Out Silent Auction & Gala, proceeds benefit hospice program, Poland Spring Resort, $50, reservations required. ahch.org. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine tasting, live auction, dancing with music by the Tony Boffa Band, 6 p.m. Friday.

The Broadway Dolls, annual fundraising concert at the Franco Center, Lewiston, $35. franco center.org. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts, wine and champagne, Broadway standards and Motown hits; pre-concert reception at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Halloween Author Reading, Rockland Public Library. 594-0310. Jen Blood, Patrick Shawn Bagley and Katherine Silva, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Michael Paterniti, author of “The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese,” Kennebunk Free Library. kennebunklibrary.org. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Tom Verde, Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. Author of “Maine Ghosts and Legends,” 1 p.m. Saturday.

Liza Gardner Walsh, Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. Author of “The Maine Coon Cat,” 11 a.m. Saturday.

Monica Wood, Maine Irish Heritage Center, Portland. maineirish.com. Author of “When We Were the Kennedys,” 2 p.m. Sunday.

Monica Wood, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, free, tickets required. monicawood bates.eventbrite.com. Author of “When We Were the Kennedys,” 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Tom Verde, The Royal Bean, Yarmouth. 846-1009. Author of “Maine Ghosts and Legends,” 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Tom Verde, Longfellow Books, Portland. longfellowbooks.com. Author of “Maine Ghosts and Legends,” 7 p.m. Wednesday.

DANCE

Folk Dance Brunswick, many dances taught, no partner needed, People Plus, Brunswick, $8, $5 students and seniors. 200-7577. World music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe and around the globe, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.

FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Christmas Fair, American Legion Post 197, Westbrook. 854-5788. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Saco Spirit 13th annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival, downtown Saco. sacospirit.com. Entertainment, pony and hay rides, contest, kids’ games and refreshments, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Windham Lions Club Craft Fair, North Windham Union Church, Windham. 892-7530. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

FILMS

Banned Book Film Series, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium. portlandlibrary.com. “Of Mice and Men” (rated PG-13), 7:30 p.m. Thursday; “Cujo” (Rated R), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

“Design is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli,” documentary. Space, Portland, $8. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• FOOD AND DRINK

Fall Foliage & Sunset Sail: Cabernet Sauvignon, Maine State Pier, Portland, $65, 21-plus. winewiseevents.com. Sommelier Erica Archer presents tastings aboard the schooner Wendameen, 4 p.m. Sunday.

• FOR CHILDREN

“Hansel and Gretel,” Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $8-$9. kitetails.org. New twists and turns on classic Brothers Grimm tale, 4 p.m. Friday; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“Play Me a Story” interactive theater performance and workshop, for kids ages 4 to 10, Portland Stage Company, $15. portlandstage.org. “Enchanted Adventures,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Annual Ghost Train, appropriate for kids ages 3 and up, Boothbay Railway Village, $10, $5 for ages 3 to 16. railwayvillage.org. Costumes encouraged, train ride, hayride and Monster Mash party with games, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Halloween Party and Parade, Raymond Village Community Church. 655-7749. Games, crafts, storytelling and more for kids, 3 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 door; $5 for 18 and under; students $12 in advance; $17 at the door. 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.

“Halloween Howl,” The Footlights, Falmouth, $8. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. For kids 10 and under. Interactive, non-scary Halloween show, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Parade, Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center. 829-2215. Story time and costume parade through the library, 10 a.m. Thursday and Oct. 31.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

Spirits Alive “Walk Among the Shadows,” Eastern Cemetery, Portland, $10, $5 for under 12. spiritsalive .org. Living history performance with focus on the Civil War, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; twilight Sunday; 6:30 p.m Wednesday and Oct. 31.

OOB365 presents Field of Screams Haunted Hayrides, Old Orchard Beach Ballpark, $13-$18. oob365.com. Kid-friendly tours at 5 p.m., scarier ones start at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and Wednesday.

Longfellow’s Haunted House, presented by Maine Historical Society, a private guided tour of the house based on the interpretation of Longfellow’s poem “Haunted Houses,” Longfellow House, Portland, $10. Reservations required. 774-1822, ext. 212. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Family Halloween Show with Audiobody, The Freeport Theater of Awesome. $17, $12 children, $12 all seats for 2 p.m. shows. awesometheater.com. Comedy, pumpkin juggling, crazy lighting effects, music and more, 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

“The Haunting: A Grim Night at Par Sem,” parental discretion advised, Parsonfield Seminary, $10, 12 and under $5. 793-8825. Theme is childhood books from Grimm, Aesop, Mother Goose and more, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ghost Hour, University of Southern Maine Southworth Planetarium, Portland, $5, $2 if in costume. usm.maine.edu/planet. Dome is transformed into a sphere of terror and suspense with ghost stories under the stars, 8 p.m. Friday.

Halloween Party, University of Southern Maine Southworth Planetarium, Portland, $6, $2 in costume. usm.maine.edu/planet. “Moon Witch” 6:15 p.m., “Sky Monsters” 6:40 p.m., “Moon Witch” 7 p.m., “Sky Monsters” 7:20 p.m. Friday.

“Trail of Terror,” Raitt Homestead Farm, Eliot, $6. raittfarmmuseum.org. Wagon rides to the haunted trails, dusk to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Meet the Spirits House Tour, Belcher House, Freeport, $10, $5 for 12 and under. freeporthistorical society.org. With psychic medium Eddita Felt, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Friday.

Our Theatre Company presents “The Rocky Horror Show,” Nasson Community Center Little Theatre, Springvale, $10, 18-plus. myotc.org. Costumes and audience participation encouraged, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 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 and Saturday.

“Handkerchief Moody,” The Footlights, Falmouth, $10. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. Show of Maine and New England folklore ghost stories and true crime events, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday.

“Nosferatu,” 1922 classic silent horror film with live music by Jeff Rapsis, Leavitt Theatre, Ogunquit, $10. leavittheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Friends of Evergreen Historic Walking Tours, Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, $7. friendsofevergreen .org. 10:30 a.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Pilgrimage to the Heart: The Life and Loves of Etty Hillesum,” house concert proceeds benefit “Pilgrimage to the Heart,” 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth. $50. 828-9937. With Martin Steigesser, Robin Jellis and Judy Tierney, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

All Souls Walk, narrated walk with costumed interpreters through Hope Cemetery to visit the graves and hear the fascinating and sometimes tragic tales of Kennebunk residents from the past three centuries, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, $10. brickstoremuseum.org. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Shostakovich’s “The Nose,” Strand Theatre, Rockland, $27, $15 students. rocklandstrand.com. Starring Paulo Szot, Valery Gergiev conducts. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Midnight Explore Ghost Hunt, explore haunted Winter Street Center with the Mysterious Destinations team, learn how to use paranormal equipment and the history of the building, Winter Street Center, Bath, $35, reservations required. mysterious destinations.com. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Dance for Project Graduation, Spring Meadows Country Club, Gray, $15, $25 couple, adults only. 653-2449. Costume contest, 50/50 raffle, music by DJ Scott Doyle, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Get Ur Freak On Halloween Bash, presented by G-Tric Dance Crew, Avant Dance & Event Center, Westbrook, $5. avantmaine.com. DJs, costume contest, mini-dance showcase and cash bar, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD : Shostakovich’s “The Nose,” Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), $26, $23 seniors, $18 students. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Ghosts of Freeport’s Past,” Woodlawn Cemetery, Freeport, $10, $5 for 12 and under. freeporthistoricalsociety.org. Walking tours led by lantern carrying docents, tours start at 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

Stone Carving Demonstration and Guided Tour, through one of Freeport’s early burial grounds, Mast Landing Burial Ground. freeporthistoricalsociety.org. With stone carver Mike Ellis, 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Halloween Spook-Tacular Science Show, Peekaboo Children’s Center, Westbrook, $5 advance, $6 door. peekaboocenter.com. Science tricks and treats for kids, 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“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. Dinner show with local actor Kirk Simpson, 6 p.m. Oct. 31. Through Nov. 6.

An Evening of Chilling Tales from Michael Howard, for adults and older teens, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. thomasmemoriallibrary.org. Author will read several ghost stories from M.R. James, Shirley Jackson, Edgar Allan Poe and others, 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Boo! Haunted House, benefit for the Animal Welfare Society, Federal Jack’s Brewpub, Kennebunk. 967-4322. Scary and fun walk for all ages, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31.