MONDAY, OCT. 31
THRILLER! A SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN CONCERT: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday at the Recital Hall at USC’s School of Music, Room 206, 813 Assembly St. Where else can you hear a concert with Bach and Michael Jackson? This Halloween concert for kids and adults features spooky sounds from some of classical music’s greatest composers, as well as tunes from the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Ghostbusters.” Treats will be provided. Free. (803) 777-4280, www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/music
NOT-SO-SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STROLL: 3-5 p.m. Monday beginning at Richland Library Main’s Children’s Room, 1431 Assembly St. Bring your young ghouls and goblins for a trick-or-treat stroll down Main Street. Wear your costumes at holiday puppet shows at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; then walk downtown for some trick-or-treating at participating retail locations. Free. (803) 799-9084, www.richlandlibrary.com
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HALLOWEEN IN FIVE POINTS: 4-7 p.m. Monday on Saluda Avenue in Five Points. Before the over-21 crowd celebrate Halloween their way, Five Points will welcome younger monsters and princesses to the neighborhood for a night full of tricks and treats. Stores will stay open late to hand out sweets and treats. www.fivepointscolumbia.com
EDVENTURE PRESENTS: HALLOWEEN HOOPLA: 4-8 p.m. Monday at EdVenture Children’s Museum. Families are invited to attend a night of Halloween fun at the museum. Surprises await trick-or-treaters behind more than 10 doors. The dance club Shaw Models & Talent, made up of children in the Midlands, will perform “Thriller” between 4-6 p.m. Zeus, star player from the Harlem Globetrotters, will perform dribbling and spin contests and be on hand for autographs and photos from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Also look for a slime machine, pumpkin smashing, a costume contest for grown-ups – must be family-friendly and not cover the face – and, of course, scary amounts of candy. Open to the public. Free for children 12 years and younger. $5 for adults. 211 Gervais St. (803) 779-3100, www.edventure.org
SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: 5-9 p.m. Monday at Finlay Park. Open to all ages, the carnival will feature a haunted hay ride, marshmallow roasting, pumpkin decorating station, costume contest, interactive inflatables, carnival games, live entertainment and refreshments. Free admission, but prices vary for carnival games and food. 930 Laurel St. (803) 545-3100.
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
USC FALL LITERARY FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hollings Library, University of South Carolina. Karen Joy Fowler, author of the “The Jane Austen Book Club,” will speak as part of the school’s Fall Literary Festival. Book signing to follow. Free. Enter through the Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene St. library.sc.edu/p/fallfestival
FRIENDS FUNDRAISER: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Palmetto Collegiate Institute. Best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe will make a presentation at this fundraiser for the Friends of the Lexington Main Library. Monroe’s latest book, “A Lowcountry Christmas,” explores the meaning of the Christmas season through the struggles of a veteran returning home with PTSD. $30 for nonmembers and $25 for members, includes a signed book and appetizers at the reception. 104 Hendrix St. www.LMLfriends.org
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
CAROLINA BLOCK PARTY: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at Foundation Square. Take a trip back to your college days as the University of South Carolina celebrates Homecoming 2016 and the opening of West Campus. Come as you were in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s and dance the night away to music from every era with Simply Irresistible. Food trucks will be on hand, and beer will be available for purchase. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Free and open to the public. Greene and Lincoln streets. Register: http://bit.ly/2dN8sRB. (803) 777-4111, www.mycarolina.org
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
>>> AT THE ZOO
PUMPKIN SMASH: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Riverbanks Zoo. Riverbanks’ residents will enjoy a post-Halloween treat during the zoo’s annual Pumpkin Smash. Watch as mammals, reptiles, birds and fish enjoy and interact with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes – even some with extra treats. 500 Wildlife Parkway. Admission, hours and other details: www.riverbanks.org
REVOLUTIONARY WAR FIELD DAYS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Historic Camden. This annual signature event will feature re-enactors from more than 20 states, setting up British and Continental camps in one of the oldest Revolutionary War re-enactments in the United States. Visitors are immersed in the past through interaction with hundreds of living-history docents and encounter the sights, smells, and even tastes of 18th century colonial life. Battle at 1:30 p.m.; event runs through Sunday. $10 for adults, $7 for military and seniors, $5 for youth ages 6-17, free for kids under 6. 222 Broad St. www.eventbrite.com/e/revolutionary-war-field-days-tickets-28740540731
SUNDAY, NOV. 6
PARKER QUARTET FAMILY CONCERT: 5 p.m. Sunday at Darla Moore School of Business’ Hootie Johnson Performance Hall. Inspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violins; Jessica Bodner, viola, Kee-Hyun Kim, cello). The group has distinguished itself as one of the pre-eminent ensembles of its generation. USC piano faculty member Phillip Bush joins the quartet for the Brahms Quintet. Free. 1014 Greene St.