8 p.m. Tuesday — “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse,” a talk by Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, in the Silver Eagle Suite at the UNT Union, one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets. A book signing follows. Part of UNT’s Fine Arts Series. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $10 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; and free for UNT students. Call 940-565-3805 or visit http://untuniontickets.universitytickets.com .
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 — “Pumpkin Patch Mania” at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St., for kids ages 5 to 11. Kids will create Halloween crafts before heading to a local pumpkin patch for a hay ride, bounce house, petting zoo and more. The fee is $20 per child. Register by Oct. 11 by visiting www.dentonparks.com or by calling 940-349-7275.
12:15 to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 — “Haunted Denton,” a virtual tour of Denton’s reportedly haunted places by librarian Laura Douglas, in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Free. Visit http://dentoncounty.com/chos .
6:15 p.m. Oct. 18 — “A Night of Mystery on Hospitality Hill,” a progressive dinner with stories by Tejas Storytellers, benefiting the United Way of Denton County. Participants will meet at the Courtyard Marriott, 2800 Colorado Blvd., proceed to the Hilton Garden Hill and finish at the Best Western Premier. Cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple. For tickets, call 940-566-5851, ext. 102. Visit www.unitedwaydenton.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 — Halloween Harvest at Denia Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St. Event includes carnival games, black-light games, a bounce house, a costume contest and a storytelling hayride. The carnival is free; rock climbing costs $1, and low-priced concessions will be available. Register at the door by 7 p.m. for the costume contest. Winners will be announced at 7:15 p.m. Call 940-349-8285.
8 a.m. Oct. 20 — Jack-O-Lantern Jog, a 5K race and one-mile fun walk, at North Lakes Park, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. Register early for $15 by 4 p.m. Oct. 18. Registration at the event will be $20. Entry fee includes a T-shirt, snacks and drinks. Visit www.dentonparks.com or call 940-349-8287.
6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 — Denton Green Mile presents a free community costume bike ride for all ages. Gather in costume on the Square at 110 W. Hickory St. for a one-mile ride. Pedestrians and wheelchair users are welcome to join the event. Free. An after-party with music will take place at the Love Shack, 115 E. Hickory St. Visit www.dentongreenmile.info or www.facebook.com/DentonGreenMile .
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 — Selwyn Pumpkin Fest at Selwyn College Preparatory School, 3333 W. University Drive. Festival includes a car show, music, a health fair, a costume contest, children’s activities, craft booths, food vendors and more. A 5K run starts at 7 a.m., followed by the Pumpkin Chase Fun Run at 8 a.m. Admission is free. Tickets for activities and concessions cost 50 cents each. Call 940-382-6771, or visit www.selwynschool.com or www.facebook.com/SelwynPumpkinFest .
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 — Denton’s Day of the Dead festival all along Industrial Street in downtown. Enjoy booths, children’s games, a costume parade, live music, and the all-ages Halloween musical Cirque du Horror at Dan’s Silverleaf 103 Industrial St. Admission to festival is free; coffin races and musical include fees. Visit http://on.fb.me/SVutP2 .
IN THE REGION
Weekends through Oct. 28 —Screams Halloween park, opens at 7:30 p.m. on weekends at 2511 FM66 in Waxahachie. Admission is $24.99. For more information, including ticket discounts, visit www.screamspark.com or call 972-938-3247.