12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday — “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. Thursday — “A Night of Mystery on Hospitality Hill,” a progressive dinner with stories by Tejas Storytelling Association members, 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 .
4 to 5 p.m. Friday — “Glow Fun” at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Kids ages 8-12 can take part in glowing activities: paint pumpkins, look for germs, make worms and more. Free. Call 940-349-8752 to register or visit www.dentonlibrary.com .
6 to 8 p.m. Friday — 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. Saturday — 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. Thursday. 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 p.m. Saturday — “Spooky Critter Hike” at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM3002, 7 miles east of I-35. Participants in the family-friendly hike will learn about animals of the night. Meet at the amphitheater and bring a flashlight and bug repellent. Costumes are encouraged. Free with regular park admission of $7 for ages 12 and older. E-mail email@example.com or call 940-637-2636.
4 p.m. Tuesday — “Science Explorers: Mummies”at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Discover the science behind mummification. Kids ages 6-8 can read mummy books, play games and make mummified apples. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com .
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. Free. An after-party with music will follow at the Love Shack, 115 E. Hickory St. Visit www.dentongreenmile.info or www.facebook.com/DentonGreenMile .
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 —Fall Festival at Children’s Lighthouse, 5025 Teasley Lane. Local families are welcome for food, drinks, games, prizes, music, arts and crafts and an obstacle course.
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 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.
4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 — Monster Mash fall festival at the Krum Early Education Center, 1513 Sequoia Drive. Festival includes a bounce house, train rides, games, prizes, a giant hamster ball, a human maze and more. Call 940-482-2605.
6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 — Special night tour of the “Death and Dying in the Victorian Era” exhibit at the Bayless-Selby House Museum, 317 W. Mulberry St. Free. Call 940-349-2852.
7 p.m. Oct. 27 — Trunk or Treat at Krum City Park, at FM1173 and Sixth Street.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 — Friendship Church Fall Festival at 3813 W. University Drive. Event includes games, bounce houses, face painting and candy. Free. Visit www.fcdenton.com or call 940-230-5131.
Pumpkin-decorating contest between city departments, hosted by Denia Recreation Center. To vote, visit www.facebook.com/dentonparksnrec or visit Denia’s free carnival on Friday.
Denton Haunts Ghost Tour 90-minute walking tours of the downtown Square area, starting at the gravesite of John B. Denton on the Courthouse on the Square lawn. Tours at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 28-Nov. 3. 7:30 p.m. tours led by Doc Treat, 9 p.m. tours led by Shelly Tucker. Cost is $10. Not recommended for children younger than 10. E-mail
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.