The Charleston Town Center Wee Trick-or-Treat runs 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday throughout the mall and is followed by a costume contest at 7 p.m. in Macy's Court. (Registration for it begins at 5:30 p.m.) Mall gift cards will be awarded to winners in seven categories: best baby (baby must be carried); best family theme (must include a parent); best princess or fairy, best superhero and most original for ages 7 and under and favorite movie, music or TV character and most original for ages 8-13. Call 304-345-9526.
Arts Council of Kanawha Valley will partner with Americans for the Arts for "Creative Chats," which begins with a free networking social from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at TSG Consulting, 118 Capitol St. "Creative Chats," which will focus on the arts in the region, will then continue throughout FestivALL Fall at various downtown venues. Visit www.artskv.org.
K.I.D.S. Zombie Zoo
Kanawha Individual Development Solutions will host a free zombie painting workshop for children with Charly Jupiter Hamilton from 2 to 5 p.m. at its location, 216 Washington St. W. All supplies are provided, and costumes are encouraged.
Call Zachery Miller at 304-205-3045 or visit www.wv-kids.com.
Opera at the movies
The Metropolitan Opera's production of Shostakovich's "The Nose" screens live at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Regal Nitro Stadium 12. Runtime on the satirical opera based on Gogol's comic story is about two hours and 15 minutes. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for children and $18 for children. Call 304-769-0405 or visit www.regmovies.com.
Capitol Flea Market Halloween Festival
The Capitol Flea Market, 2101 Greenbrier St., will hold a free Halloween Festival from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. It includes a costume contest and trick-or-treat for children ages 12 and under, as well as music and more. Call 304-342-1626 or 304-548-5055.
Dunbar Boo Bash
The City of Dunbar and Bayer Crop Science sponsor a free Boo Bash from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Dunbar Landing (the old Ames lot at the 10th Street shopping plaza). It includes hot dogs, games and inflatables for all ages from 4 to 6 p.m. and a bonfire and screening of "Hocus Pocus" from 6 to 9 p.m. Call Aaron Settle or Jo Ann Cornell at 304-766-0223.
South Charleston Boo Bash
A Boo Bash begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Little Creek Country Club in South Charleston. It features costume contests, dancing, a silent auction, psychic, photo booth and more. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
The third annual event is a fundraiser for the South Charleston Chamber of Commerce's Educational Foundation. Tickets are $50 for singles, $85 for couples and $300 for tables of eight. Open to those age 21 and up only.
Contact Amanda Ream at 304-744-0051 or soc...@wvdsl.net.
Dancing with the Tri-State Stars
The fifth annual Dancing with the Tri-State Stars begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12 and Marshall students. Proceeds benefit medical services provided by Ebenezer Medical Outreach to the needy in the Tri-State. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Huntington Boo Bash
Huntington's Heritage Station will host a Boo Bash from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. It includes a costume contest with nearly $2,000 in cash and prizes as well as music by country singer/songwriter Stephen Salyers. Call 304-696-5954.
Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music historian Marshall Ballew will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Ave. W., as part of FOOTMAD's Wandering Minstrel House Concert Series. His show explores the many different roots and branches of American folk music from colonial times to present day.
Tickets are $8. Call 304-415-3668 or visit www.footmad.org.
Sons of the Soil Music Festival
The new hard rock Sons of the Soil Music Festival runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Schoenbaum Amphitheater at Coonskin. Acts performing are: Forever in terror, Fallen Captive, Deadfacedown, Disillusion Effect, Below the Tide, Left Behind, Zeroking, Let the Guilty Hang, Fall Before Your Creator, Stychntyme, Elysium and Awakening the Revenant.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Visit www.sonsofthesoil.com.
Kevin Pollak in Huntington
Comedia Kevin Pollak will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Huntington's Keith-Albee Theater as part of the Marshall Artist Series. Among other things, fans will be treated to Pollak's impressions, which include Christopher Walken, Johnny Carson, Robert De Niro and William Shatner.