• Three spooky reading events are coming up at Malaprop’s:
1) On Tuesday, Oct. 5, “Local author Susan Blexrud will present an overview of Vampiric Literature through the ages! Join us for her presentation about the evolution of Vamp Lit from Bram Stoker to Charlaine Harris.” Read a review of Blexrud’s novel, Love Fang, here. The event begins at 7 p.m., free.
2) On Thursday, Oct. 7, Darce Stoker, the great-grand nephew of Irish novelist Bram Stoker who wrote Dracula, “visits to share interesting family secrets and some of Bram’s research notes while presenting his sequel, Dracula: the Un Dead. 7 p.m., free.
• Buncombe County Parks & Recreation hosts a Scarecrow Festival & Craft Show at Lake Julian Park. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. “The festival will feature a judging of the best handmade scarecrow, face painting, booths, food and more.” Free, info: 250-4260.
• Writes local rockabilly/ukabilly duo Mad Tea Party: “Produced by Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound, Oblivions) this year’s Mad Tea Party Halloween vinyl 7” — Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghoul — has a extra special twist. We encourage you to go to our Bandcamp page to hear, find out more out the recording, see the great art by Gus Cutty, and to order the record (or just buy the downloads). Start off the season with some new spooky songs!” Mad Tea Party plans a Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghoul CD release show in Asheville on Friday, October 15, location TBA.
• WNC Nature Center holds Howl–O–Ween on Saturday, Oct. 23, 1–8 p.m. “Our creatures of the darkness will be on display in the Creepy Crawler Cabin along with some fabulously large pythons, boas, lizards with the Southern Appalachian Herpetological Society members! The club will be holding a raffle for a corn snake and a Bearded dragon with proceeds going to the WNCNC’s Veterinarian Clinic. Learn about skulls, bats, nocturnal creatures.” Plus, arts & crafts, hot dogs, hot cider, hot chocolate, baked goods, two performances by the Mountain Marionettes (7 and 7:40 p.m.), and a costume contest for all ages at 6:30 p.m. $8/$6 for Asheville City Residents/$7 and $5 for seniors/$4 youth ages 3-15/free for kids age 2 and under.