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Pumpkin Festival, Boo at the Zoo and more

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OCTOBER 26 THURSDAY

Little Five Points' mighty CRIMINAL RECORDS celebrates its 15th anniversary with a big party tonight at Variety Playhouse. Chunklet magazine (which is celebrating its 13th year) co-sponsors the event, featuring comedians Patton Oswalt ("The King of Queens") and Zach Galifianakis ("Reno 911!"), a musical performance by Athens' Elf Power and some unannounced special guests. Early arrivals get a goodie bag. $15-$17. 8 p.m. 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. (MR)

OCTOBER 26 THURSDAY

If you've always wanted to take a walk on the wild side as a nefarious ne'er-do-well, you might get your chance with SCORCHED! REVENGE OF THE VILLAIN, Blank Stage Productions' long-form improv show. Those interested in sharing their wicked ways can fill out viewer profiles online and may get chosen as diabolical personalities acted out onstage by a team of improvisers. $12. Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8 and 10 p.m. Artisan Resource Center, 585 Cobb Parkway, Marietta. 770-427-8206. www.blankstageproductions.com. (CH)

OCTOBER 26 THURSDAY

Hay rides, pumpkin carving and a pie-eating contest are just a few of the attractions Stone Mountain Park has scared up to celebrate the Halloween season. Kids and adults can pick through the patch at the fourth annual PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. For A TOUR OF SOUTHERN GHOSTS, professional storytellers recount famous ghost stories with the park's antebellum plantation as a backdrop. Festival: $18-$22. Fri. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Oct. 29. Tour: $3-$10. Thurs. and Sun.-Tues., 7-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7-9:30 p.m. Through Oct. 31. Highway 78 E., Exit 8, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. www.stonemountainpark.com. (Charleen Wilcox)

OCTOBER 28 SATURDAY

Zoo Atlanta's BOO AT THE ZOO has more to offer this year than its usual trick-or-treating, haunted barn and spooky storytelling. The Graveyard Talks takes your little monsters on a tour of the extinct animal graveyard. More than half of the featured extinctions happened in the last 50 years, two of them in Georgia. If that doesn't give you the chills, try out NightCrawlers, an after-dark activity full of creepy-crawlies. $12.99-$17.99. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Through Oct. 29. 800 Cherokee Ave. 404-624-9459. www.zooatlanta.org. (Casey McIntyre)

OCTOBER 28 SATURDAY

Tonight, the Serenbe community presents its homegrown Halloween festival, PUMPKIN GLOW. Luminescent pumpkins line the balconies of homes for this spectral celebration. A costume contest has awards for the spookiest Halloween get-ups and a DJ should have everyone doing the monster mash. The cash bar is set to serve wine, beer and other various voodoo potions, while the Blue Eyed Daisy bakeshop stays open for dinner until 9 p.m. Ghosts, ghouls and kids are all welcome. Free. 7-10 p.m. 9138 Selborne Way, Palmetto. 770-463-2609. www.serenbe.com. (Pamela Smithson)

OCTOBER 30 MONDAY

Was it Colonel Mustard, in the conservatory with the lead pipe? Perhaps the butler did it? Rhodes Hall's murder mystery dinner theater presentation, MURDER ... FORGET ABOUT IT!, has participants packing their pipes and dusting off their magnifying glasses to help solve Godfather Coronie Donleone and his mafia adviser's murders. Ponder whodunit over a three-course meal by Chef Eric Catering and Events. $40. 7 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 20. 1516 Peachtree St. 404-885-7809. www.rhodeshall.org. (DM)

Upcoming

•NOV. 2-5 JOSH BLUE, winner of "Last Comic Standing," stands tall at the Funny Farm this weekend. www.funnyfarmcomedyclub.com.

•NOV. 7 DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL will make young girls cry during tonight's Arena at Gwinnett Center show. www.ticketmaster.com.

•NOV. 9 CHEAP TRICK plays Atlanta nearly 30 years after the release of its 1977 self-titled debut. www.ticketmaster.com.

•NOV. 10-16 OUT ON FILM showcases gay and lesbian cinema from around the world. www.outonfilm.com.

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