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The Weekend Plan-It: Halloween Edition

Good morning, kiddies! Since Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, let's consider this weekend Halloween weekend. Hope you have your costume ready! You have a ton of options for ways to celebrate the holiday, from family-friendly fun to not-so-family-friendly fun. Take your pick. Here are some highlights. As always, check out the calendar at metropulse.com for the full run-down of events.

FRIDAY
Hey fish people (or people who care about fish populations)! J.R. Shute, who is the co-director of Conservation Fisheries, Inc., will be speaking at today's UT science forum at Thompson-Boling Arena at noon. The event is free for everyone, and Shute will be speaking about "Saving the Imperiled Fishes of Southern Appalachia." 

Got some kiddos who want to take their costumes for a spin early? Head out to the Cherokee Caverns in Oak Ridge tonight at 5:30 for Trick or Treating in the Cave. Admission is $7. Check out the website for more info. 

The Knoxville Horror Film Festival starts again tonight at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for a single-day pass, or $25 for the whole weekend. 

Grown-ups, you can get dressed up too, and head to the Knoxville Museum of Art tonight at 6 for a dance party. The 11-piece band Boys' NIght Out will be playing. Admission is $6-$10. Go to the museum's website for more info.

The Jerry Douglas Band will be playing tonight at 8 at the Bijou Theatre with Logan Brill. You may recognize Douglas as a member of Union Station, Allison Kraus' band (that's because he is). TIckets are $10-$15. Buy them here.

Up for a late night? Head to the Pilot Light where Luna Moth will play at 10 p.m. with Guerrilla Suns and Phoenix Bloom. Cover is $3 and the show is open to the 18+ crowd.

SATURDAY
If your kids like to get up and go, you're in luck. Smart Toys and Books will host Halloween Rehearsal Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get the kids in their costumes and do some seasonal crafts (and get some treats while you're at it) for free! Can't beat that.

If you're out in Halls, or are interested in the Appalachian Trail, the AT Conservancy will be showing the National Geographic film America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail. Admission prices range from $30-$100, and all proceeds go to benefit the AT. 

Another kid-friendly event starts at noon. Head over to the UT Gardens for their annual Trick or Trees, where the kiddos can make fun crafts. Admission is $6. For more info, go to the gardens' website.

At 2 p.m., Kristen Iversen will be at Union Avenue Books to discuss her new book Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. It's free to attend!

Masquerade on Market Square: Philtoberfest starts at 3 p.m. This party/celebration/costume contest involves celebrating a LOT of things, chief of all, beloved musician Phil Pollard. There will be live music, costumes, and last-minute Oktoberfest celebrating. And it's free to attend. Get there.

At 5 p.m., the Zombie Escape 5K starts at Johnny Long Training. For more info on how to get in on the obstacle course/run, visit the website.

Like owls? Like nighttime walks? You're in luck. Kathy Strunk and Katie Cottrell will be leading the Owl Prowl at UT's Arboretum at 6:30, starting with looking up close at real owls, followed by a walk through the grounds. It's free to attend! For more info, call (865) 483-3571.

The annual Valarium/CiderHouse Halloween party, the Freakers Ball, starts at 7 p.m. at the Valarium. Drink specials are involved. Tickets are $10-$27.50. Buy them here.

The second annual Fright Fest Halloween party hosted by Knoxville Pride Fest will start at 7 p.m. also. Door prizes, a costume contest, an open bar, and munchies will be involved. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Go to Pride Fest's website for more info and tickets.

SUNDAY
After all the partying, try to cure the hangover with a run! The Pilot CrossKnox 10-mile run and 4-mile walk start at 8 a.m. at Morningside Park (and go to Bearden Elementary). Entrance fees are $30-$35. 

Need to stock up on some regional arts and crafts? Head to the Whittington Creek Art Show at the Whittington Creek Club House between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. No admission charge. 

Dorothy Foltz-Gray, writer, editor, and writing coach, will be at Union Avenue Books to talk about her new book WIth and Without Her: A Memoire of Losing and Being a Twin. Also don't miss the Q&A she did this week with Metro Pulse.

At 3 p.m., catch Theatre Knoxville Downtown's presentation of "Gothic Cabaret: Behind the Veil," a spooky seasonal musical. Tickets are $10. Buy them here.

Wrap up the evening at the Well for the Knoxville Poetry Slam. It's free to get in, and open to the 21+ crowd. 

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