The annual event is held 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and 25-31 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, $8 for members; $10 for nonmembers. 757-4463.
HALLOWEEN DOORS & MORE
The ninth annual benefit is held 3-8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 510 Fairgrounds Place, Downtown. Fantasy Doors, Magical Meet & Greet Streets, Alice’s Adventure, Monster Mash Family Disco, and Harry’s Wizarding World are featured; $100 per adult, $50 per child ages 2-12; kids younger than 2 free. Proceeds benefit Community PedsCare programs. 886-3883, communityhospice.com.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
The classic is screened 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, $20; $15 for members, 396-6674 ext. 226, themosh.org.
Jacksonville Historical Society has fixed up the old casket factory for a fundraiser, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 26 at 314 Palmetto St., Downtown. Live music, food, drinks, costume contests and Labyrinth of Terror are featured, $50, 665-0064, jaxhistory.com.
AMAZING GRACE CROP MAZE
Petting zoo, corn crib, live music, fish and wildlife exhibit, 2-7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. through Nov. 2, 2899 Wisteria Farms Rd., Green Cove Springs; $11 for ages 4 and older, 284-2949, agcropmaze.com.
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Young ghosts and goblins wander wild walkways and meet costumed animal-keepers with creepy creatures and candy 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 31 at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd., $8 adults, kids 2-11 $6 for pass members; $9 adults, $7 for kids 2-11 nonmembers; 824-3337, alligatorfarm.com.
MOONLIGHT MADNESS CAMP-IN
Flashlight tours, a mad science show, crafts and a Halloween Cosmic Concert, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank; $35 includes late-night pizza snack and continental breakfast; 396-6684, themosh.org.
HAUNT NIGHTS HAUNTED HOUSE
Apocalypse 3D Haunted House, dusk-11 p.m. through Nov. 2; Carnieville and Dark Fables, dusk-10 p.m. Oct. 20, 24, 27, 30-31 and dusk-11 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, ticket prices vary; 246-4386, adventurelanding.com.
RIVER CITY HAUNTS
A ghostly walking tour, 8 p.m. every Fri. through Dec. 20, starting at Jacksonville Landing escalators. For reservations, call 827-1845; $15 for adults; $5 for kids 5-12; adlibtours.com.
HAUNTING OF SCHOOL HOUSE 4
11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 28, Mandarin; $20 Fri.-Sat., $18 Thur. and Sun., VIP $30; kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 17, 20, 24, 27, 31; 7 p.m.-mid. Oct. 18-19, 25-26, pandemichauntedattractions.com.
RIPLEY’S ST. AUGUSTINE
Zombieville Part II – Terror Under the Big Top, a live action paintball shooting gallery, 8-11 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26 and 31 at 254 San Marco Ave., Old Sugar Mill, St. Augustine, 829-6545, facebook.com/redtrains. Oddtoberfest is 8-11:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 2-6 p.m. Oct. 27; 824-1606, ripleys.com/staugustine.
FLORIDA HAUNTED TRAILS
Florida Agricultural Museum has haunted houses, storytellers, hayrides, kids’ games, pumpkin patch and music, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26 at 7900 Old Kings Rd. N., Palm Coast; $12 adults, $10 kids 6-12; free 5 and younger; 386-446-7630, myagmuseum.com
A younger kids’ festival features crafts, a bounce house, face-painting, candy and a costume contest 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach; proceeds benefit Seamark Ranch Children’s Home; 246-4386, adventurelanding.com.
A bad case of hoarding made even scarier; 7 p.m.-mid. Oct. 18-20, 25-27, 31 at Clay County Fairgrounds, 2493 S.R. 16, Green Cove Springs, 748-0059; $15 adults; $25 VIP; thedungeons-ha.com.
Sykes & Cooper Farms has a nine-acre maze, pumpkin patch and hayrides, 5-10 p.m. every Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every Sun. in October, $9; free for kids under 2; 5995 Brough Road, Elkton, off S.R. 207, 692-1370, sycofarms.com.
The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital presents the speaker series, to benefit the Pediatric Surgery Center, opens with Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Times-Union Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown; $200 for the series, 202-2886, thefloridaforum.com.
SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW
The annual event features demos, fashion trends, food and health advice, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville. Admission is $8 in advance online, $10 at the door, $5 for kids 6-12; free for kids under 6 (with paying adult), $5 after 5 p.m.; 800-849-0248, southernwomensshow.com. Celebrities include Jessica “Duck Dynasty” Robertson, etiquette maven Heather Post, Chef Mike Stevenson, Tyler Secrest and 4AM R&B group.
HALLA GALLA JUNIOR LEAGUE
Junior Service League of St. Augustine hosts its annual black-tie event, Halla Galla: Tomorrow As It Used to Be, a Neo-Victorian Reverie, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine. Dinner, dancing, live music, open bar, silent and live auctions; $135, proceeds benefit community service projects, 584-2976, jslofstaugustine.org.
RIVER CITY PRIDE FESTIVAL
The fest, featuring Frenchy Davis & the Rainbow Circus, a kids’ zone, food trucks and Intuition Ale Works products, is held 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Riverside Arts Market, 2623 Herschel St., Riverside, free, rivercitypride.com.
Restaurants and specialty shops in historic district San Marco Square, Jacksonville, dress windows and doors with pink balloons to signify participation in Hope Squared, a two-day breast cancer awareness event held Oct. 18-19. Proceeds benefit The Donna Foundation.
JACKSONVILLE SKYNYRD MEMORIAL JAM
The 36th annual memorial concert features Artimus Pyle, Pronounced (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band) and The Honkettes; proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project and World Hunger Relief, 2 p.m.-mid. Oct. 20 at Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $15-$25, 223-9850.
Beaches Habitat for Humanity holds its 10th annual bash, to benefit home construction and repair, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 22 at Sawgrass Beach Club, 9797 Summer Place, Ponte Vedra. Live music, area restaurants’ fare, free beer and wine, raffles and live and silent auctions; $85; $100 at the door, beacheshabitat.org/beach-bash.
LAWYERS IN LIBRARIES
Pro Bono Week offers free one-hour workshops with attorneys offering guidance on how to research legal issues on your own and when to seek legal counsel, held 6 p.m. Oct. 22, West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road S.; 7 p.m. University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., 356-8371 ext. 363. At noon Oct. 24 at Main Library, 303 Laura St. N.; 6 p.m. Highlands Library, 1826 Dunn Ave.; 6 p.m. Webb Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd St.; 6:30 p.m. Bradham-Brooks Library, 1755 Edgewood Ave. W.; 7 p.m. Willowbranch Library, 2875 Park St.; and 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Road, jaxlegalaid.org.
Laser shows: Fright Light 7 p.m., U2 8 p.m., Retro 9 p.m., Vinyl 10 p.m. Oct. 18; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Cathedral Arts Project, Dalton Cyr, Mark Williams & Blue Horse, local/regional art, a farmers market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19 at 2623 Herschel St., Riverside, 389-2449 , free, riversideartsmarket.com.
BOOKS & WRITING
FWA Clay County Writers presents local author Levine, “The Art of Book Trailers,” 6:15 p.m. Oct. 16 at Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Ave., free, claycountywriters.wordpress.com.
JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL
The Jewish Community Alliance kicks off its 17th annual event with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, discussing her new book, “For The Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems,” 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at 8505 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, free, 730-2100, jcajax.org.
THOMAS VAN ESSEN
Author Van Essen discusses and signs copies of his novel, “The Center of the World,” 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026.
JAMIE ROUSCH PEARCE
Author Pearce discusses local haunted and historic sites 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Ponte Vedra Beach Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, free, 827-6950.
MAGGIE FITZROY, TARYN RODRIGUEZ-BOETTE
Local authors FitzRoy and Rodriguez-Boette discuss and sign copies of their book, “Jacksonville Beach,” 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Beaches Museum Chapel, 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657, free for members, $5 for nonmembers, beachesmuseum.org.
Comic Jackson appears 8:04 p.m. Oct. 17, 8:34 p.m. Oct. 18 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$25; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
The comic is on 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.
Comedian Nagel appears 8 p.m. Oct. 16-18, and 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $10-$14; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
LET’S GO SCIENCE SHOW
Professor Smart and Ms. Knowitall teach physics concepts through fun, 10:15 a.m. Oct. 22 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, $8, 276-6815, thcenter.org.
This children’s story is staged 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 25-26 and 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, $10-$15, charlottesweb.ticketleap.com.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
FIRST COAST FREETHOUGHT SOCIETY
Joque H. Soskis discusses “The Jobs Are Coming Back, But They’re Just Visiting: The Welfare State, the Singularity and the Automation of Production,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Arlington, free, 419-8826, firstcoastfreethoughtsopciety.org.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
George and Faith Barbour discuss “The Secrets and Surprises of Cary State Forest,” at Florida Native Plant Society Ixia Chapter meeting, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Arlington, free, 655-2550, ixia.fnpschapters.org.
CAMPOUT UNDER THE STARS
The 20th annual event starts 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 with Family Fun Day activities, a screening of “The Croods” and free popcorn, Jack Russell Park, 800 Seminole Rd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828, coab.us.
Friends of the GTM Reserve hold its fourth annual Evening for the Estuaries fundraiser, with a silent auction and fare from local chefs, 6 p.m. Oct. 19, GTM Research Reserve’s Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, $50, 823-4527, gtmnerr.org.
Five centuries of Spanish influence in Florida are discussed, “Living Together: The Spanish and the Timucuan of Ft. George Island,” 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, free, 251-2320, floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland
ROOFTOP LUNAR ECLIPSE
Catch the eclipse, weather permitting, 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, $5, moshplanetarium.org.
JAGUARS VS. CHARGERS
Dr. Natasha Vanderhoff discusses “The Wonders of Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary in Ecuador” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church, 1620 Naldo Ave., Jacksonville, 403-7134, audubon.org.
The Society meets 10 a.m. Oct. 19 at Glynlea Grace United Methodist Church, 6429 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville; free, 238-8825.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce gathers 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at Quality Health, 1625 Lime St., Fernandina Beach, Fernandina Beach, $5 for members, $25 nonmembers, 261-3248 ext. 107, islandchamber.com.
CREATIVE BUSINESS PLANNING
The class “Business Planning for Creatives: Artists, Writers, Healers, Coaches, & Independent Practitioners” is held 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and 15 and Dec. 6 in Atlantic Beach; [email protected], 800-913-8611 ext. 1.
Oct. 25, Florida Theatre
Oct. 28, T-U Center
ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST
Nov. 22, Garden Club of Jacksonville
Dec. 13, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall