1. Spooky tales: Oh sure, Wake Forest looks like a pleasant little town.
Ryan Keith spins ghost stories sure to cause goosebumps down your arms and a tingling on the back of your neck. Join him as he reveals a side of Wake Forest you never knew. You won’t want to ruin the suspense or spook an enraptured listener, so arrive early for a seat. Refreshments will follow the program. Free, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Wake Forest Historical Association, 414 N. Main St., Wake Forest.
2. Die laughing: The Forest Moon Theater presents a night of Halloween-themed improv.
Bring the little ones ages 8 and older for Transactors Improv’s family-friendly show, “It’s Funny to be Scared.” The professional troupe has brought its high-energy, unscripted performances to Triangle audiences for years. It will be joined by an opening act, The Estessentials, a student improv group from Estes Tarver’s Moonlight Stage Company. $12 adults/$10 children 12 and under at the door, $10/$8 in advance, 7 p.m. Saturday, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, wakeforestnc.gov/night-of-improv-funny-to-be-scared-1.aspx.
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3. Monster movies: There’s still time to sneak in one last outdoor movie.
Head to the green at Lafayette Village with a chair and a blanket for a screening of “Frankenweenie,” Tim Burton’s take on the classic Mary Shelley novel, “Frankenstein.” Popcorn will be provided, but a mug of hot cocoa probably wouldn’t hurt. Trick-or-treaters can also take a spin around the shopping center to collect treats before the movie starts at 7 p.m. Free, 5:30 p.m. Friday, 8480 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh.
4. Deep roots: Discover your family tree at the Family History Fair.
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources can teach you how to preserve important documents and photographs, share secrets to searching archives and offer insights into state history. You might be surprised to know how much you can uncover with a look at land grant or bridge and ferry records. Free, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Archives & History/State Library Building, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh.
5. Musical treat: Enjoy the no-tricks-necessary talent of chamber music group Aurora Musicalis.
Sunday’s program features performances of Johannes Brahms’ Trio in A minor, Op. 114 and a recently discovered work by Austrian composer Carl Fruhling called Op 40 Trio. Like the Brahms, it’s played in A Minor. Listen for the older composer’s influence in the Fruhling while also enjoying its originality. Aurora Musicalis is made up of musicians from the N.C. Symphony and other professionals, so settle in for a musical treat. Free, 4 p.m. Sunday, Church of the Nativity, 8849 Ray Road, Raleigh.