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Top weekend picks for Oct. 24-26

There are plenty of Halloween events this weekend. Here, Jessie Steffen of Carrboro gets transformed into a zombie flast year as part of a makeup test run for a haunted house fundraiser.
There are plenty of Halloween events this weekend. Here, Jessie Steffen of Carrboro gets transformed into a zombie flast year as part of a makeup test run for a haunted house fundraiser. hlynch@newsobserver.com

1. Braiiiinnnnzzz: Zombies, assemble!

Lurch, shamble and crawl as you make your way through downtown in a kid- and pet-friendly horde of zombies. After you’ve satisfied your hunger for brains, head to Tir Na Nog Irish Pub at 218 S. Blount St. for music, costume contests, a photo booth and assorted undead hijinks. Free, 7 p.m. Saturday, Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh.

2. 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.

3. I ain’t afraid of no ghost: Explore the spooky side of North Carolina.

George Matthis and Nicole Morock, ghost-hunters and scientific explorers of the paranormal and occult, visit Cameron Village Library to talk ghosts and haunted houses in the Tar Heel state. They’re visiting from the National Society of Paranormal Investigation and Research. We assume they’ll bring their proton packs. Free, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 1930 Clark Ave, Raleigh.

4. Spooky Raleigh: Do you dare to travel aboard the Haunted Trolley?

Take a special nighttime tour of downtown Raleigh’s most haunted places. This hour-long tour departs from Mordecai Historic Park, home of the city’s oldest house still in its original location. We have goosebumps already. $10, 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Friday, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh, 919-857-4364 for tickets.

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.

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