Dance of the Dead. If there's going to be a zombie apocalypse, let's at least work toward zombie literacy. The Tulsa City-County Library is dedicating itself to this task by sponsoring the Zombie Prom, featuring New York Times best-selling author Carrie Ryan, author of The Forrest of Hands and Teeth, as well as a costume contest and photo station. Read, look good, and love brains. 5:30-7:30pm at Helmerich Library, 5131 E. 91st St.
That's the Way. Even better than a concert is a free concert, and that's what's happening Oct. 26 at Osage Casino Sand Springs, 301 Blackjack Dr., when country superstar Jo Dee Messina headlines the Osage Casino Fall 2012 Free Concert. Michael Todd & The Wild Frontier Band start it off, with the gates opening at 6pm.
Arachnichoreology. The hottest Halloween party in town will definitely be the 4th Annual Spider Ball, which will fill Enso, Electric Circus and the IDL Ballroom, 230 E. 1st St., with the best-dressed dancing ghouls and top local DJs. 9pm-1:30am.
Boo Hoo. Goblins of all ages will be unleashed upon Brookside Oct. 28 for one of the city's favorite annual Halloween events, the BooHaHa Parade. The Children's Festival Kid's zone begins at noon, a children's costume contest at 1pm, and the parade starts at 3pm. Other activities will keep everyone entertained throughout the afternoon along South Peoria Avenue from 33rd Street to 49th Street.
Widening View. Learn about the founder of Islam in "The Family Man," the second part of a three-part lecture series titled "Muhammad: Truth, Lies and Stereotypes," presented by the Islamic Society of Tulsa, the Peace Academy and the Muslim student associations of TU and TCC. From 7-9pm at Peace Academy, 4620 S. Irvington Ave.
Run Away! Celebrate the creepy season while staying fit with the Nightmare on Second Street walk/run. Wear your costume for this 1.5-mile un-timed event, while also enjoying candy, beverages, and other treats for all ages -- and prizes for best costumes. Begins at 6pm at Fleet Feet Sports Blue Dome, 418 E. 2nd St.
Spook in Style. An alternative, grown-up way to cap off this odd, orange-and-black pre-holiday can be found at the end of a pleasant drive out of town. The Howl-O-Ween at Canebrake Resort, 33241 E. 732nd Rd., Wagoner, features a dinner, with menu items such as a "bottom-feeder cocktail" and "bleached brain salad," and a collection of cash and canned goods for Wagoner Community Outreach. 6pm-midnight, and reservations are required.
Are They Really Dead? Get a taste of the Mexican artistic and cultural traditions that have developed from the Catholic holiday of All Souls Day in the Dia de los Muertos Arts Festival. Including music, dancing, murals, traditional altars to the dead, and a host of other activities from 5-10:30pm at Living Arts, 307 E. Brady St.
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