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Saturday – ZOMBIE WALK

It’s not unusual to see zombies muddling down Cary Street — especially Saturday and Sunday mornings (a Bloody Mary or two usually can transform them back to human form). But this is different. For 17 years, Halloween revelers have been donning their undead duds and gathering at the shopping and dining destination to scare up some fun. Don’t forget that oozing rubber eyeball and life-like scar tissue; prizes are on the line! Pre-walk meetup/staging, 1 p.m. at Boat Lake at Byrd Park. 1-5 p.m. (with walk to start about 2:30) beginning at 2901 W. Cary St. Free (accepting donations for Suicide Awareness and Prevention).


If you regret not making it out of the house more for what’s by far the greatest season, not to worry. HarvestFest is all of fall in one day. Carve pumpkins, sit down for a scary story, get down with The Slack Family Bluegrass Band, and sample some authentic German grub. We’re really just scratching the surface — from crafting fairy houses to capturing candids in the Fall Photo Booth, it’s all happening for kids and adults. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Included with regular admission ($17 for adults). (804) 262-9887 or


For some, the thought of running a 10-miler or even a 5K is scary enough. Add some fake blood and a couple of plastic pitchforks, and it could have the opposite effect of a double rainbow. But don’t worry, the scenic run or walk is for a good cause: the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. And there’s plenty to enjoy as you trace the path of the James River, from prizes and touchless water stations to a post-race drink ticket you can cash in at Stone Brewing. 16 Nicholson St. 8 a.m. (packet pickup). $37 (5K) and $42 (10-miler). VirginiaCapital

Sunday – GWAR

RVA has several fine ambassadors, from L. Douglas Wilder to the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe, and Nutzy. But honestly, none is better than GWAR. The shock-metal musicians are a spectacle everyone needs to see at least once. (First-timers might want to steer clear of the bodily fluid “splash zones.”) Yes, this is a highly interactive experience, and Halloween is the band’s Christmas. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6). 708 E. Broad St. $27 (general admission). (804) 612-1900 or

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