By Sophie Cannon, deputy arts & entertainment editor
Thursday, Oct. 27
Come listen to published poet Rupi Kaur read aloud at Harvard Yard from her book of poetry and prose, “Milk & Honey.” The New York Times Bestseller, a self-published work that also topped several North American charts, is about pain, passion, violence and love, with each of the four parts representing something new. Kaur, who has been pursuing her love of writing and rhetoric since she was 17 and will be giving a spoken word performance followed by a book signing and time to chat with the author herself. Tickets can be bought on the Harvard box office website and include a complementary copy of her book. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sever Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge; $10.
Friday, Oct. 28
The 3rd Annual Doggone Halloween Costume Parade is sure to put you in a Halloween mood. Dogs and their owners are invited to show up in costume and celebrate Halloween with a costume contest where every pup is a winner. There will also be special prizes for Best Costume, Best Human and Dog Duo Costume, Scariest Costume and Most Creative Costume, so try your best! Along with the costume contest, there will be vendors that appeal to dogs and owners alike, including Roche Bros., Polka Dog Bakery, Pawblo Picasso, FriendshipWorks’ Pet Pals program, Macy’s and more. Make sure to put your dog on a leash for a safe event. Noon – 2 p.m.; Downtown Crossing, Summer Street, Boston; free.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Run with Donald Trumps, bumblebees, Harambes and Frankenstein’s monsters this Sunday in Boston Common at the Boston Common Costume Dash. This opportunity to run a 5K throughout Boston is one that should not be missed. Even if running is not your favorite activity, you can still come out and watch the costumed crowds jog by. To register for the race, log on to costumedash.com/boston. All registered runners will go home with a participation medal, a race bib and entry into the pub crawl following the race if they’re 21 or over. After the race, there will be prizes for the top finishers in different categories. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Copley Square; $45 for registration, free to watch.
Sunday, Oct. 30
The Market of the Living Dead is back at the South End Open Market. Following tradition, the South End Open Market hosts its last Sunday installment in Halloween style with pumpkin decorating, costume contests for vendors and customers and spooky treats and toys. This year, they invited #OffTheWall graffiti artists back for a Halloween-themed live paint. Similar to last month’s live graffiti debut, 13 of the best local and internationally recognized graffiti artists will be doing live graffiti on the walls of the open air market. Come out for Halloween-themed murals and to support the artists and the last day of the South End Open Market for the season. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 375 Harrison Ave; free.
Monday, Oct. 31
Jump in on a spooky walking tour of Beacon Hill Halloween night with Boston by Foot tours. Beacon Hill with a BOO!, an annual tradition, is back for its 30th Halloween walk. Beacon Hill puts on a costume of its own, transforming into a spooky forest with all the best Halloween decorations. During the walk you will hear spooky ghost stories and true tales of murderers, witches and hanged Quakers around Boston. Make this Halloween an active one and walk through the historic dark alleys of Beacon Hill. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Beacon Hill; $20.
Tuesday, Nov. 1
Join Girls in Science for an elegant and fun night of art featuring works by Marlena Hewitt and Raquel Fornasaro. Hewitt is a painter who teaches abstract painting, while Fornasaro is an oil painter who also does digital and custom art. Girls in Science, a talented group of visual artists, will be hosting their very first exhibition at the luxurious Liberty Hotel a short walk from the Charles River Esplanade. Paintings and digital media of girls in science will be showcased at the event. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; 215 Charles St., Boston; free.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Celebrate an ancient festival of lights this Wednesday at the Museum of Fine Arts and learn about the holiday of Diwali, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains from all over the world. Watch traditional dances, light a diya and listen to stories surrounding the holiday. Diwali celebrates the battle between light and darkness and the start of the fiscal year in India. Learn more about the origins of the holiday with a tour and talk, as well as during a traditional kathak dance. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; free.
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