1. A Night at the Races
The Friends of Arc Auxiliary presents the “A Night at the Races” fundraiser Friday, Oct. 27, at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. Doors open at 6 p.m., and post time is 6:30.
The event features a 50/50, door prizes, basket raffles, and free soft drinks and food. A cash bar will be open until 10 p.m.
A $10 donation is suggested for admission, and proceeds benefit the Arc Northeastern Pennsylvania, which serves people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
For more information, call the Arc at 570-346-4010.
2. ‘A Night of Penn State Jazz’
Spend a night with Penn State University’s premier 20-piece jazz ensemble this week.
Under the direction of Marko Marcinko, Penn State’s director of jazz studies, Centre Dimensions will present “A Night of Penn State Jazz” on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. Also performing will be the Penn State Jazz Faculty Combo, featuring Mark Lusk, Dave Stambler, Mac Himes, Bob Hart and Marcinko alongside special guests Erin Malloy-Marcinko and Steve Rudolph.
Centre Dimensions tours throughout Pennsylvania and the eastern United States, and each year it performs with internationally known music artists, such as Wycliffe Gordon and Phil Woods.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, plus fees, and are available at the box office, kirbycenter.org and 570-826-1100.
3. Spartan 300 Spooktacular
Build a Spartan Foundation hosts the Spartan 300 Spooktacular fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Mid Valley Sports Complex, 52 Underwood Road, Throop.
The free event runs from noon to 7 p.m. and includes a craft fair, Halloween parades and a performance by country music artist Dani-elle.
At 3 p.m., raffle drawings for $81,000 in prize money will begin. First prize is $30,000; second, $23,000; third, $13,000; and fourth through seventh, $3,000. Raffle tickets are $100, and 2,000 tickets are available. Tickets are available at Olyphant Baseball, 100 Line St., and during home games at Mid Valley Sports Complex.
Founded in 2016, Build a Spartan funds innovative education programs for Mid Valley School District. Its first initiative focused on a new STEM program for kindergarten through grade 12. Visit buildaspartan.org for more information.
4. Terror Train
A walk-through haunted attraction on a stationary train car will raise money for Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society.
Terror Train takes place Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. at 1313 Ridge Row, Scranton. It is not recommended for children under 12.
Tickets are $10 and are available in advance online at eldcps.ticketspice.com/terrortrain and at the door. Visit eldcps.org for more information.
5. ‘Hocus Pocus’
Settle in for an afternoon of spooky fun at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
The theater will host a free screening of the film “Hocus Pocus” on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. The 1993 comedy adventure starring Bette Midler runs 1 hour, 36 minutes, and follows the antics of three witch sisters who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts, at Halloween. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets if they wish to sit on the floor.
Visit scrantonculturalcenter.org for more information.