Halloween is Monday, but if your children can't wait that long to get into costume, there are plenty of events and activities before the big night.
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1. Halloween at Dancer's Edge
Where/when: Dancer's Edge Dance Studio, 6-10 p.m. Friday.
Why go? Children age 4 and older can enjoy pizza, crafts, face-painting, games, a costume contest, "Thriller" dance and haunted house and a Halloween movie.
Pricing: $20 per ticket. Register online at DextersDancersEdge.com.
2. Evil Dead: The Musical
Where/when: , Friday-Sunday. Performances are 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Why go? Fans of the campy Evil Dead films starring Bruce Campbell will get a kick out of this musical featuring plenty of zombie disemboweling and cheesy pick-up lines.
Pricing: Tickets cost $17 for Splatter Zone and $15 general admission. For more information, visit dextercommunityplayers.com.
3. Trick-or-Treat in the village
Where/when: Downtown Dexter, 10 a.m. Friday.
Why go? Businesses with gold Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce balloons will pass out candy to children throughout the morning. Businesses who want to participate should contact the chamber by Thursday afternoon. Trick-or-treat hours in the village are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday.
4. Dexter Community Band Halloween concert
Where/when: , 3 p.m. Sunday.
Why go? Enjoy a free evening of spooky Halloween music to get you in the holiday spirit. This will include a guest performance by Detroit Symphony Orchestra member Jeffery Zook. Audiences are encouraged to come dressed in costume.
5. Kiwanis Club Halloween Party
Where/when: , 3-5 p.m. Sunday.
Why go? Children can enjoy a costume contest, games and prizes, pizza, cider and doughnuts and an appearance by The Bubbleman.
6. Scio Township Halloween Party
Where/when: Scio Township Fire Station, 827 N. Zeeb Rd., 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
Why go? Children can enjoy Colors the Clown, games, treats and plenty of activities.
7. Eighth annual candy weigh-in
Where/when: , 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Why go? Bring your little pumpkin to Foggy Bottom after trick-or-treating and weigh in your loot for curiosity's sake. Enjoy some free hot chocolate and doughnuts while visiting with your neighbors.
8. Trick-or-Treat at Aubree's
Where/when: , 4-6 p.m. Monday
Why go? Kids can enjoy a buffet of Halloween pizza, bat wings, mummy dogs, booger sticks, caramel apples and doughnuts.