Though coastal communities have been celebrating for most of October, Halloween finally arrives this week, and all of South Mississippi's ghouls, ghosts and goblins are coming out to enjoy a variety of frightening festivities.
While cemetery tours, trunk-or-treat events and Halloween parties pepper the early part of the week, the much-anticipated 5K Zombie Run at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will wake the dead with participants running, walking or slowly staggering through the 5K course at 6 p.m. Thursday on the Perkinston campus. Get in character for the run and the costume contest by donning your scariest zombie makeup, ripped jeans and a little fake blood before joining the horde to race for the win. Cost: $20 advanced registration, $25 same-day registration. Proceeds benefit the MGCCC Student Scholarship Fund, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation and local families in need during the holiday season. Details/registration: mgccc.edu/zombierun.
This year's third annual Halloween at Hiller Park opens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hiller Park Softball Field in Biloxi. Bring your dancing shoes to enjoy the DJ spinning a few spooky tunes before relaxing during the movie screening of "Hotel Transylvania." Not a movie fan? Check out the games, inflatables, trick-or-treating, firetruck rides, costume contests and more. Refreshments will be available for purchase, but the event is free to attend. Details: 388-7170.
Want to leave the kids at home for some adult Halloween fun? Head over to the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum's Halloween Night at the Museum event at 7 p.m. Friday. It's an adult-only party featuring live music by Ruffwater, a costume contest, free giveaways, food, cocktails, a photo booth and more. Cost: $30 per person, $50 per couple. Details: 435-6320.
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Two screenings of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" will wrap up the week with a Halloween classic. At 8 p.m. Friday, the Hard Rock Casino Biloxi will entertain guests with musical numbers by Riff Raff, Magenta and Columbia, but the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre will offer an outdoor version at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 398 Blaize Ave. Details: 374-7625, Hard Rock Casino Biloxi; 467-9024, Bay St. Louis Little Theatre.