Halloween is still more than a week away, but there are plenty of events lined up this weekend and through the week to celebrate the Halloween and fall season.
Events include fall festivals, trunk or treat gatherings, haunted houses and more.
Perhaps the biggest Halloween-themed event this weekend will be Halloween Around the Town Green on Saturday in Biloxi, but there is also the Boo Bash at Gulfport's Jones Park, which will have games, handouts, train rides, face-painting, treats and more.
At Halloween Around the Town Green starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, there will be a movie, treats and family activities on the Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd, Biloxi.
The event serves as a benefit to help restock the pantry of The Salvation Army. Admission is one can of food to be donated. The movie and games are free. Refreshments will be offered for sale.
Halloween Around the Town Green will feature the return of Biloxi Main Street's "Drive-In Movie" series, which offers free screenings of popular family films shown in the open air on the Town Green.
UFOs and paranormal powers will be the subject of Saturday's film, "Race to Witch Mountain." The PG-rated film stars Dwayne Johnson as a cabbie who helps two young siblings escape an organization that has nefarious plans for their special abilities.
Prior to the movie, a kids' costume contest will begin at 4 p.m. Kay Miller, executive director of Main Street Biloxi, said hundreds of children participate each year. Collectively they cover an array of characters from Disney's "Frozen" and classic monsters to "Star Wars" and more.
"We usually get more than a thousand attending. There are always a few people who are very original with unique handmade costumes. We expect to see some witches and Frankensteins and Disney characters," Miller said.
The costume contest is divided into age groups of 4 and under, 5-to-7 years old and 8-to-10 years old with trophies for the winners. In keeping with the 'Witch Mountain' theme of the movie, there will be a special trophy for the best witch costume.
At 6, it's time for trick-or-treating around the Green and other fun. Fifteen or so businesses and volunteers will hand out free candy. Activities for kids will include slides and inflatables, as well as door prizes.
The movie starts at dark and it's recommended that families bring blankets or folding chairs for seating.
Other Halloween and fall events this weekend and beyond:
Special needs Halloween dance: 6-9 p.m., Donal Snyder Community Center, Biloxi. Sponsored by city of Biloxi. Details: 388-7170.
Sixth annual Night of Horror Haunted House: 7 p.m. Oct. 23-24 and 30 and 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 31, Pascagoula Recreation Center, 2935 Pascagoula St. Cost: $5, all ages welcome. Details: 938-2356.
Kroc Fall Fest: 7-11 a.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, Biloxi. Vendor booths for adults, Halloween treats, games and prizes. Details: 207-1218.
Fifth annual October Fest: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Community of Christ, 12205 Mount Pleasant Road, Vancleave. Food, gospel music, games, silent auction and more. Details: 826-5171.
Our Lady of Fatima Halloween Carnival and Black Pot Cook-off: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 320 Jim Money Road, Biloxi. Black Pot cook-off, costume contest, food, games, inflatables, prizes, silent and live auction, train rides and more.
Fall costume party: 11 a.m.-2:30
p.m., Hiller Park, 380 Hiller Drive, Biloxi. Games, face-painting, prizes, characters and more. Cost: $9. Details: 447-8364.
Halloween Around the Town Green: 4 p.m., Biloxi Town Green. Costume contest begins at 4 p.m. with prizes and trophies. Trick-or-treating begins 6 p.m. "Race to Witch Mountain" movie begins after dark. Concession benefits Nativity BVM Elementary School PTA. Admission is one can of food for Salvation Army. Details: 435-6339.
Boo Bash: 5-9 p.m., Barksdale Pavilion, Jones Park, Gulfport. Games, handouts, train rides, face-painting, refreshments and more. Details: 868-5881.
Halloween costume ball and potluck supper: 7 p.m. dinner starts and dancing follows, Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Bring dish to share. Cost: $20. 324-3730.
Catacombs of Terror: 7 p.m. Oct. 24, 29-31, Barksdale Pavilion, Jones Park, Gulfport. Terror haunted trail. Cost: $5 and free for ages 5 and younger. Details: 868-5950.
October luncheon/Taste of the Live Oak Cemetery tour: Noon, Pass Christian Historical Society, 201 E. Scenic Drive. Led by Lori Fisher and the Discovery students from Pass Christian Middle School. Cost: $10 members and $12 nonmembers. Details: 452-7254.
Halloween safety program: 6 p.m., Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. Child can wear costumes to enter Halloween contest with prizes awarded. Refreshments. Details: 467-5282.
Halloween Trunk-or-Treat: 6 p.m., Coast Electric Power Co., 18020 Mississippi 603, Kiln. Details: 255-1724.
Halloween Bash: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., D'Iberville Civic Center. Presented by Red Barnett Senior Center.
Historical Cemetery Tour: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Greenwood Cemetery, Pascagoula. Hosted by Pascagoula Historic Preservation Commission and Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society.
Spooky Family Game Night: 5:30 p.m., Moss Point Public Library. Come dressed in costume and enjoy games and treats. Details: 475-7462.
Great Haunted Halloween Bicycle Tour: 5:30 p.m. meet and 6 p.m. ride, Pascagoula Recreation Center, 2935 Pascagoula St. Ride to Greenwood Cemetery for historical tour will depart at 6 p.m. After tour, ride will continue along Pascagoula Historic Bike Trail. Bring cash in case tour stops for refreshments. Details: 938-2356.
Family night out: 6 p.m., Handsboro United Church, 2333 Demaret Drive, Gulfport. Fellowship, movie and refreshments. Details: 896-7264.
Trunk-or-Treat program: 6 p.m., Pearlington Public Library. Decorated cars, goodies and refreshments. Details: 533-0755.
5K Zombie Run: 6 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston campus. Proceeds go toward student scholarships.