GRNow Weekend Guide October 21-23, 2011 E-mail
As Halloween draws closer, the spooky (and not so spooky!) autumn activities continue to ramp up with The Zoo Goes Boo, the annual Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival, the new downtown Rockford Zombie Walk and the 1970s zombie-prom themed Haunted Hall Bash in Casnovia.

Friday (10/21)

Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival - West Michigan's film festival celebrating genre movies returns for three days to the Wealthy Theatre, October 21-23. Dozens of full-length films, shorts and cult classics will be shown. All-access weekend festival passes are $30.

The Mane Event - Formerly the Hair Ball, the hair competition has moved inside The B.O.B. from Crush to Eve for 2011. See local stylists of all levels show off their skill and creativity while the audience votes for their favorites. Proceeds from the $5 cover charge benefit Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

The Zoo Goes Boo! - Celebrate Halloween at John Ball Zoo October 21, 22, 28 & 29 with trick-or-treating on the 'Kooky Not Spooky Trail', live entertainment, a giant straw maze, make-n-take crafts and more. Admission is $3.50 for adults and $3 for kids.

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto - Renowned violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the Grand Rapids Symphony and special guest conductor Jose Luis Gomez to perform a fresh take on the best of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Tickets start at $18.

Witch's Walk Haunted Corn Maze - Walk this haunted corn maze near 6 Mile Rd & Fruit Ridge NW, if you dare! The backstory: when clearing a field to plant corn, a farmer came across an old cemetery and accidentally disturbed some unmarked graves. Since then, strange sounds have been coming from the field and former graveyard. The Witch's Walk is a half mile of twists and turns over this disturbed burial ground. Ticket prices are $10 for evenings, $5 during the day. Online coupons are available.

All Friday Events


Saturday (10/22)

Downtown Rockford Zombie Walk - Face painting gets underway on Bridge Street in Rockford at 5 p.m. with the Zombie Walk and activities following at 5:30 p.m.

Grand Raggidy Roller Girls - The Roller Girls are back for a new season at Rivertown Sports in Grandville and ready to take on the CN Power team from Toronto and the Lansing Derby Vixens in double-header action. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

GR .1K - Finally, a running race geared toward the less athletically-inclined. The road race starts at McFadden's and noon and finishes at Hopcat at 12:05 p.m. Pre and post-race hydration will be available, and the proceeds from the $25 ticket benefit the search for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

GrooveWalk - It's become one of the biggest annual outdoor events in Holland. Beginning at 9 p.m., see ten different bands in ten different locations around Downtown Holland, all while checking out the shops, restaurants and bars along the way. Admission: $10 in advance.

Haunted Hall Bash 6 - On October 22, party haunted 1970's prom style in an actual haunted school in Casnovia. The event will have a live band, oxygen bar, prom-style photos and more. Tickets are $25 before October 1, $30 after.

Bras Across the Grand - Help the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer as they string bras together to secure the Guinness World Record for the longest string of bras.

All Saturday Events


Sunday (10/23)

Burton & W3 Fashion Show - Being held at Eve for 2011, the notoriously crazy event will have tons of swag giveaways, raffles, drink specials and fashion models showcasing the newest in winter wear and snowboarding and skiing accessories. Ages 18+ welcome ($10 cover for $18+)

All Sunday Events
 
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