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This pre-Halloween weekend promises to be as much fun as the Halloween itself. You can participate in a costumed run, early trick-or-treating, live music and even pumpkin chuckin! Come along with Real Racine.

Run for fun!! It’s almost here! The 2014 Real Racine Skeleton Skamper 5k, Half-Marathon and Kids Trick or Treat Walk is one of the area’s favorite pre-Halloween events. This costumed, professionally timed run gets under way with a half-marathon at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Sealed Air Family YMCA, 8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant. The 5k starts at 8:15 a.m. and the kids trick-or-treat walk begins at 9:15 a.m. The costumes are hilarious, the race is fun and everybody will have a great time at the post-race party with the band “Wheelhouse,” a costume contest and much more. Register from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday or starting at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Visit www.skeletonskamper.com

Flying pumpkins ahead. The Racine County Fairgrounds in Union Grove is place to celebrate the Great Pumpkin Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event is expanded this year to include a chili cook-off, pumpkin baking contest, pie auction, costume contest, hayrides, games and a vendor fair. The BIG attraction is pumpkin chuckin’ using catapults, trebuchets and slingshots. Come and watch as the “soaring squash” are hurled hundreds of feet! Free admission all day – presented by the Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.uniongrovechamber.org/uggreatpumpkinfest

Treats with animals. The annual Boo at the Zoo is great trick-or-treating fun for the little ones from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. There is also pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, face painting, photo booth and more. Regular zoo admission applies — $8 adults; $7 seniors; $6 children ages 15 and younger. Racine County residents with ID save $1 on admission. Visit www.racinezoo.org for details.

Spooky fun in Burlington. Kids in costume are invited to Spooky City in Downtown Burlington this Saturday morning. It starts at 9:30 a.m. and includes hayrides, a costume parade at Wehmhoff Square near the library, trick-or-treating at downtown businesses, the Kids are People Too music show in the Chestnut Street loop and an interactive showing of “Ghostbusters” at the Plaza Theater shortly after noon. It’s free and presented by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.burlingtonchamber.org

Meaningful music. Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin opens its 2014-15 season with a presentation of “Music Made Us Free – Terezin 1944” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the EAA Chapter 838 building, 3333 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia. This is a moving 70th anniversary performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” by concentration camp inmates during World War II. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. Order online at www.choralartsonline.org

Rockin’ strings. An unusual performance by an unusual group takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sixth Street Theatre, 316 Sixth St. Joe 2.0 is an electrified string quartet (two violins, viola, cello) plus vocals and drums that performs Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and original compositions. (Visit http://www.joe20.com) Opening act is The Young Strings. General admission tickets are $25. Call Jerry at 262-770-6858.

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Paul Holley is retired from careers in journalism, public relations and marketing but not from life. These days, he pretty much writes about what he feels like writing. You may contact him directly at:...