by Jordan Green

Halloween is approaching, which means it’s time to masquerade, party and explore the lurid side of life.

Author Jennifer Bean Bower presents stories from her book, Winston & Salem: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem, at the New Winston Museum on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro screens the film Arise as part of its Sustainability Film & Discussion Series on Thursday at 6:30 a.m. The event is free.

Author Lee Smith gives a talk, moderated by Algonquin Books editor and co-founder Shannon Ravenel, at the Hanes Auditorium on the campus of Salem College in Winston-Salem on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Weatherspoon holds a masquerade party on Friday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with raffles, music by DJ L in Japanese, a cash bar and body painting by LivingBrush.

Graphic Design: Now in Production opens at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston- Salem on Saturday.

The Fall Home Show takes place at Stealing Crow Farm, located at 2409 Oak Ridge Road in Oak Ridge, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is Sunday at the same time and place. The show includes pottery, paintings, jewelry and multimedia work by dozens of artists.

Brushes, Body & Beats combines body painting by Cheryl Lipstreu on model Brittney Isopropyl with music by the Broken Parts (Matty Sheets, Ben Singer, Nathan Myers and special guest Ed Whitfield) at the Corrupted Arts tattoo studio in Greensboro on Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Holly Robbins gives a talk about sustainability at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. The talk follows the Sustainable Business Awards and Celebration, hosted by the Winston- Salem Sustainable Resource Center, at 5:30 p.m.

Stephanie Freese and Brett McDonough, who are featured in the Animated! exhibit at GreenHill in Greensboro, talk about their work on Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Get your spook on.