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Halloween Hikes, scavenger hunts and more

OCTOBER 25 THURSDAY

Despite the title, expect no toplessness in NIPPLES TO THE WIND, an otherwise exhibitionistic two-woman touring comedy now playing at the 14th Street Playhouse. Janye Anderson and playwright Paula Coco portray 14 women of a certain age, including a Latina suicide hotline operator, a "trailer-trash granny" writing her family's Christmas letter, an emotional little league mom and three sisters at confession, all providing different versions about the same event. Through Nov. 4. $40. Wed. and Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 173 14th St. 404-733-4750. www.14thstplayhouse.org. (Curt Holman)

OCTOBER 25 THURSDAY

THE GHASTLY DREADFULS revive the art of scary storytelling just in time for Halloween with their Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities. The Dreadfuls aka Simply, Darkly, Daftly, Dizzily, Dapperly, Tartly and Catly bring the spook with chilling tales, haunting music and eerie puppetry. Through Oct. 28. $11-$24. Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8 and 11 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org. (Adina Fleming)

OCTOBER 25 THURSDAY

Roswell and Lawrenceville claim some of Georgia's most famous ghost stories, and the cities keep the yarns spinning year round with their GHOST TOURS. The tours kick into overtime as Halloween approaches, with bigger crowds clamoring for something spooky. Expert guides lead the Roswell Ghost Tour around the town square to the historic city's most haunted places. Lawrencevile's "Scary Stroll" traces the 200-year-old town's paranormal past. Roswell: $9-$30. Daily, times vary. 617 Atlanta St. 770-649-9922. www.roswellghosttour.com. Lawrenceville: $9-$12. Daily through October; Friday and Saturday throughout the year, 8:30 p.m. Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St. 678-226-6222. scarystroll.auroratheatre.com. (Helen Herbst)

OCTOBER 26 FRIDAY

For those who like treats without the tricks, HALLOWEEN HIKES offers an outdoor adventure free of ghosts, ghouls and goblins. This weekend, the Chattahoochee Nature Center illuminates the woods for hikers to experience nocturnal creatures in action in addition to costumed characters waiting along the lighted trails for storytelling breaks. Through Oct. 27. Free-$7. 7-10 p.m. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. www.chattnaturecenter.com. (Marie McCollum)

OCTOBER 27 SATURDAY

Back in the '90s, Paul D. Miller – best known as DJ SPOOKY THAT SUBLIMINAL KID – first drew notice for creating "illbient," a dark spin on ambient electronics. As a public intellectual, essayist and provocateur, however, Miller proved hard to categorize. His repertoire includes collaborations with rappers and bhangra and jazz musicians as well as remixes for Yoko Ono and Metallica. Despite the eclecticism, his music usually bears a distinct sonic imprint. Once you've heard it, you'll always recognize it. $15-$20. 9 p.m. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. (Mosi Reeves)

OCTOBER 27 SATURDAY

For the SLEEPY HOLLOW HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT, teams dash through the streets of downtown Atlanta, untangling a web of clues and codes using only their smarts and a few gadgets. Groups must outdo opposing teams while the headless horseman's hoofs echo off the pavement close behind. Treasure and a wicked party await those who survive the hunt. $25. 2 p.m. Starting location revealed upon registration. 615-469-5406. www.ravenchase.com. (Katy Wood)

NOV. 1 STEVIE WONDER Plays Philips Arena. www.ticketmaster.com.

NOV. 2 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS Performs at the Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.

NOV. 3-17 BOOK FESTIVAL OF THE MJCCA Two weeks of authors, discussions and storytelling. www.atlantajcc.org.

NOV. 10-11 SONG BOOK Pop-music-inspired modern dance from Gathering Wild. www.gatheringwild.org.

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