By Steph Solis, Staff Writer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, free candy and Frankenstein costumes (or, better yet, Miley Cyrus costumes).
This week’s roundup is dedicated to Halloweekend, as Boston has tons of haunted happenings scheduled. If you’re not into that, maybe you’ll enjoy the Vegetarian Food Festival or time at the ICA on Thursdays (it’s free for BU students anyway).

But who doesn’t want to dress up like a zombie or watch cute puppies parade around in Halloween costumes?

In the name of brains, the undead will swarm the Boston City Hall Plaza for the Zombie Walk. Get your makeup ready and head over after classes Friday evening to join in on these, erm, festivities. Meeting time is 6 p.m., and the walk itself starts at 6:30 p.m.
After the walk, there’s the after party at the Wild Rover at 8 p.m., according to The Boston Calendar.
It’s a 21+ party for zombie walkers only (FYI for you stragglers). The Rover has a $10 admission free, but you get a free drink ticket until 9 p.m. and you can eat at the buffet.
Date: 6 p.m., Friday
Location: Boston City Hall Plaza
Cost: Free
Some of you will likely try to get to Salem this weekend. Personally, I say it’s a big mistake to make the trip among thousands of tourists (the place is great, but the timing is awful). For those of you who will take your chances, see if you can get into the 3D History Museum. It’s 3D put to good use: the 3D effects all over the walls and floors will surely give you a scare. The haunted house has  actors and animatronics too.
Date: All weekend (running from Oct 4-Oct. 31)
Location: 131 Essex Street, Salem
Cost: $10
Venture outside of Boston, and you’ll find a plethora of haunted happenings. Castle Madness offers a haunted tour of a medieval castle where you “enter the mind of a killer and discover their motives,” according to The Boston Calendar.
Date: Friday and Saturdays only, Oct. 25 and 26 (as well as Nov. 1 and 2)
Location: Hammond Castle Museum

80 Hesperus Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930

Cost: $15 admission
The pumpkin contest is one of those cute Halloween events Faneuil Hall offers. If you’re feeling creative, give it a try. There will also be sidewalk sales, magic, facepainting, card readings and music.
If that’s not enough incentive, maybe the puppy parade at 1 p.m. will convince you. Puppies in Halloween costumes.
Date: 12-1:30 p.m., Saturday
Location: Faneuil Hall
Cost: Free Admission
SoWa Market of the Living Dead
If you don’t know about SoWa, you are seriously missing out. The market is full of handcrafted, vintage materials, from clothing to soap to beer kits. Some of it’s pricy, but you’re better off splurging there than on Newbury Street.
There are also food trucks with some of the best hot chocolate known to man and some pretty delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
SoWa Market will celebrate its last week of the season with ghoulish costumes and decked out, Halloween style. If there’s any daytime Halloween event you want to attend, this is it.
Date: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday
Location: 460 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston
Cost: Free Admission (products aren’t, of course)