Halloween week. Corn mazes, haunted houses, ghost tours, pumpkin picking, Malloween at the Francis Scott Key Mall, Safe Harvest at Hood College, trunk-or-treat or trick-or-treat and other events will be happening throughout the week. During Yappy Hour at Barley & Hops, 5473 Urbana Pike, Frederick, the Pumpking and Pumpqueen will be crowned. From 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, 20 percent of proceeds from sales of Bark Side of the Moon IPL will benefit the Frederick Friends of Our County Animal Shelter. Details on this family-friendly event are at 301-606-5824. For more events, visit www.fredericknewspost.com/calendar.
Women in politics. That’s the topic of a talk by Melissa Deckman from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hood College, Beneficial-Hodson Library Reading Porch, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. Based on her research of women in the Tea Party movement in Maryland, Deckman will explain how the women behind this movement interpret economic politics and even reclaim the mantle of “feminism” as signifying freedom and independence from government overreach. Figures such as Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Carly Fiorina will be discussed. Admission is free. For details, call 301-696-3719 or visit www.hood.edu.
Psychothriller and a killer dinner. What kind of food do you pair with a talk by the author of a psychothriller? Find out at Nido’s, 111 E. Patrick St., Frederick, when author Jake Parent talks about his best-selling psychological suspense mystery, “Christina,” over a three-course meal. The cost of $45, advance only, includes the meal and a copy of the book. Limited to 25 people. Register at 301-624-1052 or www.nidosfrederick.com.
Vote early, vote once. Early voting opens at 8 a.m. Thursday at four locations in Frederick County: Frederick Senior Center, 1440 Taney Ave., Frederick; Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Road, Thurmont; Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., in Urbana; and Middletown Volunteer Fire Co. Activities Building, 1 Fireman’s Lane, Middletown. Polls are open until 8 p.m. every day (including Saturday and Sunday) through Nov. 3. Election Day is Nov. 8. For details, go to www.frederickcountymd.gov/elections.
Solar power. The Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources and Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods have teamed up to create the Frederick County Solar Co-op. A solar co-op is an organized group of residents and small businesses that save on the cost of solar installations through their collective buying of power. The first information session is 7 p.m. Wednesday at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Details are at www.mdsun.org/frederick. A second session will be held Nov. 9 at Middletown Town Hall.
Frederick’s most scenic 5K. The second annual Friends 5K Fun Run/Walk and Tot Trot is a run through Cunningham Falls State Park, near Thurmont. The park should be in its colorful autumn glory on Sunday for this event. The Tot Trot starts at 8:50 a.m., with the 5K at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run/Walk at 9:02 a.m. The Tot Trot is free for ages 6 and younger; the 5K is $35 until Wednesday, after which it is $40; the Fun Run/Walk is $10. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks. Details and advance registration are available at www.runningahead.com/events/friends5k/2016-10-30.