NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Friday, 4-9 p.m.: The seventh annual pumpkin carving competition yields masterpieces. Watch the carving begin at 4 p.m., judging at 5:30 p.m., and the after-party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Texicali. Event raises money for Make-A-Wish Foundation, but viewing the creations is free. www.gutscharlotte.com.
Charlotte Symphony Pops: Super Diamond
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
Friday, 8 p.m.: Super Diamond salutes the legendary Neil Diamond with lead singer “Surreal Neil” and band performing some of his biggest hits. Tickets $24.50-$89.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville.
Friday, 6-9 p.m.: Dress in your costume and join around the campfire to toast marshmallows and learn about nocturnal animals that live in the preserve. Costume contest at 6:30 p.m. No registration required. www.facebook.com/NatureCenters/events.
Boogedy Boogedy Books and Fun
Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St.
Saturday, 4:30-8:30 p.m.: Hosted by the Literary Festival of Charlotte, this event includes a percussion jam session, live poetry, storytelling and readings from published children and adult authors. Free. www.charlotteliteraryfestival.org.
Rich and Bennett’s Halloween Pub Crawl
Uptown; check in at 219 E. Seventh St.
Saturday, 1 p.m.: The 15th annual event has 20 bars on its participating list. Tickets $20 through Friday, $30 day of event. www.richandbennett.com.