What: Begin the Halloween season with an evening devoted to Edgar Allen Poe. Dr. Curtis Worthington will discuss Poe’s time in the Holy City. While stationed at Fort Moultrie, Poe’s exposure to the Lowcountry left its mark on the Gothic master, as shown in tales like “The Balloon Hoax” and “The Gold Bug” as well as the poem “Annabelle Lee.”

When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18

Where: Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.

Price: Free

More Info: 723-9912 or www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org

What: Author and speaker Mary DeMuth (www.marydemuth.com) will appear via Skype to talk about writing, publishing and creating a platform through social media and blogging. Voices: Write to be Heard is a community of Charleston area writers, bloggers, freelancers and authors.

When: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 18

Where: Seacoast Church Mount Pleasant, 750 Long Point Road

Price: Free

more info: Email voicescharleston@gmail.com.

What: Join the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center for the ninth annual Fall Oyster Roast. While enjoying oysters, barbecue, beverages and live music, guests will learn about the mission of DNLCC, the services available there and the opportunities to become involved. Tickets are available at www.dnlcc.org and will include oysters, chili and hot dogs, beer and wine. There will be a silent auction.

When: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18

Where: The Lighthouse at Shem Creek, 100 Church St.

Price: Individual tickets for the evening are $25 in advance or $35 at the door

More Info: 723-3600

What: The theme for this Friday Night Social is Cajun Night.

WHEN: Oct. 19. Party is 7:30-9:30 p.m.; late-night event until 2 a.m.

Where: Elite Dance International Studio & Apparel, 709 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

Price: $10/adults, $5/students; late-night party $5

More Info: 654-1011

What: Free career conference designed to help unemployed, underemployed or those in a transition to ReStart their life and career.

When: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 20

Where: Seacoast Church Mount Pleasant, 750 Long Point Road

Price: Free, but must pre-register at www.restartsc.org

What: Charleston School of Law will present Law School Preview Day. Registration: www.eventbrite.com/event/4514611324#

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20

Where: Charleston School of Law, 414 King St.

Price: Free

More Info: 377-2150

What: Enjoy live musical performances including I’Onissimo Strings, local artist’s market, vendor fair, BBQ lunch, pottery and flower arrangement demonstration, children’s art wall and face painting, church tours, tea room, sweet treats and more.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20

Where: Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in the I’On Community in Mount Pleasant, 265 N. Shelmore Blvd.

Price: Free

More Info: 881-5010 or www.ocacharleston.org

What: The Village Branch Library will sponsor a Halloween Party with Ticklebuddy the Clown for children of all ages. There will be a prize for the best costume and treats for all attendees.

When: 2-3 p.m. Oct. 20

Where: Village Branch Library, 430 Whilden St.

Price: Free

more info: Call 884-9741.

What: Secretary of State Mark Hammond is offering a free regional notary public seminar in Charleston County for S.C. notaries and those interested in becoming a notary. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the seminar.

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 22

Where: Trident Technical College, The College Center in Building 920

Price: Free

More Info: 803-734-0629 or https://events.egov.com/eventreg/SC/registrant.htm?action=new&_event=freecharlestoncountynotarypublicseminar

What: LifeManagement Center will host its second annual Corporate Spelling Bee.

When: Oct. 22. Refreshments available at 5:30 p.m. Event at 6:30 p.m.

Where: College of Charleston, 66 George St.

Price: Free

More Info: 852-5705 or www.lifemanagement.org/news

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