It’s Shocktober in the Ridge

The first weekend of October is filled with frights, fuzzy guitars, and furry fun in Bay Ridge!

Start your weekend with a scream! Creep on over to Owl’s Head Park (67th Street and Colonial Road) on Friday night for a free showing of “Creepshow.” The 1982 horror-comedy anthology features five stories based on comics of the 1950s, starring bogeymen, aliens, and deranged dudes. The film is rated R, so leave the kids at home, but bring along Bay Ridge bibliophiles to catch Stephen King’s debut dabble in screenwriting — as well as his brief appearance on screen! The film starts at 7:30 pm, and it kicks off the Parks Department’s “Shocktober” outdoor film series, happening all over the borough this month.

Once you’ve recovered from the fright, strike out for Red, White, and Brew (8910 Fifth Ave. between 89th and 90th streets) for a free 3:30 pm performance of classic rock ’n’ roll hits by Cherry Bomb, a four-person blast of a band that sings and screams hits from icons including Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, the Police, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC, among others. Between sets you can refuel with some American pub grub, and enjoy some time outside in the beer garden while the weather is still warm enough.

End the weekend with a visit to the free Fall Harvest Festival at the Narrows Botanical Garden (Shore Road between Bay Ridge Avenue and 72nd Street), on Sunday afternoon, where kids, canines, and grown adults alike can enjoy a craft fair, country music, the pumpkin patch, raffles, and garden tours from noon to 5 pm. The day’s highlight will come at 2 pm, when the dressed-up doggies entered in the Great Canine Costume Contest will strut their four-legged stuff, competing in categories that include “Best Pet and Owner Costume,” “Best Homemade” and “Crowd Favorite.” To enter your pup, please sign up by noon the day before at Paws Truly (7607 Third Ave. between 76th and 77th streets) — the $15 entry fee goes to Love Wanted Pet Adoptions.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.