Forget the ghouls. The theme for the 18th annual lantern parade and festival, organized by Creative Alliance, is "Rise," "a celebration of nature and community — both thrive, grow stronger and rise when they're treasured." The usual fun will still be on display, too, at the free festival at Patterson Park's Pulaski Monument, with live music, an arts and crafts market, local food trucks and a beer garden. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume and march in the rain-or-shine parade. Festival begins at 3:30 p.m., with the parade at 7 p.m. The party continues at Creative Alliance with the Glow Ball, featuring the Brooklyn, N.Y., Afrobeat group Underground System (9:30 p.m., $10-$16). 3134 Eastern Ave., Highlandtown. creativealliance.org.