LULA THE WITCH -- Monday at 10:30 p.m. The Goodlife Theater presents a humorous Halloween adventure about a good witch who is misunderstood because of her green skin. Includes juggling, magic, music and puppets. Sponsored by the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department. Phoenix Worldgate Movie Theater, 13025 Worldgate Dr., Herndon. $5. 703-787-7300.

CORNELIA FUNKE -- Wednesday at 4 p.m. The author reads from her new book, "Inkspell," the follow-up to her fantasy tale "Inkheart." Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

SPONGE PAINTING WITH FALL COLORS -- Thursday at 4 p.m. Ages 3-6. A short stroll through the forest to view the changing colors in Rock Creek Park is followed by a sponge painting activity. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

SURE AS SUNRISE: THE STORIES OF ALICE MCGILL -- Saturday at 9:30 and 11 a.m. The storyteller, actress, comedian and singer takes on multiple roles as she weaves together humorous tales. National Theatre, Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-3372.

AUTUMN APPLE FESTIVAL -- Saturday, noon-4 p.m. A celebration of the fall season includes demonstrations of historic orchard tools, cider-making, visits with farmers and samples of locally made products and dishes. Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. $5, seniors $4, ages 12 and younger $3. 703-421-5322.

THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF -- Opens Saturday. Through Nov. 18. The Puppet Company employs marionettes to tell the story of the trio's journey across the bridge. Glen Echo Park, The Puppet Company Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7, ages 2 and younger free. 301-320-6668.

THE MUSIC BOX -- Through Oct. 30. Ages 4 and older. Short pantomimes and physical comedy sketches focus on things one might find in a music box. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12. 703-824-8060.