Heart of Glenview Halloween Festival
Held Oct. 27-28 at The Glen Town Center, located one mile west of Waukegan Road, between Lake Avenue and Willow Road, Glenview. The festival kicks off at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 with the Pet Costume Parade at the Glen Town Center Navy Park. Prizes will be awarded to the pets with the best and most creative costumes. There is a $25 registration fee per pet. “Zombie Run for the Heart,” a 5K run or one-mile walk/run, takes place at 4 p.m. Oct. 27 around Lake Glenview. Registration is $40 for the 5K or one-mile walk/run; $60 for the 5K or one-mile walk/run with a zombie hair and makeup makeover (provided for the first 100 registered participants). Event concludes with “Dinner and a Movie,” 3 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28 at the Regal Glen Stadium 10. The film festival includes 10 screens, five showing classic Halloween movies and five screens with new releases, ending with a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Dinner is provided by local restaurants from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for kids, and include dinner and one film. Register for all events at www.glenviewgivingfoundation.org.
The Glenview Park District’s indoor Halloween party, for children 2-10 years and their parents, will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview. Festivities include inflatables, games, crafts, face painting, entertainment and a pumpkin scavenger hunt. Pizza and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Costumes are optional. Fee is $6 per child, payable at the door. Call (847) 724-5670.
Held 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. The event, for ages 4-12 years, includes games, live entertainment with a magic show, face painting and refreshments. Free, but reservations required. To register, call (847) 448-8254.
Spooky & Scary Tales
An evening of hayrides and scary stories will be held 7-9 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview. The stories get spookier the later it gets. Refreshments included. Recommended for ages 18-adult. Fee is $10 for residents; $12.50 for nonresidents. Registration required at (847) 299-6096 or www.glenviewparks.org.
“Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror During the Golden Age of Radio”
Presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Steve Darnall, host of “Those Were the Days,” presents a program on scary sounds from some of radio’s best known mystery and horror programs, and a look at how the “Theater of the Mind” used music, voices and sounds to create indelible, and often frightening, “pictures.” Visit www.northbrook.info.
“Frightfully Delightful: An Old-Time Radio Spooktacular”
Those Were the Days Radio Players will perform vintage vignettes from old-time radio at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road. Suitable for all ages; families welcome. Glenview. Call (847) 729-7500 or visit www.glenviewpl.org.
The Haunted Shipwreck Shores and the Trail of Terror of Lloyd Beach
Family friendly night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25; scary night, 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 26 at Lloyd Park, 799 Sheridan Road, Winnetka. Visitors can visit the Ghostly Graveyard of past sailors, walk along the Trail of Terror, and enter the Haunted Boathouse. Admission: free for family night; $3 per person for scary night. Check the hotline at (847) 446-0080 for cancellations due to inclement weather.
HallowFest: A Garden of Good ... and Evil
Presented 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26 and 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Includes face painting, fortune telling, a magic show and more. Tickets are $14 for members, $19 for nonmembers in advance; $17 and $22 event day. Parking is $25 per car. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org.
Spooky Pooch Parade
Held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. In addition to the parade, there will be a dog costume contest and a vendors’ area with representatives from shelter and rescue organizations. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Fee through Oct. 18 is $19 per dog; day of registration is $25 per dog. Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free; parking is $25 per car. Registration forms and rules available at www.chicagobotanic.org/dog.
Halloween Cosmic Skating
The Northbrook Sports Center, 1730 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, will host a Cosmic Skating Event with a Halloween theme and a costume contest, 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 26. Junior high students can skate with a DJ and enjoy club-style lighting, games and activities. The fee is $5; skate rental, if needed, is $3. For more information, call (847) 291-2993.
Halloween Skate Party
Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., Evanston, will host its annual Halloween ice skating party, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. If you come in costume, both admission and skate rental are free. For more information, call (847) 448-8258.
“Halloween Spooktacular Comedy & Spoken Word Show”
Author and comedian Debbie Sue Goodman and friends perform from 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 26 at Curt’s Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston. $4 cover charge. Costumes encouraged. Call (847) 868-8385.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Presented by the World of the Weird Monster Show, screened with live cast and audience participation, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at 27 Live, 1012-14 Church St., Evanston. Doors open and special video preshow starts at 8 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Prop kits on sale for $3 each (or two for $5) in lobby before show. Outside audience participation props not permitted. Visit www.27live.com.
1150 Willow Road, Northbrook. (847) 480-2323. Oct. 31: Trick-or-treaters welcome all day. Nov. 1, 8 p.m.: Halloween costume contest. First place winner receives a party for eight guests; second place winner receives a party for four guests; and third place winner receives a $25 Pinstripes gift certificate.
Through Oct. 27 at Six Flags Great America, 1 Six Flags Parkway, Gurnee. (847) 249-4636. http://frightfest.sixflags.com. Tickets: $32.50-$64.99. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays; 6-10 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24. Fright Fest has expanded to include Hurricane Harbor, which has been renamed “The Bermuda Triangle.” Many areas of the park are not recommended after 4 p.m. for children or those who scare easily.