Boo who? North Shore Halloween events

The Spooky Pooch Parade takes place at the Chicago Botanic Garden Oct. 19.
10/28/2011  Northbrook 
Abby Johnson 7 (right) competes against Anna Good 11, both of Northbrook in the on ice hula hoop contest during the "A Halloween Cosmic Skate" at the Northbrook Sports Center on Friday, October 28, 2011.  Johnson won the hula hoop contest.  
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Caroline Bertha of Carpentersville, who is playing Lydia The Witch, poses in front of a bloody reflecting pond at the Fright Fest preview night. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

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


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.

Halloween “HallaDaze”

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

“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

“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

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

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

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


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.

Fright Fest

Through Oct. 27 at Six Flags Great America, 1 Six Flags Parkway, Gurnee. (847) 249-4636. 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.

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