Children can pose for a free instant photo with a Great Pumpkin character at the Aurora Noon Lions Club fourth annual Halloween pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Luigi's Pizza and Fun Center, 732 Prairie St. in Aurora. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-12, and $20 for a family.
Updated: April 19, 2011 4:58AM
It’s that time of year again — the air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and ghosts and goblins are coming alive in the name of All Hallow’s Eve. From scary storytelling to more tame trick-or-treat events, there is plenty to scream about this Halloween weekend — and we’ve put together a calendar of local events to make it easy for you to get in on the frightening fun.
AURORA — The Fox Valley Park District’s Halloween Family Night is on Oct. 29 at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W Illinois Ave., which will be fully decorated and will host a costume contest, ghost basketball and pumpkin shuffleboard, among many other activities. Call 630-859-8606.
AURORA — Halloween Adventure 2010 is being celebrated at Alden Health Care facilities in Aurora. Annual festivities include “safe” trick-or-treating, games and activities to celebrate the holiday. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All events are free. Details include: a Halloween Party with games, candy, trick-or-treating and more from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Alden of Waterford, 2000 Randi Drive, call 630-899-9666; nonspooky Halloween party with magician, face painting, games, treat bags and more, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Alden Courts of Waterford, 1991 Randi Drive, call 630-851-1466; and a spooky haunted house, cookies, punch, face painting, trick-or-treating and more from 4 to 7 p.m. today through Sunday at Alden Gardens of Waterford, 1955 Randi Drive, call 630-851-1880, Ext. 3109.
BATAVIA — The Crypts of Campana, a haunted attraction created by the West Aurora High School stage crew, is open now through Halloween Day. In the 10,000-square-foot lower level of the historic Campana Building at Route 31 and Fabyan Parkway in Batavia, students, parents and alumni have created scenes and spooky avenues with animated figures, pneumatic props and LED lighting. The Crypts of Campana consists of a number of rooms linked by darkened corridors and features two rotating tunnel illusions. Visit www.factoryfear.com to learn more about the attraction. Admission is $13. The haunt is open from 7 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday and from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Two walks for children are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Entrance to the Crypts is at the rear of the Campana building. Free parking is available off Fabyan Parkway.
BATAVIA — Was that just the wind blowing in the trees or is someone walking up behind you? Swimming season has ended but that doesn’t mean all is quiet at the Quarry. Face your fears and experience all the nightmares that await you at the first-ever Haunted Quarry, at 400 S. Water St. It will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday. Admission is $8, and this night-time version is not suitable for kids under 10. A less scary version for families and grade school kids will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. For more information call 630-879-5235 or visit www.bataviaparks.org.
GILBERTS — Venture by car into the deep dark woods of Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls for an evening of nocturnal nature at its spookiest. Only the brave (and pre-registered) will be admitted to drive the long, winding road, filled with mysterious animals and gnarled oaks, toward the lodge. Once at the lodge, bats, snakes, and spiders await. “Friday Night Frights,” sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, addresses the myths about these animals that make them seem so scary, but also the truth about why they are so important to our ecosystem. Stations with animals, activities and crafts for all ages will be set up around the lodge. Plus, guided hikes begin at dusk. To register for this evening of family fun, call 847-741-8350 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is $5 per vehicle. Advance registration is required. Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls is at 40W095 Freeman Road, Gilberts. For more information or to see a full roster of district nature programs, visit www.kaneforest.com.
OSWEGO — The Tillers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will be holding a trick-or-treat event from 3 to 5 p.m. Kids can come decked out in their Halloween finery and can trick-or-treat in a safe environment with the residents and staff passing out candy and other goodies. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Tillers is at 4390 Route 71, next to Oswego High School.
PLANO — The Witch and the Wizard 11th Annual Haunted Trail event in downtown Plano is back. This year there will be three full nights of fun and fright. The event begins at dusk and ends about 9 p.m. from today to Oct. 31 off Center Street and across from the Plano Post Office. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of $2 or a gift for soldiers oversees. Project Santa is collecting items for 7,000 stockings to send to Afghanistan and Iraq to brighten the holidays for those serving our country. Items for the stockings could include Gatorade/Crystal Light, hot chocolate, cider, tea, cups of soup, beef jerkey, ramen noodles, mints, granola or protein bars, eye drops, Band Aids or writing utensils. Stocking items may be dropped off at the event or at Travel Services of Yorkville, 801 N. Bridge St. From 3 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the event, there will be an extra spooktacular treat — Eye on The Sparrow, an all breed and special needs dog rescue, will be on hand with a booth with dog items, and even some dogs to adopt. Also, Monika Bornhoff (www.bornhoffphotography.com) will offer her photo services to kids, people, or pets with or without costume. For more photo info, call Monika at 630 405-3500.
SANDWICH — Terror in the Timber Haunted Trail will have you screaming for more on the final nights before the bewitching hours on Halloween. Tonight and Saturday are the only nights to enjoy being scared in the Sannauk Woods, on Route 34 between the Sandwich Airport and Somonauk Road. The Sandwich High School Music Department has been scaring Sandwich area residents for the past three years and this trail will feature changes you won’t anticipate. You’ll first journey on a hayride and then take a 20-minute walk deep into the dark woods to experience lots of surprises. If you are afraid you can’t stand to be terrorized come to an early performance from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday for a tamer trip — good for children under 10. Other Terror in the Timber performances will be from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Cost is $7. For more information, contact Lanette Yingling, 815-786-2919.
SOMONAUK — The Sandwich High School Music Department “Terror in the Timber” returns to the Sannauk Woods for the third annual haunted trail today and Oct. 30. Come for a short ride to Sandwich and prepare to be scared and excited as they take you deep in the woods. A hayride will begin and end your journey. In the middle will be a 20-minute walk deep into the woods. Be prepared for lots of scary surprises. Terror in the Timber performances will be from 6 to 10:30 p.m. both days. There will be a twilight performance for the faint of heart from 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, which is a good option for children younger than 10. The cost is $7. Terror in the Timber will be held in the Sannauk Woods in Somonauk, on Route 34 between the Sandwich Airport and Somonauk Road. For more information, contact Lanette Yingling, 815-786-2919.
AURORA — Aurora’s Noon Lions club will hold a fourth annual Great Pumpkin pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. today. Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center, 732 Prairie St. in Aurora, will host the fundraiser to benefit Lions vision- and hearing-impaired charities. The menu includes unlimited pancakes with sausage, mini donuts and milk, cider, coffee or orange juice. Children are invited to attend in Halloween costumes and to have free instant color photographs taken with a costumed pumpkin character. Special photo frames will be available for purchase. Tickets are $5/adults, $3/children ages 3 to 12, and $20 for a family. Tickets are available from Lions members and at the door. Admission is discounted $1 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 630-921-1307.
AURORA — Blackberry Farm will celebrate the fall season throughout the month of October with its popular Pumpkin Weekends. Each weekend, Blackberry Farm will be festively decorated in the spirit of pumpkin season. A picnic area will feature an assortment of pumpkins for purchase, and a decorating station with painting supplies is provided. Carousel rides, hay rides and tours on the “Pumpkin Train” also are part of each weekend’s festivities. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $4. Today will feature a Trick-or-Treat Walk from 10 to 11 a.m., before the park officially opens. Visitors can make their way around to nine stations, then stay after the park opens. A costume contest will be held at 10:45 a.m. in front of the Huntoon House. Advance registration required; call 630-892-1550.
PLANO — From 3 to 6 p.m., Eye on the Sparrow, which is dedicated to rescuing, fostering and placing homeless and displaced animals, are raising funds to help with the care and vetting cost of its special needs dogs with HOWL’OWEEN Treat. Come to Plano’s Wizard and Witches Haunted Trails, off Center Street across from the post office in downtown Plano. A local photographer will be available to take pictures of those in costume for a small donation. Costumes will be available and even a monster or two might frighten you. Meet animals that are available for adoption, as well as the organization’s group of fosterers that take the animals in. Then at dusk, visit the Haunted House and go down the graveyard alley.
SANDWICH — The Sandwich Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first Halloween Walk in downtown Sandwich from noon to 5 p.m. today. Children and adults of all ages are invited to participate. The walk will primarily take place on Railroad and Main streets in Sandwich, and the chamber will provide maps and treat bags. As part of the Halloween Walk, the Chamber will also host a window decorating contest. Several of the downtown businesses have offered up their windows to let children use their artistic abilities to decorate. The young artists will have painted the windows every day until Friday during the host businesses regular operating hours. The paintings will remain up until Nov. 5. Children ages 3 to 12 are eligible to paint. There is no cost to participate. If your child is interested in registering or for more information, call Michele at 630-546-1134.
YORKVILLE — The Batty Bash and Banquet will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Historic Courthouse, 110 W. Madison St., Yorkville. It is free, but registration is required. For ages 8 and up. As the group learns about bats, you’ll see that they are not so scary. In fact, they are a very important part of our ecosystem. After class time, guests will be treated to a banquet inspired by our bat friends. Costumed Halloween characters welcome. For more information or to register, contact the Kendall County Forest Preserve District’s Education Department at 630-553-4111.
GENEVA — Wear your favorite costume and dress up your dog to participate in a fun-filled dog parade at 3 p.m. today at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road. Trick or treating will being at 2 p.m. for children ages 3 and under. Pre-registration is encouraged for all dog owners. For more information, call 630-232-4542. Registration is available at www.genevaparks.org; registration code is 70991.
GENEVA — The Annual Halloween Hayday event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road in Geneva. This fun-filled event includes several Halloween-themed activities including crafts, games, costume contest, trick or treating and more. Pre-registration is recommended; $5 per child, $6 at door. Adults are free. For more information, call 630-232-4542. Registration is available at www.genevaparks.org; registration code is 69931.
AURORA — Trunk or Treat, a safe family event, will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, at 14 N. May St. Several members of the church will be decorating the trunks of their cars, parking them in the church parking lot and handing out candy and treats to the evening’s trick-or-treaters. Vote for the best decorated trunk and more Halloween fun. For more information on this free event, call 630-896-1033.
FOX VALLEY — Kids age 12 and under dressed up in costumes eat free on Halloween at Applebee’s. The deal applies only to items listed on the kids menu, kids must be accompanied by an adult. Valid at Chicago area locations.
SANDWICH — From 4 to 8 p.m. at First Apostolic Church, 221 N. Eddy, A Halloween Alternative will be offered with the Rev. John Wm. Davis. From 4 to 6 p.m., stroll through he parking lot and see decorated car and truck trunks, from which children may collect their treats. From 6 to 8 p.m., a Soups’ On supper will be offered under the tent on the north lawn. Hot soups, chili, crackers, chips and drinks for free. Sing along to worship choruses with musicians and praise singers, arranged by Shannon (Day) Kasputis. Steve Davis invites you to bring your guitar and play along if you wish. There will also be a special skit presentation and sign language presentations directed by Deena Alabastro and Kristi Fredrickson, with special lighting effects provided by Jim Norris. Call 815-786-2941 for more information.
YORKVILLE — The Kendall County Historical Society will be hosting its annual Halloween event at the Lyons Farm and Restored Village at 7935 Route 71, just east of Route 126. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Spend a fun-filled afternoon playing old-fashioned games, trick-or-treat the village buildings, or take a hayride to the spook house with ghosts, goblins and skeletons. Participate in the costume parade that starts at 3 p.m. with prizes and lots of frightening fun. The food booth will be open with witches brewing hot cider and making other goodies. Admission is $3 for all ages. For more information, call 630-554-3064 or 630-554-1478.
FOX VALLEY — The Learning Express toy stores in St. Charles and Geneva has announced their annual Candy Buyback Program for 2010. Post-Halloween, the stores will offer $1 in store credit for every one pound of candy a child brings in. Each child can earn up to $5. All candy will then be donated to the Hills Food Pantry and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Candy will be accepted only today at the Learning Express locations at 610 Commons Drive in Geneva (630-232-8697) and 3865 East Main St. in St. Charles (630-587-1234). Customers are also encouraged to bring additional donations of canned or boxed food goods. These will not be eligible for store credit, but Learning Express will make the delivery. For more information contact John Flanagan at LE314@att.net.