Halloween festivities offer variety of activities
October 25, 2012 3:22PM
Capt. Jack Sparrow will be grand marshal of the Bartlett Halloween Fun Fest Parade Saturday, Oct. 27.
Updated: November 27, 2012 10:32AM
Halloween festivities are on the schedule in a number of area communities this weekend. Haunted house walks, pumpkin festivals and a downtown Elgin celebration are among the many offerings. Here are some of the highlights:
Terror with the Turners
If you are looking for a “frightfully” good time, be sure to visit the Elgin Turners’ 16th annual Haunted House at 112 Villa St. in Elgin. The spirits will welcome you between 7 p.m. and midnight today and Saturday. Additional hours are 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday and on Halloween night. The cost is $10 per person (no refunds). Call 847-697-4431.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Dundee Township
The Dundee Township Visitors Center, located at 319 N. River St. in East Dundee, will host its 14th annual Great Pumpkin Contest on Saturday.
Deadline for entries is noon; judging will commence at noon for the Largest Pumpkin (by weight) and the Best Decorated or Carved Pumpkin. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded for each category.
Prizes include over $800 of dollars’ worth of merchandise and gift certificates from area merchants and restaurants.
The contest is sponsored by the Dundee Township Visitors Center (aka, the Depot), and there is no fee to enter.
Entries may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday. This is also the last Saturday of the season for the Old Dundee Farmer’s Market, which takes place each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the depot grounds. Call 847-426-2255.
Spring Hill Mall plans Fall Family Festival
In celebration of the fall season, Spring Hill Mall will host its annual Fall Family Festival featuring family-friendly activities.
Parents are invited to bring their children to the mall for an afternoon of fun that includes hayrides, pumpkin decorating, make-and-take crafts, face painting, prizes and more.
Kids are welcome and encouraged to wear their costumes. The mall will also host a costume parade and trick-or-treating throughout the center.
The event is for children ages 2 to 12. Children are encouraged to wear their costume and must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are while supplies last.
There will be a costume contest at the central food court area.
Registration begins at 3 p.m., and the contest begins at 4 p.m. The event is limited to 200 participants.
Trick-or-treating in the mall will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.
Spooky sounds from the Elgin Symphony
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra returns — in costume, of course — for another thrilling Halloween extravaganza featuring music, mystery and mayhem on Sunday.
Spend the afternoon with the ESO and children can learn, explore and have fun with music. Free, pre-concert activities include spooky arts and crafts, an instrument “petting zoo,” and hands-on musical activities.
During the kid-friendly concert, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra will play spooky favorites such as “Addams Family Groove,” the “Noon Witch,” and themes from “Star Wars” and even “Harry Potter.” ESO musicians will be in costume, and all kids are welcome to join in.
The concert will be with Randal Swiggum as the conductor. Activities for the kids start at 2 p.m., and the concert starts at 3:30 p.m.
This year, the Halloween Spooktacular will be held at the Blizzard Theater on the campus of Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for kids; they can be ordered online at www.elginsymphony.org or by calling the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 847-888-4000.
Find Treasure of Treats in downtown Bartlett
There’s treasure in downtown Bartlett from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Halloween Fun Fest.
Children, parents and pets in costume follow the Pirate Treasure map to locations offering contests, games, treats, a dance party, free pumpkins and a haunted house.
Join the costume parade led by Capt. Jack Sparrow, leaving from Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main St., at 10 a.m., with lineup starting at 9:30 a.m.
It ends at The Shoppes at Banbury Fair, 211 W. Railroad, where you will receive a map to participating locations.
For more information, visit bartlettheritagedays.com; email email@example.com; or call 630-924-4263.
Nightmare on Chicago Street in Elgin
The zombies might be back, but this time Elgin is prepared.
This Halloween, the only safe place to be will be downtown Elgin for Nightmare on Chicago Street.
Nightmare on Chicago Street, Elgin’s huge Halloween festival, will be happening from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday on Chicago Street (between Douglas Avenue and Villa Street) and on Douglas Avenue (between Highland Avenue and Chicago Street).
The event will feature a guest appearance and “meet and greet” with Svengoolie, an on-stage Miss Zombie pageant, live music from Hairbangers Ball and V is for Villains, a live freak show stage, three whole blocks of movie-set style decorations, specialist retail vendors, food, drinks and much more.
Advance tickets are available at the bargain price of $7 from many Elgin non-profit groups and online.
Details on the event can be found on www.nightmareonchicagostreet.com.
Tickets also will be available on the night for $10. Event admittance is open to those age 17 and older. Attendees younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No weapons of any kind will be permitted in the safe zone.
For more information about the Nightmare, check the website at www.nightmareonchicagostreet.com, or people can like the event on Facebook.