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Halloween events at South Elgin’s Trolley Museum

Updated: November 12, 2013 6:21AM

South Elgin: Halloween events at Fox River Trolley Museum

The Fox River Trolley Museum will have it annual Pumpkin Trolley operating from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20. Regular fares of $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children 3-11 apply, with children under 3 riding free. Pumpkins are $2 apiece. Children and adults can choose from the pumpkins from the Pumpkin Patch at Coleman Yard.

Tickets are still available for the reserved-seating after-hours Terror Trolley Oct. 19 and 26 at 7:45 p.m. No costumes are allowed, and the event will take place if there is rain. The Terror Trolley is appropriate for junior high school-aged thrill-seekers and older. Fares for this special train are $13.20 for all ages. You can reserve seats online at No passes will be honored, and there will be no refunds or exchanges unless a train is canceled.

The museum’s popular Halloween Ghost Story Trains and Polar Express are sold out. Tickets for both events in 2014 will go on sale next June 1.

The museum’s regular season continues 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 3. The museum is at 365 S. LaFox St. (Route 31), South Elgin. For additional information or to charter a train, call 847-697-4676.

Dundee Township: Lions Club Candy Day set for Saturday

Illinois Lions, including Dundee Lions Club members, will hold Candy Day on Saturday, with members out in the community in front of stores to raise donations to fund programs to fight preventable blindness and provide vision and hearing services to Illinois residents.

People can show their support of the Lions by accepting a candy roll from one of the members dressed in the Lions’ bright-yellow apron and dropping a donation in a Candy Day canister. Giving a donation will help to continue the services that since 1952 have made a world of difference in the lives of people with vision and hearing loss, according to the Lions. All funds raised are used for local Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation programs and services to the vision and hearing impaired. The Lions are a charitable nonprofit service organization.

Elgin: ‘Haunted Elgin’ is topic of ECN program on Tuesday

The Elgin Community Network’s “Elgin Alive Series” program from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday will be “Haunted Elgin: Spooky Houses, Cemeteries, and Zombies Galore!” at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Community Rooms A and B.

There will be stories about haunted places in Elgin — houses, schools, cemeteries and more. For more information, call Gail Borden at 847-429-4680 or visit

Elgin: Program for adults returning to college

Adults seeking to return to college or explore a new career are invited to attend either of two information sessions on Wednesday at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive.

Sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 8 p.m. in Building B, Room B181. Each session features special presentations from the college’s Admissions and Recruitment Office and the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Participants will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from career services, financial aid, and health professions. Read more at

Elgin: Courtroom drama ‘Defamation’ Tuesday at ECC

“Defamation,” a courtroom drama coming to Elgin Community College on Tuesday, will offer the audience an opportunity to determine the final outcome.

The play will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Building G Spartan Auditorium on the college’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Defamation” is a twist on the he-said-she-said story. It features African-American businesswoman Regina Wade, the owner of a small design firm on Chicago’s south side, who brings a civil defamation suit against Arthur Golden, a real estate developer from Chicago’s north suburbs. Wade claims Golden ruined her reputation and her business by accusing her of stealing his heirloom watch during a business meeting. Read more at

Bartlett: Historical Society to hold Sanfillippo estate tour

The Bartlett Historical Society will sponsors a tour of the Sanfillippo estate in Barrington on Oct. 17, leaving from the parking lot on the northwest corner of Route 59 and Stearns Road at 12:30 p.m. The return is 5 p.m.

Cost per person is $48.50, which includes coach transportation; three-hour docent-guided tour; organ concert; tour of main residence, collectibles, carousel pavilion, arcade room and American Orchestrion Room; and more.

Upon return, a light meal will be held at Nicodino’s.

To reserve a seat, call Marlene at 630-289-0360 or Shirley at 630-837-6404.

Carpentersville: VFW auxiliary spaghetti dinner on Oct. 19

The Carpentersville Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary to Post 5915 will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the VFW Hall, 301 Lake Marian Road.

A donation of $10 is requested, and drinks such as wine are available from the canteen. The proceeds from this dinner will be used primarily for the group’s cancer aid and research program.

For more information, call Elaine Slack at 847-658-3391.

Union: ‘Return of Dead’ to recount historical murders

Several of McHenry County’s tragically departed will return to describe the details of their demise starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum.

This year’s Historic Halloween Haunting recounts four cases of murder and mayhem.

They include the death of German immigrant Sarah Keiser, the county’s first murder, that occurred in the summer of 1846. Attendees also will hear about an unsolved 1921 murder in Harvard, a woman who married the man who tried to kill her, and the bizarre death of a 13-year-old Algonquin girl in 1898.

This year’s cast includes Jana Thompson of Lake in the Hills, Peter Gill of Woodstock, Diane Urban of Marengo and Harvard resident Grace Gaffney.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to the Eckert Hall auditorium, 6422 Main St. Halloween refreshments follow in the Society’s West Harmony one-room school. Admission to the popular “Return of the Dead” program is $5 for adults, $3 for senior and students. Historical society members are admitted free.

This program is not suitable for young children because of the subject matter and makeup. For information, call 815-923-2267 or visit

Elgin: Monster Mash Ball scheduled for Oct. 18

A Monster Mash Ball will be held by the Northeast Neighbors Association (NENA) from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 18 at Mr. Tequila’s, 51 S. Grove Ave., Elgin.

The event will kick off the weekend’s Nightmare on Chicago Street event downtown. There will be costume, raffle and door prizes along with a Mexican buffet, DJ and cash bar. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per pair for person 18 and over.

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