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Record Roundup: hours of local trick-or-treat and over 20 spooky events

By on October 8, 2021 0


What a difference a year makes.

Armed with more knowledge and data on COVID-19, local event planners have once again filled the calendar of spooky, festive and family-friendly Halloween events in our coverage area of ​​Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Northfield and Kenilworth.

With a focus on outdoor scares, events range from local classics, like the Night of 1000 Jack-o’-lanterns in the Botanical Garden and the Wilmette Pumpkin Walk, to new adventures, such as a Community Pumpkin Lighting and several Trunk-or-Treats.

Events really intensify on Halloween weekend, as the kids get ready to play or treat, which local villages have posted official times for. Each town sanctions different times and Kenilworth a different day, as residents would prefer the trick-or-treat to fall on a weekday to line up with the school’s Halloween parade, according to a message from the police department from Kenilworth.

Like every year, villages are providing safety tips for cheaters, homeowners and motorists, and like last year, authorities are adding precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Some of the universal tips are to wear a costume with a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently. Residents are also encouraged to provide a bowl of treats and allow sweets to choose sweets, while maintaining a safe distance.

See hours and tips below.

Hours: 3:15 p.m. twilight Friday October 29
• According to the Village, when Halloween falls on a weekend, a treat is held the previous Friday to coincide with the Joseph Sears School Halloween Parade.


Night of the 1000 Jack-o’-Lanterns
When: 6.30 p.m.-10.30 p.m. 13-17 and 20-24 Oct.
Where: Chicago Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Details: Over 1,000 carved pumpkins will be on display along a cobblestone path that will feature costumed artists, live carving demonstrations and more over the two weeks. Some of the pumpkin lanterns weigh over 150 pounds, while others are sculpted by professional artists and feature superheroes, celebrities, and Chicago nods. Tickets start at $ 16 for adults and $ 12 for children ages 3-12.

Kenilworth Mutt Strutt
When: 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 16
Where: Kenilworth Business District along Green Bay Road
Details: Dress your puppy up and take him on a jaunt to a number of participating businesses at an event hosted by the Wilmette-Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Christensen Animal Hospital.

Pumpkins in the woods
When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, October 22
Where: Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Old Green Bay Road, Winnetka
Details: Join the Winnetka Park District as it transforms the park into a Halloween assortment with pumpkin decorations, carnival games, bouncy houses, costume contest (the most original, scariest and most funny) and more. Pumpkins and decorations can be purchased before October 11 for $ 5 for residents / $ 10 for non-residents. They will be available on the day of the event for $ 7 / $ 12.

Scary skate
When: 6 pm-7pm and 7:15 pm-8:16pm Friday 22 October
Where: Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph Road, Glencoe
Details: Watts transforms into a spooky ice rink for this event as attendees (ages 3 and up) skate through Halloween decorations and music for $ 15 / $ 20 per session. Registration is required and includes skate rental or guests can bring their own.

Pumpkin decoration
When: 10-11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday 23 October
Where: Winnetka Public Library, Lloyd Hall, 768 Oak Street, Winnetka
Details: Registration is reserved for the first time slot, but there are still some places left for the 11:15 a.m. event during which 5 to 8 year olds can decorate (with paint and craft materials) a mini pumpkin to take home.

Superhero Tractor Ride
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 23
Where: Winnetka Park District, 540 Hibbard Road, Winnetka
Details: This “fearless” tractor ride will feature everyone’s favorite superheroes and lots of candy. Open for all ages for $ 10 / $ 20. Register before October 18.

Trunk or treat (Winnetka)
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 23
Where: Skokie Playfields, 600 Hibbard Road, Winnetka
Details: For the inaugural event, the theme is “Monster Bash” and the decorated car trunks will be the source of candy for tricks or treats ($ 3 per person). There is no charge for participating cars, which will be entered into a contest for a chance to win a 2021 Family Beach Pass. Reserve a spot before October 10. For more information, contact Marty Kwiatkowski at (847) 716-1299 or [email protected]

Unsolved Hollywood murders
When: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, October 25
Where: Winnetka Public Library, Lloyd Hall, 768 Oak Street, Winnetka
Details: Author Susan Gibberman will review three of Hollywood’s most infamous unsolved murders: William Desmond Taylor, George Reeves and Natalie Wood. Registration is compulsory.

Mary Shelley: The Complex Riddle of Life
When: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 26
Where: Winnetka Public Library, Lloyd Hall, 768 Oak Street, Winnetka
Details: Actress Debra Miller plays the author of “Frankenstein” Mary Shelley and tells her interesting life story. Registration is compulsory.

Classic Monster Mash (Virtual)
When: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 28
Where: Wilmette Public Library Zoom Webinar
Details: Steven Frenzel, of Maruqee Filmtalks, leads a presentation on Monsters in Cinema History, focusing on college monster films from the 30s and 40s. And could there be an appearance from Abbott and Costello ?

Family Halloween Show
When: all day Friday to Sunday, October 29 to 31
Where: Winnetka Public Library, Children’s Area, 768 Oak St., Winnetka
Details: Children are encouraged to drop by the youth department throughout the weekend and show off their costumes, participate in party activities, and receive a special treat bag.

Hello halloween
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, October 29
Where: Businesses in downtown Glencoe
Details: Local businesses will welcome treats or treats for a treat or two throughout the day through this program from the Winnetka-Northfield-Glencoe Chamber of Commerce. Afterwards, the Glencoe Historical Society will present Ghosts of the Garden at 377 Park Ave.

Create your own creepy temporary tattoo
When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, October 29
Where: Winnetka Public Library, Studio, 768 Oak St., Winnetka
Details: Walk-in guests are encouraged to make their own temporary tattoo or color in an existing template which is then cut out by the library vinyl cutter.

Boo Bash (Glencoe)
When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, October 29
Where: Henry Kalk Park, 298 Park Ave., Glencoe
Details: This family event for children ages 2 and up includes games, treats and surprises. Wear a costume and bring a bag of goodies. Registration is required at $ 10 / $ 12 per participant.

Halloween Horror Trivia (Virtual)
When: 6.30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Where: online at Kahoot !, register here
Details: Test your knowledge of popular horror topics including stories, movies, characters, and more. The winners of each round will receive a bundle of horror movies and popular books from the Winnetka Public Library.

Boo Bash (Northfield)
When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 29
Where: Clarkson Park, 1950 New Willow Road, Northfield
Details: The Park District invites kids ages 3-8 to wear costumes for this free outdoor event that will include games, a balloonist, and a train ride.

Pumpkinpalooza workshops and community pumpkin lighting
When: October 25-27; 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday October 29
Where: Community recreation center; Mallinckrodt Park, 1960 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette
Details: Three days of pumpkin carving and decorating will lead to the first community pumpkin lighting at the end of the week. Children 5 and over can register for the sculptures at $ 25 for residents and $ 32 for non-residents. Then on Friday, these pumpkins will be lit collectively at an event that includes dinner and costs $ 8 per resident or $ 10 per non-resident.

Trunk or treat
When: 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 29
Where: Mallinckrodt Parking Lot, 1041A Ridge Road, Wilmette.
Details: Register as a vehicle ($ 33 ​​/ $ 44) and decorate your car to participate and receive two bags of candy to distribute from the Wilmette Park district, or register as a trunk or caterer ($ 10 / $ 13), dress up and collect candy from all the spooky trunks.

Lego haunted house
When: 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 30
Where: Community Recreation Center, 3000 Green Bay Road, Wilmette
Details: Build a Halloween trap with LEGOs and see if your mini LEGO figure can pull it off. Registration is $ 50 for residents and $ 63 for non-residents.

Linden Square Pumpkin Walk
When: 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 30
Where: 4th Street and Linden Avenue, Wilmette
Details: A family event featuring stuff or treats from area businesses with a petting zoo, balloon animals, photo booth and more activities. Presented by the Wilmette-Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce.

Howl-o-ween Pet Parade
When: 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, October 31
Where: Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette
Details: Enter your costumed pooch ($ 5) into this Chalet tradition, in which disguised dogs (and owners) will walk the nursery to be judged in a number of categories (Creative, Humorous, Dog Owner / Lookalike, Original, appropriate to the breed). A doggy-treat truck will also be at your disposal. Profits will be donated to the Orphans of the Storm animal shelter.

Halloween party on ice
When: 1:40 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 and 1:20 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. on Sunday, October 31
Where: Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Road, Winnetka
Details: Costumes are encouraged for Halloween skating, for which regular rates apply ($ 6.50 6-17; 7: $ 50 18+). No mask covering the whole face is allowed.

Trick or Treat Treasure Hunt
When: all day Sunday, October 31
Where: Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette
Details: Drop by the chalet in costume and search for tips, treats, and more throughout the afternoon.

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