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Family Friendly: Boo Bash a big event for families

Children participate search through haystacks for prizes past Boo Bash. This year's Boo Bash will be held Oct. 27.

Children participate search through haystacks for prizes at a past Boo Bash. This year's Boo Bash will be held on Oct. 27.

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Updated: October 18, 2012 5:06PM

Boo Bash is bigger than ever this year.

There will be tractor-pulled wagon rides, haystacks filled with prizes to be found and roving costumed characters at Mundelein Park District’s annual free Halloween event for ages 3-11, with a parent, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Mundelein Community Center at Keith Mione Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein.

There will also be trick-or-treating indoors, Halloween stories, a not-too-haunted Crazy River Trail, games and giveaways. Kids should wear costumes and bring a bag to hold the treats they will receive at this drop-in event.

Parks and Recreation Director Margaret Resnick loves the fact that whole families attend this event.

“You have grandparents with their grandchildren,” she said. “Some of the parents dress up in costumes.”

Resnick also praised the many Mundelein businesses that participate.

“They donate the candy and the time to pass it out to thank the residents for frequenting their businesses,” she said.

For details, call (847) 566-0650 or visit


For a fun family outing, head west to “Oklahoma!” ArtReach Educational Theatre in partnership with Spotlite Theatrix Production Company and District 214 Community Education is presenting the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Oct. 19-20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 at Forest View Education Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. Tickets are $18 at the door, $16 in advance.

For details, call (630) 808-5852 or visit


A person is accidentally turned into a dog in “A Halloween Puppy.” Fremont Public Library will screen the G-rated film, noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. Picnics are welcome but no popcorn.

For details, call (847) 566-8702 or visit


Older adults will make music with pots and pans, washboards and wooden spoons when the Kitchen Klangers perform at Super Saturday for Preschool Families, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday Oct. 20 at Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Everyone will join in.

For details, call (847) 362-2330 or visit


Kids ages 5 and older, accompanied by an adult, will take an Evening Owl Prowl, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Citizens for Conservation Headquarters, 459 W. Hwy 22, Lake Barrington. Dawn Keller of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation will lead the hike, followed by hot chocolate and a craft project. Cost is $5 for the first child, $1 for each additional child, free to CFC members. Registration is required by Oct. 20.

For details, call (847) 382-7283 or visit

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