Shakinah Williamson, 6, a clown, (left) Yaree Sandifer, 2, Spider-Man, (center) and his sister Suhmer Sandifer, 4, as Tinker Bell wait in line for a magic show at Halloweenfest at Bowen Park in Waukegan. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Concert: Lakes Area Community Band will present a free Halloween children’s costume concert Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Antioch High School, 1133 Main St. There will be a costume contest with prizes for the children. Band members will also dress up and will be doing some spooky effects. Complimentary refreshments. Details, (847) 767 7878.
Party: Halloween Howl will be held Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Fox Lake Police Department, 301 S. Route 59. There will be hot dogs, beverages and chips, and tours of the jail. Wear costumes. Details, (847) 587-2151 or www.foxlake.org.
Fund-raiser: The Exchange Club of Grayslake’s annual Pancake Breakfast will be conjuring up some Halloween fun this year Oct. 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 160 Hawley St. There will be contests, a fireman fashion show, games, costumes, magic and more. Raffle tickets are $1. Wear your Halloween costume and join in the fun. Tickets are $6, $5 for seniors, $4 for ages 7 to 12 and free for kids 6 and under. Details, (847) 979-0091 or www.exchangeofgrayslake.org.
Celebration: Great Lakes Naval Museum will hold its free annual Haunted Halloween Celebration Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. in Building 42, 610 Farragut Ave. Children can decorate their own Sailor’s white hat, receive special Halloween treats, and hear naval-themed ghost stories told by museum volunteers. Children are also encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume. Details, (847) 688-3154 or www.history.navy.mil/glnm.
Coin show: Indian Hill Coin Club will hold a coin show Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 749 N. Milwaukee Ave. Dealers will be buying, selling and trading coins, tokens, currency, sport cards and other collectibles. Details, (847) 872-2725.
Fest: Halloween Fest will be held Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Libertyville Sports Complex, 1950 N. Route 45. The event will feature fun for kids including a pumpkin patch, train ride, a hay ride, inflatable and interactive games, entertainment, and the Herbie Car from the Volo Auto Museum. Children are encouraged to wear their costumers. Pre-registration cost is $5 for kids and $8 at the door. Adults and grandparents are free. Details, or to pre-register call (847) 918-7275.
Bash: Boo Bash will be held Oct. 27 from 4 to 9 p.m. at North Park, 1025 Riverwoods Road. Activities will include hayrides, S’mores, haunted trail walks, and a not-so-scary pumpkin patch for the little ones. Borrowed Time will perform at 6 p.m. Entrance fee is $5. Details, (847) 883-8600 or www.lincolnshirecommunity.org.
Concert: The Breakfast Club will perform Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. at Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $6. Details, (847) 541-4700.
Bash: Mundelein Park District will hold its free Boo Bash Oct. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Keith Mione Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road. There will be tractor-pulled wagon rides, storytelling for kids, “find-and-seek” prizes in the straw, roving costumed characters and more. Indoor trick-or-treating with complimentary goodies. Costumes are encouraged and dress for outdoor activities. For ages 3 to 11 with adult supervision. Details, (847) 388-5490 or www.mundeleinparks.org.
Pumpkin drop: Bring your pumpkin (1 per person) to the free annual Pumpkin Drop Nov. 4 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Keith Mione Community Park. Register by Oct. 26 for a chance to have your pumpkin launched by “Big Red,” spanning nearly 10 feet across and designed with recycled materials by Mundelein High School students. The pumpkin with the greatest distance receives a special prize. Age-group pumpkin rolling will also take place as well as a fill-the-cans-with-pumpkins race, and a lesson on composting and recycling. The pumpkins’ “remains” are composted at Prairie Crossing Organic Farm in Grayslake. Details, (847) 388-5490 or www.mundeleinparks.org.
Trails: Trick or Treat Trails will be held Oct. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road. Trick or treat along the interactive, fun haunted trails. There will mask making, pumpkin carving demonstration, campfire, games, refreshments and more. A costume contest with prizes will be at 3:30 p.m. For ages 12 and under. Details, (847) 968-3113.
Party: Princess Snow White’s Spooktacular Halloween Party will be Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Road. Your favorite princesses have planned a wonderful Halloween party complete with refreshments, goodie bags, costume contest, crafts and a show. But just as the show starts something goes wrong as pirates and villains storm the stage for their evening in the spotlight. What happens next is a delightful cabaret of songs, wrapped in an adventure story as the Princess Snow White and friends try to take their party back from the villains. Cost is $5 and $12 for children. Details, (847) 546-8558.
Party: Westfield Family Spooktacular will be held Oct. 27 in Macy’s Court, 122 Hawthorn Center, corner of routes 21 and 60. Creepy craft and snack time will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Decorate your own trick-or-treat bag and fill it with some delicious goodies. The Spooktacular Party will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be music, dancing, games, prizes and a costume contest. The costume contest will have 3 age groups including 0 to 3, 4 to 7 and 8 to 12 and three prizes for each group. The party is free, but tickets are required. Also, there will be trick-or-treating throughout the mall from 1 to 3 p.m. for children under age 12 and Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 for ages under 6. Details, (847) 362-2600 or www.westfield.com/hawthorn.
Fest: Halloweenfest will be held Oct. 27 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Bowen Park, 1800 N. Sheridan Road. There will be a haunted trail, enchanted walk, inflatable games, haunted house, children’s games, food vendors, train ride, storytelling and more. Admission is free. Details, (847) 360-4700 or www.waukeganparks.org.
Fund-raiser: Tarot readings, Zombie bartenders and mysterious Chanteuses will be featured at Clockwise Theatre’s “Ghoul Sisters” fund-raiser Oct. 27 at 221 N. Genesee St. The event begins with a 7:30 p.m. performance of the musical “Soul Sisters.” After the show, Tarot readers will be available, and there will also be a special musical performance. Finger food and specialty drinks will be served throughout the evening. Tickets are $60 and are available through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com. Details, (800) 838-3006.
Exhibit: The Waukegan Park District Cultural Arts Division and the Academia Cultural Xilotl (ACX) will hold their second annual “Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda and Altar Exhibit,” a commemoration to loved ones on Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Nov. 1-2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dr. Lynn Schornick Theatre, Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Drive. A donation to ACX of $10 for 12 years and older is being requested with sugar skulls available to purchase for $5 each. Also, refreshments will be available for sale. Dia de Muertos is a tradition that has existed in Mexico, Latin America and parts of the United States for over 3,000 years. In Mexico, people visit their loved ones in the cemetery and decorate gravesites with Cempaxúchitl or Marigold flowers, candles, toys, bottles of favorite drinks and food as offerings. For more information, call (847) 360-4740.
Party: Halloween Party will be held Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Zion Park District, 2400 Dowie Memorial Drive. There will be games, face painting, a pumpkin jump, hayrides and a costume contest. Details, (847) 746-5500 or www.zionparkdistrict.com.