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posted: 10/24/2012 1:07 PM

Mundelein, Libertyville host big Halloween bashes

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  • Tractor-pulled wagon rides are part of the fun at Boo Bash Oct. 27 at Keith Mione Community Park in Mundelein.

      Tractor-pulled wagon rides are part of the fun at Boo Bash Oct. 27 at Keith Mione Community Park in Mundelein.

  • The Mundelein Park & Recreation District's Boo Bash has been expanded for 2012.

      The Mundelein Park & Recreation District's Boo Bash has been expanded for 2012.

Mundelein Park & Recreation District, Libertyville Recreation & Sports Complex department submissions

The Mundelein Park District has expanded its annual Boo Bash this year with extras like tractor-pulled wagon rides, storytelling for kids, "find-and-seek" prizes in the straw, roving costumed characters and more.

In Libertyville, the Libertyville Sports Complex again will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween Fest with a variety of activities, Tuesday, Oct. 30.

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In Mundelein, the Halloween fun is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Keith Mione Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road. The free event is open to all communities and geared to kids ages 3-11 with adult supervision; however, younger children/siblings are welcome.

Costumes are encouraged and children should dress for outdoor activities. No registration is required.

The annual Boo Bash is one of the Mundelein Park District's most popular events, bringing together nearly 50 area businesses, groups and organizations for an evening complete with indoor trick-or-treating and complimentary goodies, courtesy of partners like Dominick's Food Stores and Jewel-Osco.

But the "spook-tacular" extras don't end with the treats and ghoulish faces. Indoor displays hosted by businesses/organizations will feature free useful tips, resources and ways to get involved. Mundelein Park District will be on-hand with ways to get active, healthy and fit with your parks; Mundelein police and fire departments will be there with personnel and kids' safety tips; Mundelein After School Coalition and students will give ideas on how to work together for a strong community; and the Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County will have representatives and information on free therapeutic recreation programs and services for people of all ages with disabilities or special needs.

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In Libertyville, the indoor Sports Complex will be transformed from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, with games and activities for families with kids ages 10 and younger. The event is presented by the Recreation & Sports Complex department of the village, Route 45 and Peterson Road.

The event will feature a pumpkin patch, train and hay rides, inflatable and interactive games, entertainment and the Herbie Car from the Volo Auto Museum. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Advance registration is suggested. Preregistration cost is $5 for resident and nonresident kids; free for adults and grandparents. For information, call (847) 918-7275. Day of event registration is $8.

The event is sponsored by Libertyville Chevrolet, the Robot Factory, Dental Works, the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation and Lots for Tots.

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