Halloween is almost here and in case you don't have plans elsewhere, and there are several related activities going on in the community this weekend.
First up is the Dundee Township Park District, which is holding Hallow-Palooza from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the Rakow Center, 665 Barrington Avenue in Carpentersville. Activities include costume contests, games for prizes, spooky story time inflatables and more. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a canned good for the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville. For more information about the events and their associated fees, visit www.dtpd.org.
West Dundee is also getting in on the act.
West Dundee's Halloween party will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Grafelman Park. The day, sponsored by West Dundee and organized by community volunteers, will include hayrides through the community, a scavenger hunt, a costume contest, dancing, refreshments and more.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring a food donation for the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville.
For a complete lineup of events, visit www.wdundee.org.
As well, Spring Hill Mall will hold its Fall Family Fest Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon to 6 p.m., which includes face painting, crafts, prizes and a costume contest. Trick-or-treating inside the mall begins at 6 p.m. For more information about the mall's event, visit www.springhillmall.com
Meanwhile, there's also a chance for your pet to get in on the act, because the mall is also holding a pet costume contest from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the mall. Visit the mall's website for more information and please be careful out there.
Multicultural Festival names winner of logo contest: Congratulations are in order for Justine Wood-Massoud, a mother at Algonquin's Westfield Community School.
Her design for Community Unit Community Unit District 300's Multicultural Festival received the most votes out of the five final designs and will become the face of the festival and appear on all of its promotional materials for the next few years.
Her winning "tree of cultures" logo was unveiled at the event Sunday as part of a contest the district held to pick a logo for the festival. The public was invited to vote online for their favorite logo out of the five designed by District 300 students, parents and staff. As it turns out, three of Wood-Massoud's designs made it to the finals.
Wood-Massoud's winning design depicts a tree with leaves that show flags from around the world. She is trained in media arts and has developed logos as a hobby, according to Allison Strupeck, the district's spokeswoman. She also teaches mass media and intercultural communication at the university level, comes from a multicultural family and says she enriches her and her children's lives by learning about world cultures and values, Strupeck said.
Meanwhile, if you'd like to buy a T-shirt that features the logo, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Lenore Adkins covers Community Unit District 300, Algonquin, Carpentersville, the Dundees, Hampshire, Sleepy Hollow and Grafton Township. To reach her, send an email to email@example.com or call (847) 608-2725.