The Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd. in Elgin, will host a "Sweet Science Night," "Scary Tales!," a bison blessing and more.
• Learn about skunks at "Storytime at the Museum" on Saturday, Oct. 7! Skunks are the theme of the second of the reading programs. Join Marge Fox and your friends as you explore the wonderful world of these little guys. It is free, but donations accepted. Reading will start promptly at 11 a.m. at the museum.
• On Saturday, Oct. 7, be a part of the Bison Blessing from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Lords Park Zoo. Stand in a circle, go through some Native American rituals and bless the bison. The circle will be led by Joseph "Standing Bear" Schranz. It is free.
• On Friday, Oct. 13, stop by "Sweet Science Night" to learn some scientific tricks and treats from 6 to 8 p.m. at the museum. Let your favorite candies teach you a cauldron full of cool lessons concerning density, acidity, chemical reaction and more! Different stations will be set up around the museum for kids and parents for trick-or-treat before taking part in experiments and demonstrations. This is a drop-in program, so no registration is required. The fee is $2 per person; members are admitted free.
• "Scary Tales!" will be 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the museum. For more than 25 years, Mike Speller has performed on stage and on camera all over the United States. A skilled improviser and experienced storyteller, he also holds a teaching degree in speech and theater. Mike would like to share stories with you for an unforgettable ride to the destination of your choice. Refreshments will be served. This program is better for adults and mature children. Cost is $5, $3 for members.
• On Sunday, Oct. 29, the museum will host its annual Day of the Dead celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a food truck. Francesca will have painting of skulls and balloons, making of God's eye, and making paper flowers. The offrenda will again be made by Lucy Lopez and friends. Treats will be available, and several people will be selling crafts. The Elgin Public Museum will have a T-shirt designed by Cristina Colungo for sale.