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This week's Halloween and fall festivals

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  • A display of pumpkins is part of the fun at the annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival.

    A display of pumpkins is part of the fun at the annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival.
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This weekend

BatFest: Batavia Riverwalk, Houston Street and Island Avenue: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Halloween parade at 11:45 a.m.; games, hayrides, downtown trick-or-treating, stories and songs, and costume contest at 1:30 p.m. and Monster Mash at 1 p.m. Pumpkin Roll from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $1 per roll; bring your own pumpkin or buy one from the Boy Scouts. Albright Theatre presents "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Haunted Quarry starts at 7 p.m. Visit

Halloween in the Hollow: Sabatino Park, Winmoor Drive and Willow Lane, Sleepy Hollow: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Sleepy Hollow Service Club's costume parade for different age groups, complete with prizes. Bonfire at dusk with a visit from the Headless Horseman. Free. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 27. Visit

Halloween Party: Grafelman Park, Route 72 and Fifth Street, West Dundee: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Entry fee is a canned or boxed food donation for the local food pantry. Crafts, pumpkin decorating contest, games, face painting, hay maze, hay wagon rides, house decorating contest, Halloween costume contest, parade and scavenger hunt. Visit

Palatine Halloween Party: Community Center, 250 E. Wood St., Palatine: 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26. Games, goodies, crafts and "Cold Blooded Creature Show." $5-$7. Buy tickets at the Community Center, Birchwood Recreation Center, Falcon Park Recreation Center or at the door, if available. (847) 991-0333 or

Nightmare on Chicago Street: Chicago Street, between Douglas Avenue and Villa Street, Elgin: 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Annual Elgin Halloween party. $10. Visit

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival: Downtown Sycamore: the 52nd annual festival runs through Sunday, Oct. 27, and features hundreds of decorated pumpkins, teen and kiddie carnivals, a scary stories program, pie-eating contest, Autumn Craft and Treasures Market, the Sycamore Chamber 10K Road Run, giant pumpkin weigh-in and golf scramble. For full daily schedule and applicable fees, visit

Trinity Church of the Nazarene's Fall Fest: Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1451 Raymond Drive, Naperville. 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Games, cake walk, "putt putt" golf, interactive shows and more. Free admission. (630) 778-0328 or

Bartlett Heritage Halloween Fest: Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main St., Bartlett. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Costume parade for kids and pets at 10 a.m. Special activities include "Monster Mash" dance contest, prizes, music, games and treats. Free. Maps will be at participating locations and online at (630) 924-4263.

Glenview New Church School's Third Annual Harvest Festival: Glenview New Church School, 74 Park Drive, Glenview. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Hayrides, bonfire, music, pie contest, pumpkin decorating, games and more. Admission is $10 per child (includes one pumpkin) or $5 per adult. Maximum cost is $30 per family. Call (847) 724-0057 or visit

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's Fall Fest: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 195 Nester Road, Elgin. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Antique car show, craft show, turkey luncheon and more. Free admission. Turkey luncheon is $7.50 per person. (847) 741-7788.

Mundelein Park District's Boo Bash: Keith Mione Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Trick-or-treating, haunted maze, tractor-pulled wagon rides, performances by the musical group Funikijam and more. Youngsters are invited to dress in costume. Free admission. (847) 866-0650 or

This week

Hoffman Estates International Food Tasting Festival: Stonegate Conference Center, 2401 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Sample ethnic cuisine from a variety of local restaurants. Co-sponsored by the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Call (847) 781-2606 or visit

Halloween BOOnanza: Community Recreation Center at the Schaumburg Park District, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Haunted house, hay rides, crafts, carnival games, moonwalk, entertainment, prizes, trick-or-treating. $10-$12; parents and babies are free. (847) 490-7020;


Pumpkin Fest: Cosley Zoo, 136 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton: Wander the pumpkin patch, pick out a favorite pumpkin and climb a straw pyramid. Admission is $5 for nonresident adults; $4 for nonresidents 55 and older; free members, Wheaton Park District members and children 17 and younger. Runs through Thursday, Oct. 31. For daily hours, visit

Pumpkinfest on the Fox: The Broken Oar, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington. The public is invited to carve/decorate pumpkins to fill a 100-foot riverfront wall at the Pumpkinfest on the Fox festival. Each night in October (at dusk), the pumpkins on the wall will be lit. Pumpkin sales and carving will be held on weekends for a $5 donation per pumpkin. Other highlights include live entertainment, free hot dogs, a pumpkin pie-eating contest and more. Proceeds go to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Weekend events run from noon to dusk on Saturdays and Sundays, through Sunday, Oct. 27. Pumpkin wall is lit nightly through Thursday, Oct. 31. (847) 639-9468 or visit

Morton Arboretum's Fall Color Fest: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Events include a scarecrow walking trail, a glass pumpkin patch, the Family Jack O'Lantern Hike and more. Runs through Thursday, Oct. 31. General admission to the arboretum is $9-$12. Children 1 and younger are free;

Tom's Fall Fest: Tom's Farm Market, 10214 Algonquin Road, Huntley: Runs through Thursday, Oct. 31. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkins, pony rides, pumpkin barrel rides and more. Weekday admission is $4-$7. $6 per person on weekends; kids under age 2 are free. (847) 669-3421 or

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