Put yourself into fest mode because it’s officially time to celebrate fall. We’ve already started to make our rounds, visiting the apple orchard, working on Halloween costumes and planning a trip to the pumpkin patch. We have a few other tricks up our sleeve when it comes to keeping the Halloween celebration going all month.
My neighborhood will kick things off with Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at 13301 S. Baltimore Ave. in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.
Come out for a beer garden, food tents, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, a pumpkin patch, face painting and a bake sale. DJ Louie “Bird” Aguilar and the Private Investigators will provide music.
Alderman John Pope, 10th Ward, the Hegewisch Community Committee and ONT Media will present the event.
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I think the little guy is probably old enough now to go to Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration, taking place from Oct. 19 to 27 at the zoo, 31st Street and First Avenue in Brookfield, Ill.
The popular daytime event features a costume parade, costume showcase, professional pumpkin-carving demonstrations, not-so-scary games and activities, special animal Zoo Chats and haunted hayrides.
For more information, visit www.CZS.org or call (708) 688-8000.
The Calumet Memorial Park District is looking for volunteers 18 or older for its own Halloween tradition, the Haunted Hay Ride. You can go boo and scare attendees Oct. 25 or 26. The hay ride is from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more details or to volunteer, call Mollie Schneider at (708) 862-0880 or e-mail Mollie@MyCMPD.com.
Lansing Autumn Fest is scheduled for Oct. 11 to 13 in downtown Lansing, at Ridge Road and Henry Street.
During this annual family-friendly event, they will bring “hometown back to downtown." Friday will feature brats, burgers, beer and bands. Saturday and Sunday, come for the arts and crafts, bands, bingo, car show, children's activities, food vendors, hayrides and more.
For more information or to be a sponsor or vendor, contact the Lansing autumn fest committee at P.O. Box 176 in Lansing, IL 60438.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 474-4170 for more information.