VALPARAISO | It’s the weekend before Halloween and there are tons of events going on around Porter County! Did we miss something? Share on one of our community Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/valpocommunity, www.facebook.com/dunelandcommunity or www.facebook.com/portagecommunity!
Fall Harvest Fest: From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday Oct. 25 downtown Valparaiso and Central Park Plaza. Wear your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door in Valparaiso’s downtown to get some tasty treats from our restaurants and retailers. At Central Park Plaza there will be free hayrides provided by the Valparaiso Parks Department, live entertainment at the Porter Health Amphitheater with Leonardo and the Makin' Waves Band and free Fall Photos in the park provided by The Times!
Fall Harvest Fest at the Museum: Stop by the Porter County Museum of History during the Fall Harvest Fest from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Activities will include Bozo Buckets, Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin, Spider Suckers, Guess the Number of Candy Corn, and more. Activities are sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi, the educational honor society of Valparaiso University.
The Great Pumpkin Spooktacular: At 6:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 25 at the Memorial Opera House in downtown Valparaiso. MOH will enchant you with a night of laughter, spooky tales and endless Halloween fun in this event that is great for kids all of ages. A not-too-scary Halloween celebration - big on spoof and just a little bit spooky! Wear your costume for the Great Pumpkin Parade on stage. Admission $8 for every age! Get more information and buy your tickets:http://tickets.mohlive.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=25
A Night of Edgar Allen Poe: 8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday Oct. 26 at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens. Come for an evening of radio-style, terrifying tales by candlelight. Enjoy coffee and dessert while listening to these great dark and moody classics – “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Raven” and “The Masque of the Red Death.” These auto-classics are read by legendary British actor Basil Rathbone, famed for his 1920s-1960s theater and movie career. Recommended for adults only. It’s $5 and to register, visit: http://www.taltree.org/event/edgarallanpoe/.
Chicago Street Theatre’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”: Performances at 8 p.m. Thursday Oct. 24 and Friday Oct. 25 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 27. This Halloween, Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre invites audiences to unleash the monster within with their exciting new retelling of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. The play, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” promises some twists and surprises for those who love a good monster story for this time of year. For more information, visit www.chicagostreet.org/.
Monster Dash Halloween Run: Sunday Oct. 27 beginning and ending at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso. The event starts at 1 p.m. with the 1K starting at 2 p.m. and the 5K at 2:30 p.m. Dress as your favorite super hero, villain or fairy tale character for this costume fun run that is stroller-friendly. 1K is $15, 5K is $25 or $30 for both. Call the Park Office at (219) 462-5144 to sign up.
Haunted Trail Rides: From 6 to 10 p.m. Friday Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. Sponsored by ABATE, the scary event is $10 for adults and children ages 6 and younger are free.
Trick-or-Treat Downtown Chesterton: From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday Oct. 25 in downtown and Thomas Centennial Park. Bring your costumed kiddos for trick-or-treating in downtown Chesterton! Look for orange event flyers in the windows of participating businesses along Indian Boundary, Calumet and Broadway. Be sure to stop by the Chamber parking lot and Thomas Centennial Park for extra treats!
Pumpkin Hunt: 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 26 at Westchester Township History Museum in Chesterton. Children ages 6 to12 are invited to a Pumpkin Hunt at the museum. There is no charge for attendance. Polly the Pirate has stolen all of the Brown Mansion’s Halloween candy and hidden it in a chest full of pumpkins. Attendees are asked to help the museum staff find the missing Halloween candy in this treasure hunt at the museum.
After the candy is found, participants may paint a pumpkin for their Halloween or fall decorations. Parents or guardians must accompany their children.
Boo Bash: From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 27 at the Community Center in Hawthorne Park. Does your 0-13 year old have their costume picked out for the big Boo Bash costume contest this Sunday? Games, prizes, decorate a doughnut and more with costume contest judging at 2 p.m. For more information, call (219) 921-1687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haunted Hayride: From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 24, Friday Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26 at Woodland Park in Portage. $3 per person. For more information, call (219) 762-1675.
Trunk-or-Treat: From 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday Oct. 27 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Portage. Trick-or-treating in the church parking lot.