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Halloween roundup: Haunted houses, parties, trick-or-treating events and more

Karen Sorensen | 10/15/2015, 7:59 a.m.
No shortage of events in our area -- you could attend one or more a day for the next two-plus ...

Break out those Halloween costumes early for these events being held in the two weeks before the big holiday:

Hayride of Horror, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, Dellwood Park, Route 171 and Woods Drive, Lockport. A haunted hayride takes you on a journey through the underworld of Dellwood Park. Clips of the scariest Halloween movies will air on our 20-foot outdoor movie screen, bonfire, food and drinks for purchase. Cost is $12 or $17 for a fast pass.

Village of Screamfield, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 25, Plainfield Police Department, 14300 Coil Plus Drive, Plainfield. The haunted house is presented by the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence and is designed for middle and high school students and adults. Tickets are $10.

Mayor Scream’s Screamfest, 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 and 23, Plainfield Police Department, 14300 Coil Plus Drive, Plainfield. The family-friendly event presented by the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence and will include a mild haunted house, trick-or-treating, face painting, games, a hayrack ride and more. Tickets are $5. Admission is free for children 4 years and younger.

“The Spirit Of All Hallows Eve,” 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 17-18, Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. Halloween play for all ages presented by the Bard's Guild Theater. Admission is $5. Anyone wearing a costume will receive an entry to win a glowing pumpkin. The Spooky Boo-tiqueee will sell Halloween items, Spirit Sweet Shop sells Halloween treats and the “Green Halloween Crazy Craft Corner” will be set up to make-and-take a glowing Halloween candy decoration out of a recycled bottle for 50 cents. Reservations are recommended. Call 815-724-3761 or email bipark@jolietcity.org.

Adult Costume Party, 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 17, Friendship Centre at Highpoint, 175 Highpoint Drive, Romeoville. Hosted by Romeoville Mayor John Noak as a fundraiser for the village's Youth Outreach Commission. Event includes a costume contest, DJ, dancing, appetizers, 50/50 raffle, Chinese raffle and photographer. Cost is $20. Purchase tickets at the Romeoville Recreation Department, Romeoville Village Hall, HighPoint or DuCap. Information: 815-886-6222, www.romeoville.org.

Zombie Prom, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17, Skateland Recreation Center, 25334 West Eames St., Channahon. Sponsored by the Plainfield Park District, the event is open to children in grades 5 through 8. Entertainment, food and contests for the scariest, cutest couple and most creative costumes. Cost is $10.

Marquette Bank Free Halloween Kids Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 17, 1876 W. Airport Road, Romeoville. Free Halloween party with games, refreshments and a clown. Children are encouraged to dress up. Information: 815-609-3219.

Mini Pumpkin Bats for Adults and Teens, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, White Oaks Library, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill. Create and paint pumpkin bats for Halloween decorations. Register online at http://whiteoaklibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventCalendar.aspx, in person, or by phone. Information: Amanda Marolf at 815-552-4280, amarolf@whiteoaklibrary.org.

Spooky Tales Party for Kids, 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21, White Oak Library, 121 E. 8th St., Lockport. Children are urged to dress up in Halloween costumes for some not-so-scary tales and games. All ages welcome. Registration recommended. Register online at http://whiteoaklibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventCalendar.aspx, in person, or by phone.