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Halloween activities will haunt area this weekend

A list of Halloween-related activities through Tuesday, Oct. 31.


• Camp Tuckabatchee, 1973 N. 35th Road in Dayton Township, north of Ottawa, will sponsor its annual haunted camp from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28. Admission will be $7 per person, with proceeds assisting Camp Tuck. Additional information is available at 815-433-2984 and camptuckabatchee.org.

• The YMCA's Family Fun Halloween Movie Fun Night will run 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and include a screening of the animated film “Monster House.” Members will be admitted for free and nonmembers will be charged $5.

• "Terror in the Square" will be staged 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Washington Square. Activities will include trick-or-treating, a scavenger hunt, costume contests and sand art.

• Pleasant View, 505 College Ave., will open for indoor trick-or-treating from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. A raffle drawing for one boys and one girls children's bicycle will be included. Donations of Halloween candy will be accepted until Monday.

• Children can trick or treat at Ottawa downtown businesses 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Posters will be mounted on the windows of participating businesses. Trick-or-treating will be sponsored by the Ottawa Downtown Merchants group.


• First Assembly of God, 1902 S. Church St., will sponsor a trunk-or-treat event and black light puppet show 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Admission will not be charged. For more information, visit facebook.com/streatorfirstassembly.

• Friends of Streator Public Library will sponsor a book giveaway 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the library, 130 S. Park St. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and can have their fortunes told while eating homemade fortune cookies.

• Streator Downtown Area Businesses will sponsor trick-or-treating from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28. Look for businesses with pumpkins in their windows; these stores will offer candy giveaways.

• Streator Community Center, 701 S. Sterling St., will host a Halloween dance and costume contest for children in grades four through six 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Admission will be $2.


• Rivershores HealthCare and Rehabilitation Centre, 578 Commercial St., will host its annual "Boo Bash," 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Trick-or-treating, crafts, costumes, raffles and refreshments will be included. A raffle drawing will be at 3:30 p.m. followed by trunk-or-treat in the front parking lot. Call 815-795-5121 for more information.


• The Utica Fire Protection District's haunted house will be at the fire station, 2945 E. Eighth Road (Route 178 south of U.S. 6). Hours will be 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Admission will be $7 for adults and $5 for students. The firehouse is handicapped-accessible. To learn more, call 815-667-4113.

• Earlville-based Save Our American Raptors will sponsor a live owl demonstration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Fort St. Louis de Illinois Visitor Center at Starved Rock State Park.

 • Starved Rock Foundation-sponsored activities will take place the same day, including a craft session for children from 5 to 7 p.m. in the cabin behind the Visitor Center. Starved Rock Storyteller Bill Myers will spin tales beginning at 7 p.m. Hikes to the top of Starved Rock, at 5 and 6 p.m., will feature owl and bat tales from the hike’s guide. Call 815-667-4906 for additional information.


• Trunk or treat festivities will be Sunday, Oct. 29. Pumpkin carving will start at 4:30 p.m.; pumpkins will be provided, but guests must bring their own carving utensils. Trunk or treat will begin at 5:30 p.m., and hot dogs will be served at 6:30 p.m. Guests are asked to bring finger foods to share. Call 815-667-4611 to learn more.


• "Hometown Halloween" will take place Saturday, Oct. 28, in downtown La Salle. A parade will begin with a 10:45 a.m. lineup at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 209 Gooding St., followed by the costume parade and judging at 11:15 a.m. Children can trick or treat at downtown businesses beginning at 11:30 a.m., and the K of C will host children’s games, lunch, a petting zoo and dog costume contest noon to 3 p.m. Hegeler Carus Mansion tours will run from noon to 3 p.m.


• "Terror in the Timber," an outdoor show, will take place in Sannauk Forest Preserve on U.S. 34 between Somonauk and Sandwich. Hours will be 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, with a 5:30 p.m. Saturday twilight performance is for younger children, followed by the regular presentation. Admission will be $8 for guests ages 11 and older, and $6 for those 10 and younger. The event is sponsored by the Sandwich High School music department.

• The Sandwich Park District's annual harvest moon hayride and campfire will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Knights Park. Following the last hayride, a Halloween egg hunt will take place. Costumes and flashlights are recommended. To learn more, email sandwichparkdistrict@comcast.net or call 815-786-8044.

• The Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce and the merchants of downtown Sandwich will sponsor the eighth annual Halloween Walk noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to show up in costume at the downtown gazebo, where they will be given treat bags and maps of participating stores.


• A haunted house, sponsored by Minonk Emergency Management, will run Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 and 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the shed behind the water tower. Hours will be 6 to 9 p.m., with admission at $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.


• Cedar Creek Ranch, 249 Route 71, will be the site of Fright Trail 6, a haunted trail attraction. Food, games and live entertainment will be included. The trail will be open 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28. Call 815-481-3337 for more information.


• Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., is hosting its annual Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road haunted attraction from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28. Food and a bonfire will be featured. For more information, call 815-875-2905, visit nightmareonfairgroundsroad.com or look up the event’s Facebook page.

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