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Halloween Happenings

Ghouls, Goblins and Ghosts, oh my! Halloween is coming on Chicago's North Shore. Discover all the spooktacular events happening this season.

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October 20, 2018
5TH ANNUAL ZOMBIE SCRAMBLE
Run for your lives! The goal of the Zombie Scramble is for you and your team members to finish the race with all of your "lives" intact. Your "lives" are represented by flags hanging off of a flag football belt you will wear. Throughout the course, Zombies will be attempting to grab your flag as you attempt to avoid them. If you lose all of your flags you become "infected" and complete the race as an "infected" person.
Location: Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston
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October 21, 2018
SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN PARTY
North Suburban YMCA Annual “Spooktacular” Halloween Party! The North Suburban YMCA welcomes ghosts and goblins of all ages for its festival of frights and fun including inflatable bounce houses, costume contests, pony rides, a children’s haunted maze, and delicious treats. Guests can also take home souvenirs including art projects, decorated pumpkins, photo booth pictures, and goodies from indoor trick-or-treating.
Location: North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook
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October 24, 2018 - October 28, 2018
A NIGHT OF 1,000 JACK-O'-LANTERNS
More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. Purchase light snacks and drinks such as cider and ale on the Esplanade before you head onto the path. Along the path, stop over at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for more hearty seasonal fare. Event is held rain or shine. Due to the popularity of this event, we encourage you to buy tickets in advance.  
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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October 26, 2018
BOONANZA
BOO-Nanza: Children, ages 10 years and younger, are welcome to spend a bewitching afternoon at the CRC (Creepy Reeky Castle) filled with spook-tacular fun. Decorate your own pumpkin and create a craft. Enjoy spooky storytelling, hayrides, magic show and inflatables. It’s all FREE and kid-friendly! Note: Limited number of pumpkins available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Location: Wheeling Community Recreation Center , 100 Community Boulevard, Wheeling
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October 26, 2018
DAVE RUDOLF’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
Fun for the whole family with Dave Rudolf’s Halloween Spooktacular! Dave will entertain goblins of all ages with his ghost-definitely, not very scary definitely – fun songs and stories to raise the hair on your funny bone. Kids come dressed in costume and share the stage with Dave.
Location: Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka
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October 27, 2018
HALLOWEEN IN DOWNTOWN SKOKIE
Trick or treat at participating merchants in downtown Skokie. Children, ages 12 and younger in costume are welcome to participate. Pick up a bag at Crafty Beaver, Mini Man Monkey Brains or North Branch Yoga and start your adventure. Look for participating merchants with the pumpkin poster in the window!
Location: Start at Crafty Beaver Lumber, Lincoln and Oakton , Skokie
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October 27, 2018
SPOOKY SATURDAY ON THE MAIN-DEMPSTER MILE
Kids of all ages welcome! Trick or Treat the merchants of the Main-Dempster Mile, while stopping in at some special events along the way.
Location: 900 Chicago Ave,
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