It’s the season for tricks and treats, candy and costumes, and pumpkins and pumpkin pie. The closer we get to Halloween, the more events will be popping up all over town! This year your family can enjoy everything from a Fall Fest at the Farmers’ Market to a free Halloween Skate Party! Check out information for all of the events below and review the safety tips brought to you by the City of Evanston.
Friday, October 25: Halloween “HallaDaze”
Come to Fleetwood-Jourdain Center for an evening of fun including games, live entertainment with a magic show, spooky clowns, exotic balloons, face painting and refreshments. See if you can recognize the staff dressed in their costumes. Children ages 4-12 are invited to attend on Fri., Oct. 25 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free. Call 847-448-8254 for more info. The Center is located at 1655 Foster St
Friday, October 25: Halloween “Zombie Walk”
The Evanston Public Library will host the 2nd Annual Zombie Walk/Marcha de Muertos on Friday, October 25 from 6-8pm. Library staff and volunteers from Northwestern student groups will be helping with scary makeup makeovers. There will also be snacks, games and chances to win prizes. As darkness falls, the Library Outreach Team and their volunteers will join teens as they haunt the city of Evanston as the walking dead. (Parents are welcome to watch.) This event is recommended for grades 6-12 but all ages are welcome. The event is free. Participants are requested to bring a non-perishable food item to the event. This food will be donated to Evanston's Hillside Food Pantry.
Saturday, October 26: Bug-A-Boo Halloween Walk
Hosted by the Evanston Ecology Center, this non-frightening Halloween event showcases nocturnal animals that can be found here in Evanston. Learn more about these local critters as you travel around outside with costumed volunteers and finish with snacks at the Ecology Center. The theme this year is “Bioluminescence or Glow in the Dark”. This hour-long program is suitable for ages 2 and up and will be held at the Ecology Center and the adjacent Ladd Arboretum on Sat. Oct 26 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The free is $5 per person ($3 per person for members of the Evanston Environmental Association). To avoid overcrowding or long waits, please pre-register at 847-448-8256.
Saturday, October 26: Fall Fest at the Farmers’ Market
Fall Fest will take place at the Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market, University Place at Oak Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 26 at the southwest corner of the market (by the café). All children are invited to enjoy the craft activities, grab a treat bag, and decorate their own pumpkin. Costumes are encouraged! Be sure to guess the weights of the special Market pumpkins, Jack and Jill, as winners will get to take them home. More information can be found here.
Saturday, October 26: Author Reading - Paul McComas & Greg Starrett
At 3:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at the Main Library loacted at 1703 Orrington Avenue, Paul McComas and Greg Starrett will read from their wacky horror novella Fit for a Frankenstein. Recommended by Logan's Run author William F. Nolan for any reader with "fond memories of the iconic Monster," the page-turning tale pays zany homage to 1940s-era horror movies as it follows Ygor's and the Monster's quest for an XXL suit. The authors (who will be wearing Frankenstein costumes) will take questions following the reading, and copies of Fit for a Frankenstein will be available for purchase.
Thursday, October 31: Halloween Skate Party
Robert Crown Center will host their annual Halloween Skate on the Studio Rink from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 31. The first 50 skaters who come in costume will receive free admission and skate rental! The center is located at 1701 Main St. For more information, call 847-448-8258.
Thursday, October 31: Halloween Trick or Treat
Official trick-or-treating hours for the City of Evanston are 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 31.
Evanston children are encouraged to participate in the ELIMINATE Project, a partnership between the Kiwanis Club of Evanston and UNICEF looking to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. When children trick or treat, they will be asking for change for their UNICEF partners. For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Hopf at 847-475-4270.
Thursday, October 31: Halloween for Little Ones
Robert Crown Center will host a free party for preschoolers from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31. There will be games and prizes, play time activities, face painting, a musical story time, balloons and more. Nutritious snacks will be served, and participants in costume will be rewarded with treats to take home. Call 847-448-8258 for more information.
Saturday, November 2: Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Join us in the Children's Room of the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., from 10 am - 4 pm to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, a celebration of passed loved ones observed in Latin American countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala and Ecuador. In most celebrations, friends and relatives gather to celebrate the dead by sharing their greatest memories. During the Dia de los muertos Craftstravaganza, event attendees can make their own muertos folk art--from sugar skulls, skull masks, to nichos (dioramas). Aztec performers will demonstrate a drumming ceremony. Northwestern's Mexican Folkloric Dance group will also perform. To top off the celebration, altares (shrines) made by Evanstonians will be on display, competing for best in show and a free roundtrip ticket to Mexico via AeroMexico airlines. Event attendees will vote for the winner! Free and open to all ages. For more information or to compete in the altares competition, call Daylily Alvarez at 847-847-8658 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC Safety Tips
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Health and Safety Tips for the season. For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.
Below are tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.
• Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
• Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
• Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
• Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
• Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
• Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
• Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
• Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
• Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
• Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
• Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.
• Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?
• Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables and cheeses.
• Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
• Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
• Keep candle-lit jack-o’-lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
• Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.