YWCA costume party
STERLING – The Eat, Drink and Be Scary costume contest, featuring carnival games, a family version of Minute To Win It, and free food, runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA, 412 First Ave. The costume contest for ages 3 and younger is at 5:30 p.m., for ages 4 to 6 at 6 p.m.; 7 to 9 at 6:30 p.m., and 10 and older at 7 p.m. Admission is a can of food. Go to www.srfymca.org or call 815-535-9622.
At Twin City Market
STERLING – Trick or treat from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 at Twin City Market, 106 Ave. A. The market’s Scarecrow Café will serve French toast, a bread bowl filled with chili, mini meatloaf with mashed potatoes and cookies. Call 815-626-8610.
ROCK FALLS – Selmi’s annual fall festival features a petting zoo, corn maze and barn playland for younger kids, weekend horse-drawn wagon rides, outdoor displays, pumpkins, gourds, apples and a gift shop 1206 Dixon Ave. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Go to www.selmi.com or call 815-626-3830.
Great Pumpkin Patch
LYNDON – The Great Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, weather permitting, through Oct. 31 at 16470 Black Road. Admission Monday through Friday is free, and $1 on Saturday and Sunday. Activities include train rides, a hay ride, a straw maze, haunted house and a corn maze. Go to thegreatpumpkinpatchfestival.startlogic.com/index.html or call 815-778-4856.
Blue Goose Run
STERLING – Blue Goose Run’s Mystery Maze II is open through Nov. 6 at 14609 Blue Goose Road. The maze is open from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with last entry at 8:30 p.m.; 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, with last entry at 8:30 p.m.; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, with last entry at 3:30 p.m. Bring flashlights after dark. Admission is $7 for ages 12 and older and $5 for ages 6 to 11. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Group reservations available. Call 815-772-7200.
ROCK FALLS – Halloween aficionado Tom Warren, 1322 Luke Lane, invites the public to tour his creeped-out home and yard from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays. It’s a fright to behold! Take the kids.
DIXON – The second annual Monster Breakfast will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Post House Ballroom, 100 W. Second St. Dine with costumed characters and feast on pancakes, eggs and sausage by Mama Cimino’s. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children, and minus $1 if you come in costume. Afterward, walk over to Haymarket Square for the Noon Lion’s Club annual Halloween parade at 10 a.m., followed by games and activities for the kids.
COMPTON – The annual Halloween parade and hot dog roast starts at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 30. Judging will start at 4 p.m., followed by the parade from the Compton Fire Department building to Compton Park. Free hot dogs, chips and hot chocolate will be served at the park. Call 815-497-3862.
Ashton Halloween events
ASHTON – A Halloween parade and party will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in the gymnasium of the Mills and Petrie Building, at 704 N. First St. Call 815-453-2213.
Franklin Grove parade
FRANKLIN GROVE – A Halloween parade and costume contest will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at AFC Elementary School, 217 S. Elm St. Call 815-456-2695.
SUBLETTE – A children’s Halloween party will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Ellice Dinges Center, 202 S. West St. Call 815-849-5432.
Mount Morris seniors
MOUNT MORRIS – A costume party will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Mount Morris Senior Center, at 9 E. Front St. Fresh apples, cider, birthday cake and ice cream will be served, and Halloween song parodies will be sung. For all ages. Call 815-734-6335.
ROCK FALLS – Haunted Haven’s haunted house is open from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2.5 miles south of Rock Falls at the intersection of state Route 40 and Grennan Road. Admission is $10; ages 13 and older only unless accompanied by a parent. Go to www.hauntedhaven.org or call 815-590-2131.
MOUNT CARROLL – Raven’s Grin Haunted House is open year round from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $13. The haunted house is at 411 N. Carroll St. For more information, go to www.hauntedravensgrin.com or call 815-244-4746.
Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road
PRINCETON – Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road will be open Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29 at the Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St. It offers haunted barns, a haunted hay rack ride, a bonfire, concessions and souvenirs. The haunted barn is open from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; cost is $8 per person or $10 if you don’t want to wait in line. Back by popular demand and better than ever is Nightmare Hotel – all the fun without the screams. It’s open to all ages from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $2. Go to www.nightmareonfairgroundsroad.com or call 815-875-2905 for more information.
Asylum of Mad Dreams
CORDOVA – The Asylum of Mad Dreams at Cordova Dragway Park, 19425 state Route 84, features six different haunted themes, including Ride to Nowhere, Chaos Carnival and The Morgue. Admission is $15, or $13 on Sundays with a high school or college student ID. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 30. Not recommended for children younger than 8. Go to www.aomdhaunt.com or call 815-772-3231.
• Sterling: 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
• Rock Falls: 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
• Dixon: 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.
• Compton: 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 30.
• Morrison: 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
• Ashton: 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 30.
• Franklin Grove: 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
• Oregon: 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
• Polo: 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
• Amboy: 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 30.
• Milledgeville: 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.
• Fulton: 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 29.
• Sublette: 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.
• Chadwick: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.
• Lyndon: 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.
• Whiteside County: 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.