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Halloween activities for all ages, Trick-or-treat times

Published: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 11:04 a.m. CDT
(SVM file photo by Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
The Reagan Middle School marching band starts off the Dixon Lions Club Halloween parade last year, leading the little ghouls and goblins through the route.

Whiteside County

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.

Halloween house

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.

Lee County

Monster breakfast

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.

Halloween parade

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 party

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.

Ogle County

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.

Haunted houses

Haunted Haven

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.

Raven’s Grin

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.

Trick-or-treat times

• 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.

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