Halloween Events in Evanston 2012

Looking for something to do this Halloween in Evanston? There are plenty of events scheduled when it comes to spooky fun this year.

Sure, we celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 31, this year, but the holiday starts even earlier in Evanston. Here's a roundup of events for kids and families to put on your calendar in the days leading up to Halloween 2012.

Project Pumpkin at Northwestern University
4 – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at Northwestern University’s Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Dr.; Free.
Kids can trick-or-treat for free at Norris Center, which is decked out with themed rooms, a haunted house and a giant pumpkin bouncy house. Northwestern students will also host booths with face painting, fortune telling, cooking decorating and other activities.

Halloween Happening at Ridgeville Community House
4 – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Ridgeville Community House, 908 Seward St.; Free.
Enjoy a harvest display, haunting music and free treats at Ridgeville Park District’s Community House. 

Fairy Tale Trail at the Woman’s Club
4 – 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave.; $5 per person at the door.
For years, the Woman’s Club of Evanston has offered this non-frightening alternative to Halloween haunted houses, which is fully accessible to children with special needs. Led by mermaids, wizards, princesses and safari guides, kids travel through a series of interactive rooms populated by storybook characters and full of sensory activities. 

Robert Crown Preschool Halloween Party
10:30 a.m. – noon, Friday, Oct. 26, at the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. Free.
Preschool age children are invited to a party featuring games and prizes, professional face painting, balloons and other activities. Healthy snacks will be served, and kids who show up with a costume will be rewarded with a treat to take home.

‘HallaDaze’ at Fleetwood-Jourdain
6 – 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.; Free.
Fleetwood-Jourdain staff will be dressed in costumes for an evening of games and live entertainment, including a magic show, spooky clowns, exotic balloons, face painting and refreshments. For kids ages 4 to 12.

Bug-A-Boo Halloween Walk
Varied times, Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.; $3 members, $5 nonmembers.
If traditional Halloween activities are just too spooky, then visit the Evanston Ecolgy Center for a special Halloween walk. This year’s theme is “Alien Invaders,” and involves Ecology Center staff dressed up as invasive plants and animals in Evanston. Register kids ages 2 and up for a specific time slot in advance online or by calling 847-448-8256.

Creepy Crafts at the Main Library
3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at The Loft at Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.; Free.
Sixth- through twelfth-graders can sign up to make paper pumpkins, spiders, zombies, mummies, treats and more at The Loft. Register in advance online or by calling 847-448-8625.

Halloween Festivities at North Branch Library
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the North Branch Library, 2026 Central St.; Free.
Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to drop in anytime to take a picture with the Spooky Halloween Tree, unearth bones in a scavenger hunt, visit the haunted room and dance to the Monster Mash at the North Branch of the Evanston Public Library.

Zombie Walk at Evanston Public Library
7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, starting from the Community Room at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.; Free.
Teens and older children are invited to don their oldest, rattiest clothes and goriest, bloodiest-looking makeup for the Evanston Public Library’s first official zombie walk, which begins with zombie stories from a master storyteller and concludes with a zombie parade.

Halloween Skating Party
6:15 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Robert Crown Community Center rink, 1701 Main St.; free for those in costume.
Come in costume and skate for free at a Halloween skate at the Robert Crown Community Center. Space is limited to the first 50 skaters.

Free Showing of Sleepy Hollow
7 – 8:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.; Free.
Celebrate Halloween with a free showing of Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, in the Community Meeting Room on the first floor of the Main Library.

Trick-or-Treating in Evanston
4 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Official trick or treating hours last from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to the City of Evanston.




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