All dressed up for Halloween and no place to go?
Here are some solutions for parents, kids and even pets. Choose your favorite event, from trunk-or-treating to pet parades to Halloween parties.
Downtown Trick-or-Treat -- All kids ages 12 and under can enjoy a fun, safe trick-or-treat from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday in Historic (spooky) downtown Belleville. All trick-or-treaters must be in costume and must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
Hope Church Fall Festival -- A children's hayride, a bonfire with s'mores, indoor games, cotton candy hot dogs, chips, cupcakes and popcorn are all part of the action leading up to inside door-to-door trick-or-treating. The fun goes from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, 200 Dapron Drive in Belleville. Children can wear or bring their costumes.
Pet Parade -- Kids aren't the only ones allowed to dress up for Halloween. Members of the Pet Lover Coalition hope a whole bunch of pets in costume participate in their Pet Parade a 2 p.m. Saturday. They will walk from the Belleville Parks and Recreation Department headquarters at 510 W. Main St. to Pitcher's Sports Bar and Grill at West Main and First streets. A costume contest will follow. Registration begins at 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Parks and Recreation. The cost is $10 per costumed pet. People walk for free. Volunteers from animal rescue groups will be walking dogs that will be available for adoption, too.
Halloween Skate Party -- You can take part in a costume parade, screaming/howling contest, musical pumpkins and skull scramble from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Fun Spot Skating and Party Center, 1400 West Blvd., Belleville. Admission is $7; skate rental is $2. This is a "non-scary" event.
First Christian Fall Festival -- Kids can go trunk-or-treating, get their faces painted, jump in the bounce house, play carnival game sna eat chili and hot dogs from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 5929 Old St. Louis Church in Belleville. Then, there will be msic by the Praise Band, a bonfire and s'mores from 6 to 8. Bring a lawnchair.
Halloween Paws on Parade -- Bring your four-legged friends, all dolled up in their Halloween costumes, to the Silver Creek Saloon, 2520 Mascoutah Ave. in Belleville, for a costume contest on Sunday. The Belleville Animal Clinic is sponsoring the event from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. It includes prizes for best costume, a hot dog bar and pet sitting by BAC staff. You can meet Gus, the newest addition to the Belleville Police Department's Canine Unit, along with Trauma ad Art. Proceeds and donations benefit the Canine Unit.
Trunk-or-Treat -- The kids can have lots of Halloween fun and you can help a good cause at the same time. Call for Help and The Sexual Assault Victimes Care Unit are sponsoring a Trunk-or-Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday on the parking lot at 5600 North Belt West (between the Skyview Drive-In and Crehan's Irish Pub). The free family-friendly event is all about Halloween fun, costumes and treats. Information: Artresha Williams, 618-397-0975.
Halloween Party -- Trunk-or-treating will be going on from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Caseyville Moose Lodge, 8550 Bunkum Road in Caseyville. There will be free cupcakes and hot chocolate for children. Hot dogs ($1) and chili and chili dogs ($2) will be available for purchase.
Fall Festival on Main Street -- Kids and pets will get to strut their Halloween finest at a costume contest Saturday on the main stage; pets at noon; kids (pre-K through kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 4-6) at 1 p.m. There's trick-or-treating from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street and a chili cookoff from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Costume Contest and Halloween Walk -- Ghosts, goblins, pricesses and pirates will be vying for prizes Saturday in this free event Saturday at the Edwardsville City Park Bandstand. Registration is from 11 to 11:30 am. Judging begins at noon. Prizes for four age categories and group costumes include savings bonds courtesy of GCS Fedreral Credit Union. Free 4-by-6 photo taken by Walgreens. Trick-or-treating(*18*)on Main Street follows the contest. Edwardsville High School Community Service Chamber Orthestra performs at 11 a.m. It's sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Lions Club.
Halloween Parade -- Kids can show off their Halloween finest for a Costume Contest and Halloween Parade Sunday in Mascoutah. The costume contest starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 111 N. Second St. The parade starts at 2 at the Moose Lodge and ends at the Leu Civic Center, 213 N. Market St. Free food and games will be available at the Leu center.