The following events occur during October 2013 in the metro-east.
4-5 -- Belleville Chili Cookoff. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Main Street, downtown Belleville. Chili vendors selling samples. Vote for your favorite: $1 per vote. Chili Chase 5K Run/Walk & Kids Pepper Dash, Saturday. Junior Idol Competition on Saturday. Music. Hosted by Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce.
5 -- Lebanon Fall Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., first three blocks of West St. Louis Street. Vendors showcasing handmade merchandise, food vendors. Free admission. Sponsored by Lebanon Chamber of Commerce.
5 -- Passion With Pork Car Cruise. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., O'Fallon.
5 -- Benefit Bike Ride. Creole House, Prairie du Rocher. Sponsored by Randolph County Historical Society.
5 -- McKendree University Homecoming. Parade 11 a.m., followed by an outdoor picnic. Family fun and inflatables for kids on the campus quad. Tailgating before the football game kicks off at 1:30 p.m.
5 -- Copper Creek Christian Church Fall Festival, noon-4 p.m., Copper Creek Christian Church, 2184 Vadalabene Drive, Maryville. Free admission. Amusement rides, food, game booths. Six free tickets for each person; additional tickets 25 cents each. All rides, games and food items are 1 ticket. Hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, soda.
5 -- Fall Farm Day & Rock the Barn Concert. Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville. Hay rides, bluegrass music, pulled pork sandwiches, vintage farm tools, kids activities. Music and dancing at night.
5 -- Harvest Moon Festival. Ruma Park, West Mill Street, Ruma. Wine tasting, beer stand, vendors, music. Admission $1-$5.
5-7 -- Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree. Eckert's Orchards, Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton farms. Ride a wagon to the pumpkin patch to pick out your favorite. Country music, pony rides, funnel cakes, festival foods, childrens activities, petting farm.
6 -- Wild Wheels Car Show, Wild Country nightclub, Collinsville.
6 -- Taste of Germany. German meal at Fischer's Restaurant, Belleville. Sponsored by Belleville Sister Cities.
11-12 -- Steeleville Octoberfest. 107 W. Broadway. Parade at 6 p.m. Friday. Food, music, washer tournament, kids crafts, variety show, crafts, Little Mr. and Mrs. Octoberfest coronation.
12 -- Freeburg Chili Cookoff. Freeburg Recreation Park, 300 E. Hill St. Chili cook-off, salsa contest, bike show, truck pulls, washer tournament, car cruise, music, flea market, craft show.
12 -- PumpkinFest. Waterloo Couthouse Square, 100 S. Main St., Waterloo. Pumpkin events and games for all ages, contests, crafts, entertainment, food and drinks, costume parade.
12 -- Hope Car Show. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hope Christian Church, 9273 Coach Stop Road, Columbia. Open to cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, special interest vehicles. Registration 9 a.m.-noon. Food, attendance prizes, silent auction. Dash plaques for the first 100 cars. $10 for display. $15 to be judged. Judging at noon. Awards at 3:30. Proceeds fund the Baxmeyer & Baum Memorial Scholarship (in honor of Kathy and Kadin Braxmeyer and Austin Baum). Information: Bob Wakeman at 618-541-7336 or Kathy Wakeman at firstname.lastname@example.org
12-13 -- Art in the Park. Lindendale Park, Highland. Nearly 70 professional artists display their works of fine art in 12 categories. Children can shop for $5 in gallery of art donated by the artists. Food, entertainment. Free admission.
12-13 -- Flags Over the Mississippi. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, Hartford. Native American, French, Spanish, English and American re-enactors in period and civilian period clothing depict nations that fought for control of the rich resources of the Mississippi River Valley. Free admission and parking.
12-13 -- Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree. Eckert's Orchards, Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton farms. Ride a wagon to the pumpkin patch to pick out your favorite. Country music, pony rides, funnel cakes, festival foods, childrens activities, petting farm.
19 -- Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off. Downtown Mascoutah. Chili cook-off contest. Car Show. Craft fair with free childrens crafts, entertainment all day, 50/50 drawing, downtown merchants open all day.
19 -- Freaky Five 5K Halloween Run/Walk. Caseyville Park, 40 W. Reynolds, Caseyville. Kids fun run at 4:30; 5K at 5 p.m. Bonfire after run. Entry forms at www.caseyville.org.
19 -- Dupo Chili Cook-off and Craft Festival. 11a.m.-4:30 p.m., Dupo Community Park. Food and drink booths, car show, arts and crafts, live music, Walk of Honor, cow bingo, wine tasting, $5 armbands.
19-20 -- Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree. Eckert's Orchards, Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton farms. Ride a wagon to the pumpkin patch to pick out your favorite. Country music, pony rides, funnel cakes, festival foods, childrens activities, petting farm.
20 -- Leclaire Parkfest. Leclaire Park, 900 Hale Ave., Edwardsville. Dixieland jazz and bluegrass, noon-5 p.m.; wine and beer garden, festival food, arts and crafts, games, pet adoptions. DAR book sale. Exhibits of historic photos and narrated trolley tours tell the story of the former Village of Leclaire. Free admission.
20 -- St. Pius V Fall Parish Festival. 7687 Walsh Road, Walsh. Fried chicken and pork sausage dinner ($9.50). Country store, quilt raffle.
25 -- Halloween Party. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Community Building, 909 S. Main St., Caseyville. Free admission. Game tickets four for $1. Hay ride. Costume contest. Halloween photograph, $4. Hot dogs and chili $1; soda and chips 50 cents. Sponsored by Caseyville Fire Auxiliary. Receive one special raffle ticket for a can of food or cash donation to the Caseyville Food Pantry.
26-27 -- Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree. Eckert's Orchards, Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton farms. Ride a wagon to the pumpkin patch to pick out your favorite. Country music, pony rides, funnel cakes, festival foods, childrens activities, petting farm.
27 -- Mascoutah Halloween Parade. 2 p.m. Sunday, Leu Civic Center, 213 N. Market. Kids march in parde that begins at the Moose Lodge, 111 N. Second St., and ends at Leu Civic Center, 213 N. Market. Free. Party, food, costume contests, children's games.
27 -- Witches Night Out. 221 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Dress up as a witch for this ghouls' night out shopping event. Spooky music and historic buildings provide a haunting backdrop for some wicked good fun. Costumes encouraged.
31 -- Scare Square and Pumpkin Glow. City Hall parking lot, 100 S. Main St., Columbia. Halloween fun, trunk-or-treating for kids and pumpkin-carving/glow contest for all ages. Free admission.
31 -- Trunk or Treat, Waterloo Couthouse Square, 100 S. Main St., Waterloo. Organizations provide a safe trick-or-treating environment for kids. Candy checkpoint sponsored by the Waterloo Fire Department and Monroe County EMS. Free admission.