From ‘trunk or treats’ to costume pet parades, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at these Halloween events.
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▪ Oct. 17-30 — ‘Boo at the Zoo’ nights at the Saint Louis Zoo. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, through Monday, Oct. 30. Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis. This event features decorations, interactive storytellers, educational activities, kids’ games and more family-friendly, non-scary Halloween entertainment. Tickets cost $6 for zoo members and $7 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at the zoo until 4 p.m. or at the door during the event.
▪ Oct. 20 — Downtown Belleville YMCA Trunk or Treat. 6-8 p.m. Friday. 200 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Free community event and open to the public. The trunk or treat features games, crafts, popcorn and candy. Visit the dunk tank to welcome new Executive Director John Heater to the community.
▪ Oct. 20 — Auffenberg Dealer Group Trunk or Treat. 4-7:30 p.m. Friday. Auffenberg Dealer Group, 105 Auto Court, O’Fallon. There will be candy, costume contests, games and a photo booth. All activities are free.
▪ Oct. 20 — McKendree Metrorec Plex Trunk or Treat. 5:30-8 p.m. Friday. McKendree Metrorec Plex, north parking lot, 205 Rec Plex Drive, O’Fallon. A trick or treating opportunity for kids and treat giving opportunity for adults. There will be free fall fun at this community-inspired event.
▪ Oct. 20-21 — Looking Glass Playhouse: Annual Haunted Happenings tour. Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. Saint Louis St., Lebanon. Tours leave every 15 minutes starting at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Final tour each night leaves at 9 p.m. Costumed guides will escort small groups through downtown Lebanon to hear stories of the macabre, silly and scary. Warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Reservations are also recommended, especially for large groups or to secure a specific time slot, but walk-ins are welcome. Tickets cost $5. Information or to reserve tickets: email Gigi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 618-530-6124.
▪ Oct. 20-21 — Haunted Trail at Carlyle Lake. 6:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Trail begins at the Carlyle McDonalds’ parking lot with a hayride to the Little Prairie Nature trail. Admission is $6. All proceeds go to the 2018 Fireworks Spectacular. The Haunted Trail is sponsored by the Carlyle Lake Fireworks Committee and the Carlyle Optimist Club in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake.
▪ Oct. 21 — Halloween Party to benefit Once Upon a Prayer Rescue. 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday. 400 Huntwood Road, Swansea. $30 per person or $50 per couple includes dinner and drink samples. The evening features a DJ, photo booth and raffles. To reserve tickets: Wendi Norsigian, 618-622-9357 or www.paypal.me/katemister.
▪ Oct. 21 — ‘Howl-O-Ween’ dog costume parade. Registration 10:30 a.m. Parade 11 a.m. Saturday. Joe Glik Park, Edwardsville. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best pooch costume based on originality, creativity, behavior and theme with owners. The parade is free to watch. Anyone participating in the costume contest is asked to donate $20 per dog to Project Restore, an Edwardsville charity dedicated to humanitarian projects in Uganda, Africa. No puppies under 4 months of age will be allowed to participate.
▪ Oct. 21 — SNIP Alliance Crazy Bowl and Costume Party. 6-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday. Airport Plaza Bowl, 4 Erwin Plegge Blvd., Bethalto. This adult fundraiser features door prizes, 50/50, heads or tails, booze barrel raffle, costume contest and bowling. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Ticket price includes three games of bowling (9 pin no tap, Scotch doubles, crazy bowl), shoe rental, draft beer and a cash bar. Bring a bag of dog or cat food for a koozie. Tickets: SNIP Alliance Facebook page or www.snipalliance.org.
▪ Oct. 26 — Trunk or Treat. 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. East Lodge 504, 9950 St. Clair Ave., Fairview Heights. Hot chocolate, popcorn, cotton candy at this free event. It is open to the public.
▪ Oct. 27 — Halloween Trick-or-Treat. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. East Main Street between High and Charles Streets, Belleville. Kids 12 years old and younger, wearing a costume, and accompanied by an adult or guardian are invited. This free event features hot dogs, Eckert’s Farm tractor-pulled wagon rides, Fire Department’s Survive Alive House tours, kid-friendly music, candy and treats, and more. belleville.net.
▪ Oct. 27 — Metro East Social Singles Halloween Dance. 7-11 p.m. Friday. Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Open to the public, must be 21 years or older. Tickets cost $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Disc jockey for the night is Dr. Dee. There will be cash prizes for the best costume. This event features a cash bar, 50-50 drawing and attendance prizes.
▪ Oct. 27 — Trunk or Treat. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Edwardsville Masonic Lodge, 90 Kriege Farm Road, Glen Carbon. Hot dogs, chips, candy, hot cocoa. 618-656-7137.
▪ Oct. 27 — Southwestern Illinois College Trunk or Treat. 6 p.m. Friday. Southwestern Illinois Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Families and kids of all ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. There will be candy, activities and refreshments. Proceeds benefit the SWIC Culinary Arts Club. Information: Amy Brockman, 618-235-2700, ext. 5324.
▪ Oct. 28 — Historic Village of West Belleville: 2nd Annual Halloween Treat Crawl. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Starts and ends at Miscellanea House, 1111 W. Main St., Belleville. Look for orange and black balloons to find participating businesses. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and original costume.
▪ Oct. 28 — Collinsville Fall Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Collinsville. Chili cook-off and contest. Children’s costume contest and pet parade. Treat or Trick Main Street until noon or candy runs out. To enter recipe in chili cook-off go to www.discovercollinsville.com.
▪ Oct. 28 — ‘Boo at the Zoo, Spooky Saturday.’ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. St. Louis Zoo. ‘Spooky Saturday’ features educational activity stations, animal enrichment, live entertainment, crafts, games, bubble bus, pumpkin “stomp ‘n’ chomp” activities for the animals and more. See the Zoo’s website for event costume policy. Admission is free. This event is presented by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
▪ Oct. 28 — Halloween Activities at Dam West Campground. Saturday. Dam West Campground, Carlyle. Campground costume parade at 5:30 p.m. “The Amazing Things about Bats” program at the West Bay Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Campground trick or treating at 6:30 p.m. Campsite decorating judging at 8 p.m. Campers are encouraged to decorate their site with a Halloween theme for a chance to win free camping. Decorations must be family friendly.
▪ Oct. 28 — Swansea ‘Spook-Tacular.’ 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Mel Price Park, 1500 Caseyville Ave., Swansea. For unlimited games and bounce house, admission arm bands cost $5 each or $15 for family of 3 or more. This event features a kiddie parade, food trucks, trunk or treat, bounce house and games. Sponsored by the Swansea Park Board and Swansea Patriots. Proceeds benefit Swansea Parks.
▪ Oct. 29 — 5th Annual Belleville Area Humane Society ‘Howl’oween’ Pet Parade and Block Party. 1 p.m. parade, Sunday. 100 E. Washington St., Belleville. Entry is $10 per dog and $25 per business. Non-profits and dogless walkers are invited to join parade for free. Parade will start on 100 E. Washington St., Belleville, and conclude at South High Street. Block party from 1-4 p.m. on East Main Street. The block party features pet costume contest, vendors, adoption opportunities, food, music, activities for kids, prizes, raffles and more. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Information: 618-235-3712.
▪ Oct. 31 — 2017 Halloween Parade. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Downtown Edwardsville.
▪ Oct. 31 — Willowcreek ‘Trunk or Treat’ event. 3-5 p.m. Tuesday. Willowcreek, 40 N. 64th St., Belleville. A free family event. Wear your costumes and enjoy some free chili, hot dogs, candy, chips and soda. There will be a contest for the best decorated car trunk.