You don’t have to wait for Oct. 31 for the Halloween fun to begin. Here are some events scheduled for this weekend in the metro-east that will get you and your trick-or-treaters in the spirit. It wouldn’t be Halloween without some parades for costumed pets and humans, costume contests and some early-bird trick-or-treating. You’ll find more Halloween events in the What’s Happening listings on page 8B.
Howl’oween Pet Parade
Think how great Fido and his big ears would look in a Yoda from Star Wars costume. And your German shepherd might just be a prize winner as a Frozen princess.
If you can talk them into it, bring your pets to the Belleville Area Humane Society’s How’oween Pet Parade and Costume Contest at 1 p.m. Sunday. The parade starts at Ninth and West Main streets and ends with a Street Fest in front of Pitcher’s Sports Pub & Pizzeria, 104 West Main St.
Entry fee is $10 per dog; $25 for a business entry. It’s free for humans. Both four-leggers and two-leggers are encouraged to dress up to help less fortunate pets. Register online at www.bahspets.com or at the shelter, 1301 S. 11th St. in Belleville (618-235-3712). On Sunday, registration and parade lineup is at 12:15 p.m. at Ninth and Main.
The Street Fest fun includes music by DJ, a photo booth, face painting, costume contest and prizes.
Collinsville Fall Festival
Main Street will be flowing with costumed kids and pets during the Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Collinsville.
There will be trick-or-treating at Main Street merchants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A chili cookoff is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A Kids Costume Contest begins at noon with prizes in four age groups for most creative, TV/movie/cartoon and Mayor’s Choice.
A Critter Crawl Pet Parade begins at 2 p.m. Gather at 1:30 p.m. in the Dog Park at 509 West Main St.
The event is presented by Collinsville Main Street and Scott Credit Union.
Merchants have stocked up on treats for the little pricesses and ghosts who will come a’callin’ from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Historic Main Street for Halloween Columbia’s Halloween Hi-Jinks.
Admission is free.
Halloween on the Farm
Kids ages 10 to 14 can have a spooktacular time from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Willoughby Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane in Collinsville.
They’ll roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a fire, go on a haunted trail hike, hear ghost stories, go on a hayride and carve up some jack-’o-lanterns. Wear your costume.
The cost is $16 for non-residents, $14 for Collinsville residents. Reservations are requested.
Register online at www.collinsvillerec.com, call 618-346-7529 or visit the CARD Activity Center at 10 Gateway Drive, Collinsville.