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Halloween treats: Parades, costume contests and handouts

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Whether your kids go scary, cute or politically incorrect, metro-east communities have plenty of events scheduled this weekend for them to show off their costumes. Adults and pets can get in the spirit, too. Choose your favorite and have a spooktacular Halloween.

Belleville

Princesses, ghouls, pirates, Yodas, little Donalds and Minions 12-years-old and younger can strut their stuff Friday evening during the Belleville Downtown Trick or Treat.

Downtown businesses will pass out treats between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Trick-or-treaters must be in costume and must be accompanied by an adult. The Belleville Optimist Club will provide refreshments and giveaways.

Edwardsville

Edwardsville will be Halloween heaven for kids and adults on Saturday with a children’s costume contest and trick-or-treating in early afternoon and a huge parade at 6:30 p.m.

Costumed children should arrive at City Park by 11:30 a.m. to register for the contest in one of four age categories. There is also a pet category. The Edwardsville Lions Club will begin judging at noon.

Entertainment at City Park includes the SIUE Suzuki Strings playing Halloween-ish music at 11 a.m. The Edwardsville Walgreen’s will take a photograph each participant with a fall background; parents can pick up one free copy at Walgreen’s.

Trick-or-treating will begin immediately after the costume contest. Participating Main Street merchants will be at their doors offering candy to costumed children. A map of participating merchants is available at the registration table. Admission is free. The Edwardsville Parks Department will sell hot dogs, soda and water.

More than 25,000 people are expected to line the streets of Edwardsville for the main event — the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade.

The parade, with the theme, “Miners, Mobsters & The Mother Road,” begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. It forms at the Lincoln Middle School parking lot at Schwarz and West streets, travels east on St. Louis Strreet to Vandalia Street, then north on North Main to High Street. It will include marching bands, school groups, organizations, entertainers and more than 100 floats.

Spectator parking is available in the super lot east of Main Street, an on side streets along the parade route. The Jerry’s Tire Sales lot is reserved for handicapped parking.

O’Fallon

O’Fallon’s Halloween treat bag will be filled with trick-or-treating, a costume contest and parade on Saturday.

Costumed kids will line up for the parade at noon at the corner of State and Vine streets. The parade begins at 12:30, traveling west on State Street, south on South Oak to East First Street, east on East First. Prizes will be awarded after the parade at the Santa Hut. Contest categories are cartoon and movie, superheroes and villains, family, decorated bicycles/floats/wagons, children under 3, scariest, pets, plus best overall costume.

Trick-or treating is from noon to 3 p.m. at participating downtown merchants. There will be photos of kids in costumes at the caboose, and the downtown merchants pumpkin patch will be open.

The events are sponsored by Downtown O’Fallon and the O’Fallon Rotary.

▪  O’Fallon VFW Post 805 has a free Spooktacular Family Fun Night planned for Saturday. The emphasis is on “safe.”

The party is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the post, 223 West First St. in O’Fallon. There will be kids games, prizes, a bonfire, a hay ride, hot dogs and haunting music.

Columbia

Jack-’o-lanterns get their time in the spotline at the Scare Square and Pumpkin Glow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at City Hall and Fountain Park in Columbia.

You can vote for your favorite in the Pumpkin Glow Contest and judges will vote for their in the costume contest. Trick-or-treating is also on the agenda, and their will be hot chocolate, chili and pocorn to soothe your monster munchie attacks.

▪  Trick-or-treating along Main Street will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 Saturday.

Waterloo

Local churches, Monroe County EMS and the Waterloo Police Department have teamed p to create a safe, family-friendly night Halloween night in Waterloo. The event isfrom 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Cars will line Main Street and had outcandy to kids trick-or-treating in their favorite costumes. Kids can get their picture taken for free, then head to the Fire Department to make sure their candy is fafe at the Candy Check Point. Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks donated by local businesses will be provided to children free of charge at the Fire Department.

St. Jacob

Partners for Pets is planning a Howl-O-Ween Festival with a costume contest and parade, music, free food, kids activities, vendors and even adoptable pets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its new shelter at 9136 Lower Marine Road in St. Jacob.

The costume contest and parade for pets and people starts at noon. Entry fee is $5. There will also be kids activities, music, vendors, adoptable dogs and free food. Photos will be available for purchase. Bring a roll of paper towels to donate and receive a raffle ticket.

Proceeds will benefit Partners for Pets, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter.

Caseyville

Load up the kids for the Caseyville Fire Auxiliary’s 28th annual Halloween Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Caseyville Community Building, 909 S. Main St. in Caseyville. Admission is free and game tickets are four for $1.

There will be a hay ride (weather permitting), a costume contest, Haloween photos for $4, hot dogs, chili and chili dogs. Bring a can of food or donate money for the Caseyville Food Panty and get one special raffle ticket.

Alton

Alton knows Halloween parades. After all, the city has been doing one for 99 years.

The 2015 version, with the theme “Movie Monster Couture,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Alton with more than 80 unites including floats, bands, costumes and more.

Frew’s Live Monster Mannequins and Flash Mob Happening will ad a stylish and spooky twist to the classic parade. Choreographed dancers and performers in incredible costumes and makeup will be in the windows and outside of Frew’s Bridal and Formal Wear, 305 Piasa St. For a peek at last year’s happening, check out the video at https://vimeo.com/111242256

Hartford

Spiderman has climbed to the top of the Confluence Tower near Hartford and is ready to greet his fans during the Tower’s Halloween Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Kids can dress up in their costumes, meet Spiderman, have their faces painted and enjoy Halloween treats. Admission to the festival is free. The cost for the Spiderman meet-and-greet is $1 for children, $4 for adults.

▪  The Hartfor Halloween Parade starts at 1 p.m. at the Hartford Gym on Arbor Street. It boasts floats, horses, costume judging, fire trucks and “tons of candy.”

Wood River

The Halloween Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Emerick Sports Complex, Sixth Street and Park Lane in Wood River. It will proceed south on Sixth to Ferguson Avenue, west on Ferguson to Wood River Avenue, north on Wood river, ending at Central Park.

Trunk or Treat

  • SWIC: 6 p.m. Friday in the M2 parking lot on the Belleville Campus of Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. Admission is free. Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting and other activities and hay rides. Concessions will be available for purchase. It’s presented by the Student Veterans Association and College Activities Board.
  • CALL FOR HELP: 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, 5600 North Belt West, Belleville. The crisis services organization presents its fifth annual Trunk or Treat on the large parking lot near the Skyview Drive-In.
  • MASONIC LODGE: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Masonic Lodge, 9950 St. Clair Ave., Fairview Heights. In addition to the traditional Halloween treats, there will be hot chocolate, popcorn and cotton candy. Everyone is welcome.
  • FAIRVIEW VFW: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights.
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