Metro-East News

Five Things To Do: Brilliant leaves, spooky stuff and crafty folks

The Fall Foliage Prediction Map at says the metro-east region is ripe for a spectacular display this weekend.
The Fall Foliage Prediction Map at says the metro-east region is ripe for a spectacular display this weekend.

Those with delicate sensibilities are welcome to read the first of five items this week, but be warned the lot gets progressively more frightening and — gasp — obscene. (Hey, Kids! I’m going to use a bad word!)

For those unable to scare up that much courage, it’s peak peek week for leaf peeps. Fall foliage is at its most colorful around here, according to the fine folks at

Cars and water

There’s no entry fee to see or show classic cars at the Save the Tower Autofest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 100 E. Washington in Millstadt. There is a $1 fee per vote for the People’s Choice award. There will be music and pulled pork sandwiches and other foods and desserts to buy, and all proceeds go toward the Friends of the Old Millstadt Water Tower’s effort to save the tower. Read more about that group at

Makers market

On the one hand, it’s crafters. On the other hand, it’s E’ville. (Read that last bit out loud.) What’s unsaid is if the clothing and jewelry and prints for sale are evil, or the desire to purchase them is, or if it’s a clever take on the city’s name in which the Wildey Theater presides. Whatever you decide, look for bacon and egg earrings, handcrafted cabinetry and upcycled glass art among the nearly 40 vendors from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville.

Fall festivals

The scariest part of the Collinsville Fall Festival might just be at the Critter Crawl Pet Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, starting at the Dog Park at 509 W. Main in Collinsville. But it might be the children’s costume contest at noon. One hopes it isn’t the chili cookoff from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or the trick-or-treating from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to for more information.

New Baden’s Chamber of Commerce is set to feed the masses at their festival 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday. They’ll have $10 per adult armbands for all-you-can-eat chili ($5 for those 65 and older and $4 for kids age 4 to 12). Then there’s cupcake armbands for $3 each. The Miles for Meals 5K registration proceeds go to provide meals for community residents, and that race starts at 9 a.m.

You were warned

Kids, when strangers suggest you pay $6 and hop on a wagon at the Carlyle McDonald’s from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and you don’t really know where you’re headed — you might want to rethink that experience. Except this time, because that hay ride is headed for a Haunted Trail and that money is going toward the 2016 Fireworks Spectacular. They are promising ghosts and ghouls along the way, so be brave. It’s for a good cause.

The promised word

The Run Like Hell Zombie 5K starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the SIUE Gardens in Edwardsville. Walk-in registrants welcome at 7:30 a.m., online registration is at www.finallap According to the race’s Facebook page, “Zombies are not allowed to have physical contact with runners.” Presumably, that’s the volunteer zombies. The Belleville News-Democrat will not promise that real zombies won’t crash the party, and they don’t follow the rules. Run like hell just in case. Proceeds benefit The Legacy Collaboration, which supports those with special needs.