Metro-East News

Five Things To Do: Cower, but the candy seekers approach anyway

Scary faces will abound this weekend. (This scary face courtesy of Debi McDaniel of Collinsville, who decorates inside and out for Halloween).
Scary faces will abound this weekend. (This scary face courtesy of Debi McDaniel of Collinsville, who decorates inside and out for Halloween). Provided

Costumes for clowns are popular in Maine, its Batman in Chicago and lots of Star Wars folk in California, according to Google.

But here, it be witches who will want cauldrons of candy. You were warned.

Halloween tradition

Miners, Mobsters & The Mother Road is the theme for the annual Halloween Parade in downtown Edwardsville at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Perhaps parade-watchers will see a few more mobster than necromancer costumes here. The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce estimates 25,000 will watch the parade of marching bands and more than 100 floats.

The parade is also among the last of the activities at the Miles of Possibility conference on Route 66; go to for more information.

The hunt is on

Go to Thursday’s BND for a full list of Halloween parades and evening candy hunts, but here, we’re all about the daytime candy collection. We may be scared of the dark.

▪  Edwardsville: Trick or treat along Main Street merchants after the Halloween Costume Contest, which starts at noon Saturday. Registration for the contest ends at 11:30 a.m., children through age 12 and pets are included in the contest.

▪  O’Fallon: From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at downtown merchants.

▪  Columbia: From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday along Main Street.

Haunted happenings

Haunted house aficionados have one last gasp this weekend until the curtain closes for the year.

▪  Trenton Sportsmen’s Club at 14919 Sportmen’s Club Road becomes home to a haunted trail from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10.

▪  Raven’s Curse Haunted House is at 302 Swan Ave. in Centralia from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Cost is $18. It’s not recommended for children under 12.

▪  Alton Haunted Odyssey is a trolley tour of the city’s more notorious haunts. Witching Hour Tour includes dinner on Saturday, $45; Eating with the Entities is $58 on Sunday. Go to for more information.

▪  A Spooktacular Family Fun Night is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the VFW in O’Fallon. It’s free, and the veterans promise safe fun with kids games, prizes, a bonfire and hay ride. There is “haunting music,” though.

Bark For Life

Games, Halloween-themed contests and food are set for the Bark For Life from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Village Park in Smithton. It’s a non-competitive walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society, which hopes to raise $500 at the second annual event, said Amanda Kernan with the cancer society.

“It goes toward Relay for Life,” she said, “and celebrates dogs as caregivers. So many survivors count their dogs among their caregivers.”

Vendors at the walk include those selling homemade dog treats. The walk will also have a costume contest for people and for dogs.

“I love a good dog in a costume,” Kernan said.

Out to the pasture

Verlan Heberer collected 80 John Deere tractors — nearly one for every year of his life — and even more tractor parts and accessories. He died in August; and the last of his extensive collection will be auctioned off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Eckert’s Orchards in Belleville. Go to for a peek at everything from dirt-encrusted metal equipment to antique wood worn to a warm sheen. Oh, and plenty of bright green iconic John Deere tractors as well.

Five plus one

When one sends an appeal via newsroom email for weekend plans, one might expect one’s coworkers to come through with a reminder to “Fall Back! Change those smoke detector batteries!”


But the Federal Emergency Management Agency news release comes through just in the nick of deadline.

In that so-called extra hour we’ll relish on Sunday, let’s check carbon monoxide and smoke detectors for expiration dates and change those batteries. FEMA also wants us to have professional inspections of chimneys and to otherwise winterize our homes pretty gosh-darned soon. Go to for more information.