The following events are taking place for Halloween in the area. To list your event, visitPlanitNorthwest.com/forms/calendar.
THE HAUNTED SQUARE, through Nov. 2, 112 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Fundraiser to benefit Family Alliance and help restore the historic Woodstock Courthouse. Featuring an interactive haunted house named Madness Manor haunted by the cursed Maddigan family. For ages 14 and older with a Kid’s Day Ghostbuster adventure Oct. 5 for children age 5 to 14. Schedule: 7 p.m. to midnight Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-12, Oc.t 18-19, Oct. 25-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; and 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 & 27. Admission: $12 per person. Haunted Hall Pass discount coupons (good for $2 off admission) can be found at various retailers/restaurants on the Square. Information: 815-245-1123 orwww.thehauntedsquare.com.
HAUNTED TROLLEY TOURS, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Oct. 27, Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo. Tours are family-friendly and tour-goers will meet with “Vincent, the ghost groundskeeper.” Haunted trolley tour tickets: $6 adults/seniors, $5 children. Featuring a special Svengoolie meet-and-greet 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 to kick off the Haunted Trolley Tour season. Svengoolie tickets: $14.95 adults, $12.95 seniors, $9.95 children. Tickets and information: 815-385-3644 or www.volocars.com.
TERROR ON THE RAILROAD, 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 4-26, Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union. Trespass on the abandoned Train of Chills and attempt to reach your destination on the possessed Screamliner. Not recommended for children younger than 13. Schedule: 7 to 11 p.m Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. Admission: $13 per person. Information: 815-923-4000 or www.irm.org.
ZOMBIE 5K RUN/1 MILE WALK, 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5, Three Oaks Recreation Area, 5517 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake. Dress up in your Halloween costume for the Home of the Sparrow fundraiser to help homeless women and children. Run starts 8:30 a.m. and walk at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to stay afterwards to celebrate with a Monster Mash party full of face painting, pumpkin decorating and costume contests. Cost: $35 per person. Registration and information: 815-271-5444 orwww.hosparrow.org.
HAUNTED HAYRIDE FUNDRAISER, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 18-19, 25-26, Petersen Park, 4300 Petersen Park Road, McHenry. Sponsored by the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team. Cost: $8 per person. Special Kiddie Matinee 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19. Refreshments available. For information, visit:www.wonderlakeskiteam.org.
HISTORIC HALLOWEEN - “RETURN OF THE DEAD,” 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16, McHenry County Historical Society and Museum, 6422 Main St., Union. Several of McHenry County’s tragically departed return to describe the details of their demise. Refreshments follow. Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for members. Information: 815-923-2267 or www.mchsonline.org.
TRUCK OR TREAT, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 19, Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake. Costumed children and their families can trick or treat for candy and prizes from truck to truck and take pictures at Halloween displays. Hosted by the Crystal Lake Park District. Free. Information: 815-459-0680 or www.crystallakeparks.org.
TRUNK OR TREAT FALL FEST, 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 300 S. Pathway Court, Crystal Lake. Trick-or-treating, face painting, hayrides, movies, games, pumpkin painting and concessions. Cost: $1 donation or bring a canned good. Information: 815-459-1441 orwww.imcl.us.
TRICK OR TREAT TROLLEY, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 26-27, Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union. Tricks and treats await you at every stop on this spooky and kooky trolley ride for children in costume. Admission: $10 adults, $7 children, $38 family maximum. Information: 815-923-4000 or www.irm.org.
HOUND TOWN HALLOWEEN BASH, 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, Hound Town Dog Park at Lippold Park, west of Route 14 on Route 176, Crystal Lake. Bring your special dog dressed in costume for trick or treat fun. No need to be a member of Hound Town to participate. Hosted by the Crystal Lake Park District. Free. Information: 815-459-0680 or www.crystallakeparks.org.
“DEARLY DEPARTED: Tragedy at the Ice House,” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26, Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. History meets mystery in a new story about the former Crystal Lake Ice House based on real-life circumstances. Presented by the Crystal Lake Historical Society. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors and children younger than 12. Tickets and information: 815-455-1151 orwww.cl-hs.org.
DOGGY COSTUME CONTEST, 10 a.m. Oct. 26, Bark Park, 9027 Haligus Road, Lake in the Hills. Dress up your dog in their favorite Halloween costume and celebrate this fun holiday with other dog lovers. Dogs must be on a leash. No need to be a Bark Park member to participate. Prizes. Sponsored by the Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation Department. Rain date is Oct. 27. Free. Information: 847-960-7460 or www.lith.org.
HALLOWEEN WALK – CARY & FOX RIVER GROVE 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26, Cary and Fox River Grove. Schedule: 11 a.m. to noon starting on Jandus Road ending at The Tracks Bar & Grill, Cary; 1 to 3 p.m. at Stone Hill Shopping Center, Fox River Grove. Free. Registration and information: 847-639-2800 or www.carygrovechamber.com.
HOWL-O-WEEN BASH, 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26, Old Towne Hall, 54 Brink St., Crystal Lake. Fundraiser sponsored by A Heart for Animals featuring a costume contest, buffet, raffles, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, cash bar, prizes and more. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 after Oct. 1, $40 after Oct. 20. Tickets and information: 847-868-2432 or www.aheartforanimals.org.
ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HOOPLA, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29, Hilltop School, 2615 W. Lincoln Road, McHenry. Families dressed in costume invited to a safe, indoor event with games, crafts, music, candy and prizes. Hosted by the McHenry Parks & Recreation Department. Cost: $5 per child at the door, adults free. Information: 815-363-2160 or www.ci.mchenry.il.us.