Zombie Pub Crawl

Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8 p.m. till midnight, Healy’s Westside:

“Grab your friends, get decked out in your favorite Zombie garb and join the creepiest pub crawl this side of the grave. Trolleys help Zombies move from bar to bar throughout Forest Park while you enjoy some blood-curdling drink specials.” Tickets can be purchased at forestparkchamberofcommerce.org or at your favorite watering hole for $10 per person. Registration/check in is at Healy’s Westside, 7321 Madison St. After-party at Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St. at midnight. Mug and wristband required for after-party.

Casket Races

Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., Madison Street and Beloit Avenue:

“For a frightfully good time, get in the ‘spirit’ and join us for the 5th annual Casket Races. It’s fun to watch, but don’t miss out on the chance to win a tombstone trophy.” Sponsored by the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce. $30 to enter a team. Download entry forms, specifications and rules at forestparkchamberofcommerce.org.

Ghost stories

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore:

Local actor Ed Dzialo will speak on “The Lizzie Borden Case: An  Enduring Mystery,” from 7 till 9 p.m., Friday. On Saturday, 2-4 p.m., local ghost hunter and author Adam Selzer will discuss and sign Just Kill Me, Mysterious Chicago: History at its Coolest, Ghosts of Chicago – The Windy City’s Most Famous Haunts, and Ghosts of Lincoln: Discovering his Paranormal Legacy. 7419 Madison St. For more, call 708-771-7243.

Chicago’s Sweet Candy History

Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Forest Park Public Library’s Austin Room:

For most of its history, Chicago produced about one-third of the nation’s candy. Author and historian Leslie Goddard traces that rich history of tasty treats and explores what made Chicago such an ideal location for candy makers. Samples of candies will be available to taste after the event.

Pumpkin party

Saturday, Oct. 22 from noon to 3 p.m., McAdam Nursery & Garden Center:

The seasonal bash offers discounts on landscaping elements with “a musical and Halloween-themed decorative backdrop.” 2001 Desplaines Ave. Call 708-771-4903 or visit mcadamlandscape.com.

Health fair

Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mohr Community Center:

The Annual Cindy Lyons Health Fair offers senior care experts, hospice information, and representatives from the treasurer’s office, village departments, Cook County Sheriff’s Department, as well as testing and exams for thyroid, cholesterol, diabetes, bone density, Lasik screening, and hearing, plus free flu shots from Rush Oak Park Hospital and more.

Presidential debate

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m., Forest Park Public Library: 

The Forest Park Library, in collaboration with the Forest Park Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, offers a viewing of the last presidential debate. Complimentary refreshments and laptops for voter registration provided.

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