Getting Billy's Goat

Haunting Halloween Dance

Friday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m., Park District of Forest Park:

A fab-boo-lous night out. There will be a DJ along with snacks and beverages. Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes and everyone wearing a costume will received a door prize. A signed permission slip with a parent signature is required. Forms will be distributed through school prior to the dance or they can be picked up at the Administrative Building. Come if you dare! Please register in advance or pay $5 at the door. Third through fifth-grade only. 7501 Harrison St. For more, call 708-366-7500.

Boo at the Zoo

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30:

Join Ferrara Candy Company and the Park District of Forest Park have partnered to make Boo! at the Zoo accessible to local kids. Free admission, transportation and a special animal encounter are included in this trip to Brookfield Zoo. The bus leaves The Park at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Forest Park residents only. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Must show proof of residency. Limit six tickets per resident. A limited number of tickets are available for each date.

Pancake breakfast

Sunday, Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Bernardine’s Fearon Hall:

St Bernardine’s CCD Program hosts a pancake breakfast this Sunday. $5 donation per person. 815 Elgin.

Haymarket mysteries

Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m., Forest Park Historical Society:

Reference librarian Bleue Benton and labor historian Mark Rogovin will present “Mysteries of the Haymarket Time Capsule.” 1000 Elgin Ave. For more, email or call 708-232-3747.

Cleopatra’s ghost

John Rice, educator, private investigator and writer will read a chapter from his book, The Ghost of Cleopatra, and discuss the backstory, followed by a Q&A. The book tells the story of African-American/Native American sculptor, Edmonia Lewis, whose masterpiece, The Death of Cleopatra, languished for over 70 years in Forest Park.

Upcoming readings on Madison Street: 

10/26 – Yearbook (7 p.m.)

10/30 – Francesca Fiore (1 p.m.)

Getting Billy’s Goat

Starship Subs cooks the Billy Goat! Starting with the first day of the Cubs historic World Series run (Oct. 25), they will be preparing Billy Goat soup from an old Greek recipe and will carry it through the series. Eat the curse! Go Cubs Go! 7618 W. Madison. Call 708-771-3016 or visit

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.

Treating, not tweeting

The village of Forest Park’s official trick-or-treat hours are: 

Monday, Oct. 31 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Have a boo-tiful Halloween!

Costume parade 

Friday, Oct. 28, 1 to 2 p.m., Forest Park Public Library:  

The annual Halloween showstopper. Costumes encouraged for Halloween storytime and parade. 7555 Jackson Blvd. Call 708-366-7171 for more.

Calendar Events

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