Free and open to the entire community, this family event sponsored by McAdam Landscaping will feature hayrides, face painting, a pumpkin painting station, a spooky story time and sweet treats as the main ingredients. At McAdam Landscaping, 2001 Desplaines Ave in Forest Park on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Empowering Gardens Pumpkin Party
All kids are invited to the pumpkin party, where they will receive a free pie pumpkin, get their face painted and enjoy story time. All kids (and kids at heart) are encouraged to wear a costume! Free treats for everyone! Empowering Gardens, 7730 Madison St. on October 19 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Co-ed 16″ Tournament
The Park District of Forest Park is hosting a one-day, double elimination, coed Halloween 16″ tournament. Costumes are encouraged (and best costume wins a prize). Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Come on out to see the costumes and root for your favorite team! October 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St.
Green Tweens meet-up!
Tweens are invited to get their hands dirty and learn about nature at a Forest Park Public Library event at Empowering Gardens, 7730 Madison St. Attendees will get their own pie-sized pumpkin to paint. Costumes are welcome but not required. Friday, Oct. 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. Spaces are limited, so sign up to reserve a spot at bit.ly/324hEaN.
Trivia Night at The Beacon Pub
Join the Forest Park Public Library for trivia night at The Beacon Pub, 101 Circle Ave. Thursday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Trivia Night at Lantern Haus
Tired of sitting at home answering every Jeopardy question right and nothing to show for it? Join Baig of Tricks Entertaiment for general knowledge trivia. Top teams will win bragging rights and prizes! October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Lantern Haus, 7414 Madison St.
Forest Park meeting on recreational cannabis
On Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Forest Park Mayor Rory Hoskins and the village council will hold a special meeting to discuss recreational cannabis. The meeting will be held at the Forest Park Community Center, 7640 W. Jackson Blvd. and is open to the public.
Pros on Prose
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. The Mystery Discussion Group, with leader Mary Beth Logan, will discuss the book “Black Water Rising” by Atica Locke.
Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Join Author Georgann Prochaska for a discussion and signing of her book “Murder Comes to Grindstone.”
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Join authors Dr. Tyra Manning and Karen Keilt for discussion and signing of their books “Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life Though Storytelling” and “The Parrot’s Perch: A Memoir.”
All events will be held at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St. in Forest Park.
Journalists discuss local media
Join the League of Women Voters as they host local journalists in a dynamic discussion on why local newspapers are so vital in educating and informing our communities. Guests include Dan Haley, publisher of Wednesday Journal; Maria Maxham, editor/reporter of the Forest Park Review; Michael Romain, editor of Austin Weekly News and publisher of Village Free Press; Stacey Sheridan, editor/reporter of Wednesday Journal, and other contributing reporters. Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Shanahan’s, 7353 Madison St. in Forest Park.