Eighth annual Casket Races

For a frightfully good time, get in the spirit and join the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce for the 8th annual Casket Races. Watch teams compete for the coveted trophies for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place and ‘dead last’ – or the most frighteningly funny and creepiest casket. Food available from Brown Cow and Twisted Cookie, coffee from Counter Coffee and adult beverages from Scratch. Races start at 11 a.m. and will be held on Beloit Avenue between Madison and Adams. Come early to join in the fun – the DJ will start playing music at 9 a.m.

Trick-or-treat on Madison Street

Kids of all ages can visit participating shops along Madison Street for treats. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Madison Street between Harlem and Desplaines. Around thirty businesses will be participating and handing out treats to kids.

Boo at the bookstore

Meet author Raymond Benson as he discusses and signs his book “Blues in the Dark: A Novel” at Century & Sleuth’s Bookstore, 7419 Madison St.

6th Annual Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Carnival and Food Drive

Presented by Jacknow Realty and The Lantern Haus at 7414 Madison St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Calling all little monsters and munchkins (0-12)! Stop by The Lantern Haus + The Lantern Loft dressed for some trick or treating fun and trick or treat your way around our booths and Madison Street! Admission is free, but please bring one item per person to donate to Sarah’s Inn or a cash donation. Items Sarah’s Inn needs are listed here: sarahsinn.org/donate. This event is free but advance registration is required: bit.ly/2ORJxPu.

Trunk or Treat at the park district

Come on out to the Park District of Forest Park from 2 to 4 p.m. at 7501 W. Harrison St. for the annual Trunk or Treat event. Participants park their cars together and open their trunks to reveal themed decorations. Two ways to participate: Decorate your car and come dressed in costume as you pass out treats and/or children are invited to trick or treat from trunk to trunk to look at decorations and receive candy and treats in a family environment. 

Zombie Pub Crawl

Grab your friends, get decked out in your favorite Zombie garb and join the creepiest pub crawl this side of the grave, sponsored by the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy blood-curdling drink specials and more zombie fun at your favorite Madison Street haunt. Check-in at two locations: Duffys, 7513 Madison St. or Healy’s, 7321 Madison St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at bit.ly/2VQtumG. 8 p.m. to midnight.


Witches Night Out (bigweek_witchesnightout)

Enjoy an enchanting night out featuring spellbinding drink specials and devilishly good food! A portion of drink sales will go back to Sarah’s Inn. Sponsored by The Lantern Haus, 7414 Madison St. on Oct. 24 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Trunk or Treat at Hawk Chrysler Dodge Jeep (photo of pumpkin or candy or something)

Join Hawk Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Forest Park for candy, dancing and spooky take-home crafts! Friday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 7911 Roosevelt Rd. in Forest Park

Zombie take-over dance party (clip art of zombie dancing or people in costume dancing)

Come dressed as a zombie and get access to our Zombie Dance Party upstairs with Ace Entertainment DJ Spinning the club dance hits at Slainte on October 25, 7505  Madison St. from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Scary-oke at Boo-berry Hill (image of someone in costume singing?)

Oct. 25 & 26 at 9 p.m. at Blueberry Hill, 427 Desplaines Ave. in Forest Park. Show off your costume while you sing spooky songs and sip on Halloween themed cocktails. Karaoke on Friday with Joy and on Saturday with Ford. No cover charge, and karaoke is free for paying customers.

Milk & Cookies Storytime (stock photo of milk and cookies OR twisted cookie logo)

Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at Twisted Cookie, 7401 Madison St. Families will enjoy an evening of stories and songs at Twisted Cookie. Come in pajamas or not, as you wish! Milk and cookies will not be provided by the library, but attendees can purchase treats before or after storytime, and gluten-free and vegan options are available.

Monster Mash Fall Storytime Party (kids in costumes during story time if we have previous photos? Or just cute kids in costumes?)

Friday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Howard Mohr Community Center

Join us for seasonal fun, dancing and healthy snacks. Costumes are welcome. Fun for ages 5 and under. Due to the popularity of this event, this event requires advance registration to guarantee yourself a space: bit.ly/2VKcXAq. Friday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Howard Mohr Community Center

Literary lineup (for the first one, either bigweek_thistenderlandbookcover OR bigweek_williamkentkrueger. For the second one, either bigweek_ghostsofedenpark OR bigweek_karenabbot)

Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Author discussion and signing with William Kent Krueger, author of “This Tender Land.”

Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Author discussion and signing with Karen Abbot, author of “The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America.”

Both events are at Century & Sleuths, 7419 Madison St.