Trunk or Treat

Turn your car into a destination for young ghouls and goblins, or just browse to grab up your own tasty delights, at this year’s Trunk or Treat at Roos Recreation Center Saturday, Oct. 30.

The event, organized by the Park District of Forest Park, runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7329 Harrison Street. Pre-registration is required for those who want to decorate and stock their vehicles full of goodies.

The event is free to attend both as a treat-giver or treat-collector. More information at

NaNoWriMo young writer’s workshop

Mia Manansala

Budding young writers are invited to join the Forest Park Library’s own new novelist Mia Manansala for an in-person crash course on the journey from concept to the page with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) right around the corner.

This is an in-person event, although remote accommodations will be made on request. The workshop runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 and will be held in the library at 7555 Jackson Boulevard.

NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit organization that encourages young writers to put a full 50,000-page novel into words during the month of November, providing them with workbooks and guided instruction, both of which will be available at this event.

For more information, contact Mia Manansala at

Fallin’ for Our Stars fundraiser

The West Suburban Special Recreation Association is hosting its annual fundraiser, this time virtually, on Friday, Oct. 29.

The event includes a silent auction that is already underway, numerous raffle prizes, and virtual roulette, blackjack and craps games Friday night from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The silent auction closes at 10 p.m.

The WSSRA offers year-round recreation opportunities for people with disabilities in Forest Park, Oak Park, River Forest and several surrounding communities. More information is available at

Into the Woods virtual storytelling

Prepare for a virtual haunted walk through the woods at this online event from Illinois Storytelling Inc. with tales of ghouls, ghosts and frights on tap.

The event is spooky enough that only adults are welcome, with the stories beginning after bedtime — Friday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. Registration is required at, with a $15 or pay-what-you-can price of admission.

Dia de los Muertos Spanish Storytime

Kids ages 3 to 6 are welcome to log on to this virtual celebration of the Mexican holiday hosted by the Forest Park Public Library and The Language Labs Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Registration is required and open now at The first 16 registrants, and their families, will receive an activity kit to help follow along.

Cherie Salerno gallery

The work of Cherie Salerno will be on display at Forest Park National Bank into the first week of November thanks to the Oak Park Area Arts Council.

Salerno, who was trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, says “color uplifts my art like love uplifts a person,” and this gallery features “uplifting colors and exciting movement,” the council says.

Forest Park National Bank at 7348 W. Madison St. is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.