Halloween events across Sauk Valley
Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to take part in a variety of spooky activities across the Sauk Valley this weekend:
Uptown Trick or Treat
ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce’s annual free Uptown Trick or Treat runs from 4 to 6 p.m. on First Avenue and Second and Third streets.
More than 50 stores, businesses, and vendor booths will be open for kids dressed in costume to receive candy and treats. Businesses and local groups will have games and activities.
Vendors can still register their booth for free at rockfallschamber.com/trickortreat or by calling the chamber at 815-625-4500.
Parking will be available on Avenue A, East and West Second Street, and Fourth Avenue.
Find Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce on Facebook or go to the website for more information.
Breakfast, parade for the kids
DIXON – Dixon Noon Lions and Lee County Council on Aging Halloween activities start with a monster pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Post House Community Center, 100 W. Second St.
Families can eat with costumed characters. Breakfast costs $4 for those 12 and older, $2 for kids younger that 12, or $3 and $1 for those in costume.
The Lions’ Halloween parade for costumed children through eighth grade begins with the line-up at 9:30 a.m. at the southwest end of Haymarket Square, at Third Street and Highland Avenue.
Dixon High School Key Club members will judge costumes; categories are preschool, K-1, 2-3, and 4-8 grades, with monetary prizes and ribbons. All participants get a treat bag.
The parade starts at 10 a.m., heads east on Third Street to Hennepin Avenue; north to Street; west to Highland; and south to the gazebo at the northwest end of Haymarket Square.
In case of bad weather, events move into Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St. Call 815-284-8845 for more information.
Costume party, music in Dixon
DIXON – The “Night of the Living Shred” concert and costume party runs from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave.
Lovecraft, Cheekan Newdough Sewp and Slam! will play. Admission is $5.
Find Rosbrook on Facebook for more info.
Trick or trunk in Rock Falls
ROCK FALLS – First Congregational Church, 905 Dixon Ave., offers a trick or trunk for those 12 and younger from 1 to 3 p.m.
Jeremy the Amazer will do magic tricks at 1:30 p.m. Vegetables, apples, and other food will be provided. Call 815-625-3314 for more information.
Trick or treat at the LASC
STERLING – Trick or treat from 2 to 6 p.m. at Latin American Social Club, 2708 W. Lincolnway, where there also will be face painting, games, and a costume contest.
Local businesses will set up booths and give away treats. Call 815-632-7106 to register a booth or for more information.
Morrison costume parade
MORRISON – A Halloween parade for costumed children lines up at 12:30 p.m. and steps off at 1:30 p.m. down Main Street.
Call 815-772-3757 for more information.
Trunk or treat in Fulton
FULTON – Trunk or treat for kids 12 and younger will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. at Spring Valley Reformed Church, 10960 Spring Valley Road.
Go to springvalleychurch.net or find the church on Facebook for more information.
Pumpkin fest in Mount Carroll
MOUNT CARROLL – The town’s annual Pumpkin Fest starts with live music from 8 a.m. to noon at the farmers market, 116 E. Market St. Pumpkin bowling runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Mount Carroll Bowling Center, 206 N. Main St., and paranormal tours will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the upper level of Mount Carroll City Hall, 301 N. Main St.
On the courthouse lawn, a contest to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a Christmas ornament craft table will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and a Methodist youth group will have a decorate-a-pumpkin activity from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
A mini-gourd build and race runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Professor 3B will present Amazing Bubbles at 10:45 a.m.; judging of decorated and carved pumpkins begins at noon, and a Halloween ping pong ball drop for kids through grade 6 begins at 1:30 p.m.
The kids and critters costume parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Pharmacy Center, 101 W. Market St., and story time with crafts will be from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the library, 208 N. Main St.
A pumpkin slingshot will be flinging gourds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the end of Market Street by the Galena Street Bridge.
Sign-up for the Pumpkin Street Drags begins at 12:30 and the races at 2 p.m. at the corner of Rapp and Main streets. The divisions are preschool, K-3, 4-6, seventh-graders through adult, and business.
Raven’s Grin Inn Haunted House, 411 N. Carroll St., will have vendors from noon to 2 p.m.
Evan Atherton and Josh Naylon & Friends will play from 7 p.m. to midnight at Henry’s Double K, 834 S. Jackson St. Admission is $5 donation.
Find Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest on Facebook for more information.
Trunk or treat in Oregon
Kunes Country Oregon, 601 Gale St., offers trunk or treat and a bounce house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can paint a pumpkin for free and take it home. Triple P BBQ will be selling food.
Kids’ costume party in Rock Falls
ROCK FALLS – Coloma Township Park District’s annual Halloween costume contest begins at 4 p.m. in the Municipal Center, 1007 Seventh Ave.
Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The all-ages contest includes categories in hobos, clowns, funniest, historical, native costume, most unusual, scariest, vampires, most original, storybook characters, devils, witches, prettiest, cartoon characters, movie characters, food Items, best of show and miscellaneous. Cash prizes will be awarded.
All participants get candy. Call 815-625-0272 for more information.
Spooktacular at the Y
STERLING – The Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA and Morningside of Sterling are putting on a free Halloween Spooktacular from 2 to 4 p.m., with trunk-or-treating at the Y, 2505 YMCA Way, a costume contest at 3 p.m., and Halloween games.
At Morningside, 2705 Ave. E, residents will hand out candy. Call the Y at 815-535-9622 or Morningside at 815-622-2800 for more
Trunk or treat in Dixon
DIXON – Trunk-or-treat from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 Peoria Ave., where there also will be free popcorn and drinks.
Trick or treat at Heritage Woods
STERLING – Trick-or-treat from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Woods of Sterling, 2205 Oak Grove Ave.
Residents will hand out candy in the lobby and dining room. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.
Call 815-625-7045 for more information.
STERLING – Police will give away flashlights and goodies to kids 14 and younger, who must be with an adult, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the station, 212 Third Ave.
Call 815-632-6600 for more information.
Carnival in Oregon
OREGON – The Oregon Park District’s free Halloween carnival returns to the Nash Recreation Center, 304 S. Fifth St.
Preschool children can attend from 10 to 11:30 a.m., K-5 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Each child gets 12 free game tickets; additional tickets cost 25 cents or $1 for five. There also will be a raffle with prizes from local businesses.
Go to oregonpark.org or call 815-732-3101 for more information.
Halloween in Sterling
STERLING – Amazing Grace of Sterling, 512 Second Ave., offers a Halloween alternative family fun night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A chili cook-off will be from 5 to 7 p.m.; chili, potato soup, dogs and chips will be sold, and there will be a cake walk and free games.
There also will be a cardboard box maze, a bounce house, and trunk-or-treating from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Sterling Federal Bank, 110 E. Fourth St.
Find the church on Facebook, call 815-625-9300 or go to revivalfires.net for more information.
Halloween around Dixon
DIXON – Trunk-or-treat from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 921 E. Chamberlin St., where costumed children and accompanying adults will get treats, free hot chocolate and popcorn.
Call 815-288-1505 for more information.
Kids also can trick-or-treat from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Dixon Public Library, 221 S. Hennepin Ave.
Call 815-284-7261 for more information.
St. Luke Episcopal Church, at South Peoria Avenue and Third Street, will offer a “Hallo-Way Station” for families from 5 to 7 p.m., where hot cider, treats and restrooms will be available.
Call 815-288-2151 or 858-688-7783 for more information.
In Mount Carroll
MOUNT CARROLL – Spooky activities start with the city’s Halloween parade, which lines up at 5:15 p.m. at Raven’s Grin Haunted House, 411 N. Carroll St., and steps off at 5:30 p.m.. It ends at the Community House, 101 N. Main St., where there will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks.
Trick or treat follows from 6 to 8 p.m. throughout town. Mount Carroll Church of God, 816 S. Clay St., will provide indoor treats; Mount Carroll United Methodist Church, 216 S. Main St., is having a trunk or treat; and Good Samaritan Society – Mount Carroll, 1006 N. Lowden Road, will welcome trick-or-treaters through grade 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 815-244-7715 for more information.
Trunk-or-treat in Oregon
OREGON – Oregon United Methodist, St. Paul Lutheran and Freedom Lutheran. Congregation are doing trunk or treating from 4 to 6 p.m. on Jefferson Street between Fourth and Sixth streets. Free hot dogs, chips, and bottled water will be provided. Call Oregon UMC, 815-732-2994, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.
Kids also can trick-or-treat from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oregon Public Library, 300 Jefferson St. Call 815-732-2724 for more information.
Trick or treat hours have been set for the Sauk Valley. All times are on Halloween unless otherwise noted:
Amboy: 4-6 p.m. Sunday.
Ashton: 5-7 p.m. Saturday.
Chadwick: 5-7 p.m.
Dixon: 5-7:30 p.m.
Erie: 5-7 p.m.
Franklin Grove: 5-7 p.m.
Fulton: 6-8 p.m.
Manlius: 4-6 p.m. Sunday
Milledgeville: 4-7 p.m.
Morrison: 4-7 p.m.
Mount Carroll: 6-8 p.m.
Mount Morris: 5-8 p.m.
Lanark: 4-7 p.m.
Lyndon: 4:30-7 p.m.
Oregon: 5-8 p.m.
Polo: 5-8 p.m.
Prophetstown: 4:30-7 p.m.
Rock Falls: 4:30-7 p.m.
Savanna: 5-7 p.m. Sunday
Shannon: 5-7 p.m.
Sterling: 4:30-7 p.m.
Tampico: 4:30-7 p.m.
Walnut: 4-8 p.m.
Whiteside County: 4:30-7 p.m.