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Things to do around Lake Forest this weekend, Oct. 25-27

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Double, double, toil and trouble, Halloween events abound and bubble into our top 10 picks of things to do around Lake Forest this weekend, which range from family festivals to costume hikes, plus theater events and more. For a complete listing of events, visit lakeforest.suntimes.com/calendar.

 

1. Spook, Rattle and Roll, 5:30 p.m. Friday

Families with children ages 5 to 8 will enjoy many Halloween-themed activities, including a costume contest, pumpkin decorating and games. Kids in costume will receive $1 off their entry fee. Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Road, Highland Park. $10.

 

2. Halloween Hikes, 6 p.m. Friday

This guided candlelight trail hike stops to watch costumed performances in the woods, followed by a cabin campfire. Costumes welcome. Register for desired time. Ryerson Conservation Area, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods. $7-$11.

 

3. Halloween Hoopla, 7 p.m. Friday

Halloween Hoopla returns on Oct. 26 and 27 with new activities and entertainers, including green screen photo opportunities and costume contests, in addition to a haunted house, inflatable rides, hayrides, games and more. Runs 7-9 p.m. Oct. 26 and 3-6 p.m. Oct. 27. For more information, call 847-945-0650 or email info@deerfieldparks.org. Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield. Call 847-945-0650.

 

4. 'Pinkalicious,' 10 a.m. Saturday

A girl named Pinkalicious eats so many pink cupcakes that she develops Pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe. Performances will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 19 through Nov. 23. Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. $12.

 

5. Downtown Deerfield Trick or Treat, noon Saturday

Participating downtown merchants will hand out goodies to trick-or-treaters between noon and 4 p.m. Events at Deerfield Square (740 N. Waukegan Road) include face painting, balloon animals, a Halloween Hound Parade at 2 p.m. and a 7 p.m. screening of "The Birds." For a full list of events, details, locations and times, visit www.deerfield.il.us or call 847-945-4660. Downtown Deerfield, Deerfield Road and Waukegan Road, Deerfield. Free.

Celebrate the spookiest of holidays with complimentary treats and special activities, including Halloween arts and crafts and a creepy family photo booth. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn the choreography to the classic Michael Jackson song "Thriller" and be a part of the group performance. Kids also can jump on stage for a costume contest. Northbrook Court, 2171 Northbrook Court, Northbrook. Free.

 
7. Halloween Scary Skate, 4 p.m. Saturday

Celebrate Halloween by ice skating in costume. Regular fees apply for skate rentals and admission for participants not in costume. Centennial Ice Arena, 3100 Trailway St., Highland Park. Call 847-432-4790. Free.

 

Theatre in the Woods presents their version of the classic fairytale, which includes lots of audience involvement. Riverwoods Village Hall, 300 Portwine Road, Riverwoods. Call 847-945-3990. Free.

 
9. HallowFest, 6 p.m. Saturday

Celebrate Halloween by taking either the friendly or spooky path to activities. The event features a live show of creepy creatures, face painting, a carved pumpkin gallery and a magic show with Dracula. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Call 847-835-5440. $17-$20.

 
10. Cottontail Club Speakeasy and Casino, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

This fundraiser for the Lake Bluff History Museum features blackjack, craps and roulette casino games, drinks, light refreshments, music and more. Lake Bluff Village Commons, 10 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff. Call 847-482-1571. $50-$65.

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