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Daley Plaza becomes Franken Plaza

October 25, 2013


Daley Plaza becomes Franken Plaza

Visit Chicago's Daley Plaza, at Washington and Dearborn streets, as it becomes Franken Plaza for Halloween from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 25-27. The Midnight Circus performs throughout the weekend with a variety of stars. A Monster Bash includes trick-or- treating, hayrides and the kids' costume contest (for children ages 12 and younger). Other highlights include arts and crafts, a Harvest Marketplace and a "Wicked" singalong. Free. Visit . Noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27


See a screening of the 1984 comedy "Ghostbusters," starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver, at the Ogden 6 Theatre, 1227 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. Children can attend in costume. Free. Visit . 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Boo Bash

Kids can trick or treat, make their way through a haunted maze and hop on a tractor-pulled wagon ride at the Mundelein Park District's Boo Bash at Keith Mione Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. Other highlights include performances by the musical group Funikijam. Youngsters are invited to dress in costume. Free admission. (847) 866-0650 or . 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Jazzy evening

Singer and songwriter Laury Shelley headlines in the Jazz Vespers service at the St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 Church St., Libertyville. Shelley has toured as a vocal soloist and has recorded with five-time Grammy and three-time Academy Award-winning composer Michael Legrand ("Brian's Song," "Yentl," "The Summer of 42"). Free. (847) 362-2110 or . 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Hop on the trolley

Wear your Halloween costume and hop on a "haunted" trolley ride, leaving from Anderson's Bookshop at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Special readers will be on board the trolleys with stories for families. Tickets are $9 per half-hour ride and are available at Anderson's Bookshop. (630) 355-2665 or . 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday Oct. 26

'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'

Steel Beam Children's Theatre presents "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," at the Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Washington Irving's classic tale focuses on schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, who searches for a wife in the town of Sleepy Hollow -- and discovers the Headless Horseman. $10-$15. (630) 587-8521 or . 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

Illinois Brass Band

Hear a wide variety of music -- everything from classical pieces to Irish music and songs from feature films -- as the Illinois Brass Band performs at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. Admission is $12 adults; $6 for youth ages 18 and younger. Visit . 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

Double feature fun

Celebrate Halloween with a night of two films, the 1993 family film "Hocus Pocus" and the classic 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho," at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Adult tickets are $5 for one movie or $7 for both films; kids ages 12 and under are $3. (847) 577-2121 or . "Hocus Pocus" at 5:30 p.m. and "Psycho" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30

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