October means different themes to different people.
For kids, it's a time to dress up and collect treats. Families enjoy pumpkin farms and harvest-type events. Some folks prefer haunted houses and other sites, the scarier the better.
The Joliet area is offering plenty of events to match all preferences. Some of them are listed here.
• 27th Annual Pumpkin Fest – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 through Oct. 31 (including Columbus Day), Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm located at 17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport. General admission tickets include more than 30 unlimited attractions, including five play areas, tire mountain, farm animals to pet and feed, Siegel’s Sports Zone, duck races, Trolley, Spooky Spiral, hayrack ride, u-pick pumpkin field, haunted barn, train rides and two cornfield mazes. Visit OurPumpkinFarm.com.
• Count Kuhajda's Haunted Haus 2019 – 1112 N Nicholson St., Joliet. Free front and backyard walk-through haunt. 30 characters, many animated ,and a graveyard of hand-built tombstones all built by us. The front yard features traditional Halloween themes, the side yard features a demon bar with an introduction from the bartender. The backyard haunt is devoted to Universal classic films and science fiction, and also features animated house band "The Dead Beats." Kid friendly. No actors. Donations accepted for 1Pet1Vet. Visit Count Kuhajda's Haunted House on Facebook.
• Domum Diaboli Haunted House – 411 Brook Forest Ave., Shorewood. Visit Domum Diaboli Haunted House on Facebook.
• Hayride of Horror and Curse of the Bayou – 7 to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays in Lockport. Hayride, outdoor movies, haunted maze. Concessions available. Tickets can be purchased at hayrideofhorror.com or curseofthebayou.com.
• Hellgate Haunted House – Lockport. Visit hellsgate.com.
• Stateville Haunted Prison – 17250 S. Weber Rd. Lockport. 44 terrifying rooms, more than 200 convicts and creatures and over 40 minutes locked inside the prison. Visit statesvillehauntedprison.com.
• “Trick-or-Treat in the Woods" registration deadlilne – Event is 7 to 8 p.m. and 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Oct. 11, and Oct. 12, Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township. Come dressed in costume and hike along a glowing trail while looking for treats. Listen to a spooky story under the stars; enjoy a crackling fire while roasting hot dogs and s’mores. All ages; $3 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 708-946-2216.
• Coffin Race (The Sequel) – Noon, Lockport. Scary soapbox derby. Be involved as a racer or spectator. Hosted by Lockport Rotary Club. Free. All ages. Visit lockportcoffinraces.com.
• Scarecrow Shindig – 4 to 6 p.m., Channahon Park District, Central Park
24856 W. Eames St., Channahon. Dress in costume or cowboy/cowgirl outfit. DJ, family dance party, hayrack ride, candy scramble. Bring clothes to make a scarecrow (straw provided). Concessions available. Visit channahonpark.org.
• "Fall of the House of Usher" – 7 p.m.; also Oct. 18; and 7 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., Oct. 19, Lockport Township Building, 1463 Farrell Road, Lockport. Modernized take on the Edgar Allan Poe classic. Produced by Limestone Stage in Lockport. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Special effects may include strobe lights and fog. Tickets are $10 for 7 p.m. shows and $15 for the midnight show. Discounts for group sales available. Purchase at eventbrite.com or 815-905-2789. For more information, or to purchase tickets, email Limestonestage@gmail.com.
• Little Goblins Activity Room – 5 to 8 p.m.; also 2 to 5 p.m.. Oct. 19, Timbers of Shorewood, Elms Community Room, 1100 N. River Road, Shorewood. Games, crafts will take place, refreshments. $3. Age 12 and under. Benefits Alzheimer's Association. Call 815-609-0669 or visit timbersofshorewood.com.
• Halloween Hallow – 4 to 8 p.m. (carnival only), noon to 8 p.m. (Oct. 19), and 1 to 5 p.m. (Oct. 20), Yunker Park, 10824 W. La Porte Road, Mokena. Parking: $5 per vehicle. Carnival, Halloween-themed fireworks (Saturday), straw maze, horse rides, face painting, games (kids), contests, food vendors. Visit mokenapark.com.
• 2019 St. Mary Immaculate School Trunk or Treat – 5:30 to 8 p.m., ST. Mary Immaculate Parish School 15629 S. Rt. 59 Plainfield. $5 per person or 420 per family. Includes trunk or treating, DJ, inflatable obstacle course, crafts, photo booth. Food and raffle tickets available for purchase.
• Frankenstein’s Kiddie Carnival – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Prairie Activity and Recreation Center, 24550 W. Renwick Road, Plainfield. Games, crafts, costume contest (ages 2 to 5 and ages 6 to 10), movie. Concessions available. Register at plfdparks.org.
• Galowich Family YMCA Trunk-or-Treat – 7 to 8:30 p.m., 749 Houbolt Road
Joliet. Also games. Visit jolietmca.org.
• Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest – 10 a.m., Clow Stephens Dog Park,16650 South Lily Cache Road, Plainfield, Parade and costume judging start at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit plfdparks.org.
• Morris Community YMCA Trunk-or-Treat – 10 to 11:30 a.m., Morris Grade School parking lot. Also bounce house and face painting. Visit jolietmca.org.
• The Spirit of All Hallows Eve – 3 and 7 p.m.; also 1 p.m., Oct. 20, Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park and Theatre, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. Halloween lore comes to life on stage. Travel back in time and visit ancient Egypt, Celtic druids and the first settlers in American, each weaving their own superstitions into the holiday celebrated today. Call 815-724-3761 or visit bipark.org.
• Chicagoland Speedway’s Trunk-or-Treat & Holiday Hustle 5k – 8 a.m. to noon, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet. Trick-or-treating ($10 per person) Holiday Hustle 5k and 1-Mile Stroll, child and adult costume contests, car decorating contest, fall photo opportunity, pictures with Santa in Gatorade Victory Lane, food trucks, face painting. All Proceeds Generated from the Event to Benefit Chicagoland Speedway’s Charitable Entity R.A.C.E. which will in turn, Support the JTHS Alumni Association Legacy Scholarships. Register for the Santa Celebration 5K at ChicagolandSpeedway.com/TrunkOrTreat. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Palya at PR@ChicagolandSpeedway.com.
• Trunk N Treat –6 to 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Joliet, 805 Western Ave., Joliet. Festive cars, costumes, candy, activities, warm food, bounce house, petting zoo. Free.
• Halloween Fest – 5 to 7:30 p.m., Romeoville Recreation Center, 900 W Romeo Road, Romeoville. Trick-or-treat, costume contest (Ages: 2 to 12), pumpkin Free. pumpkins for the first 400 children. This event will be held outside, so please dress for the weather. Hosted by the Village of Romeoville.
• Smith Family YMCA Trunk-or-Treat – 7 to 8:30 p.m., 1350 S. Briggs St., Joliet. Also games. Visit jolietmca.org.
• Wilton Center Federated Church Fall Fest – 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wilton Center Federated Church, 14101 West Joliet Road, Manhattan. Trunk or treat, Chatastic the Balloon Twister, carnival games, cake walk and popcorn, hot dogs or barbecues, hayride. Free. Donation appreciated. Proceeds benefit 2020 Mission Trip to help with a U.S. disaster relief construction project.
• C.W. Avery Family YMCA Halloween Spooktacular – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 15120 Wallin Drive Plainfield. Also costume parade, bounce house, haunted house, balloon animals, temporary tattoos and a THRIVE Dance Team performance. Visit jolietmca.org.
• Monster Bash – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,Skateland Recreation Center, 25334 W Eames St., Channahon. Black light event. Costume contest, DJ, games, snacks. Wear a costume or something that will glow under the fluorescent lights. Preregistration is encouraged but not required for this event. Grades five to eight. Visit channahonpark.org.
• Trunk-or-Treat – 2:30 to 4 p.m.,First United Methodist Church, 401 E. Kahler Road, Wilmington. Kids can parade from trunk to trunk in costumes and collect treats and goodies. Refreshments (hot dogs & chips), fun maze, crafts, games will be available. To participate by decorating a trunk and passing out treats, call 815-476-5474.
• Costumes & Cocktails – 7 to 11 p.m., Friendship Centre at HighPoint, 175 Highpoint Drive, Romeoville. This annual adult event (Ages 21 and up) benefits the Youth Outreach Commission. Food, drinks, DJ, a photo booth. $20. Purchase tickets at the Romeoville Recreation Center. Hosted by Village of Romeoville.