THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Enjoying Some Halloween Boo Time!

As we inch closer to celebrating Halloween in all its glory (or should I say “gorey”), this weekend not only includes our furry family members, but it also brings with it some Halloween BOO!

Join the Museum of Science & Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.) in the Hyde Park neighborhood through November 1st at itsBoo Fest to help you get into the Halloween spirit. This family-friendly event features a Scary Storage exhibit that is decorated for you to wander a path with a slightly scary peek at creepy curiosities from the Museum’s collection. There is also touch-less trick-or-treating, so bring a bag with you to search for trick-or-treat chutes stationed throughout the Museum. Other spooky activities include science experiences like dissecting a cow’s eyeball and creating Frankenslime! Some activities have age guides or requirements, and parts of this experience require additional timed-entry tickets. Also, social distancing protocols will be in place, but there’s plenty of space for you to have a scary good time indoors!!

The Lakeview Halloween Pup Crawl takes place this Saturday (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) on Halsted Street from Belmont to Cornelia Avenues. Bring your dog(s) out in costume and have some fun as you scavenger hunt for treats with Miss Foozie. A prize raffle, giveaways, a photo booth, and costume contest are also part of the day’s events! Registration is $5 per dog and can be purchased at the event or in advance. It’s a fun Halloween event for dogs and their humans, but please wear a mask and social distance during the event!!

Come out for a spooktacular evening at Lincolnwood Town Center (3333 W. Touhy Ave.) in Lincolnwood for their Boo ‘n Brew this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Activities include craft beer (non-alcoholic) from Marz Brewing, treats-to-go from GoGo Squeez, a DJ party, pumpkin painting while supplies last, school of rock instrument petting zoo, and a stilt-walking Frankenstein! In addition to your cool costume, don’t forget your mask. It’s sure to be a fun and safe evening for all!!

If wandering aimlessly through a haunted house, and being touched by who knows what is not your cup of tea, then Terror In The Timbers wants to put your mind at ease as you remain in the safety of your vehicle during their event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at Camp Big Timber (37W955 Big Timber Rd.) in Elgin. First, you will need to turn off your headlights and tune your radio to a predetermined station. Next, you’ll proceed down a marked path to the first of many horrific stops, never exceeding 5 miles per hour. When you enter a scene, a red light will signal the driver to put the car in park. Then all you need to do is take a deep breath and find out what happens! BOO!!

Pets throughout the region are invited to don their best Halloween costumes and howl at the moon at the Long Grove Halloween Town’s 3rd annual Pet Costume Parade this Sunday at 11 a.m. (weather permitting). Registration/check-in takes place at Brothers Field between 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m., with the parade kicking off after that. Pets and their owners will be led around town and back to Brothers Field, where the pet costume judging will occur. It’s free to watch the parade, and all dogs must be leashed at all times!

If you’re still in need of purchasing some pumpkins, check out these 24 Pumpkin Patches in Chicago and the suburbs for a day of family fun!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago