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Your eyes won't be deceiving you if you see a few hundred zombies lumbering about Sullivan's town square Saturday night.
March of the Living Zombies is scheduled for 6:30 that evening, and it's free for those who want to dress up as zombies and spectators alike, said Gerald "Binky" Wood, the director of Sullivan's Shotgun Manor haunted attraction.
You can come looking like a zombie — symptoms include pale skin, decaying flesh, torn clothing and slackened jaws.
Or you can show up between 5 and 6 p.m. for a free zombification, which consists of help with makeup. Zombies will meet at the northeast corner of Sullivan's square. Zombie hunters are welcome, as well, Wood said.
"A lot of people have a blast, pretending to be zombies and the zombie hunters go after them," he said. "Some have Nerf guns and try to shoot them."
Organizers will also serve Twinkies and Sno Balls afterward "in homage to the movie 'Zombieland,'" Wood said.
The best male and female zombies will win prizes, but "if you want to, you can just come and watch — it's a lot of fun," Wood said.
"We have everything from old zombies to kid zombies to baby zombies," Wood said. "We have zombies of all walks of life, rich, and not-so-rich. We have hardworking zombies and we have the celebrity zombies. Last year, we had a couple of Elvis zombies and a Beatles zombie."
Shotgun Manor raises money for the Sullivan Ambucs, Wood said, and you can get coupons for it during the march. Shotgun Manor is in the square and is open 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in October. Regular tickets are $10, and "special RIP" tickets are $15.
Here's a list of more Halloween events submitted to us.
Gates of Delirium Haunted House, at 115 N. Central St., Gilman, is open Oct. 20-23 and Oct. 27-31. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Sundays and Oct. 31.
General admission is $9. You can buy tickets online at http://www.gatesofevil.com or cash only at the door.
Clue booklets for What Haunts Urbana's Parks are available through 1 p.m. Oct. 28. They're free and will help you search for letterboxes hidden in Urbana's parks and facilities.
Each letterbox contains a specific stamp that you use to record your "find" in your personal Wild About Parks Quest Clue Booklet. Download the booklet at http://www.urbanaparks.org or visit the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway, U.
Psychic Joker Entertainment will offer Halloween-themed entertainment at SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., in downtown Champaign. Doors open each night at 10 p.m. and shows begin at 10:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary.
— Friday, Oct. 21: Magic Showcase, featuring area magicians from the Central Illinois Magic Association. They'll include Stefan Alexxis, David Wernick, Markus Clegg, JR Thomas, Andy Anderson, and David der Geist. Admission is $5.
— Saturday, Oct. 22: Haunted Tea Party, where you can share a late-night cup of tea or coffee with spirits. Admission is $5.
— Sunday, Oct. 23: Ghost Hunter Zack Widup will share what goes into hunting ghosts, including some good places to explore. An actual ghost hunt will follow. Admission is $5.
— Monday, Oct. 24: Superhero Night, where you can come dressed as your favorite superhero or gamer avatar for a night of heroic films and some live entertainment. Admission is $5.
— Tuesday, Oct. 25: B-Movie Marathon, which will feature some of the finest (or funniest) in B-movie sci-fi and horror films, including "Plan 9 from Outer Space." Admission is $2, but free for those who come in costume.
— Wednesday, Oct 26: Poe-try Night, which is like an open mic night but asks performers to share favorite poems by Edgar Allan Poe. Reserve your spot on the stage by emailing email@example.com. Admission is free.
The third annual Frightmare Haunted House has taken over the Short Furniture building in Neoga and features 14,000 square feet. It's scheduled for 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and 8-10 p.m. Oct. 30. It's at 625 Chestnut Ave., Neoga, and admission is $7 a person.
Michael Kleen, author of "Haunting Illinois: A Tourist's Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State," will appear at two book signings Friday, first 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Beads N Botanicals, 117 N. Broadway Ave., U, and then 7-9 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 65 E. Marketview Drive, C.
"Haunting Illinois" contains 200 mystery sites and 85 individual illustrations.
Decatur's The Scream Haunted Adventure on West Eldorado offers two haunted events in one location, including a haunted house and a haunted warehouse tour.
The Scream Haunted Adventure forces victims to walk through the dark, stormy house inhabited by ghosts, monsters and sinister characters. The Scream Haunted Warehouse Tour walks patrons through abandoned portions of the warehouse that are rumored to be haunted. From a basement inhabited by grimacing vagrants to an upstairs locker room that is the scene of an unfortunate event, the tour tells the story of this eerie deserted warehouse and reveals the marks left by disastrous events.
Also included in the Haunt this year is a custom room by the Roller Derby team, Decatur Derby Dames.
It will be open 7-11 p.m. Friday, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30-31. It will also feature Friendly Monster Days 3-5 p.m. Oct. 29-30.
With the lights on, The Scream turns in to a family friendly event. Monsters will hand out candy to the kids instead of scaring them.
General admission starts at $8 for the haunted house and $12 for the haunted warehouse tour, or you can tour both for $18 with the Murder on Mercer Pass. The Scream is the largest fundraising event for Decatur Celebration.
Spooky Crafts, appropriate for children ages 6 through 13, is scheduled for 6-7:15 p.m. Friday at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton, U. There, you can create creepy crawlies to decorate your haunted house.
Cost is $14 for residents and $28 for nonresidents. Call 367-1544 to sign up.
The Derenne family in St. Joseph is again raising money for St. Jude Children's Hospital with a Halloween event at their home.
The Derennes will serve candy apples, hot chocolate and funnel cakes at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday and Oct. 28-31. They're hoping to have more than 70 carved pumpkins, as well. It's at 303 W. Evergreen Drive, St. Joseph.
The Nightmare Pavilion Haunted House will be at the Sportsmen's Club of Urbana, 705 W. Hickory St., Mahomet, located off U.S. 150 behind Taylor Field.
It will be open 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30. Requested donation is $7, and the haunted house is not recommended for pregnant women, small children or people with heart conditions or epilepsy.
It feature 15 rooms and a concession stand.
Events on Oct. 22
All middle and high school LGBTQ-identified and ally youths are invited to attend Halloween Homecoming. Get dressed up in your favorite Halloween costume and join other youths for a night of music, costume contests with ghoulish prizes, food and fun. The party will be chaperoned by adult Uniting Pride Center youth group staff. Costumes are optional, and the event is free.
It's scheduled for 8-11 p.m. Saturday at the Independent Media Center Main Space, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U.
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Urbana Park District's Creepy Crawly Hunt is set for 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway, U. Children ages 4 and older (those younger than 15 need to be with a registered adult) can explore creepy crawly habitats and learn about the animals that live there.
They'll look for millipedes, spiders, salamanders, and mites along the trails and near the ponds of Busey Woods. Dress accordingly. Participants will receive a bug box. Cost is $7 for residents and $14 for nonresidents.
The Vermilion County Conservation District is hosting Haunted Happenings at 6 p.m. Saturday at Kennekuk County Park, which is on Henning Road, 5 miles north off U.S. 150 and Interstate 74.
For $10 per person, you will can enjoy a cook-your-own wiener roast (hot dog, chips and soft drink), hayride and a haunted trail. There is a trail for children, accompanied by an adult, to enjoy and fun and games at the kids barn, too. Each activity runs concurrently throughout the evening. The haunted trail opens at dark.
Advance ticket sales are available now at the Kennekuk Visitor's Center, Forest Glen Staff Office, the Deluxe Restaurant, Catlin IGA, Latoz Hardware, Westville; and WHPO radio station office, Hoopeston.
For more information, call the VCCD headquarters at 442-1691 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or visit http://www.vccd.org for venue details and ticket availability.
The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, along with Dr. J. Barry Howell and The Buzz, will present its second "In Concert" fundraiser of The Rocky Horror Show on Saturday at the Canopy Club in Urbana.
The event will consist of three parts: an hour-long concert version intended for those ages 17 and under, a full "In Concert" version for ages 18 and up and a late-night screening of the cult film after the concert.
To kick off the evening, the cast of the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company will perform a "gleeked" concert version of the musical for audience members ages 17 and under, inspired by an episode of the hit musical comedy "Glee." Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the gleeked concert will begin at 6 p.m. Although this one-hour performance was created especially for a younger audience, those 17 and under must still be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are $10.
Later that evening, the cast will hit the stage to perform the full "In Concert" version of The Rocky Horror Show for those 18 and up, followed by a "Dress Up as Your Favorite Rocky Character" costume contest, silent auction and late-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie. Audience participation is encouraged, and goody bags will be for sale.
Doors open for the full "In Concert" version at 8:30 p.m., and the show begins at 9:30 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show film will begin a half-hour after the concert. One ticket price covers both events. Tickets are $15 and general admission. No one under 18 will be admitted.
Tickets are available now at the CUTC office, online at http://www.canopyclub.com or by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX. Tickets are also available at Exile on Main Street, Manolo's Pizza & Empanadas and the Canopy Club.
The Monticello Railway Musem's Ghost Train is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, and Oct. 28-30 at the museum, 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello.
Trains run every 30 minutes from 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Sundays, children's matinees run every 30 minutes from 1-2:30 p.m. and the regular ghost train will run at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.
The train combines a train ride through the haunted hallow, views of jack o' lanterns, the giant spider, haunted castle, flying witch and surprises on the train. New for 2011 is 13-foot-tall animated grim reaper outdoor display and granny's haunted attic in the haunted boxcar.
All ages can enjoy the train ride through Camp Creek Hollow with a stop at Cemetery Road, but only the brave should check out our Haunted Boxcar.
For younger children, event organizers recommend the matinees on Sunday for the train ride and lights-on walk-through of the Haunted Boxcar. Trains on these days will replace the regularly scheduled trains.
Trains will depart from the museum site only. Fare is $6 for ages 2 and up and includes the train ride and admission to the haunted boxcar. All proceeds from the event are used for restoration and operation of historic trains at the museum. For more information, visit http://www.mrym.org.
Pumpkin carvers are needed to help gut, carve and display pumpkins for the Pumpkin House in Tuscola.
Bruce Wood at 207 E. Scott in Tuscola decorates his house for each holiday and this year he needs your help carving all the pumpkins needed for display.
Carving dates are scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Flesor's Candy Kitchen, 101 W. Sale St.
If you have your own carving kit, please bring it with you. Kits will be provided, but there are limited amounts.
They'll be on display at Wood's home Monday through Oct. 31.
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Cornerstone Christian Church, Danville, is hosting a Trunk or Treat and Maze Craze event for preschool- and elementary-age kids. It's scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at 1607 Greenwood Cemetery Road, Danville. Kids can come in costume and get candy passed out from church members' car trunks. It will also feature a giant cardboard maze in the gym, hot dogs, chili and drinks.
Memphis on Main in downtown Champaign will be having its third annual Early Halloween Party with the Stand Up Comedy Show, which begins at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Performers will be dressing up, and the crowd should too. Best non-comic costume wins two free drinks at the bar. The comics will choose the winner. It will also feature Halloween decorations and music.
The event is free and hosted by Jesse Tuttle, the head of Champaign-Urbana Comedy, and will feature several area performers, as well as traveling Comedy Club perfomers Rich Castle and Andrew Voris.
EDITOR'S NOTE: If your event isn't listed and is running through the weekend of Oct. 27-31, you can still add it to next week's e3. Please email specifics to Meg Dickinson at email@example.com by no later than 9 a.m. Monday.