Tricks and treats for all ages: How ghoul is that?
Celebrate the Halloween season with chemistry experiments that go "poof" at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum.
Construct a costume for your hamster to attend the pet masquerade at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Take your flashlight and visit a corn maze in Rantoul after dark.
Parades, concerts, plays and even a seance are on tap this year.
Even lawyers are getting in the holiday spirit with events featuring free legal advice and treats in Edgar and Clark counties.
Halloween activities are plentiful once again in East Central Illinois.
After a scarcity of haunted houses the last few years, they are numerous this year. There are at least three new ones – Champaign haunts in an old hardware store and movie theater turned children's museum and Pesotum frights in a former church.
Michael Hoch is a 12-year veteran of haunted setups. For the past 10 years, he ran the Haunted Pavilion at the Sportsman's Club of Urbana in Mahomet.
This year, he is "haunting" the old Ace Hardware building at Windsor and Duncan roads, Champaign. Proceeds will be donated to the Patient Navigation Services program of the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division. Hoch's grandfather died of cancer, and his mother is a two-time cancer survivor.
Hoch says donations will be tripled in value because the Coleman and Duchossois Family foundations will match the admission money collected.
Hoch's "Chambers of the Dead" opened Oct. 16 and continues through Oct. 31.
The Prompting Theater, Champaign-Urbana's local theater company of adult actors with developmental disabilities, for the first time will collaborate with the Orpheum Children's Science Museum to stage scary experiences and a mystery to be solved in the museum in downtown Champaign.
Called "The Haunted House IX: Mystery of an Asylum Behind the Museum," it is a first-time fundraiser for the Developmental Services Center in Champaign.
Three kinds of presentations at the museum will be staged for different age groups Tuesday through Oct. 31.
In Pesotum, Christy Grassman set up a "House of Horrors" with a horror movies' theme in the basement of the former St. Joseph's Church at Madison and Church streets.
Intended for mature audiences (minimum age for entry will be 13), the house has scenes from "Nightmare on Elm Street," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Friday the 13th" and "Halloween."
It opened Oct. 2 and runs through Oct. 31.
The Pesotum site touts indoor waiting places where food and beverages are sold.
Area haunted places
• Chambers of the Dead for mature audiences; old Ace Hardware building; Windsor and Duncan roads, Champaign; 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 30 and 31; $7 with proceeds going to American Cancer Society.
• "The Haunted House IX: Mystery of an Asylum Behind the Museum"; Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C; 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday for families; 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday time for adults; kid-friendly presentation for schools and agencies 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30; 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30 for families and 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30 for adults; 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 for children, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 for families and 8 p.m. Oct. 31 to 1 a.m. Nov. 1 for adults.
Clinton: "Terror on Washington Street"; 513 E. Washington St., Clinton; 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31; $8, rush pass $16; lights on for children, 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, $4.
Danville: "12 Hours to Live" intense theme; The Edge, 3723 N. Vermilion, Danville; 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31; $2 or nonperishable food donation for food pantry.
Decatur/Forsyth: Haunted House, old Steve and Barry's store; Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight; 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 29, 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31; $4-$6, with $1 discount for canned food donation and $2 discount for military IDs; lights on for children, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 31, $2 for children and free for adults; sponsored by Decatur Jaycees with proceeds for community projects.
Effingham: Haunted Barn; Legacy Harley-Davidson, 1315 Althoff Ave., Effingham; 1 p.m. Saturday; includes hayrack rides and games.
Georgetown: "Haunted Hide-A-Way"; 1201 E. 12th St., Georgetown (Interstate 74 to Georgetown Road exit, south on Illinois 1 to Georgetown; east on East 14th Street that turns into 12th); 6 to 10 p.m. tonight, Sunday and Oct. 29; 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Saturday and Oct. 30 and 31; $6-$8. Lights on and no masks for young children, 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 31, $3. Haunted hay ride, $4-$5. Discount of $1 if you buy tickets for house and ride.
Neoga: Neoga Boosters' "Frightmare"; former Short's Furniture building, 625 Chestnut Ave., Neoga; 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 31 and 31; $5; lights on for young children, 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, $3; waiting area with concessions and Halloween movie; proceeds for extracurricular activities of Neoga junior and senior high schools.
Monticello: Ghost Train for families and Haunted Boxcar for adults and older children; Monticello Railway Museum, 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello (Interstate 72 to Exit 166); 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31; $6; lights on for young children, 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Pesotum: "House of Horrors" for mature audiences; basement of former St. Joseph's Church, Madison and Church streets, Pesotum; 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 30 and 31; $13; number system, indoor waiting with food available for purchase.
Rantoul: "Haunted Dungeon"; 128 E. Sangamon Ave., Rantoul; 7 to 11 p.m. tonight and Friday, 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 29, 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31 and 31; $7; lights on for young children, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, $1.
Saybrook: Haunted House, Main and Locust, Saybrook; 7 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday; 7 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 6 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31; $4.50-$6.
Shelbyville: "Main Street Massacre," 222 E. Main St., Shelbyville; 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 30 and 31; $5; no children under 10.
Sidney: Haunted Trail at Trails of Witt Park Woods; Witt Park Pavilion, Witt Park Road, Sidney; 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30, 9 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31; $5 with $1 per person discount for groups of 10 or more; closed-toe shoes and ages 8 and up recommended; walks for younger children, 6 to 7 p.m. nightly, free; closed in bad weather, check at 202-4907. Bonfire and hot dogs and s'mores to roast.
Sullivan: "Shotgun Manor: Emalee's Knightmare"; back alley, 14 S. Washington St., Sullivan; 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31; $10, $15 for rush pass; lights on for children, 6 to 7 p.m. Friday and Oct. 31, $6; to avoid lines, buy tickets online at www.shotgunmanor.com; fundraiser for Sullivan Ambucs.
Tilton: Haunted House presented by Tilton Fire and Ambulance; Tilton Ball Park, near village garage; 7 to 10 p.m. tonight; 7 p.m. start Friday, Saturday and Oct. 29, 30 and 31; $5.
Urbana: Haunted House; Wesley Foundation, 1203 E. Green St., U; 7:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 30 and 31; $5; proceeds for Wesley food pantry.
Fun for families
Casey: Harvest Festival with baseball and corn hole tournaments, vehicle shows, pet costume contest, games, hayrides, crafts food, movie and music; Fairview Park, Casey; 9 a.m. Saturday start; $5 camping.
• Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., C. Extreme pumpkin carving for teenagers; 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. Monster Mash songs and stories for 2-year-olds; 10:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 30.
• Spooky Skate with costume contest, ghoulish decor and candy; University of Illinois Ice Arena, 406 E. Armory, C; 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday; $1-5.
• Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C. Movie "Coraline" and spooky activities for middle school students; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Film "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" and pumpkin craft, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Oct. 31.
• Halloween at the Y with games, fun houses, gymnastics obstacle course, face-painting and treats; YMCA Fitness and Family Center, 707 N. Country Fair Drive, C; 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30; free admission.
• Trick or Treat with Chemistry featuring hands-on science experiments, insects and snakes to touch, skeleton exhibit, live chemistry demonstration show and treats; Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 Neil St., C; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday; $2-$3; costumes encouraged.
• Halloween FunFest with games and activities for 2- through 11-year-olds; Market Place Mall, Champaign; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday; wear costumes; free; organized by Champaign and Urbana park districts.
• Halloween puppet show; Indi Go Gallery, 9 E. University Ave., C; 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Charleston: Fright Night concert by Eastern Symphony Orchestra, Bow-Dacious String Band of children from Champaign-Urbana, tribute to Abraham Lincoln and costume contest; Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston; 6 p.m. Sunday; $5-$12.
• Haunted Happenings with hot dog cookout, hayride, fun kid's trail, haunted trail and games; Kennekuk County Park; 6 p.m. Saturday; $10 with limited tickets sold, call 442-1691.
• Illinois folklore and ghost stories presentation by author Michael Kleen; Gino's Place, Days Inn Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St., Danville; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday; free.
• Family Fun Hog Roast with music by Doc Ashton and Root Canals and children's fun zone and pumpkin decorating; Hickory Hollow area, Kennekuk County Park, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville; 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday; $5-$15 in advance at CASA, 101 W. North St., Danville, $5-$20 at the door.
Effingham: Parade with "Wizard of Oz" theme; 1 p.m. Sunday.
Fairmount: Halloween party; Fairmount Fire Station, Fairmount; 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
Gibson City: Octobertest with costume prizes, games, haunted basement and shopping and trick-or-treating at businesses; downtown Gibson City; 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Hoopeston: Spooktacular Evening with costume and pumpkin contests, trick-or-treating and shopping; Market and Main streets, downtown Hoopeston; 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Indianola: Halloween party with costume judging; village park, Indianola; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
LeRoy: Costume contest and "Wizard of Oz" movie; Princess Theater, 300 E. Center St., LeRoy; contest for ages 12 and younger at 10 a.m., movie at 11 a.m. Oct. 31; free; sponsored by LeRoy Farm & Lawn.
• Spooky stories; Mahomet Public Library, 512 E. Main St., Mahomet; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; less scary during first half-hour; registration required at 586-2611.
• Halloween Spooktacular with games, crafts and tour of Werewolf's Castle suitable for 10-year-olds and younger; auditorium, Mahomet-Seymour High School, 302 State St., Mahomet; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30; $10 for limited tickets available at Mahomet IGA, 621-4288 or 714-8742; food available at additional cost; proceeds benefit school drama program.
• Halloween Howl Ghost Stories at the Lake with professional storytellers; Elks Lake Pavilion, Lake of the Woods Park, Mahomet; 4 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday for families and children, $2-$3; 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Saturday for ages 14 and older, $5; food for additional cost.
Ogden: Community Harvest Fest with costume contest, 25-cent games; Prairieview-Ogden South Grade School, 304 N. Market St., Ogden; 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30; proceeds for school Parent Teacher Organization.
Potomac: Community wiener roast with pumpkin carving contest, scavenger hunt, costume contest for kids; Potomac Community Building, 310 State St., Potomac; 6 p.m. Saturday; DJ music at 8 p.m.; donations accepted; bring a lawn chair.
• Halloween Fun Nite with fun rooms, crafts, give-aways for kids; Chanute Air Museum, 1011 Pacesetter Drive. Rantoul; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday; $2 per child, accompanying adults free.
• Corn mazes, 5 to 10 acres; Hardy's Reindeer Ranch, 1356 County Road 2900 North, Rantoul; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday; night walks available, call 893-3407 for nights and hours.
Rossville: Halloween parade; Chicago Street north to high school; 10 a.m. Oct 31; goodie bags, hot dogs and costume judging for children in school gymnasium after parade.
Savoy: Trick or Treat Street with ghoulish music, games, crafts and child-friendly haunted house; Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive, Savoy; 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30; free.
Saybrook: Sangamon River Days with costume, scarecrow and carved pumpkin contests; parade; chili cook-off; bonfire; hayrides and games; Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Scavenger hunt, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. Garage sales, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31. Breakfast at the Legion Hall, 6:30 to 9 a.m. Nov. 1; food and craft vendors and kids' games, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1.
Sidney: Harvest Fest and Chili Cook Off with costume parade and contest for children, crafts and games and food; Town Hall, Sidney, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday; free except for chili cook-off with $10 entry fee.
Tilton: Wiener roast; Tilton Fire Station, Fifth Street, Tilton; 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.
• Ghost stories and candy on theme of "Gruesome, Gory and Ghastly Ghosts and Ghouls" with stories appropriated for kindergartners through eighth graders; Spurlock Museum, 606 S. Gregory, U; 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31; suggested donation of $5 with proceeds for museum educational programs and Center for Children's Books.
• Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U; spooky Halloween program with stories, songs, craft and snack for children; 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31; wear a costume if you like; free.
• Pet masquerade Oskee Boo Wow with prizes for costumes, appetizers and wine for humans and pet treats; University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., U; 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; $50 per person and $10 per pet registration at 333-2761; proceeds for Humane Connection Fund at the veterinary teaching hospital.
• Halloween Spooktacular concert by Illinois Brass Quintet joined by Yankee Ridge Dancers and UI Graduate Brass Quintet; Krannert Center, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31; $4-$10; preceded by costume contest for children 12 and younger, Krannert lobby, 6:30 p.m.
Villa Grove: Annual Halloween Costume Contest for adults and children sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars; Villa Grove United Methodist Church, 302 Second St., Villa Grove; 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
• Halloween exhibit and shows; Indi Go Gallery, 9 E. University Ave., C. Funhouse exhibit by four artists Saturday through Oct. 31; puppet show, 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, live music by David Howie, 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday; Halloween Hootananny with comedy by The Abe Froman Project and music by The Duke of Uke and his Novelty Orchestra, belly dancers, fire spinner and haunted house, Oct. 31.
• Karaoke and costume contest with Liquid Courage Karaoke; Memphis On Main, 55 E. Main St., C; 9 p.m. Oct. 29 to 2 a.m. Oct. 30.
• "Jekyll & Hyde" musical story of good vs. evil; Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C; 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; $19; 356-9063; last Champaign Urbana Theatre Company show of the 2009 season.
• VFW Halloween party with costume contest, raffles and DJ; Post 5520, 609 Edgebrook Drive, C; 4 p.m. Oct. 31; bring snacks to share.
• Freaktini adult-themed Halloween party with food, comedy by Zoo Improv, live music, tarot card readings and costume contest; downtown Champaign businesses Bacaro, Boltini, Cakes on Walnut, Cowboy Monkey and Esquire Lounge; 5:30 to 11 p.m. Oct., 29; $15-$20 with tickets at Boltini or Cakes on Walnut; proceeds for A Woman's Place.
• Curtis Orchard, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C; pumpkin-picking 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31; corn maze, face-painting and wagon and pony rides for a fee on weekends.
• Halloween dinner and dance; VFW Post 728, 8 Pine St., Danville; Oct 30. Meal of chicken or beef, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., $5. Dance with music by Hired Hands Band and costume prizes, 7 to 10 p.m., $5; tickets to both for $8.
• Ghost Rally; American Legion Post 210, Prospect Place, Danville; 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $20 per car.
Fairmount: Dinner theater; Sleepy Creek Vineyards, south of Oakwood, Exit 206 off Interstate 74; buffet dinner catered by Applewood Catering and original pay "Coyote" inspired by Edgar Allen Poe; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31; $28 for meal, play and a glass of wine with reservations required at 733-0330.
Hoopeston: Halloween party for those at least 21 with costume prizes, DJ music; Hoopeston Civic Center, 1 McFerren Park Road, Hoopeston; 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31; $5; proceeds benefit Hoopeston Lions Club.
Marshall/Paris: Legal Tips and Treats; free legal information from attorneys in Edgar and Clark County Bar Associations and Halloween candy. Courthouse lawn, Paris, Edgar County, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30. Courthouse lawn, Marshall, Edgar County; 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30.
Ridge Farm: Fire Department Ghost Rally; fire station, Ridge Farm; 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday; $10 per car.
Tolono: Hillbilly Halloween for those 18 and older with music by The Feudin' Hillbillies and costume contests; Radmakers Rock n Roll Tavern, 4 E. Holden, Tolono; 9 p.m. Oct. 31 to 1 a.m. Nov. 1; $5.
• Mystery dinner or seance: Sylvia's Irish Inn Bed & Breakfast, 312 W. Green St., U; 384-4800 or 979-1216. "The Irish Wake Seven Corpse Dinner" with dinner and murder mystery interactive evening; 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday; $75; 384-4800. Seance Experience with mind reader and medium Jace Hoppes; 8 p.m. Oct. 31; $35 with advance tickets required.
• Halloween party with costume contest, Kilborn Alley Blues Band and karaoke with Paul Faber; Po' Boys BBQ & Pizza, 1901 S. High Cross Road, U; 5 p.m. Oct. 30.