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Sauk Valley Halloween happenings

Milly (left) and Elly Tomman dressed up as a chicken and Colonel Sanders for the Coloma Township Park District's 2018 costume contest at the Rock Falls Community Building. This year's contest will be Sunday  at the Municipal Center, 1007 Seventh Ave.
Milly (left) and Elly Tomman dressed up as a chicken and Colonel Sanders for the Coloma Township Park District's 2018 costume contest at the Rock Falls Community Building. This year's contest will be Sunday at the Municipal Center, 1007 Seventh Ave.

Trick or treat yourself to some Halloween fun in the Sauk Valley ...

TODAY

Halloween party in Nelson

NELSON – Halloween Fun Fair, 5-7 p.m. at 207 Pope St.; 50-cent games, prizes, food, bounce house, hay rack rides, face painting, and more. Bar available. Fundraiser for the village park. More info: Parties on Pope on Facebook or 815-734-4927.

Timber Lake Terror

MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Terror: The Haunted Experience, 6:30-10 p.m., Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road; fun house, haunted house, escape room; $8 at timberlakeplayhouse.org, $10 at the door; 815-244-2035.

Pumpkin Fest

MOUNT CARROLL – Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. downtown; farmer’s market, bubble show, pumpkin bowling, Touch-a-Truck, fire department water fights, costume parade for kids and pets, pumpkin and gourd decorating, races, 5K walk-run at Market and Carroll streets; mtcarrollil.org.

At Abiding Word Church

STERLING – Fall fun at Abiding Word Church, 806 E. Lynn Blvd.; 5-8 p.m., chili mac and cheese cook-off, live music, hay rack rides, bonfire, S’mores, hot cocoa, kids games, outdoor movie, short message; dress accordingly; 815-626-1827.

Crafts at New Life Lutheran

STERLING – New Life Lutheran’s annual fall craft fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 702 W. Lynn Blvd; 50+ vendors, concessions and more; 815-499-6552, Facebook.

Parade and costume contest

MORRISON – Halloween parade and costume contest, 1:30 p.m. at Community State Bank, 220 E. Main St.; line up at 12:30 p.m., treat bags for the first 100 kids, costume-judging at 1:15, parade at 1:30 p.m, prizes awarded at 2 p.m.; in case of bad weather, event moves to Morrison Junior High School, 300 Academic Drive; 815-772-4011.

Halloween in Dixon

• Dixon Noon Lions annual Halloween parade, Haymarket Square, 317 W. Third St.; 9:30 a.m. assembly, 9:50 judging, parade at 10; costume prizes, treat bags. In case of bad weather, find prizes and treats at the Post House Ballroom, 100 W. Second St.; 815-284-8845

• Monster pancake breakfast; 8-9:30 a.m. at Lee County Council on Aging; eat with costumed characters, $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for 11 and younger, $1 off for those in costume; 815-288-9236.

• The Scarecrow Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. along the riverfront and downtown; craft and food vendors, pie-eating contest, petting zoo, train rides, line dancing, pumpkin painting, face painters, live music, pumpkin races and more. Treat Street, 10-11:30 a.m. at Town Square Centre Circle Drive, 102 S. Hennepin Ave.; Discover Dixon on Facebook.

SUNDAY

Halloween costume contest

ROCK FALLS – Coloma Township Park District, Rock Falls Youth Council and Rock Falls American Legion and Auxiliary Halloween costume contest, 4 p.m. at the Municipal Center, 1007 Seventh Ave.; doors open to contestants of all ages at 3:30 p.m.; cash prizes, candy for all participants; 815-625-0272.

Halloween on the Prairie

BYRON – Halloween on the Prairie, noon-4 p.m. at Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road; hayrides, face-painting, crafts, live owl and hawk shows, spooky games, Native American life skills demonstrations, bounce house, free hot dogs, apple snapping, Weiskopf Observatory programs; byronforestpreserve.com or 815-234-8535.

Costume contest

COMPTON – Halloween costume contest at the fire station, 339 W. Cherry St.; 2:30 p.m. registration; 3 p.m. judging, followed by parade to Compton Park for hot dogs and hot chocolate, pumpkin-decorating contest; nonperishable food items and money accepted for NICE food pantry; all activities at fire department in case of bad weather. More info: Hazel Sims, 815-497-2045; Christina Barnickel, 815-497-3862.

Trunk-or-treats

• Noon-1:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon; corn dogs served; 815-440-6290.

• Sublette trunk-or-treat; 3-5 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church, 500 W. Main St.; 815-901-2767.

• St. Anne Family Mass and trunk-or-treating, 1104 N. Brinton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. Mass, 11:30 a.m.-noon food, trunk set-up, fellowship; noon-1 p.m, trunk-or-treating, kids activities; trick-or-treat from car to car or decorate the trunk of your car and hand out candy; 815-440-6434.

MONDAY

Costume contest

STERLING – Costume contest for ages 9 and younger, 6 p.m. at Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway; registration at 4:45 p.m.; trick-or-treating, goodie bags and Culver’s ice cream to the first 150 participants, costume prizes, family crafts; 815-626-5390.

At Mount Morris Library

MOUNT MORRIS – Haunted Library, 6-9 p.m. at Mount Morris Public Library, 105 S. McKendrie Ave.; treat bags, carnival and guessing games, bingo, costume contests for kids and adults and groups, pumpkin-carving contest or bring already-carved pumpkins; 815-734-4927.

TUESDAY

Halloween carnival

OREGON – Oregon Park District’s Halloween Carnival, Nash Recreation Center, 305 S. Fifth St.; 10-11 a.m. for pre-K, 3:30-5 p.m. for K-5; games, prizes, raffle baskets, fun costumes, face-painting; 12 free game tickets to each participant;, additional game tickets and raffle tickets available for purchase; oregonpark.org or 815-732-3101.

Trunk-or-treats

ROCK FALLS – Sauk Valley Senior Living & Rehab, 6-7:30 p.m., 1000 Dixon Ave.; trick-or treating, refreshments, costume contest for newborn to age 12; 815-625-8510.

WEDNESDAY

At Heritage Woods

STERLING – Trick or treating; 4-6 p.m. at Heritage Woods, 2205 Oak Grove Ave.; 815-625-7045.

THURSDAY

Fun and fellowship

Hope Bible Fellowship, 732 Brinton Ave., Dixon, 5-7:30 p.m.; trick-or-treat in costume, beverages and donuts inside; 815-677-9185.

The allure of Halloween

MOUNT CARROLL – Allure of Mount Carroll, 1006 N. Lowden Road; 6 to 7:30 p.m.; trick-or-treat for children up to sixth grade; 815-244-7715.

At the Legion

CHADWICK – Chadwick Special Events Halloween party, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall, 221 Calvert Ave; hot dogs and chili; take-home treat bags; Halloween cookie decorating for kids, tin can bowling, costume contests; 815-478-5120.

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