Don’t look behind you…
We told you not to look!
It’s a frightfully fun time here in ILLINOISouth. Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls lurk around every turn. Haunted hikes and spooky spectacles are the norm for many communities throughout October leading right up to the big day…Halloween.
Head out to one of the many Halloween parades to see all of the classic creepers like mummies, vampires, Frankenstein, witches…even zombies. Watch out for the zombies though – Walking Dead comes back on this weekend, and it has me convinced you can never be too careful.
Show off your costumes and, most importantly, let the kiddos collect candy at trunk-or-treats and Halloween parties. For the ladies, Lebanon and Columbia host “Witches Nights Out”. (They said it, not us.)
However your family likes to celebrate Halloween – we want you to stay safe and have fun. Here’s a list of Haunted Happenings in ILLINOISouth:
October 10-11, 17-18, 24-15
Eckert’s Farm, Millstadt
There’s lots of ghoulish fun for young and old during this hayride through Eckert’s haunted orchard.
Ghouls (Witches) Night Out
Dress the part – witches costume, hat and broom contest, and enjoy a fabulous night of shopping and prizes.
October 10 – 11, 17 – 18 & 24 – 25
Historical Museum Haunted House
Historical Museum, Centralia
October 10 – 12 & 17-19
Little Shop of Horrors
Avon Theater, Breese
Clinton County Showcase presents this rock musical, comedy, horror hit at the historic Avon Theater.
October 17 – 18
McDonald’s Restaurant, Carlyle
Climb aboard a hay wagon in the McDonald’s parking lot and take a hay ride down to a trail where ghosts and ghouls hide.
October 17 – 18
Silver Lake Park, Highland
Go for a haunted hike into the darkness and see what lurks at night in the Park!! The hike on the 18th is for families with younger children. On the 19th, prepare to be scared!
Belleville Trick or Treat
Main Street Belleville
Trick or treat on the Nation’s longest main street, and stock up on candy and goodies!
Caseyville Community Building, Caseyville
Lots of games, costume contest, Halloween pictures, food, and more.
Halloween Parade, Fall Festival & Craft Fair
Centralia Recreation Complex, Centralia
This parade is older than the Macy’s parade and features floats, marching unites, horses, old fire trucks, costumed characters, school bands and more. The Fall Festival is held during the day with a children’s parade, chili cook-off, mini train rides, haunted house, craft fair, games for the kids, food and car show.
Main Street Columbia
Main Street merchants have stocked up on treats for the little princesses, ghosts and all.
Pumpkin Patch & Children’s Bike Parade
Children are invited to join the bike parade and trick or treat at downtown merchants.
Witches Night Out
Sharpen the point on your hat, oil the broom and fluff up the cat, leave the little goblins where they’re at and com to Lebanon’s scariest shopping event. Restaurants and shops will be open. A fortune teller will be strolling the street. The spooky music and historic buildings provide a haunted backdrop for some wicked good fun. It’s a “ghoul’s night out.” Costumes are encouraged; it’s quite a sight to see.
Leu Civic Center, Mascoutah
It’s a party with food, costume contests and children’s games, plus a parade!
Scare Square & Pumpkin Glow
City Hall Fountain Park, Columbia
Loads of Halloween fun, trunk-or-treating for the kids and pumpkin carving contest for all ages.
EdGlen Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade
Over 100 floats, marching bands, school groups and entertainers take to the streets of Edwardsville to experience this 90+ year tradition called the biggest Halloween celebration in the Metro-East.
Trunk or Treat
Waterloo Courthouse Square
Organizations provide a safe trick or treating environment for the kids. Event features a Candy Check Point sponsored by the Waterloo Fire Department and Monroe County EMS.