There is so much to see in Elmhurst this weekend: plays, art and museum exhibits, concerts, church activities. But even if you do nothing but Halloween activities this weekend, there's enough to keep you busy.
Following are a few ideas in the spirit of the season. For more activities, check out our calendar and, as always, tell us what we missed in the comments.
• provides free fun for all Oct. 29 in downtown Elmhurst. opens at 9 a.m., and a free magic show will take place 9:30 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., families can enjoy a free showing of "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit," Rated G.
After the movie, kids can show off their costumes in a costume parade and trick or treat door-to-door at downtown businesses. Look for posters in store windows and don't forget a bag for all the treats.
From noon to 3 p.m., get a free photo in costume at Walgreens, 160 N. Palmer; from noon to 2, Coldwell Banker will host a free pumpkin open house at its 190 N. York location, and 100 South Chophouse will offer a free pumpkin patch. Throughout the afternoon, kids can enjoy free face paintings and balloon animals to take home.
• York Drama will present a Halloween performance, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at , 355 W. St. Charles Road. Tickets are $9.
• It's also the last weekend for the suspenseful, dark comedy, by Greenman Theatre Troop. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, at Asbury Hall at , 232 S. York in Elmhurst. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors.
• , hosted by the and National Honor Society students, will be held on the York High School track from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Cost is $15, and all proceeds will go toward helping York High School families in need pay educational and extracurricular activity fees.
The run will be held in conjunction with a for elementary school children from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road. The fair will feature carnival games with prizes, face painting, ghost sucker guess, hula hoop contests, costume contests, pumpkin decorating, a cake walk and more.
• Official hours for residential trick-or-treating in Elmhurst will be between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Parents are encouraged to accompany young children; older kids should approach only well-lit homes, avoid entering a home to receive a treat, stay away from dark or deserted-looking areas, cross only at intersections and watch for approaching cars.
Treats should be carefully inspected at home and fruit should be washed and cut into pieces. Drivers are reminded to use extra caution in the presence of children during the afternoon and evening hours on Halloween.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!