Great ghouls! Skokie gets spooky around All Hallow’s Eve

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Skokie is offering trick-or-treaters, their families and other Halloween celebrants a full bag of goodies for this holiday, with a wide range of activities all through October. For easy reference, here is a schedule.

Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Skokie, Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon to 4 p.m.

This is for children ages 12 and under, wearing a costume or mask. Your canned food item or $1 for the Niles Township Food Pantry gets it going. Make your donation at Crafty Beaver Lumber, 4810 Oakton St., and get a trick-or-treat bag and Spook-tivity guide before visiting participating downtown Skokie businesses for a Halloween treat.

When you collect 10 stamps on your Spook-tivity guide, turn it in at the Skokie Heritage Museum, 8030 Floral Ave., by 4 p.m. for a chance to win a kid’s tablet. Enjoy a spooky fun house, vendors, pumpkin decorating and other activities at the museum. Free parking in the Illinois Science + Technology Park garage at Searle Parkway just west of Skokie Boulevard at the CTA tracks. A free hay ride, courtesy of the Skokie Park District, will take trick-or-treaters and their families from the Skokie Heritage Museum back to the parking garage.

Skokie Farmers’ Market Trick-or-Treat, Sunday, Oct. 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Children attending in costume will receive a free trick-or-treat bag for to collect a free treat from all Farmers’ Market vendors and can also participate in a Guess the Pumpkin’s Weight contest and raffle. The Skokie Consumer Affairs Commission, event sponsor, will collect donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the Niles Township Food Pantry.

For more info, visit www.skokiedowntown.org.

In addition, the Skokie Park District offers these Halloween Happenings:

Things That Go Bump In the Night, Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Oct. 18-19.

Ex-Scare-Itorium, Exploritorium, Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St. (at Skokie Boulevard), Oct. 26.

Scream Scene (Haunted House) at the Skokie Water Playground, Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St., (at Skokie Boulevard), Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31.

Halloween Public Skate and Costume Contest, Skatium Ice Arena, Weber Leisure Center, 9300 Weber Park Place (Church Street at Gross Point Road), Oct. 25.

For information on Skokie Park District program fees and other details, visit www.skokieparks.org.