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Vein Drain Blood Drive

Backyard Bar & Grill in Loves Park
Donate blood to the Rock River Valley Blood Center during the Vein Drain Blood Drive this Halloween.

The blood drive will be held from 5:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. with an appearance by 23 News morning show anchor, Aaron Wilson.

By donating, you'll receive a $5 gift card to Backyard Grill & Bar and can enter to win a gift basket including two plane ticket vouchers from the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

For more information, call 815-965-8751

Tunnel of Terror

1306 Arvidson at the corner of Arvidson and Cameo in Machesney Park, IL.
Halloween fun for the whole family. The Tunnel Of Terror will leave you screaming and trying to escape your worse fears. FREE event.

Open from 5-9 p.m. on the following nights:

Friday, Oct 24, 2014
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Trick or Treating

Freeport Trick or Treating: 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Linda Ware, 815-793-1200

Christ the Rock Trunk or Treat

8330 Newburg Rd, Rockford IL 61108
Trunk or treat and fun fair. Trick or treat in the parking lot, enjoy games including a cake walk, fishing pond, bean bag game and others. Hot dogs, chips and pop will also be served!

Doreen Peterson, 815-332-5551,

Healthy Halloween Party

University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave, Rockford
Kids up to 5th grade are invited to a Healthy Halloween party on Saturday, November 1 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford. Participants will enjoy healthy treats, may enter the costume contest, and can try their luck at party games. All children are encouraged to dress up. This free event is open to the community and sponsored by the Pediatric Interest Group, the Family Medicine Interest Group of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, and Good Health for All

Cynthia Hall, 815.395.5920,

Bootiful Saturday in Downtown Freeport

Lindo Theatre - Classic Cinemas 115 S Chicago Ave, Freeport, Illinois 61032
Dress those cuties up in their Halloween costume and bring them downtown Freeport for a bootiful time!

First, take your little goblins to Lindo Theatre at 10 a.m. for a free movie.

Then, trick-or-treat at participating downtown stores. The public is invited to see all the scary, fun, unique, silly and cute costumes.

The event is FREE and fun for the whole family!

Freeport Train of Terror

Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad - Train of Terror 2954 S. Walnut Rd Freeport, IL 61032
Each night, the harsh light of reality fades into darkness, but there is nothing in the dark that is not there in the light. Or is there? On certain October nights, the darkness casts only a thin veil over your primeval fears. This veil is pierced by the twin steel rails of the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad.

The train of terror embarks upon those rails into a surreal realm haunted by ghosts, ghouls, vampires, zombies and other pillars of the undead community. Through the years, many terrors have been visited upon the passengers of this train. Is your nightmare an insane killer with a bloody machete and flaming torch? Perhaps it's a ghost ship whose pirate crew barrages you with cannon fire. Maybe it's imprisoned lost souls laboring away in an eternity of despair. All of these have been seen in past years.

What does this year hold for travelers? Ride the train and find out... if you dare.

Train of Terror Fare: $8

Trunk or Treat

Riverside Assembly of God 4242 W Riverside Blvd Rockford IL 61101
Family Fun for All! Come out and enjoy games, a bounce house, FREE FOOD, and more

Matt McNamara 815-962-5913

Trunks & Treats

6595 Guilford Rd., Rockford, IL (next to Midway Village)
Don't miss out on the fun at TRUNKS & TREATS, hosted by Central Christian Church, 6595 Guilford Rd., (Next to Midway Village) on Friday, October 31st from 6 - 8 p.m.

Our event will be held INDOORS (so no worries about inclement weather!) and is open to the community.

There will be Games, Crafts, Refreshments and LOTS & LOTS of Candy!


Nightmare from North St.

601 Dundee Ave, East Dundee, IL 60118
Located at the 16 acre Santa’s Village Azoosment Park, this ultra-adrenaline trip into the macabre is returning for its third consecutive year— bigger than ever. Yes, that place. That same happy, colorful place we all remember from our Chicagoland childhoods will be transformed once again into a tale of terror at night. Welcome to the Nightmare from North St.
Its locale is what makes this such a unique haunted attraction. We all want to enter the amusement park at night to catch a glimpse at something otherworldly. It is that unique experience the staff at Nightmare is poised to deliver. With over 60 intense actors, set designers, and support staff, the haunt falls more along the lines of a nightly theatrical performance sure to scare the bejeevies out anyone who comes to visit. New attractions for 2014 include the all new Morbid Manor, and Twisted Madness adventures.
The Nightmare from North Street is a family –friendly destination for young teenagers on up.
The haunt opens October.3rd and runs through November 1st on Fridays and Saturdays from dusk until midnight. Admission is $14.00 with a dollar discount for bringing a can of human or pet food for local charity. Visit for more information on how to plan your trip.

Russell Geminn
Ph: (847) 791-4336