Sipping suds in the streets, zombies roaming free and jack-o-lanterns glowing in the night are some of the things you will find this weekend October 18-20!
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Here are the top five things to do this weekend October 18-20.
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Cue Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and get ready for a scary good time this Saturday in Waukegan. Every third Saturday of the month, visitors get a dose of culture, talent and flair through the different mediums seen at ArtWauk. However, this Saturday, the Lake County downtown area transforms into Halloween-ville as the monthly festival becomes ZombieWauk. This event features live entertainment, suds and eats vendors, face painters and the walking dead roaming the streets. In need of more thrills this weekend? Join the Genesee Theatre as Travel Channel show “Kindred Spirits” starring hosts Amy Bruni and Adam Berry take you inside the paranormal. In this live edition of the show, the ghost researchers share stories of their most terrifying cases in this one-of-a-kind event on Friday.
ZombieWauk: Saturday, October 19; 5-10 p.m. Admission: Free. Downtown Waukegan, various locations on Genesee Street.
Kindred Spirits: Friday, October 18; 8 p.m. Admission: $35-$65. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
Don’t just sit around waiting for the “Great Pumpkin” to rise. Head over to Glencoe and witness an amazing display of pumpkins lighting up the night sky. This weekend the Chicago Botanic Garden kicks off its Night of 1,000 Jack-o-Lanterns event. These hand-carved pumpkins light up the garden with LED lights along the paved pathway starting at the Esplanade. Encounter entertaining characters, view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America exhibit and indulge in seasonal treats like apple doughnuts, cider and ale. The Night of 1,000 Jack-o-Lanterns display also runs next week from October 23-27. Friday and Saturday have sold out.
Sunday, October 20; 6:30-10 p.m. Admission: $13-$18. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.
Plan on having a “gourd” experience this weekend during the Antioch Harvest Fest. This autumn bash features their annual treat the streets where the little ghouls will trick and/or treat for something good to eat, hayrides, a pumpkin roll, tasty fall fare, non-alcoholic beverages, a costume contest, the wiener dog races and much more. This family-friendly fall celebration is the perfect way to celebrate the season of changing leaves.
Saturday, October 19; 12-4 p.m. Admission: Free. William E. Brook Entertainment Center, 900 Skidmore Dr., Antioch.
Drink to good health at Grayslake’s inaugural Hop ‘N’ Shop Craft Beer Walk. The admission to this suds fest includes over 30 samples from craft brewers. Cheers, and explore downtown Grayslake’s beloved samples such as Somethings Brewing, The Vine Wine and Martini Bar and Lake County Libation Trail™ participant Light the Lamp Brewery. Attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass, which can be refilled at local businesses. Beer trekkers will receive discounts from participating downtown businesses. Keep your eyes peeled for works of art as the Grayslake Arts Alliance is hosting a Painting en Plein Air event in unison. Check-in at the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum.
Saturday, October 19; 3-6 p.m. Admission: $25. Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake.
At this Vernon Hills event, it’s OK to touch the displays. The Vernon Hills Park District has taken the traditional touch-a-truck event and put a little Halloween spin on it. Kids are encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes while trick-or-treating through the aisles of trucks, tractors and other service vehicles. The Trucks, Trunks and Treats event is also highlighted by a hayride and a bounce off so youngsters can burn off the sugar rush. Dogs are welcome at this event, so feel free to dress them up and let them strut their stuff. This affair will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
Saturday, October 19; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission: $3. Vernon Hills Family Aquatic Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills.