Unique Halloween celebrations offer something for everyone

| October 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

PumpkinHalloween is said to be the second most celebrated holiday for families. This year there are fun celebrations from Millennium Park to the Quad Cities. Here are four that stand out for their uniqueness.

Halloween in the Quad Cities combines a gorgeous color drive with spooky spirits. Guests can participate in dozens of activities, starting with a Halloween Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, October 14 at the Hauberg Estate in Rock Island. Guests will search the Estate for clues, collecting pieces to complete the puzzle. On October 20 and 21, the Ballet Quad Cities 21st Anniversary Season kicks-off with Dracula, a timeless gothic tale of love, lust and horror. International artist Domingo Rubio seduces audiences for two performances at the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline. Also in Moline is a Spooktacular time on October 21.  Participants can enjoy a complimentary wiener roast, storytelling, trick-or-treating and a magic show!  Kids can come dressed in costume to trick-or-treat around the lagoon. There will be plenty of fun characters to meet along the Moline Parks trail. Runners can bring the whole family to the Lagomarcino’s Halloween Hot Chocolate Race on October 28, 2017 in the Village of East Davenport, Iowa.  Race admission includes: Long-sleeved running jacket, Lagomarcino’s Chocolate, and the post-race party.

The Man-Beast, a world premiere production at Oak Brook’s First Folio Theatre, gives audiences a chance to experience the history and horror of French monsters from the playwright who wrote The Gravedigger and Dr. Seward’s Dracula. Called “a dangerously romantic werewolf tale set in the 18th century French countryside, The Man-Beast tells the tale of a mysterious wild animal ravaging the livestock and citizenry, leaving behind a trail of blood or death.” All performances take place at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, which is the perfect setting for a spooky Halloween story. The First Folio production runs through November 5.

In Chicago, Arts in the Dark is a magical nighttime Halloween parade that draws together world renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, guilds of creatives like the architects assembled by Chicago’s Architectural Biennial, and aspiring artists in every field. Chicago’s creative communities will assemble for a dramatic procession filled with large spectacle, legions of lanterns, costumes, performances, music, dance, dramatic lighting, moving platforms and more. The parade will travel north on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe. The Arts in the Dark festivities will kick-off at 4:00 at Buckingham Fountain, where the Chicago Blackhawks will host a pre-parade celebration. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The first-ever Frightfully Fit Feast, hosted at the Chicago Children’s Theatre, is a tasty new family treat this Halloween season. On October 28, starting at 4:15 p.m., families not only get to play with their food, they will learn how to make easy-to-prepare, delicious and nutritious treats. The menu includes Spooky Eyeball Tacos, Chocolate Mice and Bloody Cocktails. The Halloween-themed meal includes a non-alcoholic beverage, appetizer, main dish and desert. Hosted by iCook After School, the Frightfully Fit Feast is presented by the Chicago Children’s Theatre’s education department.

Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times The Fun. Image courtesy of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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