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  • Halloween

    Anoka, MN

    This town, just north of Minneapolis, calls itself the Halloween Capital of the World. Festivities include a house-decorating contest and a Grande Day Parade.

  • Pumpkin Festival

    Sycamore, IL

    In this town between Rockford and DeKalb, there will be a pie-eating contest, carnival, craft shows, decorated pumpkins and a parade Sunday.

  • Jack O'Lantern Days

    Fish Creek, WI

    There will be mask making, pumpkin carving, trick or treating and haunted trolley tours.

  • Zombie Days

    Washburn, WI

    Zombies will take over this town on Chequamegon Bay, and there are also carved-pumpkin, costume and house-decorating contests, a ghost hunt and a drive-in movie.

  • UFO Day

    Belleville, WI

    There's a craft fair, kids' games and a Forbidden Forest, but the 1 p.m. parade is the main event in this riverside village just south of Madison, where residents reported more than a dozen UFO sightings in the winter of 1987.

  • Arts in the Dark Halloween parade

    Chicago, IL

    Floats, giant puppets and performances are part of the 6-8 p.m. parade along State Street.


  • Halloween Parade & Festival

    Galena, IL

    There will be hot-air balloons in the morning, kids' activities and a food festival in the afternoon, and the town's annual parade along Main Street at 6:30 p.m.

  • BatFest

    Batavia, IL

    This Fox River town hosts a pumpkin roll, pumpkin-carving battles, "Thriller'' dances, marshmallow shooting and a parade.

  • Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

    Mount Carroll, IL

    In this northwest Illinois town, there will be a costume parade, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin slingshot and pumpkin street drag races.

  • Day of the Dead Xicago

    Chicago, IL

    In the National Museum of Mexican Art and Harrison Park, families can create ofrendas (altars), eat pan de muerto, listen to musical performances and get faces painted. Admission is free.