Halloween haunts abound at Carol Stream Park District

CAROL STREAM – In the mood for a good scare? The Carol Stream Park District will offer fun and frights for families, kids and even pets this weekend with a series of upcoming Halloween events, according to a park district news release.

The district will begin its Halloween fun on Friday with Boo! Fest.

The family friendly festival will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Simkus Recreation Center and is for children ages 1 to 12. The fee is $7 for residents and $10 for nonresidents.

Activities will include a mad science lab, spooky craft time, a candy in the haystack hunt, games, a bounce house and ghost stories. Attendees are also invited to wear a costume and take a stroll on the district’s Spook Walk.

After the fest, the Spook Walk will turn into a Scare House of zombies and ghouls for kids ages 12 and older. The house will be open from 9 to 10:30 p.m. at the rec center and will cost $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents.

Community members can finish the Halloweekend by taking part in the Howl’oween Dog Parade & Costume Contest with their four-legged friends.

The parade will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bark Park and will cost $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents. Participating dogs must be 6 months or older and be secured on a 6-foot leash.

Contest categories include best, scariest and funniest costume and cutest couple. Judges will evaluate based on creativity and showmanship. Prizes will be awarded and each dog will receive a treat bag.