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Downers Grove

Great Pumpkin Fest, Living Cemetery to mark Halloween in Downers Grove this weekend

DOWNERS GROVE – Residents are invited to lineup of live bands, costume contests, carnival games and other activities at the inaugural Great Pumpkin Fest in downtown Downers Grove.

Doors open at noon and close at midnight.

Proceeds will benefit the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58.

The fest includes an adult and kids costume contest, seasonal beer, wine and cider and food provided by Lemon Tree Grocer and Zest Bistro. Tickets are $5 and children 12 and under are free.

Any adult with a costume will receive a free $5 food coupon.

Admission includes free access to the kid’s zone for children 12 and under. The kid’s zone will have carnival games, a Halloween bounce house, face painting and the costume contest at 2:30 p.m.

The adult's costume contest is at 8:30 p.m.

For tickets and more information, visit www.lemontreegrocer.com/pumpkinfest.

Also Saturday, the Downers Grove Historical Society will present its fourth annual Living Cemetery event from 10 a.m. to noon at the Main Street Cemetery, the same morning the Rotary Club’s Halloween children’s window painting tradition continues downtown.

During Living Cemetery, a cast of costumed actors portraying figures of various ages and walks of life buried in the cemetery. As visitors tour the grounds they can gather around each figure to hear a bit of the historical figure's life in old Downers Grove.

Earlier Saturday, Classic Cinemas invites movie lovers to get in the Halloween spirit this year with the annual costume contest and free movie Saturday at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave. in Downers Grove.

The event is sponsored by Baird & Warner for the 21st year.

Registration for the costume contest begins at 9 a.m. and the judging starts at 9:45 a.m. as the contestants stroll across the Tivoli stage. Prizes provided by the Baird & Warner agents are awarded in several categories. The theater will screen “Hotel Transylvania” at 11 a.m.

Admission is free. It stars Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg.

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