Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, including an eclectic array of Halloween-related events with activities for kids, adults, music lovers, athletes and foodies. The actor behind Freddy Krueger also is about to pop up.
WHERE: Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
COST & INFO: $10 in advance at the center; 630-850-8110; dupageforest.org
“Halloween Night Walks” are a 75-minute, family-friendly outdoor stroll with a costumed guide who leads guests down the yellow brick road and through the haunted forest to see original, interactive nature-related skits. Each year features a different theme, so first-time visitors and returning families will encounter Halloween surprises as they listen for lions, tigers and bears in a woods populated by characters.
WHERE: Darien Community Park, 7100 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Sunday
COST & INFO: Pre-registration costs $25 for 5K, and $12 for 1-mile; $30 and $15, respectively, on race day; register online at www.active.com; 630-325-9220
Halloween fun will infuse the Our Lady of Peace School's Crusader Challenge, a 5K and a 1-mile run/walk for children. All ages are invited to wear costumes, and the challenge offers activities and raffles. The bib-tag-timed race begins and ends at Darien Community Park, with participants vying for overall and age-group awards.
MEET FREDDY KRUEGER
WHERE: Hollywood Blvd., 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, and Hollywood Palms, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville
WHEN: Friday to Sunday
COST & INFO: Prices vary; www.atriptothemovies.com
The celebrity host for screenings of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" will be Robert Englund, who's starred as Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven's hit horror movie series. He'll be on hand for fans before each special screening, appearing Friday and Sunday at the Woodridge location, and Saturday in Naperville. The venues are a combined cinema, bar and eatery. To learn of other scary celebrities headed to town this Halloween season, visit the website.
'TIME WARP' RUN
WHERE: Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main St.
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Sunday
COST & INFO: Donations for cast team at fss.donorpages.com/HeroforHope2013/CompletelyCrazy; www.familyshelterservice.org
Completely Crazy, a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" shadow cast, again will field a team for the Be a Hero for Hope: 10K/5K Run-Walk, benefitting Family Shelter Service, a domestic violence shelter. The team will walk the 5K in their costumes, swapping high heels for sneakers. The cast performs every Saturday night at Hollywood Blvd. in Woodridge. Completely Crazy, last year's top fundraising team, is comprised of many members from the western suburbs.
GREAT PUMPKIN BENEFIT
WHERE: Downers Grove parking structure on Mochel Drive
WHEN: Noon to midnight Saturday
COST & INFO: $5, free for ages 12 and younger; www.lemontreegrocer.com/pumpkinfest
About to make its first Halloween appearance is the Great Pumpkin Fest, a benefit for the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58, featuring food and drink, children's activities until 5 p.m. and live bands. It offers adult and kids' costume contests, seasonal beer, wine and cider, and edibles provided by Lemon Tree Grocer/Zest Bistro, the contributing sponsor for the event. Any adult in costume receives a free $5 food coupon at the rain-or-shine benefit. The musical lineup features Downers Grove's Rock Academy from noon to 2 p.m.; Chris Tiritilli from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; CRASH from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; Alex Z and Cameron Box from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.; and Metal College from 9 p.m. to midnight.