Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions ranging from Erica Kane's beau appearing as "Wild Bill" Hickok to a 5K to support homeless veterans to Halloween fun infused with song or scares.
CANTIGNY 5K FOR VETS
WHERE: 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2
COST & INFO: $25; $10 for youth events; signmeup.com/92074 until 4 p.m. Oct. 31; no race-day sign-up; cantigny.org; Brian Gray at email@example.com, 630-260-8167
Registration is underway for the Cantigny 5K Run/Walk to benefit Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, a chip-timed event on the 500-acre estate. Cantigny Post 556 of the American Legion will serve a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., open to participants and spectators; a prize drawing is included and parking is free. The breakfast costs $6 in advance or $7 at the door; $3 for ages 4 and younger. The race, always held near Veterans Day, has enjoyed a full field of 1,000 runners every year since its 2004 launch.
WALT WILLEY STARS
WHERE: Pheasant Run, next to DuPage Airport, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles
WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday, and 8 p.m. Saturday
COST & INFO: $32 to $42; 630-584-6342; www.ticketmaster.com
Walt Willey, who played Erica Kane's heartthrob Jackson on "All My Children," takes aim at the new one-man role he's written in "Wild Bill! An Evening of James Butler Hickok," set in the Number 10 Saloon in Deadwood, where he was murdered. Believing if he tells the audience his true story he will be released from purgatory, Hickok relates his humble beginnings in Illinois, his experience with the Underground Railroad, his time in the Civil War, scouting for Custer, legendary gunfights, love of women and adventures with "Buffalo Bill" Cody and "Calamity Jane" Cannery. Willey's hometown is Ottawa, Ill., near Hickok's birthplace.
SUPER HERO PARADE
WHERE: Parade starts at Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main St.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday; festivities until 2 p.m.
COST & INFO: Free; bartlettheritagedays.com
Super heroes are the theme for this year's Heritage Halloween Fun Fest parade, which invites costumed children, adults and pets to march, led by a "hero" grand marshal, and followed by contests, games, treats and music. Marchers are encouraged to dress as their hero, whether it's a real person, fictional character or historical figure. The parade ends at The Shoppes of Banbury Fair, 211 Railroad Ave., offering a "Power Map" to the festivities. Just before the parade, ribbons will be given for the five best costumes carrying out the theme. Lineup and judging start at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 393 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Saturday
COST & INFO: Free; www.animasingers.org
Get a taste for music making by joining Anima choristers in the Zombie Zing-along, happening at the Pumpkin Patch at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The event is open to all ages, and costumes are encouraged. Anima – Young Singers of Greater Chicago, formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, plans a short performance and pumpkin caroling. Switching from pumpkins to Verdi – choristers are part of the "Otello" production at Lyric Opera of Chicago through Nov. 2.
WHERE: Coral Cove Water Park, 849 W. Lies Road, Carol Stream
WHEN: 9 to 10:30 p.m. Friday
COST & INFO: $5 for residents, $7 nonresidents; 630-784-6100, www.csparks.org
The Coral Cove Water Park normally is known for its fun and friendly atmosphere, but that’s all changing for one night, when it transforms into the Scarehouse of Carol Stream, designed for people who love Halloween. No children are permitted at the attraction, and everyone daring to enter must be at least 12. Nerves will be tested at a haunted graveyard, house of horrors, mad scientist's laboratory and zombie dungeon.