Halloween fun is brewing all around the Stateline Area

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A Halloween harvest of frightening fun can be had this month, with plenty of special events and attractions offered throughout the area.

Among the list of events, the Downtown Beloit Association is gearing up for the its annual Halloween party and parade, scheduled for Oct. 29. Trick-or-treaters will gather together at Horace White Park at 10 a.m. to parade to the last Farmer's Market of the season downtown. Maps and bags for trick-or-treating at downtown businesses will be provided for little ghosts and goblins.

Cristi Kniess, special events coordinator for the DBA, said the annual event offers safe, wholesome fun for families while generating interest in the downtown.

“Our downtown area is so incredible and we want to show it off as much as we can,” Kniess said.

The Halloween happening will coincide with the end of this season's Farmer's Market, which Kniess said has been the most successful in its 30-year history. Many vendors will also be in costume. Students from Beloit College will also be present to read special Halloween stories.

“We're celebrating the end of the harvest and giving something to the children of Beloit,” Kniess said. “We want them to have fond memories so they will bring their families and generations to come. It should be a lot of fun.”

The event is free and will be held until noon. Live music will be provided by En Route to Music. Other activities, such as pumpkin painting, will also be offered.

At Blackhawk Technical College, students are also creating full fun for the community with the annual Halloween Carnival to be held from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28. Highlights will include games, prizes, a haunted house and a live reptile petting zoo. Visitors can bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to be donated to the Salvation Army and in return will receive four free tickets for carnival games.

Tickets can also be purchased for 30 cents each or four for $1.

Jason Wiedenhoeft, student activities coordinator, said the carnival offers a safe alternative for trick-or-treaters, and it's a fun change of pace for the college students as well. All 12 BTC student organizations will be represented at carnival booths.

Sandra Minkey, owner of the Wheel-In in Clinton, said the fall is a great time to enjoy the season. At her farm, located at 7017 S. Carvers Rock Road, visitors can take wagon rides, pick pumpkins, brave a haunted barn or corn maze and see farm animals.

Minkey said this weekend free pumpkins will be given to visitors who make their way through the “Grand Ole Opry” corn maze crafted in the shape of a guitar.

Visitors enjoy the country experience, Minkey said, and especially picking their pumpkins to take home.

“It's so much more fun than going to the grocery store,” she said.

The Wheel-In is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Haunted Trolley

and Hiawatha Ghost Story Train rides

Fox River Trolley Museum

Oct. 29-30

South Elgin, Ill.


Fall Family Fun

Pumpkins, Amazing Maze, hayrides, obstacle course, face painting, pony rides

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Satudays

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays

Williams Tree Farm,

4661 Yale Bridge Road



Halloween Hollow

Family Fall Fest


Enchanted Forest, bonfires, displays,

Terror Trail


Shadow Hill Ranch,

2305 Lance Drive,

Twin Lakes


‘Ten Eyck Trail of Terror'

Brodhead Jaycees

Haunted Trail Ride

7-10 p.m. Oct. 28-29

1-3 p.m. matinee Oct. 29 for

younger children

Ten Eyck Orchards, Highway 11/81

Admission, $5, night ride;

$3, matinee


Fall Carnival

6-9 p.m.

Oct. 28

Blackhawk Technical College Commons

Haunted house, games, prizes, costume contests and petting zoo


Halloween Hollow

Family Fall Fest


Enchanted Forest, bonfires, displays,

Terror Trail


Shadow Hill Ranch,

2305 Lance Drive,

Twin Lakes


Trail of Screams


7-11 p.m. weekdays & Sundays; 7 p.m. -

midnight Fridays,

Saturdays & Halloween

YMCA Camp Winnebago

5804 N. Main St., Rockford

Admission, $10, adults;

$5 children


Haunted House

Janesville Jaycees

7-11 p.m. Fridays,

Saturdays and Oct. 31; 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays.

1-3 p.m. matinees Sundays

Rock County



Halloween Party

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Oct. 29

Tinker Park, 411 Kent St.


Historic cottage open for tours, dance troupe,



Haunted Train Ride

Janesville Jaycees

1-7 p.m.

Oct. 22-23; 29-30

Thresherman's Park


Admission, $6, ages 6 and up; $3, ages 3-5


Halloween Party

10 a.m.-noon

Oct. 29

Downtown Beloit


Families gather at

Horace White Park for parade to Farmer's

Market and trick-or-treating at downtown businesses. Storytelling, music, pumpkin painting


Halloween Walk

Featuring Spotlight on Kids “Ghost Stories from Around the World”

6-8:30 p.m.

Oct. 20-22

Rotary Gardens,

1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville.

Admission, $5, adults; $3, children.

Also palm reading, face painting and other treats.


Haunted Barn

South Beloit Lions

7 p.m.-midnight Fridays & Saturdays; 7-10 p.m. Sundays & Oct. 31

6512 Manchester Road, South Beloit

$7 admission

Fright Fest

Mausoleum of Terror, Sleepy Hollow 3-D,

Fallen Giant & children's attractions


Six Flags Great America

Gurnee, Ill.


Rockford Screamfest

Seven haunted houses

7-10 p.m. Thursdays & Sundays

7 p.m.-midnight Fridays & Saturdays

Machesney Park Mall,

8750 Second St.

Haunted Hayrides

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fridays & Saturdays

Lockwood Park,

5201 Safford Road, Rockford.

$5 tickets

Also, Undertaker's Bash held on north side

of park



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