October has arrived in the Stateline Area, and that means Halloween fun is just beginning.
There are plenty of haunted attractions, Halloween parties, pumpkin art and more in store for children and families.
The following is just some of the events planned for the season of All Hallows Eve.
Fall Family Fest
The Friends of the Welty Environmental Center will host a Fall Family Festival from 1 - 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at Beckman Mill County Park.
The event will include carving pumpkins as helpers will be on hand to help participants carve jack-o-lanterns.
Children also will have a chance to make their own scarecrow.
There also will be a chance to see apples squeezed to make cider, and amateur bakers are welcome to enter a pie contest. Judging of pies will take place at 2 p.m.
The admission fee is $7 for members of the Friends of the Welty Center and $10 for non-members. There also will be a family admission price of $20 for Friends of the Welty Center members and $25 for non-members.
Beckman Mill is located on County Road H. From Beloit, take Highway 81 west to County Road H and turn left for a half-mile.
The South Beloit Fire Department will host its annual Halloween Party for young people from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the fire station at 429 Gardner St.
Games, food and a Halloween costume party will be part of the party.
The Spooktacular Fall Carnival will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Stateline Family YMCA, 1865 Riverside Drive, Beloit.
The event is presented in partnership with Blackhawk Technical College. Children can come dressed in their Halloween costumes and take part in games, face painting and other fun activities. Tickets for games are 25 cents each. There also will be the Kids quarter-mile Pumpkin Dash at 5:15 p.m.. Registration cost is $10 in advance and $12 on race day. There will be concessions where refreshments will be offered.
The Downtown Beloit will host its annual Halloween festival Oct. 29.
The event also marks the final Farmers Market of the year with merchants lining State Street and Grand Avenue for the final Saturday.
Children can come to Horace White Park in their Halloween costumes. They are asked to gather at the park by 9:45 a.m. Then, at 10 a.m., the children will make their way down Grand Avenue stopping at participating businesses that will be giving treats to children.
Mr. Steve will be at State Street and Grand Avenue, singing songs and providing balloon fun for the children.
The Turtle Creek Bookstore also will have spooky stories readings for children.
And, of course, there will be the usual Farmers Market vendors downtown selling their products on State Street and Grand Avenue for the final weekend of the season.
Haunted Treasure Island
Rockton’s Haunted Treasure Island will be held from 2 - 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Settler’s Park.
The Haunted Treasure Island will feature pirates, mates and scary creatures. Talcott Library will feature stories by the jack-o-lantern. There also will be games, prizes, pinatas, a bat cave, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow decorating and other events.
The cost is $5 either per family or per person.
The South Beloit Haunted Barn once again will be offering plenty of Halloween fun this season.
The 1830s barn, at 6512 Manchester Road, South Beloit, has been offering thrills for children and adults for 13 years and this year. The barn, which opened Sept. 30, will feature the dizzying Vortex Tunnel. There also will be the Blood Creek Haunted Hayride, offering plenty of scares and thrills as a tractor pulls a hay wagon full of thrill seekers through the haunted farm. Also, the Screamatorium will offer all the thrills you can stand at the South Beloit site.
There also will be a concession stand offering funnel cakes, taffy apples, popcorn balls, cider, doughnuts, coffee, cider and hot chocolate. There also will be a gift shop on site offering T-shirts and other items.
The cost enter the Haunted Barn, the Screamatorium or to take a ride on the Blood Creek Haunted Hayride is $10 per person. The hours for the attractions are 7 - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 - 10 p.m. Sunday. The attraction is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Halloween week. Then, it is open each day Oct. 26 - 31. It is open weekdays from 7 - 10 p.m.