Chances for screams, sweets galore this Halloween along stateline

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    Staff photo by Hillary Gavan Actor Chase Schaffer, a goat-headed killer, and Kyle Herschberger, a faux serial killer, torment their latest victim at the Screamatorium Haunted House in Poplar Grove on Friday. The Asylum haunted house is attracting hard-core thrill seekers.

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    Staff photo by Hillary Gavan Actor Chase Schaffer, a goat-headed killer, and Kyle Herschberger, a faux serial killer, torment their latest victim at the Screamatorium Haunted House in Poplar Grove on Friday. The Asylum haunted house is attracting hard-core thrill seekers.

Look no further than the Wisconsin and Illinois state line for screams and sweets galore this Halloween.

The Beloit Area Community Health Center, located at 74 Eclipse Center in Beloit, is calling all ghouls and goblins to its sixth annual Trunk or Treat from 4-7 p.m. tonight. The free event offers a chance for local families to listen to live music, visit food trucks, meet mascots, magicians and other characters while collecting candy from local organizations, police and firefighters.

Parents and caregivers can also visit a Durham School Services haunted bus, take a 'selfie' with Snappy from the Beloit Snappers and Mr. Pig from Piggly Wiggly or climb behind the wheel of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

Spokeswoman Ana Montoya said in a news release the clinic expects record participation with 60 organizations. Last year's event drew about 1,300 children.

"Our goal is for all children to feel welcome at this event despite what neighborhood they may come from or physical limitations they may have," Montoya said. "This event has become a staple in the Beloit community, and we hear parents making plans from as far as an hour away to attend. Our Trunk or Treat committee works tirelessly on a volunteer basis to fine tune every detail."

Screamatorium Haunted House, at 406 10th St. in Brodhead, offers jump scares for thrill-seekers at a general admission cost of $20. The haunted house is open tonight through Sunday, and again on Oct. 31. Its season ends after Nov. 1 and 2.

"Every attraction is designed for maximum intensity and thrills, so don't expect to catch a breather here," Screamatorium owner Ann-Margret Naber said in a news release.

The haunted house also offers movies, concessions and souvenirs. Hours are 7 p.m-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 7-11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays.

Beloiters can also look forward to the annual Downtown Beloit Halloween Costume Parade and Party from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Children and families can show off their costumes along Grand Avenue as Beloit area businesses hand out left-over treats during the final Downtown Beloit Farmer's Market of the 2019 season.

The event also offers live music, carnival games and family friendly activities. For more information online, visit downtownbeloit.com.

In Rockford, the Discovery Center Museum at 711 N. Main St. will host a family-friendly "Spooky Science" costume party from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Spokesperson Ann Marie Walker said families are encouraged to come in costumes with Trick-or-Treat bags handy.

The event features crafts, meeting scientific figures from beyond the grave, a science show and more.

Admission is $10 a person for the general public and $5 for members. Parking is free.

Fear Fest 2019 in South Beloit offers another chance for scares.

Located at 6512 Manchester Road, the site features a Haunted Barn, Haunted Hay Ride and Haunted Fun House. Fear Fest is open 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7-10 p.m. Sunday.

Looking ahead at Trick-or-Treat hours locally, City of Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski said parents should be mindful of several safety guidelines.

Those include: Take precautions such as wearing light colored clothing, carrying glow sticks or flashlights, ensuring costumes are flame retardant, accompanying children only to visit homes with lights on, sticking to sidewalks, examining candy, watching for traffic and for drivers to yield to pedestrians.

The City of Beloit Police Department said officers will step up patrols along streets and in neighborhoods during designated Trick-or-Treating hours.

Trick-or-Treating hours in the City of Beloit, South Beloit and Village of Clinton are from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

In Rockton, Janesville, Roscoe, Loves Park and Rockford, Trick-or-Treat hours are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Machesney Park's Trick-or-Treating hours are from 5-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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