“Searching for Peabody’s Tomb”
First Folio Theatre’s interactive Halloween experience will be presented Oct. 16-31 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street and Route 83, Oak Brook. Performances are every half-hour, 7-10:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Groups of 15-20 will join the mansion’s ghostly butler on a tour through historic Mayslake Hall in search of the spirit of F.S. Peabody, the coal millionaire who built the mansion in 1921. Best for ages 14 and older. Tickets: $10. Reservations recommended. Visit www.firstfolio.org or call (630) 986-8067.
“The Woman in Black” will be performed Oct. 17-27 at Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Peformances at 8 p.m. Oct. 17-19 and 24-25; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20; 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 26; and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27. A lawyer visits a mysterious house in the marshes in order to finalize the affairs of a deceased woman. Tickets are $18 and $20. Call (708) 246-3380 or visit www.theatrewesternsprings.com.
“The Passion of Dracula”
Presented as a Theatre-Hike at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 27, at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Participants walk along with the action through the arboretum’s landscape. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a chair or blanket and water bottle. Tickets: $19; $13 children. Visit www.mortonarb.org or call (630) 725-2066.
Held 5:30-7 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Encouraged to come in costume, participants can take part in a variety of activities, including crafts, walking around a spooky pond path or a “not-so-scary” straw maze, trick or treating, and pumpkin carving. Cosley Zoo staff will also be in costume as they help kids with activities and introduce them to live animals. Tickets are $10 for ages 3-14; $5 for ages 15-adult; free for ages 2 and under. Registration required by Oct. 21; call (630) 665-5534.
Family-oriented Halloween-themed festival, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 26 at Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 6901 S. Madison, Burr Ridge, geared toward toddlers to teens. Features a pumpkin-carving contest, costume contest and a pumpkin-throwing contest. (Pumpkins that have been carved and decorated ahead of time will be judged.) All activities are free of charge. Check-in from noon-12:30 p.m.; costume contest starts at 1 p.m. Activities includes crafts, apple-bobbing and more. Call (630) 570-5200 or see www.facebook.com/FiveSeasonsBurrRidge.
Boo! at the Zoo
The annual Halloween celebration will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and 26-27 at Brookfield Zoo, located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways, Brookfield. Highlights include a corn maze, special Zoo Chats, haunted hayrides, pumpkin-carving demonstrations, and a costume parade and contest. Admission to Brookfield Zoo is $15 for adults; $10.50 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. Parking is $10. Visit www.CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8000.
The Massacre Haunted House
Open through Nov. 2 at 3440 Odyssey Court, Naperville. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Includes The Massacre Haunted House and Fear Factory 3-D. Tickets: $20-$35. Call (708) 320-3327 or visit www.FearTheMassacre.com.
The Asylum Xperiment
Open through Nov. 2 at the Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park. Hours are 7-10:30 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Evil clowns and apocalyptic steam punk bikers are a few of the terrors guests meet at the three attractions: “The House: Home for the Horrordays,” “Subterranean” and “Armageddon.” Tickets: $25-$40. Call (630) 941-9292 or visit www.asylumxperiment.com.
Hours are 7-11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 11-27, and Oct. 29-Nov. 3, at 356 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. The Lombard Jaycees present this fundraiser for needy families, which is thought to be the longest consecutively running haunted house in the country. Tickets: $5-$15. Call (630) 519-3694 or visit http://haunted-house.com.
Haunted Forest Walk
Held 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 (children’s matinee 1-3 p.m. Oct. 26) at Hawthorne Hill Woods, 2600 Center Drive, Woodridge. Tickets: $5-$7. Call (630) 353-3300 or visit www.woodridgeparks.org.
5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Call (630) 968-0219. Oct. 25: Midnight showing of “Young Frankenstein.” $5 admission. Those in costume receive a free small popcorn. Oct. 26: Halloween Happening — 21st annual Halloween costume contest and free showing of “Hotel Transylvania.” Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration; costume contest judging at 9:45 a.m.; movie starts at 11 a.m.
“A Nightmare on Elm Street”
Robert Englund, who starred as Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” will appear during screenings of the movie at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W 75th St., Woodridge; and 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville. Englund will sign autographs and pose for pictures one hour before the first showtime each day (fees apply). For details and tickets, visit www.atriptothemovies.com.
“RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead”
Screened at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at local movie theaters, including AMC Yorktown 17, 80 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. Tickets available at theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook. (630) 575-8700. Oct. 31: Trick-or-treaters welcome all day. Nov. 1, 8 p.m.: Halloween costume contest. First place winner receives a party for eight guests; second place winner receives a party for four guests; and third place winner receives a $25 Pinstripes gift certificate.