Terror on the Railroad, Oct. 24-25, Illinois Ralway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, South Elgin.  In its eighth year of fear, Terror on the Railroad returns bigger than ever. This year, three haunts are in one location. The circus train dropped the twisted circus freaks off … join them at Cirque de Decay. The escaped inmates have taken over the abandoned Train of Chills. face your fears in their new home …they’re dying to see you. If you make it that far, take a ride through the darkness on the possessed Screamliner. Information and tickets: Call (815) 923-2006 or visit


Haunted Quarry, Oct. 24-25, 7-10 p.m. 400 S. Water St., Batavia.  Summer is over, the leaves are brown and evil lurks. Throughout this haunted town the water has been drained, the guards have gone away and the scary ghosts have come out to play. If you’re up for a good scare enter if you dare. Escape if you’re lucky. Hours: 7-10  p.m. Admission: $8. Advance Ticket Purchase – $6 (through Oct. 16). Not suitable for kids 10 and under. Information:


Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Killer Family Reunion, Oct. 24-26, Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. Audiences will have a chance to question the characters and vote to determine the guilty murderer; each performance has a unique ending. Written by Elizabeth Krahulec. Audience members will enjoy a catered meal before the show as well as dessert during intermission. Performances are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission: $19 per person which includes dinner. Information: (630) 859-8606.


Naperville Park District Family Hayrides, Oct. 25,  Knoch Knolls Park, Upper Picnic Grove, 336 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville. Round up the family and take a hayride in the crisp autumn air through a beautiful Naperville park. You may bring your own food to cook over the bonfire or bring the fixings for s’mores. We provide hot chocolate and apple juice. No alcohol allowed. Picnic tables are provided. Bring your own chairs, blankets, flashlights and insect repellant. Children under three may ride for free and do not need to be registered. Each child and adult attending must register. This is a per person event. Tickets range from $8 to $12. Visit for times, Registration Codes and rainout information. Designed for those ages 3 and up. Visit or call 630-848-5000 to register.


Nightmare on Chicago Street, Douglas to Villa, Elgin, Oct. 25, 6-11 p.m. The safe zone will be under heavy military control this year in order to keep everyone safe from the infection. Expect some of the businesses to be Boarded Up, trash everywhere, burning tires, some of the left over cars may be damaged and overturned, as well as zombies being caged up. Music, food and scary fun. Tickets are  $10 at the gate and $7 online.Information: .


Batfest, Oct. 25, 10 a.m., Batavia River Walk. BatFest is Batavia’s annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 2,500 ghouls. BatFest includes, downtown Trick-or-Treating, Mothers’ Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests BatArt and games for free family fun. Information: 630.761.3528 or


Trunk or Treat Hike, 11 a.m., Oct. 25,  Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S. River St., Batavia. This program offers the opportunity to learn about the trees and get a sweet treat too! Children will experience a hike through Red Oak in their Halloween costumes, stopping at different tree trunks along the way. Pre-registration required. Information: 630.897.1808 or visit:


Jerry Lewis, 3 p.m., Oct. 26, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. He is one of The most recognized personalities on the planet. He’s an Academy Award winner, Hollywood/Las Vegas icon, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and international treasure. Now you can spend the afternoon with Jerry Lewis as he shares stories and rarely seen film clips of some of his greatest moments on screen with some of the greatest entertainers in history. And let’s not forget the jokes you’ll want to remember to retell your friends and the hilarious Q&A with the audience. You never know, you may get that chance of a lifetime and talk to the King of Comedy. It’s one afternoon only with one of the most unforgettable personalities in entertainment. Information:


Philharmonic Orchestra Anniversary Concert, 3 p.m., Oct. 26, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 27 S. Edgelawn Dr., Aurora, IL 60506. In honor of the Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance’s 10th anniversary, the Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing a celebration of musical anniversaries. The concert program, “Happy Anniversary!” includes selections or composers that are celebrating an anniversary. Information: (630 476-9072 or visit


Horse Tails & Tales: the Romance of Fire Horses, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway. Free, but limited seating and RSVP’s recommended. David Lewis, Curator of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and a nationally recognized historian will present a lively forty-five minute discussion/multi-media presentation examining the realities and romance of the era of the fire horse. Call (630) 264-4123 for more information or registration.


Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour, through Oct. 31, St. Charles. Free guided tours. Pack up the family for an evening cruise to see some of the spookiest houses in the St. Charles community. If you wish to participate in the tour, email in early October. FREE guided tour available on line. Homes best viewed at dusk. Information: (630 513-6200 or visit