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Historic Halloween for Kids — The Dawes House After Dark 

Come explore the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., after dark and discover the history of Halloween on a guided tour of the mansion — with only a flashlight to show the way. 

Tours take place Oct. 28. For children aged 6 to 13 accompanied by adult, one adult per two children.  Admission: $10/person. For reservations, call 847-475-3400 or e-mail  evanstonhistorycenter.org.

City Offers Three Halloween Parties

Starting as early as Saturday, Oct. 24, youth can celebrate Halloween at three special holiday events sponsored by the City of Evanston’s Recreation Division. 

For families, the fun begins early with the Evanston Ecology Center’s annual Bug-A-Boo Halloween Walk on Oct. 24. This family-friendly, non-frightening event features an outdoor Halloween trail that winds through the Ladd Arboretum. Children aged 2 and older will meet  friendly costume characters along the way, and then enjoy snacks indoors at trail’s end. Walks begin at 20-minute intervals from 4 to 6:20 p.m. from the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. The cost is $4.50 per person. Reservations are required; call 847-448-8256.

On Halloween eve, a free “HallaDaze” party takes place 6-8:30 p.m. at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St. This drop-in, costumes-welcome Halloween event is for youth aged 4-12. There will be a magic show, clowns, exotic balloons, face painting and refreshments. Call 847-448-8254 for more information.

Then as a prelude to a night of trick or treating, a Halloween Skating Party takes place 4-5:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, at the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. All ages are welcome. The first 50 people who come in costume skate for free, including skate rental. For safety, this party is limited to 50 participants. Call 847-448-8258.

Scaring is Caring

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Alpha Phi Sorority are teaming up to produce Project Scare, an elaborate, student-run haunted house philanthropy benefiting Evanston/Skokie School District 65 on October 29-31.  This year’s house is titled “Severton State Penitentiary” and will take customers through a maze of escaped convicts, jail guards, executioners and an array of other surprises.  The event will also feature jail-themed outside activities as well as a raffle sponsored by Evanston businesses.  “Severton State Penitentiary” will be held at the SAE Chapter House at 2325 Sheridan Road. Tickets are $5.

For more information visit http://www.saeilpo.com/

‘Boolesque’ at Piccolo

Piccolo Theatre will feature Boolesque Revue 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main St. Boolesque Revue. is a Halloween Burlesque show. Boys and Ghouls (of an adult age) are bound to be delighted by the onstage antics of Peeka-boo! An Ooky Spooky Halloween Burlesque Revue. The charming host, Mr. Bones, will be resurrecting some of the most haunting boooo-lesque ever seen. Accompanying him will be Dr. Percepto, Frank-N-Stein and Dr. Acula, and dancing zombies.

Be there and be scared. For ticket reservations, call 847-424-0089 or visit www.piccolotheatre.com.