Oct. 27

4-6 p.m. Halloween Happening At Ridgeville

The annual Ridgeville Halloween event4 at the Community House, 908 Seward St., is perfect for the whole family – with a spine-tingling harvest display, haunting musical performances and free treats.

Oct. 28

10:30 a.m. – noon Preschool Halloween Party at Robert Crown

Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St., will host a free party for preschoolers. There will be games and prizes, playtime activities, professional face-painting, balloons and nutritious snacks. Participants in costumes will get treats to take home.

6-8:30 p.m. “HallaDaze” at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St., will host a free evening of fun, games and live entertainment with a magic show, spooky clowns, exotic balloons, face painting and refreshments. Evanston children ages 4-12
are invited to drop by.

Oct. 29

7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fall Fest At Downtown Farmers’ Market 

Children and grandchildren and their friends and relatives can join the farmers at the Downtown Farmers’ Market as they welcome autumn. Children may paint pumpkins, and all are invited to guess the weight of the Jack and Jill pumpkins. The winners get to take them home. The downtown Farmers’ Market, Oak Avenue at University Place.

1-4 p.m. Old-Fashioned Halloween Festival at Presbyterian Homes
Kids, grandkids and great-grandkids ages 2-10 are welcome at Westminster Place of Presbyterian Homes, 3200 Grant St., for a free afternoon of old-fashioned fun. Kids can wear their costumes to trick-or-treat, take a hayride, decorate a pumpkin and enjoy carnival games and the outdoor petting zoo, starring a llama. Seasonal refreshments will be offered. 

Oct. 31

4-7 p.m. Halloween Trick-or-Treat
The City of Evanston’s official trick-or-treating time.

4:30-5:45 p.m. Free Halloween Skate
There will be a Halloween skate on Robert Crown Center’s studio rink. Both admission and skate rental will be free for those who come in costume. The center is located at 1701 Main St.

7 p.m. “Sax & Violence: Halloween Horrors ’N’ Harmony” Everyone can ring in All Hallow’s Eve with a free show at Perla Café, 1813 Dempster St., featuring Evanston performers Paul McComas and Mike Holden, along with Chicago singer/songwriter/musician Hannah Frank.

In honor of Halloween blood-donation literature will be distributed by, and donations of both blood and funds solicited for, LifeSource of Illinois. 

Mr. McComas will wrap up his nine-month, coast-to-coast performance-style tour for his book “Unforgettable” right at home. Friends and frequent musical collaborators Mr. Holden and Ms. Frank join Mr. McComas in presenting a “frighteningly funny” 40-minute show comprising unplugged-style original rock songs and dramatic monologues accompanied by “supernatural saxophone and gruesome guitar.”  Mr. McComas will sign discounted copies of “Unforgettable” after the show, and Ms. Frank will sign copies of her latest CD, with a portion of proceeds going to LifeSource.