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Weekend Spotlight: Lots of Halloween, But Other Events, Too

The problem this weekend isn't finding something to do ... it's deciding what *not* to do! On the topic of Halloween ... If you're still looking for your own "great pumpkin," check out our Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Chicago's western suburbs. If you want to have a family movie night, check out our Guide to Halloween Movies & Specials. If you want to know about trick-or-treat opportunities in downtown areas or business districts, we have info on that here. And if you're wondering when your kids can trick or treat on Wednesday, we have you covered there, too.

Children's Theater of Elgin is performing "Peter Pan" this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center.Here are a few highlights of the weekend ahead, but of course check the Go West Calendar for lots more options that might better fit your family's interests or budget.

BATAVIA & OSWEGO: The "Free Fall Movies" series at Goodrich Quality Theaters wraps up next weekend with a showing of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days." This weekend, however, the film is the PG-rated "Paranorman." It will be shown Saturday and Sunday at both 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia and the Kendall 10 in Oswego. It will also be showing a sensory-friendly manner on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at both locations.

YORKVILLE: The "Biz Boo!" in Yorkville runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2p .m. Kids can trick-or-treat at area businesses. There will also be a "Touch-a-Truck" event during the same time at the Old Second National Bank on Countryside Parkway.

WHEATON: Downtown trick-or-treating in Wheaton is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturday. There will also be a costume contest at 10 a.m. Saturday by the Martin Memorial Plaza fountain on Front Street.

GENEVA: The Halloween Hayday in Geneva will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center. There will be pumpkin painting, a cake walk, costume test, hay rides, bounce houses and more. Adults are free, children are $10 at the door ($7 for Geneva residents.)

WEST CHICAGO: The West Chicago Public Library is hosting a "Haunted Forest" on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., recommended for ages 3 through 12. Your kids will also receive a special treat. Plus, downtown West Chicago is holding its trick-or-treat events during the same hours on Saturday.

OSWEGO: The Monster Mash Bash in Oswego takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Oswego High School. There will be tricks, treats and treasures. Kids should definitely wear a costume, and storybook characters are scheduled to appear. Adults are free, children are $4 each at the door.

ELGIN: The Children's Theater of Elgin is performing a production of "Peter Pan" on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Hemmens Cultural Center in downtown Elgin. Tickets are $11 each for adults or $9 each for children and seniors.

BATAVIA: Spotlight Youth Theater (formerly Christian Youth Theater) will be performing "The Wizard of Oz" this weekend at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. Performances are Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $14 at the door for adults, $11 for children and seniors.

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