Crowd Pleasers for Oct. 26, 2012
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The Blood Shed Haunted House is among the after-dark activities at Creepy Hallow Halloween Park in Frankfort.
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Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Events include Creepy Hallow Halloween Park at Fawn Landscaping in Frankfort.
Fawn Landscaping, 24405 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, is presenting the Creepy Hallow Halloween Park through Oct. 31.
From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 27 and noon-5 p.m. Oct. 28, one can bring the entire family for hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, barrel rides, Punkin Chuckin, corn guns, Strawland, a corn corral, animals, tricycles and more.
Admission is free for ages younger than 2, $10 for ages 3-10 and $12 for adults.
When the sun goes down, Creepy Hallow will feature three after-dark horrors:
◆ The Blood Shed Haunted House features 16 bone-chilling scenes with twists and turns and horror around every corner. Officials said the haunted house is guaranteed to make one leave screaming.
◆ The Terror Trails Hayride & Haunted Maze will offer the chance to venture into the darkness of the Creepy Hallow trails on a moonlit hayride that drops one off at the cemetery entrance to find his or her way through the haunted corn maze alone with the creatures of the night.
◆ The Zombie Hunt Paintball, which is new this year, takes visitors on a ride around an abandoned war zone and septic field where they are attacked by zombies.
Patrons are protected by their paintball guns.
The haunted attractions are available from 6-11 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and 31 and 6-10 p.m. Oct. 28-30.
Admission is $18 for the Blood Shed Haunted House, $14 for the Terror Trails Hayride and $14 for the Zombie Hunt Paintball.
A Creepy Carnival is planned for Oct. 26-27.
“Come on out to Creepy Hallow for the ultimate in Halloween fun,” officials said.
Information: (708) 532-6668, creepyhallow.com.
Family Fun Fest
Prairie State College will host a Halloween extravaganza filled with popcorn, hayrides, carnival games, prizes and more from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31 in the college’s Prairie Center gym on the main campus, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights.
Halloween Family Fun Fest is free for children through age 12 and their families. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Members of the Chicago Heights police and fire departments also are planning presentations about fire and personal safety.
The fest is organized by the PSC Department of Campus and Public Safety in conjunction with PSC students, faculty and staff. Information: (708) 709-3500, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eiche Turners in Tinley Park is sponsoring a ghoulishly gruesome Halloween Haunted House from Oct. 26-31. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 10.
This year’s Haunted House, the Underground Hauntings of 80th Avenue, will be open from 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 26-27, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28-30 and 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31. Also on Oct. 28, the event will feature a non-scary, lights-on walk through for the little ones from 5-6 p.m. at a cost of $3. In addition, Eiche Turners will sell food and Halloween treats, and a cash bar will be available.
People of all ages are invited to the Tinley Park facility, 16767 S. 80th Avenue, for a scary time. The event is taking place to raise funds for the organization’s current programs. Information: (708) 429.2206, undergroundhauntings.org.
Eiche Turners, which is a nonprofit organization with a club and banquet facility in Tinley Park, offers leagues for darts and indoor bocce ball.
Orland Park Lions Club’s Haunted Woods presents A Stalk in the Park. “Experience what happens after dusk as you trespass past the old iron park gates and witness what lurks in the darkness,” officials said. “If you are lucky enough to make it to the edge of the park, a glimpse of the Park View Hotel can be seen and the hotel always has vacancy for guests or should (we) say ‘victims.’ ”
This outdoor haunted attraction will feature more than three acres of heart-pounding scares. The Haunted Woods is an outdoor attraction with parts that are covered from the elements, but nonetheless, patrons should dress for being outside for one hour to three hours including wait time.
The Haunted Woods is produced by members of the Orland Park Lions Club along with Prepared to Scare Productions, which helps in the creation, design and construction of the attraction.
The second annual Trick or Treat Trail will take place from 3:30-6 p.m. Oct. 27 for ages 8 and younger and their families to walk through the woods and enjoy the scenes without the scares. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their costumes as they trick-or-treat through the trail. Admission for the Trick or Treat Trail is $3 per child. There also will be local fire and police vehicles on-site to engage the kids.
“The Haunted Woods prides itself on being a complete charity haunt. All profits from this event will benefit the Orland Park Lions Club and other local nonprofit organizations that help in haunting the attraction,” officials said. “This haunted attraction is completely designed and haunted by volunteers. It is the dedication from many volunteers who have helped for many years that makes this attraction such a success.
“The Orland Park Haunted Woods has provided an affordable haunted attraction for families and teens in the south suburbs of Chicago for over 20 years.”
Orland Park Lions Club Haunted Woods is located at 14800 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, and open from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 26-27 with the last ticket sold at 10 p.m. The cost of admission is $10 for adults and free for children younger than 5. There is a $2 discount with donation of a nonperishable food item (one discount per person) that will benefit the Orland Township Food Pantry.
VIP tickets are available for $15, which includes reduced wait times compared with general admission (no other discounts apply). There is free parking on-site and concessions will be available.
MORE CROWD PLEASERS
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: Exhibits include “Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Japanese Art” through Oct. 28, “Film and Photo in New York” through Nov. 25, and “Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on Paper” through Jan. 13. *** Admission is free to Illinois residents on the first and second Wednesdays of the month.
BEVERLY ARTS CENTER: 2407 W. 111 Street, Chicago, (773) 445-3838: “Art 19” will be on display through Oct. 28. October is Chicago Artists Month, and this exhibit features 15 artists who live in Chicago’s 19th Ward. The show features works by Cecil McDonald, Dalton Brown, Brigit Scales Fennessy, Robert Workman, Raymond Broady, Danielle Principato, Audrius Plioplys, Sandra Leonard, John Colson, Brian Ritchard, Susannah Papish, Sal Campbell, Baird Campbell, Cathy Sorich and Jon Bakker.
PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE’S CHRISTOPHER ART GALLERY: 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, (708) 709-3636 (PSC Foundation ): To celebrate Chicago Artists Month, which honors the city’s art and artists, the gallery feature the works of three prominent Chicago artists whose works have been shown and are owned by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as other prominent museums and galleries.
The show, “Narrative!” will run to Nov. 1 and features artists Gladys Nilsson, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris and John Pitman Weber.
Gallery director Beth Shadur said the artists “tell oblique narratives through their combination of images, both imaginary and observed. These painters use vivid color, intensely personal imagery and a combination of tender and challenging reflections on the human experience.”
Full biographies of the artists featured in the show are available at prairiestate.edu/artgallery.
UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: The fall national juried exhibit titled “Wanna Play?” will continue to Oct. 27.
After 72 artists from 21 states across America submitted 165 entries for this show, juror David van Alphen selected 49 pieces. Those works on exhibit will represent painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital art, mixed media and sculpture.
“Wanna Play?” is a playful, clever and whimsical exhibit of art that is inspired by toys, games and the act of play. The artwork represents a range of interpretations of the title. Many of the pieces depict real or invented toys or games, the industry, consumer culture or the roles of toys and games in modern-day Western society.
Some pieces take the form of actual 3-D constructions. There are works of art in “Wanna Play?” that represent the innocence of play and include imagery of childhood relics that invoke nostalgia. There are also works of art that have a dark and whimsical twist depicting toy mutations or portraying fabricated scenes in which the toys take on a life of their own.
Alphen, the judge for “Wanna Play?” is a professional artist and curator for the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago.
Artists chosen for the exhibit include Jennifer Bittner, Peter Cales, Keri Joy Colestock, Larry Raymond Crist, Jessica Damen, Joe Casey Doyle, Lauren Dunning, Pam Eberlin, Stephanie Evans, Sarah Fagan, Kathi Flood, Jessica Freudenberg-Segal, Jonathan Frey, David Galalis, Irene Ganas, Lea Goldman, Brenda R. Gregory, Liz Heller and Seana Higgins.
Shelly Hokanson, Melissa Huang, Bruce Humphries, Carol Kazwick, Alish Koyanis, Chris Maker, Christine McCullough, Barbara McIntyre, Joe Milosevich, Mic Muhlbauer, Rebecca Mushtare, John Nieman, Michael Pohlman, Randy L. Purcell, Ryan Schultz, Priscilla Ann Smith, Miho Suzuki, Jim Wright and Jave Yoshimoto also are displaying pieces in “Wanna Play?”
DAN D JAC’S: 9358 W. 171st St., Orland Hills, (708) 460-8773: Ray Fischer performs at an open mike comedy show, which begins at 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free, but there is a two-drink minimum.
RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Chicago favorite Ken Sevara, who has appeared on WGN-AM (720), will perform two shows each on Oct. 26-27.
THE CHILDREN’S FARM AT THE CENTER’S PUMPKIN PATCH: The Children’s Farm at the Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, (708) 361-3650: Pumpkin Days at the farm feature free admission to the pick-your-own-pumpkin patch along with a farm stand of gourds, mini pumpkins, straw bales, cornstalks and honey for sale. Each weekend also features complimentary hayrack rides and food concessions.
Pumpkin Playland is an interactive experience for children and adults, who are charged a fee to enter the animal farmyard and surrounding playland. The barns are open for visiting and petting the cows, sheep, donkeys, horses, pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks and geese.
A straw bale climber and giant corn box provide active enjoyment for children. The spooky woodshed provides a spooky Halloween experience for kids, and the Crazy Maze-y allows all guests to navigate their way through a tunnel of fall-themed and ghostly passageways.
The pumpkin patch, farmstand, food concessions, hayrides and Pumpkin Playland are open each October Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pumpkin patch and farm stand also are open from 3-5 p.m. every weekday in October.
Farm program director Amy Didominicis said she is proud of the farm’s October motto: “We grow families in our pumpkin patch.”
Pumpkin patch admission is free, with the only cost being the price of the pumpkins selected. For guests who choose to enter the Pumpkin Playland to visit the animals and enjoy the playland activities, admission is $8. Children younger than 2 years old may attend for no charge.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF OAK LAWN’S PUMPKIN PATCH: 100th Street and Central Avenue, Oak Lawn, (708) 423-1170: This pumpkin patch will be open from 10 a.m.-dusk weekdays and noon-dusk Oct. 27 and 28. There will be a huge selection of pumpkins and gourds, a gift and goodies tent and tractor rides for the children. Admission is free.
1950S PARK FOREST HOUSE MUSEUM: 141 Forest Blvd. (Forest Boulevard and Fir Street), Park Forest, (708) 305-3308 (Mike Gans): “Step Back into a 1950s Halloween” with vintage Halloween decorations that are on display through Oct. 31. Display items include a collection of Gurley Halloween candles, die-cut decorations and a boxed costume with mask. The museum is open from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesday or for groups by appointment. Admission donation is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger with an adult.
ZOMBIE SAFARI HAYRIDE, THE ULTIMATE PAINTBALL EXPERIENCE: Odyssey Fun Farm, 19111 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 429-3800: Officials said the new attraction has received record crowds. “The Zombie Safari Hayride has received an overwhelming response, with up to 4 hours’ wait time,” general manager Clint Paraday said. “Because of the great demand for this attraction, we had to bring in more zombie-slaying trailers to help keep up with the crowds and lessen the wait time. “Zombies are the big craze this year, and the popularity of our zombie attraction confirms this.”
The hayride takes people on a dark and narrow path through the cornfields to look for zombies. People are boarded on a highly equipped Safari Hayride trailer that has 20 paintball guns mounted to the trailer turret style. Once boarded, participants will go down a dark path through the cornfield, where zombies will come from different areas. Patrons can shoot the zombies with their paintball guns mounted in front of them.
There are also things for children and families at the farm. These attractions include hayrides, corn mazes, zip lines and flashlight corn mazes. The Zombie Safari and flashlight maze are open from 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26-28. The farm is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily till Oct. 28.
General admission is $10 with additional costs for the zip line and pony rides. The Zombie Safari costs $15. Information: odysseyfunfarm.com.
ADLER PLANETARIUM: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827: “The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time” recently debuted. Other exhibits include “Our Solar System,” “Collecting Memories: The Webster Story,” “Planet Explorers” for families with ages 3-8, “Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass,” and “Shoot for the Moon.”
THE FIELD MUSEUM: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-9410: “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” recently opened and will run to Feb. 3. Other exhibits include “The Romance of Ants” through Oct. 28; “Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art, and Invention” through Dec. 2; “Extreme Mammals” through Jan. 6; “Images of the Afterlife” through June 9 and “Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto” through June 16
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: Exhibits include “Smart Home: Green + Wired” through Jan. 6, “Science Storms,” “YOU! The Experience,” “The Great Train Story” and the Baby Chick Hatchery. There also are daily live science demonstrations like the chemistry show “Bangs, Flashes and Fire.” *** The Omnimax Theater is showing “Born To Be Wild” through March 1.
SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 939-2438: Visitors can stop by and see the newest otter, Cayucos, a rescued pup from California. Cayucos joined five adult otters that are native to Alaskan waters. *** Exhibits include “Jellies,” which has been extended through 2013, “Waters of the World,” “Caribbean Reef,” “Amazon Rising,” “Wild Reef” and the Polar Play Zone. Attractions include the Shedd’s aquatic show.
BACINEMA SCREENING OF “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 with this 1925 silent film presented with live organ accompaniment. Unrated, the movie runs for 1 hour and 3 minutes. Tickets are $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.
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