The evenings get shorter, darker and the northern winds bring a chill to the city. Northern IL has never been as beautiful as it is right now. Red, yellow, orange and brown leaves covering the ground like a handmade quilt; accept the neat little squares are more like unique puzzle pieces fitting together to blanket the streets!

(See a full listing of Halloween events this weekend below)

As fall settles in we look to the first of the trail of holidays that will brighten our spirits and carry us through this winter season. Halloween is the holiday we all Love to Hate or Hate to Love! Many of usv(Like me..) despise the loss of summer and warm weather, others dread the spooky decor and haunted houses, and still more look to their bank accounts wondering where their savings will go! Yet children of all ages remind us that this is a time for indulging your imagination, letting your own fear take hold of you and relish in mythology of centuries past.

Rockford is the proud home of many businesses, educational facilities, forest preserves, botanical gardens, museums, etc that are embracing the spirit of Halloween to offer holiday themed events to residents of every avenue. There is an event for equestrian enthusiasts, swing dancers, history buffs, health conscious people and more! Whatever your passion, find a local event and get your spook on with people you can relate to. Enjoy entertainment from artists you enjoy all year round. Eat and drink among friends, perhaps lady fingers, eyeballs or creepy crawlers will be on the menu. Take a trip through history on a haunted tour, at a mystery dinner or at a costumed affair.

Several locations have children focused events, offering trick or treating, games, contests and more during daylight hours in safe environments! The Rockford Police Department has even ventured into the planning and attendance of a few events in the area! Get your children out there and let them enjoy the fall colors, the fun of dressing up, and the joy of celebrating among their own community.

You can  travel a short distance from the city (15-20 minutes) to many pumpkin patches or apple orchards in the surrounding towns. As our small town residents flock into the city to shop or have a good time, the city folk are also traveling to enjoy the country settings, corn mazes, haunted hayrides, pumpkins fresh off the vine, pumpkin chuckin’ contests and the best fresh Apple Cider donuts  you can get! Bring the family and spend the afternoon hiking through the pumpkin field and pick the perfect size and shape for that Jack O’ Lantern design you have been dying to try! Get pictures with Frankenstein or Dracula, let the kids play and enjoy fresh snacks and baked goods in the gift shop. Many locations will hold fall festivals, special events, and costumed occasions.

If you are looking for more of a chill up your spine or a PG 13/R Rated experience, Rockford also offers several Haunted Houses, and many local clubs will be celebrating the season with Halloween Themed Events.  Teens as well as young adults from the city and surrounding towns will pack the parking lots on Friday and Saturday Nights to test their nerves and stomachs in Illinois most horrifying displays.

Darkness all around you, stumbling through unfamiliar passages, creaking floorboards, slamming doors, all of a sudden a blood curdling scream from somewhere close behind you. Strobe lights flicker, demon faces among you, darkness, blood on the walls, pitch black, swift movement close to your head, the light flashes again on the metal blade of a knife. You duck and try to run but bodies are packed around you, you can’t move…

If you survive the heart pounding excitement quench your fear and thirst with a friendly costume party downtown. Who knows you could win free beer for the cutest couples costume, best drag costume, hottest man or woman contest, or even the scariest costume! Dance the night away to haunted melodies or Halloween classics or walk the dark and dreary downtown square hopping from bar to bar and party to party.

No matter what your heart desires this Halloween, Rockford offers a variety of fun and fear to satisfy everyone and make 2016 a Halloween you will never forget.

Here is a fun listing of events for this Halloween weekend!

Halloween Midway

 

Family Fun

City of Rockford trick-or-treat

Monday, October 31, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

 

Healthy Halloween

October 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford

1601 Parkview Ave

Rockford, IL 61107

815.395.5920

 

Night Sounds

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Burpee Museum of Natural History

737 N Main St

Rockford, 61103

(815) 965-3433

 

Halloween Spooktacular.

Rock Cut State Park Rockford IL

Saturday, October 29 @ 12:00pm

Costume contest and ride,Trick or treat trail and Ghoulish potluck dinner at 5 pm.

All ghost and goblins welcome.

 

Boo Bash Play and Skate

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Carlson Ice Arena

4150 N Perryville Rd

Loves Park, 61111-8647

(815) 969-4069

 

Spook the Blocks

October 29 @ 11 - 2 p.m.

Downtown Rockford

 

David Seebach’s Wonders of Magic!

October 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nordlof Center

118 N Main St

Rockford, 61101

 

Haunted Midnight Fun Night

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

No Joke Mixed Martial Arts

6358 Daytona Dr

Loves Park, 61111

(815) 986-KICK (5425)

 

The Pumpkin Patch

3178 IL-173, Caledonia, IL 61011

thegreatpumpkinpatch.com

(815) 765-2587

 

Thyme and Again Farm

10801- 11515 IL-2, Rockford, IL 61102

Thymeandagainfarm.com

 

Locktoberfest

Lockwood Park

Saturdays & Sundays in October

5201 Safford Rd. Rockford, IL 61101

815.987.8809

Costume Party

Sat, Oct 29, 2016 from 10:00am - 4:00pm

 

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Spook-tacular Haunts

October 29 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, 61107

815.229.9390

 

Paranormal Tour

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens

411 Kent St

Rockford, 61102

815) 964-2424

Tinkercottage.com

 

Halloween ComicFest

October 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Top Cut Comics (Loves Park)

5600 N 2nd St

Loves Park, 61111-4602

 

Halloween Spooktacular!

Hosted by Ken Rock Community Center
Monday, October 31 at 5 PM - 8 PM

3218 11th St, Rockford, Illinois 61109

(815) 398-8864

 

Halloween Party

Hosted by Monkey Joe's - Rockford

Friday at 4 PM - 8:30 PM

6663 E. State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61108

(815) 399-5637

 

Haunted Houses

Twisted Crypt Haunted House

5420 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108

twistedcrypt.com

(815) 797-2444

 

Karnival of Karnage

8791 IL-76, Belvidere, IL 61008

karnivalofkarnage.com

(815) 332-2010

 

Hoppers Haunted House

11576 IL-2, Rockford, IL 61102

hoppershauntedhouse.com

(815) 871-7334

 

Trail of Screams

4500 Rotary Rd, Rockford, IL 61109

trailofscreams.com

(815) 871-5696

Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre

5201 Safford Rd, Rockford, IL 61101

rockfordparkdistrict.org

(815) 987-8809

 

Fear Fest

6512 Manchester Rd, South Beloit, IL 61080

fearfest.info

(815) 916-9194

 

Adult Events

BOOS & SPIRITS HALLOWEEN GALA

Hosted By The Junior League of Rockford

October 29, 2016 at The Standard

214 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104

(815) 289-5487

 

Twisted Darkness

Hosted by Twisted Crypt Productions

Monday, October 31 at 7 PM - 10:30 PM

5420 E State St

Rockford, Illinois 61108

(815) 797-2444

 

Boo Bash Halloween Party at Giovanni's

Oct 28 at 8:30 AM to Oct 29 at 2 AM

Giovanni's / Alchemy / Big Al's Bar

610 N Bell School Rd

Rockford, Illinois 61107

 

Freak Fest

Hosted by Gallery 610

Sat 9 PM

610 E State St, Rockford, Illinois 61104

(815) 782-0610

 

Murphys Halloween Bash!!

Hosted by Dj Petey P

Saturday at 8 PM

510 S Perryville Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61108

(815) 986-0950

 

A Nightmare on Main St Halloween Bash

Hosted by The Olympic Tavern

Oct 29 at 8 PM to Oct 30 at 12 AM

2327 N Main St, Rockford, Illinois 61103

(815) 962-8758

 

Mulligan's Halloween Party!

Hosted by Mulligan's Pub & Grill

Saturday at 7 PM

2212 N Main St, Rockford, Illinois 61103

(815) 963-7869

 

7th Annual Jack the Ripper Party

October 29 @ 9:00 pm

The Hope & Anchor

5040 North 2nd Street

Loves Park, IL 61111

815) 633-2552

 

2016 Creepy Crawl (Halloween Pub Crawl)

Hosted by RBI BAR AND RESTAURANT

Oct 29 at 9 PM to Oct 30 at 2 AM

3870 N Perryville Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114

(815) 877-5532