On October 28, downtown is bursting with Halloween goodness, practically from dawn to dusk!
All Day Long: Spooky Rock Hunt!
Springfield Vintage and #SpringfieldILrocks have teamed up for a massive downtown rock hunt! You can paint some rocks like artist Felicia Olin did (see left) and drop them off at Springfield Vintage before October 28 and they will be hidden around downtown — or you can simply be on the hunt that day for super cool, collectible rocks! Email Springfield Vintage for more information>
9:30 – Noon: Halloween at the Market
This festive event wraps up the 2017 market season. Local organizations and businesses combine efforts to create FREE, fun-filled activities for the whole family, including children and dog costume contests, hands-on activities (build your own spiderweb with the Kidzeum!), and special guests. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all four categories.
Noon to 4 pm: Halloween Family Carnival at the Hoogland
This family-friendly carnival has grown BIGGER this year and will feature carnival booths with prizes and candy, performances of your favorite Halloween songs by the Hoogland Kids, Teens and Juniors and everyone is dressed up in their most elaborate costumes! If you are feeling in a spooky mood, dare to venture through their haunted house! They also have a new haunted house for younger children where little ones can walk through Charlie Brown’s Pumpkin Patch. Parents can find a great place to relax and have a fall beverage while the children experience Minny Mouse’s Tea Party, Willy Gaston’s Dart Throw, and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
4:30 – 6:30 pm: Shop Spooky Specials
Downtown businesses are getting in on the Halloween fun, too! They’ll be staying open later on this particular Saturday with treats, fun and specials — and not many tricks:
Augie’s Front Burner – Stop by for candy!
Cold Stone Creamery – Stop by for candy!
Daisy Jane’s – Make and Take Halloween crafts!
Milk & Honey Fresh Market – Stop by for candy!
Murphy’s Loft – Stop by for candy, free Halloween koozies & 10% off!
Recycled Records – Stop by for candy & Used CD’s/DVD’s are buy 2 get 1 free!
The Roost – Dare for a spooky walk-through!
SAA Collective in the Hoogland – Free gift to costumed visitors (while supplies last)!
Springfield Vintage – They’ll pay your sales tax!
Studio on 6th – Stop by for candy; enjoy a free gift with purchase; and make your mark on the pumpkin!
Udder Hut – Special is Wormy Froyo! Plus… Fish for Apples
Urban Sassafras – crafts & cookies for kiddos!
Wild Rose – Free Face Painting and a tasty treat!
Wyndham Lobby – Stop by for candy and warm apple cider!
Z Bistro – Special dinner is Spaghetti Brains with Eyeballs! Plus… Fish for Apples
411 Bar & Grill – Stop by for candy!
4:30 – 6:30 pm: Annual Halloween Safety Event
Please join the Springfield Police and Fire Departments at Springfield Fire Station #1 at 825 E. Capitol Street
Learn great Safety tips for Halloween
Have a ghoulishly good time Trunk or Treating
Climb and explore rescue vehicles
Meet McGruff the Dog
Enjoy face painting and other children’s activities
Get .99 cent kids meal coupons from Sonic
Questions? Call 217-.788-8360 ext. 4238
5:30 – 7:30 pm: Trick or Treat at the Old State Capitol
The Illinois Executive Mansion Association can’t host the Governor’s popular event at the Mansion this year because of renovations, so they’re inviting Children Pre-K through 5th grade to this FREE event for Halloween treats at the Old State Capitol.
7 – 8 pm: Goosebumps Concert at First Presbyterian
The downtown church with the big red door is hosting their annual Goosebumps concert! Alongside the organ classics typically enjoyed during the Halloween season, the concert will also feature a variety of vocal pieces, dramatic reading, and interpretive performance art. You’re invited to dress for the concert — all in black, all in white, in costume — in order to participate more fully in the experience. The concert itself is free: the church will gladly accept donations to benefit hurricane relief.
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: First Annual Halloween Parade to benefit The Parent Place
Families will line 5th and 6th Streets around the Old State Capitol as floats, children and other special Halloween guests parade the streets in this lighted evening parade! Contact 753-8730 to enter.
8 pm: Rocky Horror Picture Show
It’s the return of The Rocky Horror Show brought to you by ADHD Productions in association with the Hoogland Center for the Arts, and Club Station House. This weekend marks the eighth year of the the live production at the Hoogland!
8 pm: Halloween Dreams, a Spooktacular Musical Review
This enchanting musical revue at the Legacy Theater brings the magic of Halloween to the stage, celebrating the holiday of imagination.
On the occasion of its 13th Anniversary, the show rematerializes with a cauldron full of new songs, as well as all the favorites audiences have come to love: “Old Black Magic,” “Stormy Weather” “Moondance” and “Monster Mash.” These songs, brewed together with puppetry, silliness and 50 pounds of candy, create a delightful treat for the whole family!
9 pm – ?: Zombie Walk
Redbird Electric is hosting a Zombie Walk. More details coming…..
And….don’t ever forget Lincoln’s Ghost Walk!
Check our calendar for other downtown Halloween events that don’t fall on October 28.