Halloween Spook-tacular! Concert

Children and the young-at-heart can celebrate Halloween in style this year with the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony and Civic Orchestra in a “Halloween Spook-tacular!” concert. On Tuesday, October 31st, at 7pm, join the musicians for an evening of spooks, haunts, and fantastical stories through music.

From Halloween classics like Night on Bald Mountain (made famous by Disney’s Fantasia) and Danse Macabre to the magical music of Harry Potter – and much more – this concert will be sure to thrill and chill!

Concert-goers are invited to share with the orchestras in Halloween festivity. Costumes are encouraged, and audience members are invited to join in a costume parade during the concert. Attendees will also be able to participate in a trick-or-treat at the end of the concert.

Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free to children aged 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting hcfta.org or by calling 217-523-2787.

 

First Annual Halloween Parade

The Parent Place is hosting its First Annual Halloween Parade in downtown Springfield on 5th and 6th Streets. Families will line the street as floats, children and other special Halloween guests parade the streets!

Watch for festive floats and entries in this lighted evening parade! Contact 753-8730 to enter.

The Route is: Jefferson to 5th street to Monroe to 6th street to Washington.

Road Closures: That Saturday, Jefferson will be closed for staging between 9th and 7th street at 4:30 pm. The Bus night transfer moves to Capitol Street between 4th and 5th.

Trick or Treat at the Old State Capitol

Local children from Pre-K through 5th grade are welcome to take part in this annual
event. Every child will receive a special treat bag.

“Bruce and I feel privileged to carry on the tradition of safe trick-or-treating for all the
young children in Springfield. I think it is wonderful that the Old State Capitol provided
a new venue during the renovations to the Executive Mansion,” said First Lady Diana
Rauner, Chair, Illinois Executive Mansion Association, a not-for-profit organization. “We
look forward to re-opening the doors to the newly renovated People’s House in 2018 for
our citizens to experience everything it has to offer, including the bicentennial and, of
course, trick-or-treating on Halloween.”

 

 

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.

Take your kids (or friends) around the stores for a special experience before the Halloween Parade kicks off at 7:30 pm.

A full list of participating businesses will be posted very soon.

Annual Halloween Safety Event

Please join the Springfield Police and Fire Departments for their annual free event for the community!
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

Halloween at the Market!

Everyone’s favorite place for the Treats part of the Trick-or-Treat equation! 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, and special guests.

DSI and friends are hosting the annual Halloween at the Market — which includes costume contests for kids, families and dogs! — on Saturday, October 28. This festive event wraps up the 2017 market season. The Market is located in downtown Springfield at 4th and Adams Street.

Representatives from Bank of Springfield, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Kidzeum of Health and Science Children’s Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Springfieldmoms.org, Illinois Humane, Springfield Youth Performance Group, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and Downtown Springfield, Inc. are all involved in making a spooktacular experience!

Activities will be centered at the intersection of 4th and Adams.

Radio personalities Chris and Deb from 98.7 WNNS will emcee the Kids Costume and Family Costume Contest.

FREE Costume Contests with Prizes!
Children ages 0-12 can register at the SpringfieldMoms.org booth located in the parking lot at the Southeast corner of 4th & Adams Streets beginning at 9:30 a.m.; children’s contest begins at 11:00 a.m. There will be winners in three age categories (0-2, 3-6 and 7-12) and a Family Costume category. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all four categories.

9:30 FREE Activities, including pictures with Princess Belle & Cinderella! & Costume Registration
10:00 Springfield Youth Performance Group performs with special guests the Addams Family.
10:35am Progressive Kenpo Karate performs.
11:00 Children’s Costume Contest for Ages 0-12 & Families by Springfield Moms.org
12:00 Pet Costume Contest by Illinois Humane
Thank you to HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital for sponsoring the Kids Costume Prizes & Bank of Springfield for sponsoring the family costume category prizes.

 

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.

An event unlike any other, The Rocky Horror Show receives rave reviews from sold out audiences year after year. Prepare for an evening of costumes and audience partici…pation at The Rocky Horror Show this weekend only.

Survival kits will again be available for $6. Only the approved survival kit may be brought into the theatre. Kits will be sold one hour prior to show time and will be available to the first 125 patrons. Your kit includes all the necessary items to participate with the show including a wedding bell, newspaper, bubbles, a glow stick, lip siren whistle, champagne popper, playing cards, a rubber glove and dance instructions to The Time Warp.

Show dates and times:

THU OCT 26, 2017 @ 8:00PM

FRI OCT 27, 2017 @ 8:00PM

FRI OCT 27, 2017 @ 11:30PM

SAT OCT 28, 2017 @ 8:00PM

SAT OCT 28, 2017 @ 11:30PM

Warning: Adult Content.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students (over 18).

Our Spooky Downtown

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.

7:30 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!

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.