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Green Halloween Takes the Holiday to a Whole New Level

Event promotes family, environmentally-friendly activities in and near downtown Oak Park.

Tots and adults who are tots at heart will feel right at home with these eek-o-friendly Halloween festivities coming up in and around downtown Oak Park.

On Green Halloween from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, businesses, churches and organizations will offer plenty of kids activities and healthy treats for the season.

Youngsters ages 3 to 8 are encouraged to wear costumes to this fest, which will start at 10 a.m. with a showing of "Gumby the Movie" at the Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St. Come early and meet the green guy in the "flesh."

Once the movie's out kids can hop over to the "Green Pumpkin Trail," better known as Grace Episcopal, 924 Lake St. They'll get a trail map and a stamp card, and if they take part they'll get a special treat at the end of the road, which is - back at Grace Episcopal.

Along the way they'll get light refreshments from Wells Street Popcorn and meet some of their favorite costumed characters, buy and decorate a pumpkin at a booth at Westgate Avenue and Marion Street hosted by Wonder Works Children's Museum.

Other stops along the way include Cheryl's Cookies, Cold Stone Creamery, Fannie May, Muse and the Oak Park Visitor's Center.

Down the road apiece at the Oak Park Public Library, special story times will be offered at 10 a.m. where young'uns, particularly those of the 2 to 6 years of age variety can catch Halloween songs, stories and all sorts of other fun. 

Even the tiny tots will get into the fun with Miss Rory who will engage the pre-walkers up to 15 months of age with stories and songs.

And who doesn't want to get a face painted to enhance the scariness of a costume? This will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library.

The event is sponsored by Downtown Oak Park, which can be contacted at 708-383-4145 for more information.


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