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Get Scared before Halloween

Haunted house, a dance, bonfire - and s'mores- get season rolling.

It may be a little early to load up a Trick-or-Treat bag but it's never too early to get ready to be scared out of your wits.

Here's a good way to start.

Fables Studios, an interactive haunted house in River Grove, is sponsoring a special night for students and families of Oak Park and River Forest High School on Sunday, Oct. 14. This haunted house features oddities, a slide show, fortune tellers and not to be outdone - live marionettes. Tickets are $10 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the high school. There's a catch: you must present a special flyer to receive the benefit. To do so, go to the Community page on the OPRF website, scroll down to the Community Interest section get it and look for the link to the flyer and download it.

The event is from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at Fable Studios, 8404 W. Grand Ave. For more information, contact the school at 708-383-0700.

The Park District of Forest Park will kick off Halloween a bit early, too, by sponsoring a Hauntin' Halloween Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the administrative building, 7501 W. Harrison St.

Prizes will be awarded for the individuals with the best costume and everyone coming so dressed will get a prize at the door.

A signed permission slip with a parent's signature is required; forms can be picked up at school before the dance or at the Administrative center. The fee is $5; you can register in advance or at the door.

For more information, call the park district at 708-366-7500.

And for what promises to be a ghoulishly good time, the River Forest Park District and the Public Library will present a Famiy Fireside Halloween from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Oct. 19 at the Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave., Keystone Park 400 Keystone Ave., and Keystone Center, 7920 Central Ave.

Scary stories, hay wagon rides, games, crafts, a pumpkin painting ($1 a pop), plus a bonfire and s’mores. Wearing a Halloween costume is especially encouraged.

Call the park district at 708-366-6660 for more information.

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