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Frightful Fun in Champaign-Urbana

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! Enjoy spooks, frights, and more all October long throughout the Champaign/Urbana area. Whether you are looking for family friendly frights or the ultimate terror filled adventure, check out these great Halloween activities in our area!  Happy Halloween!!

HAUNTED HOUSES

 

Baldwin Asylum

Prepare to scream at one of Illinois’s top 10 haunted attractions! Find terror hidden in every corner of the 10,000 square foot space. Click HERE for dates. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Baldwin Asylum is located at 2040 Lon Drive in Rantoul.

 

Freak Show

For one weekend only, test your nerves at Freak Show. This truly terrifying haunted attraction is not for the faint of heart. Check it out on Friday, October 20th, and Saturday, October 21st. It is open from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm both nights. Tickets are $10 per person. Skip the line by purchasing a fastpass for $20. Come see all the “freaks” at 601 County Fair Drive in Champaign.

 

Midway of Madness

You won’t find furry farm animals or fun entertainers this October at the Champaign County Fairgrounds (1302 North Coler, Urbana). The fairgrounds have been overtaken by zombies, monster, ghouls, and more! This favorite haunted site is open every Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween night, from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person.

EVENTS

 

All-Nite Horror Marathon

Date: Friday, October 13th

Time: 10:00 pm

Location: The Art Theater (126 West Church Street, Champaign)

Cost: $20 per person

Will you survive an all night movie marathon? Enjoy screenings of all your gore filled favorites, including Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Last House on Dead End Street, Eaten Alive, and Nightmare Sisters.

 

Haunted Hike

Date: Sunday, October 22nd

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: River Bend Forest Preserve (1602 West Mid America Road, Mahomet)

Cost: $3 per person

Explore the River Bend under the crescent moon. Don your best costume and enjoy a spooky hike with creatures of the night! Register by calling (217) 896-2455 or email cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

 

Halloween FunFest

Date: Thursday, October 26th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Market Place Mall (2000 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

This great family friendly event is filled with Halloween fun. Enjoy trick-or-treating, festive games, costume contest, and a haunted house.

 

An Evening with Poe

Dates: Thursday, October 26th, Sunday, October 29th, & Monday, October 30th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: $20 per person

The works of Edgar Allan Poe are some of the most haunting. Listen to his suspenseful stories and poems while sitting in the mysterious setting of the Allerton Mansion. After the Poe readings, enjoy a candlelight tour of the Mansion. There will be a cash bar available at the event.

 

Trick-or-Treating Hours for Champaign/Urbana Communities!

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the neighborhood Trick-Or-Treating hours for these Champaign/Urbana area communities! All trick-or-treating for the listed communities will occur on Monday, October 31st.

 

Champaign: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Mahomet: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Monticello: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Paxton: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Rantoul: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Savoy: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

St. Joseph: 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuscola: 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Urbana: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

 

It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these great safety tips during trick-or-treating:

 

  • All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone.

  • Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult.

  • If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes.

  • Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.

  • Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.

  • Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the look out for children.

  • Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged.

 

 


Champaign Rose wishes everyone a very Happy and Safe Halloween!!!

Pumpkin Patches of Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Time to decorate the front of your Champaign/Urbana home with some great Jack O’Lanterns! There are few things more fun than pumpkin carving with your family during the fall. Need to know where to find the biggest and brightest pumpkins this year? Check out these great pumpkin patches in the Champaign/Urbana area.

 

 

Head to Curtis Orchard (3902 South Duncan Road) in Champaign for all your pumpkin needs. This patch will be open now through the first week of November. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am until 4:30 pm on Sundays. This is the perfect spot for Champaign residents who love to pick their own pumpkins. Find a huge variety in the patch, including giant pumpkins, mini pumpkins, pie-making pumpkins, pumpkins for carving, blue pumpkins, white, pumpkins, and MORE! Each pumpkin costs $0.42 per pound, with a minimum cost of $2.50 per pumpkin. Grab your red wagon and stock up on all your pumpkins today.

 

The 200 Acres (1749 A CR 1900 North) in Arthur grows over 300 different varieties of pumpkins from 30 plus different countries! The patch is open everyday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from now until Halloween. Admission to the patch is $5 per adult, $3 per child (ages 6-12) on the weekdays and $8 per adult, $5 per child (ages 6-12) on the weekends. Along with the ability to pick your own pumpkins, check out the mums for sale, corn mazes to explore, and farm animals to interact with.

 

Rantoul is home to Hardy's Reindeer Ranch (1356 County Road 2900 North). Make a day at the ranch after picking your own pumpkins. Hardy’s is open 7 days a week. Get lost in the 10 acre corn maze. Dine on some delicious concessions such as pulled pork and gourmet hot dogs. Be sure to check out the Jack Splat pumpkin cannon to see pumpkins launched half a mile in the air!

 

Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm (16578 Airport Road) in Clinton is open now through October 30th. Come any day of the week between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm to pick your pumpkin. Take a hayride out to the patch to help you find the most perfect orange pumpkin for you to take home. There are also fun games for you to play with pumpkins including checkers and tic-tac-toe! Pack a picnic and enjoy plenty to do with your family at this great pumpkin farm.


Pumpkin picking at Rader Family Farms (1238 Ropp Road) in Normal is lots of fun. Grab a wagon and walk out to the patch to find the ultimate pumpkin for carving. Rader Family Farms is open through October 30th. You and your family can also check out the corn maze, apple slingshots, and apple cannon blaster for even more fun!

 


CHAMPAIGN IL HALLOWEEN 2015

by Rose Price

HALLOWEEN FUN FEST 2015

Tuesday Oct 27, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
SPOOKTACULAR HAUNTED HOUSE!

Market Place Shopping Center, North Neil Street, Champaign, IL


One of the best FREE family events for 30 years!  Join the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts, along with Market Place Mall, in Dressing up in your favorite costume and trick-or-treating.  There will also be games and one of our favorite parts..... a costume contest!! Take a walk through the spooky (family friendly) haunted house…if you dare! Don’t forget your bag to collect all the goodies and a camera to capture all the great memories of your child’s Halloween night! There will be Event images posted to the Champaign Park District’s Facebook page, so you can download, share, and enjoy! 

TRICK OR TREATING SCHEDULES FOR THE AREA:

SATURDAY OCTOBER 31st

Champaign: 5 to 7 p.m.
Mahomet: 6 to 8 p.m.
Monticello: 5 to 9 p.m.
Paxton: 5 to 8 p.m.
Savoy: 6 to 8 p.m.
St. Joseph: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Tolono: 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuscola: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Urbana: 5 to 7 p.m. 

BEST PARTY APPETIZERS FOR HALLOWEEN

Now, it's time to engage your inner Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray!  If you're brave enough to host a Halloween party this year, don't skimp on the details.  Cleverly themed appetizers and drinks are a must.  Here are some super- duper appetizer ideas, sure to impress your guests for many Halloween moons to come! Just click on the names of the appetizers for the recipes!

MUMMY DOGS

WITCH'S BROOM 

BRAINS 

CHEESY BATS

SPIDERS

WORMS IN DIRT

PUMPKIN VOMIT

MINI PUMPKINS

Hopefully you feel inspired!  Halloween is one of the best parts of Autumn and certainly one of my favorites.  If you have any unique costume, appetizer or drink ideas, please share on my Facebook Page so everyone in the community can enjoy!  I'm always on the look out for fresh creative ideas to help make the season better each year. 

Champaign IL Top 3 Haunted Houses for 2015!

by Rose Price


A cold, sleeping dread creeps amongst the moonlit forest of the Central Illinois night…Something evil in the woods, something dark and ominous.  There have been reports of paranormal happenings at the‚Äč Bonesaw Mill... Or maybe some biological freaks of a recent military experiment roam the forest, bloodthirsty, angry for vengeance... Or maybe it's the eerie laughter of an insane clown wandering through a cannibal circus from hell?  If you're looking for the best haunts in Central Illinois, look no further.  The New Haunt at Bonesaw Mill and the newest attraction "The Freak Show" are two of the best haunted experiences of the season.  Come explore, if you dare

Looking for the best HAUNTED HOUSE in Central Illinois? Visit the All New Haunt at Bonesaw Mill and Brand New Haunted House attraction, The Freak Show. Come explore what you’re afraid of, if you dare!

Midway Of Madness

Every year The Midway of Madness takes over the Champaign Co Fairgrounds, now in it's 4th season, the haunts get better every year.  Make your way through a dark ominous maze of crazed carnies and fantastic scares around every corner....ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH FOR THIS HAUNT?? Check out their facebook page for more info.

Upcoming Dates

 

Saturday, October 17, 2015, Starts at 7:00pm 

Friday, October 23, 2015, Starts at 7:00pm 

Saturday, October 24, 2015, Starts at 7:00pm 

Friday, October 30, 2015, Starts at 7:00pm 

Saturday, October 31, 2015, Starts at 7:00pm 

Haunt Masters

Two more great haunts in 1 Spectacular Location: Head to Rantoul, IL.  Haunt Masters present their Fear Factory & Psychosis Haunted Houses this October, and are more than ready to scare you! 

Visit Illinois Haunted Houses for more great Haunts in Illinois

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