Day of the Dead Performance by the Omeyocan Dance Company

Sunday, Oct. 30, 3:30-4:15 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

Celebrate Day of the Dead with a special performance of the Battle Dance by the Omeyocan Dance Company and face painting. Weather permitting, this performance will take place on the plaza outside the Main Library; otherwise it will be held in the Main Library Veterans Room. Register now at 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

FitzGerald’s Fright Nights! Hotel Transylvania/Ghostbusters

Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., FitzGerald’s

A horror movie double feature in Berwyn? And there’s not even a cameo appearance from Svengoolie (the horror TV show host that made Berwyn famous)? Despite that glaring absence, this nighttime movie showing is not to be missed. Extra points for being shown outside on FitzGerald’s patio. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Originating in Mexico, this important celebration is rooted in indigenous practices existing long before Spanish settlers arrived. Typically celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2, ofrendas (offerings) are built to honor, celebrate, and remember the dearly departed. Through Monday, Oct. 31, you are invited to share an image of your loved ones who have passed away to be included in the community ofrenda, in the Main Library idea box. The altar and offering will be built and on display at each Oak Park Public Library location through Friday, Nov. 4. Submit your photos at

Horror, Halloween & Hollywood

Monday, Oct. 31, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization

Author and local theater critic Doug Deuchler will examine 1930s horror movies. Despite the fact that these films came out in the middle of the Great Depression, the horror genre transformed Universal Pictures into a major entertainment juggernaut. Several influential stars of the time, like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, will be up for discussion. The program will be presented in the second-floor ballroom, as well as livestreamed on Zoom. Free, but a voluntary suggested donation of $15 is requested for non-members. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Captain Louie Jr.

Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m.;
Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 30, 3 p.m.,
Ovation Academy

This Halloween musical touches on friendship and fun during the trick-or-treating season, and is based on Ezra Jack Keats’ novel The Trip. In the spirit of the season, audience members are encouraged to wear costumes. The 50-minute show is performed by a rotating cast of kids age 6-10, with the “Trick Cast” appearing on Friday and Sunday, and the “Treat Cast” doing the honors on Saturday. $8 for children, $10 for adults, 126 N. Oak Park, Suite 2, Oak Park. 

Hephzibah Halloween Fun Run/Walk

Sunday, Oct. 30,  8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Constitution Park

Hephzibah Oak Park Auxiliary is hosting the first ever Halloween Fun Run/Walk, which will wind through the neighborhoods surrounding Constitution Park in River Forest for 1.5 miles. Costumes are encouraged, and every registrant will receive a goody bag. This event will happen rain or shine and is a wonderful way to join the community in supporting one of Oak Park’s oldest social service agencies. 7715 Greenfield St.,
River Forest.

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