It’s a monster mash!
Brookfield’s 18th Annual Monsters on Mainstreet downtown trick-or-treat event will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 in the Grand Boulevard and Broadway Avenue business districts from noon to 3 p.m.
Last year’s event, sponsored by the Brookfield Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce, drew nearly 1,500 people. Participating businesses will have a special Halloween pumpkin sign in their windows where children are welcome to trick-or-treat.
That will be followed by refreshments, as well as taffy apple and pumpkin giveaways (to the first 500 costumed trick-or-treaters) at the Grossdale Station, 8820½ Brookfield Ave., beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The costume contest, which begins at 3 p.m., will have categories for scariest, funniest and most creative in four age groups. Adults are welcome to participate.
The event also kicks off the St. Barbara Parish Food Drive, so participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item of food.
Call Kit Ketchmark at 708-485-5296 for more information.
I ain’t ‘fraid a no ghost
Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, will host a Halloween Family Movie Night with a screening of the original 1984 film Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Sigourney Weaver.
The film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Room. Popcorn, EctoCooler punch and other Ghostbuster-themed treats will be available.
Admission is free. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Double down at St. Barb’s
St. Barbara Parish will host its annual Fall Casino Nights on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Parish Center, 4009 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield.
The event, for adults 21 and older, features a variety of casino-style games, including blackjack, poker, roulette and more. Enjoy some food and drink at the piano bar, which will feature live music.
Admission is $5, with free admission between 6 and 7 p.m. each night.
For more information contact the parish at 708-485-2900.
Senior health fair
The Scottish Home and Caledonian House, 2800 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, will host a free Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be 40 vendors including health care providers, home health services, moving and downsizing, elder advisors and skilled and rehabilitation facilities.
Raffle prizes will be drawn every 20 minutes throughout the event. Bring a non-perishable food item and get a free raffle ticket (which are otherwise $1). Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Call 708-447-5092 or visit www.thescottishhome.org for more information.
Relive radio’s golden age
On Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m., join the Riverside Township Radio Players as they recreate Ray Bradbury’s “Zero Hour” from Suspense! And “Ugliest Woman Alive” from Mysterious Traveler.
The performance will be held in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.riversidetownshipradioplayers.com or contact Ellie Babka at 708-442-8810.
Brookfield Garden Club talks hydroponics
The Brookfield Garden Club will host a presentation on “Health Choices: Hydroponics and Vertical Gardening” at its next meeting on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
The speaker will be from the local aquaponics business, Root 66, who will describe how hydroponic gardening works and how to build your own system at home. The club meets the last Saturday of the month January through October.
For more information contact Annette at 708-207-3335 or visit brookfieldgardenclub.weebly.com.