Riverside Parks and Recreation and Riverside Junior Woman's Charity will signal the start of the Halloween season at their annual Howl-O-Ween event in downtown Riverside on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Monsters to invade Brookfield

Brookfield’s 19th Annual Monsters on Mainstreet trick-or-treat event will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 in the Grand Boulevard and Broadway Avenue business districts from noon to 3 p.m.

Participating businesses will display special pumpkin signs in their windows, designating them as places where children are welcome to trick-or-treat.

That will be followed by refreshments, pumpkin and taffy apple giveaways and a costume contest at Brookfield’s historic Grossdale Station, 8820½ Brookfield Ave. Free taffy apples and pumpkins will be given to the first 500 costumed trick-or-treaters beginning at 2:30 p.m., with the costume contest at 3 p.m. Adults are welcome to participate.

Top off the day at the band shell in Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave., for a screening of the animated classic Nightmare Before Christmas, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Shark Tank secrets revealed

Learn the secrets to entrepreneurial success from Shark Tank winner Andrea Sreshta, as she discusses her 2015 TV reality show win at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., on Friday, Oct. 27 at noon. The presentation is part of the library’s Small Business Lunch and Learn series.

Sreshta will share the story of LuminAid, a portable, inflatable solar-powered lantern that she invented with fellow Columbia University student Anna Stork as part of a homework assignment after the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

The lanterns launched in 2011 and in 2015 the business was invited to compete on ABC’s series Shark Tank.

She’ll also talk about starting a business with minimal resources and funding and touch on managing small teams for success.

To register for the presentation call 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

New exhibit at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., unveils a new exhibition Twist Affix, featuring the work of Aimée Beaubien in the Freeark Gallery of Art from Oct. 29 through Dec. 2.

The gallery will take on the form of verdant mesh curtains made from interwoven strips of color photographs taken in the backyard of her own garden in Chicago and her mother’s garden in Florida.

An opening reception, to which the public is invited, will be held Oct. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Visit www.riversideartscenter.com for more information.

Spooky radio recreation

The Riverside Township Radio Players will present three old-time radio shows to get you in the mood for Halloween on Friday, Oct. 27, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The radio recreationists will perform “The Horla” from Mystery in the Air, “Death Robbery” from Lights Out and Episode One of The Planet Man. Shows are free to attend and open to the public in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside.

For more information visit riversidetownshipradioplayers.com.

Drug take-back day

Anyone wishing to safely get rid of unwanted prescription drugs can do so at one of two locations on Saturday Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The Brookfield Elks and Brookfield Police Department have joined forced to promote the event and invite people to drop off prescription drugs in the secure collection box in the lobby of the police department inside the village hall at 8820 Brookfield Ave.

People can also drop off unwanted prescription pills or patches in the lobby of the Riverside Police Department, 31 Riverside Road. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Howl-O-Ween fun in Riverside

Riverside Parks and Recreation and Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity will signal the start of the Halloween season at their annual Howl-O-Ween event in downtown Riverside on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

The magic begins at 6 p.m. at Centennial Park with the lighting of the water tower. Wear your costume and parade over to the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, afterward for a spooktacular dance party and games until 7 p.m. Free.

And more

• Riverside Presbyterian Church will host documentaries on Saturday mornings at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. The first, on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m., will feature the film The Other Side of Immigration, which asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. Free and open to the public.

• The Frederick Law Olmsted Society will host its next landscape workday on Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon along Riverside Road, where volunteers will collect native tree seeds. Bring your favorite work gloves and water bottle. All other supplies and snacks provided. Look for the Riverside Public Works dump truck.

Also enjoy the year’s final docent-led guided walking tour of Riverside’s South Division on Oct. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors and FLOS members). Meet on the east side of the Riverside train station platform. Questions? Call 708-442-7675 or email tours@olmstedsociety.org.

• Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield, hosts its 3rd Annual Tiki Boo-Galoo on Oct. 28 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. DJ Uncle Vince will spin the records at the event, which will also feature a costume contest, souvenirs and prizes.

• Crafters wanted for the St. Barbara Craft Show on Nov. 18. Contact Alicia Mancini at 708-485-2502.

• Anyone needing help learning to use their smartphone, computer, tablet or other device can get help at Teens Teach Tech on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. at Hauser Junior High, 65 Woodside Road in Riverside, Room 107. Contact Nicole O’Connell with questions at 708-837-2833 or oconnelln@district96.org.

• North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Harry Potter Film Festival with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. Free. Drop-in only.

The library continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee series on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. with The Sands of Iwo Jima, starring John Wayne.

Also at the library this week: Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2+), Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m.; Lapsit Storytime (babies, toddlers with adult), Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m.; After School Book Club (2nd grade ), Oct. 26 at 3:45 p.m.; Family Bingo and Loteria Familia (3-older with parent) on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.; and Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

• Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents New Breast Self-Exam Technique: MammaCare taught by a certified registered nurse through Amita Health on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.

• The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its annual “60 to win” raffle with its next prize drawing on Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St., Brookfield. Tickets are $20 and only 1,100 tickets will be sold. All drawings will be held at Joe’s Saloon each Thursday through Nov. 16.

• The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. minimum cash payout of $2,275 a night, plus pull tabs, lightning, tic-tac and raffles.