Haunted Halloween Ride

Cycle Brookfield invites families to its Haunted Halloween Ride on Oct. 28 for a 5-mile slow roll that will take you past the homes decorated for the season.

Don your costumes, decorate and light up your bikes and meet at Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. at 7:15 p.m. The ride starts at 7:30 p.m. and ends back at Compassion Factory for treats and a bonfire.

Monsters on Mainstreet returns Oct. 29

The Brookfield Historical Society and Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will host the 23rd Annual Monsters on Mainstreet trick-or-treating event in the Grand Boulevard and Eight Corners business districts on Oct. 29 from noon to 3 p.m.


Participating businesses will have special Halloween pumpkin signs in their windows designating them as Monsters on Mainstreet locations where children are welcome to trick-or-treat. Last year’s event drew nearly 1,500 people.

Trick-or-treating will be followed by refreshments, pumpkin and taffy apple giveaways and a costume contest at S.E. Gross Middle School, 3524 Maple Ave., on the west playground.

Free taffy apples and pumpkins will be given away to the first 500 costumed trick-or-treaters beginning at 2:30 p.m. The costume contest begins at 3 p.m. and awards will be given for Scariest, Funniest and Most Creative in four different age groups. Adults are welcome to participate in the contest.

Radio Players present Halloween shows

The Riverside Township Radio Players will present their annual Halloween show on Oct. 28, recreating two classic programs from the Golden Age of Radio, including “The Parade” from the series “Dimension X” and “Don’t Tell Me about Halloween” from “Quiet Please.”

The free performance starts at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. For more, visit riversidetownshipradioplayers.com.

Dia de los Muertos at Compassion Factory

The Compassion Factory art Gallery & Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, will host a Dia de los Muertos Celebration on Oct. 29 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

There will be a live folkloric dance performance, ofrendas, food, Mexican hot chocolate, café de la Olla and face painting. This event is free, but donations for the food and drinks appreciated. All proceeds go toward next year’s event.

Pictured: THE BIRDS, 1963.

Brookfield Library screens ‘The Birds’

Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., invites you to a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror-thriller “The Birds,” starring Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor during Movies With Marty, presented by film enthusiast Marty Blank on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.

Register to attend by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or at brookfield.evanced.info/signup.

Brookfield Parks & Rec Foundation Kickoff

The nonprofit Brookfield Parks & Recreation Foundation, which supports low-income families looking to enroll children in summer camp, before- and after-school care, youth sports and other activities, hosts a kickoff event on Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Imperial Oak Brewing, 9526 Ogden Ave., Brookfield.

Tickets are $25 each and include one drink and snacks. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s mission. Buy tickets at tinyurl.com/4wcf7bnh.

And more

  • North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, hosts two Halloween-themed kids events in the coming week. On Oct. 29 from noon to 2 p.m. there’s the 2nd Annual Ghost Hunt where kids can search for 20 hidden ghosts throughout the mall, each assigned a special number. Turn in completed clue sheet and get a treat bag. On Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. there’s a mall-wide Trick-or-Treat event with a costume contest at 4 p.m. and a costume parade at 5 p.m.
  • The Frederick Law Olmsted Society wraps up its 2022 seasonal walking tours of Riverside, highlighting the village’s design, history and architecture on Oct. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. The tour will cover the area south of the railroad tracks. Tours are $20 per person ($15 for seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members). Tour groups depart at 2 p.m. from the Riverside Train Depot (east side of platform) at 90 Bloomingbank Road. Reservations required. Email tours@olmstedsociety.com or call 708-447-7635. Payment via PayPal or credit card only at olmstedsociety.org.
  • The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its 60-to-Win raffle drawings every Thursday through Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. You can also watch a livestream on the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page (facebook.com/BrookfieldIllinois).
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Semblance: Unfolded and Brought to Life,” by Chicago photographers Alice Hargrave and Barbara Diener in the Freeark Gallery and “Endless,” featuring the work of Darrell Roberts, in the outdoor Sculpture Garden through Oct. 29. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

There’s also “The Art of Seeing,” featuring the work of Shilin Hora through Dec. 29 in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road. Viewing hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit riversideartscenter.com for more.

  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents After School Art Escape (child with adult) on Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., a Club De Lectura discussion of “Desierto Sonoro” by Valeria Luiselli on Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m., Family Movie Matinee (children with adult) on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m., Morning Munchkin Stories with Ms. Karen on Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m., Silly Science (ages 10-under) on Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. and Story Safari (kids with adult) on Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Chair Yoga (virtual) on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m., Programa de Apoyo para Padres (Parent Support Group) in Spanish on Oct. 28 at noon, Halloween Open Crafting (all ages) on Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Teen Art Craft: Drawing People (grades 6-12) on Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents a Zoom program Jazz: America’s Own Indigenous Art Form with Dr. Mark Tonelli on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., Outside Yoga Storytime (all ages) on Oct. 28 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m., Halloween Storytime and Parade on Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. and a Preschool/Kindergarten Fair on Nov. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. To register for programs, visit online.
  •  The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo the second Sunday of every month. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games start at 2 p.m. with cash payouts.