ENGLEWOOD — Halloween will be different this year, but there are still many ways to celebrate on the South Side.
Here are family-friendly events you can check out:
A Musical Virtual Halloween Bash
The city will host an online musical celebration 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. It will feature performances from Andre Miles and Frances Strain, as well as line dancing with DJ Chico and Keema.
You can watch on the city’s Facebook or call 312-744-4016 for the Zoom link.
Heart of 21 Halloween Pet Parade
Come with your pet dressed in their Halloween best and they’ll receive a special treat while their human companions get some fresh air and exercise.
The event starts noon Saturday at Brainerd Park, 1246 W. 92nd St.
Imagine Englewood If’s Spooky Blast Haunted Garden, 6006 S. Peoria St.
Imagine Englewood If’s annual event comes to the Jean Carter-Hill Memorial Garden Saturday afternoon. Families can take a walk on the Haunted Trail, participate in a costume contest and fill up their candy bags.
Interested in volunteering? Imagine Englewood is looking for folks to help with decorations and setup. Email email@example.com or call 773-488-6704 for more information.
The event runs 5-8 p.m Saturday at 6006 S. Peoria St.
First Christian Church & Ald. Derrick Curtis’ Trunk-or-Treat
Kids can wear Halloween costumes and enjoy the holiday in a safer way. Volunteers will be on hand to guide trunk-or-treaters and their parents through the event. Face masks must be worn at all times, even with costumes with face masks. All vehicles will be socially distanced, and no pets are allowed.
Those who want to volunteer can contact Melinda Goggin at 773-284-5057.
The event runs noon-3 p.m. Saturday at 3600 W. 79th St.
7th District Police Trunk-or-Treat
Costumes are required to attend this socially distant event, which is sponsored by the Police Department’s 7th District.
For more information, contact the CAPS office at 312-747-6722 or email CAPS.007District@chicagopolice.org.
Families can receive goodies 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the station, 1438 W. 63rd St.
Trunk-or-Treat With Englewood Arts Collective
Participants can party and paint with the Englewood Arts Collective crew and be handsomely rewarded with Halloween treats. Attendees will work on a mural at the Englewood Line’s Halsted viaduct.
The event begins 2 p.m. Saturday 5800 S. Halsted St.
Antioch Community Social Service Agency’s Trunk-or-Treat
This trunk-or-treat event will run noon-4 p.m. Saturday at 6300 S. May St. It’s hosted by the Antioch Community Social Service Agency and the Radical Youth Outlet Team.
Face masks are required.
Guidelines from city officials for safely celebrating the holiday:
- Everyone, including people giving out candy, must wear a face covering. Costume masks don’t count.
- If you plan to give out candy, leave a light on or put up a sign in your window indicating your home is participating in safe trick-or-treating.
- Maintain social distancing and have hand sanitizer available.
- Keep it moving. Don’t congregate in front of one stoop or on the sidewalk.
- Make sure kids only eat candy after washing their hands when they get home.
- No in-person haunted houses, which health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady described as “truly spooky” due to their potential germ-spreading.
- Keep your trick-or-treating crew to six people or fewer. Sticking to members of your household or quarantine “bubble” is recommended.
- No house parties. “We are more worried about adults indoors than children outdoors trick or treating,” Arwady said.
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