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5 things to do in the Illinois Valley: Another weekend of fall, Halloween activities in store

1 - Get your fill Saturday at the mother of all trunk or treat events. The Starved Rock Regional Center will be hosting its trunk-or-treat 3 to 9 p.m. at the La Salle County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1578 4-H Road, Ottawa. Laser tag, a haunted house, escape rooms, inflatable jousting, an obstacle course, hayrides, games, raffles, food and music will be a part of the activities. From 3 to 4 p.m. will be sensory hour for the haunted house, 4 to 6 p.m. the not-so-scary haunted house and 7 to 9 p.m. full of scares haunted house. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/229410775910996/?ref=newsfeed for more information on the event.

2 - Get in on the fun of Somonauk’s first fall fest and drive-in movie Friday. The first movie “Hotel Transylvania” begins at 7 p.m. at the Somonauk Middle School, with the second film “A Quiet Place” showing immediately after. Activities, set to begin at 5:30 p.m., include hayrides, face painting, pumpkin sales, refreshments from Woody’s Apple Orchard, a costume competition, pumpkin painting competition and the Somonauk Studio Band live. Go to https://www.facebook.com/SomonaukHighSchool for more information.

3 - Visit Wenona’s inaugural fall fest Saturday. The festival at Veteran’s Pavilion will include Axetreme Axe Throwing from 2 to 6 p.m.; the Battle of the Bars from 2 to 6 p.m., in which bars have concocted special drinks; bouncing inflatables from 2 to 6 p.m.; a scarecrow decorating contest from 2 to 6 p.m.; and a cookie decorating under the pavilion 2 to 3 p.m. Go to https://www.facebook.com/wenonachamber for more information on the event.

4 - Dress to the nines Saturday and enjoy some crooning in Streator. Jammin’ at the Clock organizers will be putting on Moonlight Melodies on Saturday at the Knight of Columbus, 806 Oakley Ave. The evening begins with hor d’eouvres at 4 p.m., a buffet dinner at 5 and entertainment at 7. Quentin Flagg, David Majestic and Steve Bobbit will be performing. Tickets are $25 and the proceeds will go to the Jammin’ at the Clock summer music series at Heritage Park. Tickets are available at Grant Street Grocery, 402 W. Grant St., Lori’s Mailboxes, 1215 N. Bloomington St., or by calling Toni Pettit at 815-510-0658.

5 - Costumes and scarecrows take the stage Saturday in Princeton. The Princeton Optimists will be hosting its final costume parade and contest on Saturday in conjunction with the Princeton Chamber of Commerce annual Scarecrow Days. The event will start at 11 a.m. in Soldiers and Sailors Park for the judging. Contestants will then parade down to the Prouty Building to receive treat bags and for the announcement of the winners. The parade is open to all children 12 and under.

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