Welcome to The Herald-News’ Will County Inside/Outside Guide. Each week, Features Editor Denise M. Baran-Unland (@Denise_Unland61) highlights a few ideas for you to enjoy your weekend in Will County.
If you’re loath to bid farewell summer and its fun festivals, come out to Yunker Park in Mokena for the 40th Annual Halloween Hallow. Details are below.
Can’t get out this weekend? Joliet Junior College is hosting an audio-only play of the “Night of the Living Dead.” Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play is based on the 1968 American independent horror film, which was written, directed and filmed by George A. Romero and co-written by John Russo. Synopsis: Seven people are trapped in a rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania and terrorized by a group of cannibalistic, undead ghouls.
Register to listen at jjc.edu/night-living-dead-audio-only-performance.
Here are the details for Halloween Hallow, according to a newsletter from the Mokena Park District:
Carnival: Wristbands are sold per person, per session. Sessions and fees: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday - $30; noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday - $25; 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday - $30; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday - $25. The carnival will be in The Oaks parking lot.
Ghoulish Goodies: A number of festival favorites including hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, pizza slices, funnel cakes, bratwurst and ice cream.
Bands and beer sales: 4 to 8 Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Entertainment Friday and Saturday at the Yunker Park Bandshell. Performing on Friday: Second Time Around (4 to 5:30 p.m.) and The Student Body (6 to 8 p.m.). Performing on Saturday: Big Dog Mercer (blues) (4 to 5:30 p.m.) and First Dance Band (6 to 8 p.m.).
Monster Market: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Vendor fair, Halloween items.
Kids activities: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Activities include the Scarecrow Laboratory, horse rides, free Ghost Town Games, bounce house and other surprises. Some activities have a fee and are offered while supplies last. See the event schedule at mokenapark.com for details. Schedules and activities are subject to change.
Costume contest: Saturday at the Yunker Park Bandshell. Check-in is 1 p.m. Saturday. Contest begins 1:45 p.m. Categories are group, funniest, scariest and most original. Prizes will be awarded in each category as well as one “best overall” winner.
Halloween Hallow runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday (carnival only). Parking is $5 per vehicle. Yunker Park is located at 10824 W. La Porte Road, Mokena. For more information, visit mokenapark.com or call 708-390-2401.
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