Tuesday, October 22, 2013

5 Ways to Enjoy the Halloween Scene in Peoria, IL

With Halloween a mere few days away, there's no reason to wait around for trick-or-treating. This year in Peoria, IL, there are a number of different Halloween events that children of all ages - and parents - can enjoy.

Wildlife "Scary" Park

This two-day event held at the Wildlife Prairie State Park takes place on Friday, October 25 until Sunday, October 27. From 5PM until 9PM, visitors can experience real life animals, hay rides and a number of different Halloween-themed events, in one of the Midwest's most beautiful state parks. The 2,000 acre green space is home to over 150 different animals, and several will be on display during this event for the whole family. Parking is free and admission is $8 per person. Babies under one year of age can gain access to the park for free.

Witches Walk

The Fondulac Farm Park hosts a unique "witches walk" on Friday, October 25. The walk starts at 6:00PM and runs through until 8:00PM. Farm buildings will be decorated, and the farm's general store will be open for treats. This unique experience is ideal for children of all ages. Admission starts at $2.50 for children under 16, and $3.00 for children over 16 and adults.

Forest Park Nature Center Creature of the Night

On Friday, October 25th, take a spooky trip into the Forest Park Nature Center where you and your children can learn all about creepy creatures such as bats, owls and other nocturnal animals. This guided night walks kicks-off at 7PM and also includes a camp-fire, trick or treating and Halloween arts and crafts. There will be refreshments and scary stories will also be read by local speakers. Kids under 12 are encouraged to turn up in fancy dress, where this year's theme will be "nature". The best costume wins a prize. Tickets are $3 er person or $2 per person for CORE members. A flash-light is also recommended!

Halloween at the "Boo-seum"

Also on Friday, October 25th, the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum hosts its annual Halloween party. This year's event will include a costume competition, science shows, a scavenger hunt, and depending on the weather, hayrides. There will also be a hot dog dinner in the museum's cafe. Parents and children can both dress up in fancy dress for the party, which takes place from 6:00PM through to 8:30PM. Admission is $5 per person, and it advisable to book ahead.

Peoria Riverfront Museum Halloween Hunt

Taking place on Sunday, October 27, the Peoria Riverfront Museum Halloween Hunt is a unique scavenger hunt ideal guaranteed to delight young children from three to twelve years. The Halloween Hunt is being held at the popular Peoria Riverfront Museum from 12 noon through to 5PM. There will be a special prize for the best-dressed visitor, and children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite scary characters.

Admission is $10 for children who are members, and $15 for children who are non-members. One adult gains free admission with every child ticket. Both parents and children can catch one of two scary screenings of the movies Hotel Transylvania and Monster House in the museum's Giant Screen Theater, as well as a stunning planetarium light show. If that wasn't enough, an incredible bat presentation will take place with real bats from 3PM.

To find more Halloween events in Peoria, IL, visit the events calendar at Peoria.org and search for "Halloween" in the keyword field. At Peoria.org, you can find even more Halloween fun to enjoy Peoria during this exciting time of year.

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