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2014 Halloween fun in BN

BN loves Halloween. Here are seven scary things to do in Bloomington Normal that’ll send a shiver down your spine this Halloween.

  1. Spirits of Bloomington run ghost tours of the haunted sites of McLean County. Who is the nameless little girl that haunts downtown Bloomington? What hotel closed down permanently in 1966 but some guests never checked out?  Where is the most haunted historic site in McLean County?   You decide…as you ride along with a real ghost hunter and amateur historian Deborah as she shares local ghost stories. You must be over 17, because this is scary stuff! Find out more.
  1. The City Halloween Party and Trick or Treating is on October 26. Head to Lexington for some free family friendly fun. Lexington hold their annual City Halloween Party in the school gymnasiums from 2pm to 5pm, moving on to Trick or Treat. There will be children’s games, a costume judging contest followed by Trick or Treating around the town.
  1. The Downs Haunted House is a BN Halloween tradition. Head to Dooley park for your haunted House experience, where with a free Hay rack ride will take you to the Haunted House. Other park Halloween activities include games and movies, along with hot dog and marshmallow roasting. There’s even (rather adorably) an Unhaunted House lights on version for young children, so as not to scare them too much. Find out more.
  2. The Miller Park Zoo holds their Annual Zoo Spooktacular on October 26. Show off your Halloween costume and enjoy crafts, up close creepy animal encounters, and of course, candy! The costume parade begins at 2:30 PM. Free with Zoo admission. Find out more.
  1. Head to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts on October 28 at 7.30pm, and spend a scary night with one of the original silent horror films, Nosferatu, sweetened with live organ accompaniment by nationally-revered theatre pipe organist Dennis Scott. This 1922 feature film is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
  2. Libraries are full of scary stories, so what better place to get into the Halloween spirit than the Bloomington Public Library. Teens get your scare on at the Teen Halloween Party on October 30. Wear your costume, play games, win prizes, and eat pizza from 6-8pm in the Bloomington Public Library Community Room. On October 31 kids of all ages are invited to come to the Library in costume to join the 10am Halloween Parade. The parade will begin in the Children’s Department and will end with a special Halloween story time in the Community Room.
  1. Grab your scary little ghosts and ghouls and head to Uptown Normal on Wednesday, October 30th where the streets will be closed from 5-6:30pm for Treat Fest, a night of wonderful Trick or Treating! Uptown shops supply the candy and Uptown Partners supplies the entertainment as your little ones safely walk the streets of Uptown.

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