GLENCOE, Ill. (August 27, 2013) – Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Garden! Take either the friendly or spooky path to activities in the Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion. Experience family-friendly thrills and chills including Mysterious Magic with Dracula and a live show-and-tell of creepy, crawly creatures—and then get in the Halloween spirit with face painting.
Bring your camera to capture a photo of your costumed family in friendly and frightening surroundings. As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden, decorated in ghostly lights and running special ghost trains; then take a ride around the Garden on the Howlin’ Express—keep your eyes peeled for spooky sights! Festivities take place on Saturday, October 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, October 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Eerie Entertainment in Alsdorf Auditorium & Nichols Hall: Experience a live show-and-tell with herpetologist Rob Carmichael’s creepy, crawly show of amphibians, reptiles, and birds of prey in the Alsdorf Auditorium. Make sure to stop by Nichols Hall for baffling tricks and delighted cackles during Magic with Dracula!
- Carved Pumpkin Gallery: Walk through the chilling bat cave to get to the carved pumpkin patch. The glowing jack-o’-lanterns may inspire you to make your own. You may pick up a pumpkin to carve at home at the pumpkin giveaway in Burnstein Hall.
- Fortune-telling: Meander over to the Linnaeus Room for a mysterious glance into your future.
- Face Painting: Enhance your Halloween costume with face-painting festivities in McGinley Pavilion.
- Ride the Howlin' Express: Take a 15-minute ride around the Garden on the magical Howlin' Express. Enjoy the weather, as you watch for creatures lurking around the Garden!
- Miniature Mania: As night falls, view the Model Railroad Garden in spooky lights and miniature splendor, with eerie ghost trains. (Guests may enjoy this garden at no cost during HallowFest.)
- Spooky Snack Shack: Enjoy free treats in the Greenhouse Gallery.
- The Garden Café: The Garden Café will be open to HallowFest ticketholders, serving a special Monster Menu for “boos” and “ghouls.”
- Activities in the Lenhardt Library: Stop by the library for new interactive activities for our younger HallowFest visitors, including critter olympics and sensory boxes.
Tickets are currently on sale. Advance tickets are $14 for members and $19 for nonmembers. Day-of tickets are $17 for members and $22 for nonmembers. Children 2 and under are free. Due to the popularity of this event, advance purchase is encouraged. For information about Garden programs and events, call (847) 835-5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.