Things To Do This Weekend October 27-29, 2023

By: Stephanie Wylie 10/25/2023

Prepare for a spine-chilling adventure as Lake County comes alive with ghoulish delights and eerie enchantment this Halloween season! From the haunting streets of Long Grove to the ghostly halls of Vernon Hills, prepare yourself for a series of unforgettable events that will send shivers down your spine and leave you bewitched. Prepare for the Halloween season like no other in Lake County! Join us for these spine-tingling events and make memories that will haunt your dreams.





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Let's look at things to do in Lake County this weekend, October 27-29.

1. Lincolnshire's Annual Boo Bash





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Get ready for a hauntingly good time at Lincolnshire's annual Boo Bash! This spooktacular event promises a night of frightful delights and ghostly entertainment for residents and visitors alike. Unleash your creativity and carve out the perfect Halloween pumpkin. Navigate the chilling haunted house and trail for a hair-raising experience. Be mesmerized by the enchanting tricks of a magician, leaving you in awe. Watch as balloons transform into spooky creatures and playful shapes before your eyes and much more! The Lincolnshire event also features live shows from The Great Boodini and Frankie the Dinosaur, a haunted trail, a petting zoo, a haunted trail, eats and drinks, a trunk or treat and more. The first 350 kids to enter receive free goodie bags. Boo Bash invites you to don your most creative and eerie Halloween costumes. Whether you're a wicked witch, a spooky ghost or a daring superhero, join in the fun! Take advantage of this fang-tastic evening of tricks, treats and spine-chilling entertainment.

Friday, October 27; 5-8 p.m. Free Admission. Suggested entrance donation is a non-perishable food item. North Park, 1025 Riverwoods Rd., Lincolnshire.

2. "Dracula: A Live Radio Play" at The Improv in Libertyville





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Prepare yourselves for a spine-tingling journey into the shadows of Libertyville, where the timeless tale of Bram Stoker's “Dracula” comes to life in a way you've never experienced before. Immerse yourself in the allure of the 1938 Orson Welles Mercury Radio Theatre production of “Dracula: A Live Radio Play” that has stood the test of time, captivating audiences for generations. Witness the chilling narrative unfold through the art of live, re-enacted radio scripts skillfully directed by Improv Playhouse’s David Stuart. Dracula extends his invitation to all brave souls, young and old, promising an evening that will stir the beating hearts of those who wish to attend. Whether you're a classic literature, a radio drama fan or enjoy a good scare, this production guarantees an unforgettable experience. Embrace the night, embrace the fear, and let the tale of Dracula seep into your soul. Join us for a night of living technicolor of the mind, where the golden age classics come alive on stage.

Friday-Saturday, October 27-28; Fri.: 7:30 p.m. Sat.: 7 and 8:30 p.m. Admission $7.50- $20. Tickets are available online at a discounted rate. Cash only at the door and BYOB costs $5 per person. Improv Playhouse, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

3. Ghost Walk in Historic Downtown Long Grove





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Gather your courage and step into the eerie historical embrace as the Long Grove Historical Society invites you to their spine-chilling annual event: the Long Grove Ghost Walk. Prepare yourself for an evening of chilling tales and historical ghostly encounters. As you stroll through the dimly-lit streets these knowledgeable storytellers and experts will regale you with haunting narratives, unveiling the mysterious past of this charming town. The Long Grove Ghost Walk isn't just a solo adventure; it's an opportunity to bond with fellow thrill-seekers. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a paranormal buff or simply seeking a night of thrilling entertainment, the Long Grove Ghost Walk promises an unforgettable experience. So, don your bravest face, lace up your walking shoes and join them for an evening that will leave you both terrified and enchanted. The Long Grove Ghost Walk awaits, daring you to uncover the secrets in the shadows. Many slots have sold out, so secure your spot at if you dare.

Friday, October 27; 5-8 p.m. Tickets: $5-$15. Brothers’ Field, 340 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.

4. Vernon Hills Fall Fest





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Experience a ghoulishly good time at the Vernon Hills Fall Fest, hosted by the aforementioned village’s park district. Gather your ghosts and goblins for an evening of family-friendly Halloween excitement! While exploring the spooky delights indoors, little ones can fill their bags with treats. Watch talented balloon sculptors create whimsical and eerie designs, step into a world of neon and glow as the black light dance party illuminates the night and much more. Hurry, grab your costumes and visit the Sullivan Community Center for a night of Halloween magic at the Vernon Hills Fall Fest.

Friday, October 27; 6-9 p.m. Admission: $7. Vernon Hills Park District, Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills.

5. Spooks & Spirits Check-In Challenge





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This is the final weekend you can raise your glass to the Lake County Libation Trail! Whether you're a beer enthusiast, a wine connoisseur or a lover of fine spirits, the Spooks and Spirits Check-in Challenge is here to delight your taste buds. With over 30 flavors crafted from locally sourced ingredients, you can savor everything from frosty lagers to robust merlots to classic cocktails. To join the libation adventure, check in via your mobile pass when you visit any participating location. Through October 31, if you check in at five or more stops along the Lake County Libation Trail – whether you're indoors, sipping al fresco, picking up curbside or ordering carryout – you'll be entered into an exciting sweepstakes with the chance to win 95 WIIL ROCK Party Bus Tour to visit three of your favorite locations. The Spooks and Spirits Check-in Challenge is highlighted by Zümbier, Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing Co. and Oppidan Spirits of Waukegan, Wright’s Brew and Bistro and Half Day Brewing Co. of Lincolnshire, Wild Onion Brewery and Banquets of Lake Barrington, Vigneto del Bino Winery and Vineyards of Antioch, Buffalo Creek Brewing and Valentino Vineyards and Winery of Long Grove, 28 Mile Distilling Co. and Broken Tee Brewing Co. of Highwood, Tighthead Brewing Co. and Bosacki’s Brewing Co. of Mundelein, Roaring Table Brewery, Phase Three Brewing Co. and Copper Fiddle Distillery of Lake Zurich, Ravinia Brewing Co. and Lynfred Winery of Highland Park (and Wheeling), Harbor Brewing Co. and 9th Hour Brewing Co. of Lake Zurich, North Shore Distillery of Green Oaks, Mickey Finn’s Brewery of Libertyville, Light the Lamp Brewery and Glunz Family Winery and Cellars of Grayslake, Liquid Love Brewing Co. of Buffalo Grove and Black Lung Brewing Co. of Fox Lake (and Round Lake Beach). To download the app to your mobile device, head to

Friday-Sunday, October 27-29. Various locations across Lake County.

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