Camp Tuckabatchee’s Haunted Camp and Family Halloween Day
The annual Haunted Camp is sure to send chills down your spine. Just outside of town and surrounded by nothing but woods, animals and things that go bump in the night, Camp Tuckabatchee is the perfect location for a Halloween experience. The event features haunted cabins, a walk through the woods, hayride, concessions and more. Haunted Camp is open Oct. 16–17, 23–24 and 30 from 7–10 p.m. each night, with a $7 admission fee.
For a less frightening Halloween adventure the whole family can enjoy, Camp Tuckabatchee is also holding a Family Halloween Day on Oct. 25 from noon–4 p.m. Pumpkin carving, pony rides, face painting, troll fishing, concessions and a not-so-scary haunted house will be available. Be sure to dress up for this event because everyone in costume receives a free treat!
Haunted Halloween Night Hikes and Storytelling
Hike through the beautiful Starved Rock State Park and enjoy some family-friendly ghost stories at the annual Haunted Halloween Night Hikes and Storytelling on Oct. 24. Guided tours will lead you to the top of Starved Rock, and along the way, you’ll hear eerie tales about the park’s past and encounter its resident ghost, The Pink Lady. The haunted hikes leave the Visitor Center at 5 and 6 p.m. Afterward, you can return to the Visitor Center for snacks and an hour of spooky storytelling beginning at 7 p.m.
Halloween Boook Stroll
Visit the children’s department at Reddick Public Library in downtown Ottawa Oct. 19–31 and walk through an interactive Halloween story. Different spots throughout the library will feature a page from the story for you and your child to read and perform activities. The Halloween Boook Stroll is the perfect way to engage children of all ages in the spooktacular holiday.
The Melikin Puppets Present: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Reddick Library is also giving children another Halloween treat with a telling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Bring your kids to the library on Oct. 29 from 5:30–6:15 p.m. and watch The Melikin Puppets perform the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.