Double, double, toil and trouble, Halloween events abound and bubble into our top 10 picks of things to do around Barrington this weekend, which range from family festivals to ghost walks and more. For a complete listing of events, visit barrington.suntimes.com/calendar
This guided candlelight trail hike stops to watch costumed performances in the woods, followed by a cabin campfire. Costumes welcome. Register for a desired time. Ryerson Conservation Area, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods. $7-$11.
2. Fall Fest, 6 p.m. Friday
Celebrate Halloween with indoor trick-or-treating, a costume contest, carnival games, a magic show and face painting. Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. Call 847-996-6807. $1-$5.
3. Ghost Walk of Palatine, 6 p.m. Friday
Take a walking tour of some of the haunted downtown areas. All proceeds go to charity. Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. Call 847-991-1112. $3-$5.
4. Trick-or-Treat Trail, 6:30 p.m. Friday
Celebrate Halloween with treats, games, activities and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive, Buffalo Grove. Call 847-850-2194. Free.
Halloween Hoopla returns on Oct. 26 and 27 with new activities and entertainers, including green screen photo opportunities and costume contests, in addition to a haunted house, inflatable rides, hayrides, games and more. Runs 7-9 p.m. Oct. 26 and 3-6 p.m. Oct. 27. To volunteer, make a donation, be a sponsor or for more information, call 847-945-0650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield.
Put on your best Halloween costume and come out to see Beatles tribute band American English and enjoy the Halloween party. Activities include raffles, a silent auction and a costume contest with a $500 first prize. Proceeds benefit Rotary scholarships for Lake Zurich High School students, the food pantry and Special Olympics. Lake Barrington Field House, 28156 W. North Pointe Parkway, Lake Barrington. $20-$30.
Presented by Fathers Helping Fathers, this CARA Runners' Choice Circuit race focuses on the festive Halloween theme by incorporating runners dressed up in their best Halloween costume. Runners and spectators are invited to partake in an after-party at Durty Nellie's Pub (180 N. Smith St.). Downtown Palatine, Eric Drive. $30.
Dress your pooch up in his or her Halloween best to be judged under one of four categories: small dog (0-25 lbs.), medium dog (25-45 lbs.), large dog (45+ lbs.) and best family costume. Raupp Museum, 901 Dunham Lane, Buffalo Grove. Call 847-459-2318. Free.
9. Great Pumpkin Hunt & Decoration, 11 a.m. Saturday
Hunt for "pumpkin" eggs, decorate a pumpkin and explore the museum. Registration required. Raupp Museum, 901 Dunham Lane, Buffalo Grove. Call 847-459-2318. $10-$13.
10. Fall Festival, 1 p.m. Saturday
Celebrate the season with free events for the whole family including trick-or-treating, a pet costume party, stilt walkers, balloon art, face painting and much more. Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park. Call 847-726-7755. Free.