see you next year...

Thanks to everyone for making Carbondale Halloween 2018 such a success. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

10.26.18 & 10.27.18

event schedule

fri oct 26

Pumpkin Glow

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Explore the woods at night at Carbondale's only Jack-O-Lantern Trail

  • Games, Face Painting, Bonfire, Music, Concessions
  • $5 Suggested Donation for adults, most activities are free for children
  • Enter the pumpkin painting/carving contest and win prizes!
  • Proceeds Support The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale and Green Earth

Location: Green Earth Oakland Nature Preserve (N. Oakland Avenue, across from Oakland Cemetery)

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7:00 - 9:00 PM

Watch the Disney Channel Original Movie “Halloweentown” on the big screen on the campus of Southern Illinois University

  • Family movie sponsored by the Student Programming Council

Location: Indoors at the Shryock Auditorium

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Carbondale Main Street Fourth Friday Fair

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Fourth Friday Fair proudly presents "Dias de los Muertos"

  • Free live music, games, activities, vendors, food court. BYOB!

Location: Carbondale Town Square Pavilion

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Haunted Carbondale Tours

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Guided walking tour of haunted locations in downtown Carbondale

  • $10.00 Per person, minimum 4 people/tour
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing
  • Wheelchair accessible

Location: Castle Perilous Books and Games (207 W Main St)

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Phantom of the Opera

7:30 - 9:30 PM

Get your BOO! on with a classic silent film with an original live score

  • The Invincible Czars will perform a live original accompaniment to 1925’s silent film “Phantom of the Opera”
  • Patrons are encouraged to dress for the occasion
  • Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door
  • Varsity Bar opens at 7:00 PM and offers beer, wine, select cocktails, soda and snacks

Location: The Varsity Center (418 South Illinois Avenue)

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sat oct 27

Monster Dash 5K Race

7:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Kick off a full day of Halloween fun with the inaugural Monster Dash at the SIU Student Recreation Center.

  • Registration required: Adults - $20, Youth 9 - 17: $10, kids (8 and under) are FREE!
  • Wear your Halloween costume and enter to win prizes
  • Two heats – Competitive & Fun Run
  • Plus, a 100-meter Kids Dash - no registration required
  • All pre-registered runners will receive a t-shirt
  • Timing provided by: So iLL Racing

Location: SIU Rec Center

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21st Annual Murdale Safe Halloween

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The tradition continues with Inflatables, Hay rides & Games, Trick-or-Treat with the Murdale Merchants, Bison burgers, Sno Cones, Safe Fire House & more!

  • Free for kids – Lots of inflatables, plus hay rides & games
  • Trick-or-Treating with participating Murdale merchants
  • Assistance building racers for The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
  • Carbondale Fire Department Kids’ Safe Fire House
  • Carbondale Police Department Meet & Greet
  • Bison burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs and soda – All proceeds to benefit Carbondale Crime Stoppers
  • Nachos, Sno Cones, cotton candy and popcorn – All proceeds to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale
  • Murdale Ace Hardware: No sales tax, all day on Saturday (in-stock merchandise only)

Location: Murdale Shopping Center

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Halloween ComicFest

10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Comic give-aways, say "Hi" to Suicide Squad's Harley Quinn, meet local authors

  • Everyone gets 2 free comics for coming in
  • Get one more free comic if you come in costume, and 1 for every 2 comics you buy off the shelf
  • Local authors Hugh Williams and Brian K. Morris will be on hand
  • Get a sketch (and buy art) from local artist Jim Gillespie

Location: Castle Perilous Books and Games (207 W Main St)

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Free Fun at the Varsity Center

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Music, movies and more at the Varsity Center.

  • 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM - Classic Horror Films, FREE ADMISSION
  • 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Buskers/Street Performers

Location: The Varsity Center (418 South Illinois Avenue)

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Carbondale Main Street Candy Walk

NOON - 2:00 PM

Trick-or-Treat downtown. Wear your best costume and visit participating businesses for candy and Halloween fun.

  • Trick-or-Treat downtown at participating area businesses
  • Click "Learn More" button below for a map and list of businesses participating

Location: Starts at Carbondale Main Street (121 S Illinois Ave)

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The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

On your mark, get set, GO! Race your own pumpkin in the 6th annual Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race.

  • Registration begins at 1 PM; Heats begin at 2 PM
  • Races are FREE with a $100 grand prize
  • Mayer Branding Grand Prix (after final heat): $10 entry fee with a $250 grand prize
  • Carbondale Community Arts Costume Contest also registering from 1-2 PM, with judging between Pumpkin Race heats
  • Explore the Pumpkin Patch and see all of the creative racer designs and decorations
  • Portion of the proceeds will support I Can Read and the Boys & Girls Club
  • To register and get all the details, click the "Learn More" button

Location: Mill Street Underpass

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Carbondale Zombie Walk

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Walk the streets of Carbondale dressed as a zombie and terrorize the town!

  • Registration - $8 to preregister by 10/25, $10 the day of the walk
  • Registration fee includes zombie makeup, zombie swag (while supplies last) and a chance to win prizes
  • Zombie makeovers from Noon - 4:00 PM
  • Zombie Walk begins at Gaia House and ends at Castle Perilous in Downtown Carbondale

Location: Gaia House (913 S Illinois Avenue)

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Public Consumption and Possession of Alcohol Permitted

11:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Alcoholic beverages may be possessed in plastic containers only between Jackson and Mill Streets and University Avenue and Washington Street from 11 a.m.-11:59 p.m.

  • Alcoholic beverages must be in plastic containers only
  • Alcoholic beverages must be purchased at licensed liquor establishments
  • Coolers and outside beverages will not be allowed

Location: Between Jackson and Mill Streets and University Avenue and Washington Street (click "Learn More" for map)

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Live at Washington and Main

3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Beer/Food Concessions: Starting at 3pm, there’s something tasty for everyone to enjoy

  • Vendors will offer a variety of great food
  • Carbondale Main Street will offer a selection of beer, wine and spooky spirits
  • Halloween merchandise available for purchase
  • Free art activities for all ages

Location: Washington Street Music Venue (200 S Washington St)

Live Music

Don’t miss the FREE live music on Washington Street from 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Music Lineup:

  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM: Farmer Jason
  • 4:30-5:30 PM: Lucas Feather and The Underclassmen
  • 6:00-7:00 PM: Tawl Paul
  • 7:30-9:00 PM: Woodbox Gang
  • 9:30-11:00 PM: Los Straitjackets
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Cristaudos and 6 Pence Presents

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The unveiling of our cabinet of curiosities, followed by music from The Tana Leaves

  • Doors open at 7:00 PM
  • Show starts at 8:00 PM

Location: Cristaudos and 6 Pence (209 S Illinois Ave)

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Rocky Horror Picture Show After-Party

Midnight - 2:00 AM

A Carbondale Halloween tradition returns as The Varsity takes on the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

  • Come dressed to impress for the grand finale of Carbondale’s Halloween Weekend celebration after the downtown events have concluded
  • Doors open at 11, and The V Bar will be open
  • $7 / $5 for students
  • Enjoy the cult classic, complete with callbacks, props, dancing and the induction ceremony
  • Prop bags will be provided and newbies will be fully informed before the movie starts. Ms. Demeanor and her cast of characters will make you feel right at home as they bring you into the Rocky Horror family

Location: The Varsity Center (418 S Illinois Ave)

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