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Halloween officially returns to Carbondale from beyond – for a weekend full of frightening fun, thrilling events, and spine-tingling music for the whole family. Join us for two spooktacular days filled with treats and a few tricks, perfect for your entire brood. When night falls, wicked fun continues with live music and a ghoulish selection of food and spirits. Whether you want to relive the ghosts of Halloweens past, or scare up new memories, Carbondale Halloween is, once again, a monster of a good time. Read on... if you dare!

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 and snacks.
  • Enter the pumpkin painting/carving contest and win prizes!
  • Trail Admission: Children 17 & Under - FREE, Adults 18 & Over - $5 Donation Suggested

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

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Halloweentown

7:00 - 9:00 PM

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

  • Outdoor movie sponsored by the Student Programming Council

Location: Steps of Shryock Auditorium/Old Main Lawn

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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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Phantom of the Opera

7:30 - 9:30 PM

At The Varsity Center: Get your BOO! on with a silent film with a live score

  • The band “The Invincible Czars” will accompany the 1925 silent horror film live with their own soundtrack

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 first annual Monster Dash at the SIU Student Recreation Center.

  • Adults are $20, Youth (9-17) are $10 and kids (8 & under) are FREE!
  • Wear your Halloween costume and enter to win prizes.
  • Two heats – Competitive & Fun Run
  • Plus, a 100-meter Kids Dash

Location: SIU Rec Center

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Safe Halloween

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Trick-or-Treat with the Mural merchants.

  • Free for kids – Many inflatables, hay rides and games
  • Trick-or-Treating with many 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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Fun at the Varsity Center

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Music, movies and more at the Varsity Center.

  • 11am – 8pm: Classic Horror Films, FREE ADMISSION
  • 2pm – 8pm: 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 area businesses

Location: Starts at Carbondale Main Street (participants will get a map and list of businesses participating)

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The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

On your mark, get set, GO! Design, build and race in the 6th annual Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race.

  • Registration begins at 1pm; Heats begin at 2pm
  • 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 1-2pm, with judging between races
  • Portion of hte proceeds will support I Can Read and the Boys & Girls Club

Location: Mill Street Underpass

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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

  • Various Food Trucks and other vendors will have a selection of food items.
  • Carbondale Main Street will offer a selection of beer and wine
  • Halloween merchandise available for purchase

Location: Washington Street Music Venue

Live Music

Don’t miss the FREE live music on Washington Street from 3–11pm

Music Lineup:

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