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Eighteen years after the last Halloween party in downtown Carbondale, this Saturday the city will host a full lineup of fun.

Here's what's on tap for this weekend.

Friday, Oct. 26

6 to 9 p.m.: Pumpkin Glow

Lighted jack-o-lanterns will line the train at Green Earth's Oakland Preserve to guide night hikers. There will be games, face painting, a bonfire, music and concessions, and a pumpkin painting and carving contest. There is a $5 suggested donation with proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale and Green Earth.

7 to 9 p.m.: "Halloweentown" screening

The Disney Channel original movie will show on a big screen outside of Shryock Auditorium on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus.

6 to 9 p.m.: Carbondale Main Street Fourth Friday Fair

Free live music, games, activities, vendors and food court in Town Square Pavilion. BYOB.

7 to 9 p.m.: Haunted Carbondale Tours

Guided walking tour of haunted places in downtown Carbondale. $10 per person. A minimum of four people must participate for the walk to go. Route is wheelchair accessible. Dress for the weather. Meet at Castle Perilous Games and Books, 207 W. Main St.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Yes, Saturday's festivities are still on; the presidential visit will not affect Carbondale's Halloween plans.

7:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Monster Dash 5K

Costumes encouraged; prizes awarded. Competitive and fun run, with 100-meter dash for children. Registration is required (except for the kids' dash). Register at Starts at SIU Rec Center.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Murdale Safe Halloween

Inflatables, hay rides and games, trick-or-treating at participating businesses, racer building for pumpkin race, concessions. Murdale Shopping Center.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Halloween Comicfest

Everyone who enters Castle Perilous Games and Books gets two free comics, more if dressed in costume; local authors Hugh Williams and Brian K. Morris, and artist Jim Gillespie will be in-store.

Noon to 2 p.m.: Carbondale Main Street Candy Walk

Trick-or-treat downtown at participating businesses. Starts at Carbondale Main Street, 121 S. Illinois Ave.

1 to 4 p.m.: The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race

Forget a pinewood derby; it's a pumpkin derby. Participants turn pumpkins into vehicles and race them for prizes. Prizes will be given for pumpkin decor. Free to enter. Registration begins at 1 p.m., heats begin at 2 p.m. At Mill Street underpass.

4 to 5 p.m.: Carbondale Zombie Walk

Dress like a zombie and terrorize the town. $8 if registered by Thursday; $10 to register the day of; registration includes zombie makeup and swag and a chance to win prizes. Zombie makeovers available from noon to 4. Begins at Gaia House, 913 S. Illinois Ave., and ends at Castle Perilous.

3 to 11 p.m.: Live music at Washington and Main, 200 S. Washington St.

Beer, wine and spirits for sale, plus various food vendors and Halloween merch for purchase and free art activities for people of all ages.

Music lineup:

3 to 4: Farmer Jason

4:30 to 5:30: Lucas Feather and the Underclassmen

6 to 7: Tawl Paul

7:30 to 9: The Woodbox Gang

9:30 to 11: Los Straightjackets

7 to 10 p.m.: Cristaudos and 6Pence Presents

Unveiling of a cabinet of curiosities, with live music by The Tana Leaves; music starts at 8 p.m. Cristaudos is at 209 S. Illinois Ave.

Public consumption of alcohol will be allowed from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. in downtown Carbondale between Jackson and Mill streets and between University Avenue and Washington Street. 

Alcoholic beverages must be in plastic containers only, and must be purchased at licensed liquor establishments. No coolers or outside beverages will be allowed.

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