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DeKalb to host Spooktacular event

DeKALB – Families will be able to trick-or-treat across Lincoln Highway on Saturday as part of the 15th Annual Downtown DeKalb Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular.

From 1 to 3 p.m., families will be able to trick-or-treat at more than 35 downtown businesses for candy that was provided by Nestle, which provided 70 cases of candy.

“It’s a fun, safe way to trick-or-treat and check out shops downtown as well,” said Lindsey Engelsman, Re:New DeKalb marketing and special events coordinator.

Engelsman said just a thousand kids showed up to the event last year.

“We’re gearing up for a good turnout this year,” Engelsman said

There are other free activities for kids. At the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, kids will be able to make a Halloween-themed picture, Engelsman said. Supplies and volunteers to help the kids will be on hand.

In addition, kids will be able to take a “kid friendly tour” of the Amenti Haunted House inside the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. 2nd St. Engelsman said the kid friendly tour takes kids through the haunted house with the lights on and no actors.

Crossing guards will be stationed throughout downtown DeKalb, each one with a list of participating stores and restaurants, Engelsman said. Each one of those business also will have an orange sign out front.

The event is located between First and Fourth Street, and between Grove and Oak Street, Engelsman said.

For information, visit or call 815-748-7788.

If you go

What: 15th Annual Downtown DeKalb Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown DeKalb between First and Fourth streets, and along Second and Third streets between Grove and Oak streets

How much: Free

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