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Algonquin Commons thinking Halloween
By Amy E. Williams | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 9/15/2010 12:00 AM

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Whether it's going to scare or surprise, it's not too early to start thinking up this year's Halloween costume.

In fact the folks at Algonquin Commons already are busy planning an event for the weekend before Halloween, where you can wear that fabulous costume.

On Sunday, Oct. 24, they're hosting a Halloween Extravaganza Party for costumed kiddos of all ages.

The party runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, and is free and open to the public.

The Radio Disney Road Crew will be on hand for the party, and there will be many fun events for the family.

They'll be hosting a costumed conga line, where you're sure to need that costume you're putting together.

They'll also have games at the party, including Wrap Up Your Mummy.

At the party, you can enter to win several prizes, and spin the AC Prize Wheel.

Some of the prizes you can enter to win are tickets to the Chicago Lights Festival, a vacation at the Wilderness Resort and an Abigail Breslin Autographed American Girl Doll Kit.

There also will be gift cards to the Randall Road outdoor mall ready for the winning.

Following the party, at 1 p.m., Algonquin Commons will once again host its mall-wide trick or treat event.

Costumed kiddos can go from store to store with their Halloween treat bags, collecting numerous goodies.

Hundreds of families flock to the event each year, which is a safe way for children to trick or treat.

Store employees usually stand in the doorways throughout the mall, handing out the candy to each of the costumed characters that walk by.

Sometimes there are even treats for adults, including coupons or free samples.

The Opera, on Randall: The Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live, high definition performance transmissions is coming to Marcus Theaters along Randall Road in Elgin.

This is the fifth season of "The Met: Live in HD."

It begins Oct. 9 with "Das Rheingold."

In all the series and will feature 12 live and 12 encore presentations, running all the way through June 2011. All of the live events take place Saturdays, with the encores on Wednesdays.

For information on the dates and times of all of the various operas throughout the upcoming months, contact the theater at (847) 622-1000.

Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at or (847) 894-5036.