City of Wheeling Hosting Jack-O’-Lantern Jamboree and Screening of Hocus Pocus

Join in some Halloween fun as the City of Wheeling is hosting a Jack-O’-Lantern Jamboree followed by a screening of Hocus Pocus. The event is slated for Saturday, Oct. 22 in Garden Park, Warwood.

The Jack-O’Lantern Jamboree will kick off at 5 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to play fall-themed games, receive some sweet treats along the Trick-or-Treat Trail and make S’mores at the campfire stations. The Southpaw Eatz food truck will also be on hand. At dusk, Hocus Pocus will be shown on the big screen. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

“I appreciate city staff working to put this event together which is first Halloween costume gathering post-pandemic in Garden Park. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the fall weather while having some Halloween fun,” said Vice Mayor Chad Thalman.

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 The movie, featuring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, is about teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) who, after moving to Salem, Mass., explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

Businesses or organizations wishing to have a candy station on the Trick-or-Treat Trail or donate candy for the event should contact Director of Parks & Recreation Rochelle Barry at