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Saturday, October 23

Día de los Muertos Ofrenda Comunitaria Opens

Starts at 9:00 AM

Visit the first floor of the McLean County Museum of History from Saturday, October 23 through Saturday, November 6 to view a community ofrenda in celebration of Día de los Muertos.Ofrenda (Spanish for offering) is a tiered altar created to honor deceased loved ones and celebrate life. Ofrendas include items significant to those loved ones and other items representing the four elements: Wind, Water, Fire, and Earth. The creation of ofrendas dates to Aztec and Mesoamerican practices. This community ofrenda is inspired by the Mexican Día de los Muertos tradition and is made possible through partnership with Western Avenue Community Center.

Saturday, October 23

Miller Park Zoo Spooktacular

Starts at 5:00 PM

Find the Museum at Miller Park Zoo on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. for the annual Spooktacular! Ghouls and goblins of all ages are welcome to trick and treat their way through the Zoo. Ask yourself, “How Spooky Is It?” with an exploration of the eeriest objects in the Museum’s collection. And get a non-edible, allergen-friendly treat while you are at. More information can be found at https://www.bloomingtonparks.o…

Tuesday, October 26

The Night the Stars Fell with Bill Kemp

Starts at 7:00 PM

On Tuesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m., join Museum Librarian Bill Kemp for a free, zoom webinar that will take program participants back to November 13, 1833, when the nighttime sky lit up like an Independence Day sparkler in what’s believed to be the most intense meteor shower in recorded human history.

At this time, Central Illinois was still the frontier, and meteor showers were mysterious and misunderstood phenomena. What did early settlers make of this spectacular–and for some, spectacularly terrifying–event? Where, in fact, did these meteors come from? And what’s the connection between the “Night the Stars Fell” and the Leonids, the annual meteor shower that visits Earth every November? This lavishly illustrated program will answer those and other questions. Bill promises a program sure to fascinate even those folks with little interest in–or knowledge of–astronomy.

To register for this free, zoom webinar, follow this link https://bit.ly/MCMHStarsFall. Questions? or for more information, contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428.

Thursday, October 28

Museum Closed

Starts at 12:00 AM

October 28, all day

The Museum will be closed to the public today for staff professional development and building maintenance work.

Friday, October 29

Downtown Bloomington Trick-or-Treat

Starts at 5:00 PM

Downtown Trick-or-Treat will take place on October 29, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join the Museum and all of our friends for a night of tricks and treats in Downtown Bloomington! Prepare to be haunted by the spectacle of the Museum Square lit up for the occasion thanks to Palace Events and be sure to stop by the Washington Street plaza for a non-edible, allergen-friendly treat!

We are happy to help bring this event back to Downtown! All participants are encouraged to wear facial coverings, so boast your best masks to complete your costumes! See you on the streets for tricks and treats!

Sunday, October 31

Trunk or Treat with Western Avenue Community Center

Starts at 12:00 PM

Join the Museum and other friends for Trunk or Treat at Western Avenue Community Center (600 N. Western Avenue in Bloomington). Put that costume to good use with some daytime fun and fright before an evening of tricks and treating! The Museum will be onsite with goodies and history-inspired ghoulishness from 12:00-2:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 31

Baile Tradicional Mexicano

Starts at 7:00 PM
901 N. Main St., Bloomington

Join the Museum in partnership with Afro-Socialist and Black Indigenous People of Color Caucus, BCAI Cultural Arts and Humanities, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Conexiones de Latinas, and Taqueria El Porton for a Baile Tradicional Mexicano on Sunday, October 31 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Taqueria El Porton (901 N Main St., Bloomington). The event is free to attend, but donations will be graciously accepted in support of St. Mary’s Guadalupe Celebration and BCAI scholarships. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Live music will be provided by Explosivos De Mexico

For more information, visit: https://fb.me/e/41dB5mIw3