Halloween comes to Highland Park a few days early this year.
On Thursday at 3 p.m., downtown Highland Park will turn into a Halloween festival, complete with live music, pony rides and pumpkin carving. Downtown retailers will give out candy to trick or treaters between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., which of course means kids (and adults) are encouraged to come in costume.
The pony rides, hay rides and mini-train rides will take place in until 6 p.m. Pumpkin painting and tattoos will go on at , accompanied by music by a DJ until 5 p.m.
If you missed last weekend (or went and still haven't had your fill of pumpkin carving), then head over to to carve a pumpkin between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday as well.
In addition to candy, is offering a 20 percent discount for shoppers who come in and find "where the witch is hiding," according to the Downtown Alliance.
The movie Monster House will also be shown at the beginning at 6:45 pm at no charge. There will be a small ticket fee for all activities besides the movie and trick or treating. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Highland Park Alliance, and proceeds go to the Community Family Center.