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Chicagoland fun for kids this weekend: Geocaching, film fests, & pooch parades

If you haven't already had a chance to check out the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, the time is now! All this week, catch the world's best children's films in venues all across Chicago. The schedule of films and where to catch them is a puzzle well worth tackling, where the biggest question you'll have is, "How will I ever choose just one film?" The festival wraps up on Sunday, and costs $10/adult and $6/kid for most showings.

For precisely two hours every year, the Chicago Botanic Garden opens its doors to your favorite four-legged friends for the annual Spooky Pooch Parade. Before you embark on your trick-or-treating adventures, head over to Glencoe for this 11:00 - 1:00, free-to-watch puppypalooza. Humans and pooches alike are encouraged to sport their Halloween best. All are welcome to watch the festivities, but please note that any canine companions in attendance will need to pay a $20 admission fee, even if they're not in the parade themselves. Stick around until the end for the costume contest award ceremony, and get ready to put your paws together for the winners.

Is there a little space-lover in your life? Show them the practical side of satellites at the Emily Oaks Nature Center's geocaching for kids event this Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30. Geocaching uses GPS devices to locate hidden treasures at a particular set of coordinates, doubling up on the treasure-hunting fun with a healthy side of science. There's no need to bring your own GPS - although you're welcome to - as the Center will provide devices. To participate, plan on $11 per adventurer, or $9 for Skokie residents.

This Sunday, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is celebrating life and family with a free, 1:00 - 4:00 Dia de los Muertos festival. Come celebrate the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead with an afternoon of cultural activities, holidy history, and crafts for all ages, including face painting and sugar skulls.  Bring a photograph or personal affect of someone departed to celebrate the lives of those who came before us at a collaborative Dia de los Muertos altar. Costumes are welcome at this joyful celebration of life.