The Old Capitol Farmers’ Market, a Downtown Springfield, Inc. event, presented by St. John’s Hospital will host the annual Halloween at the Market, Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This festive event wraps up the 2012 market season. The Market is located in downtown Springfield, on Adams Street, between Fifth and Second streets. Representatives from market sponsors St. John’s Hospital, Capitol Radio Group, SpringfieldMoms.org, Illinois Humane, Illinois National Bank, Maldaner’s Restaurant, The Illinois Times, State Journal Register, LINK Up Illinois, US Bank, Town & Country Bank, Illini Bank, The Development Group and the City of Springfield, have combined efforts to create free, fun-filled healthy activities for the whole family, including a kid’s costume contest, a canine costume contest, live entertainment, guest appearances by CJ The Kangaroo and Scooby Doo, Bingo Trick or Treat and a chef demonstration. Children can pick up a Bingo card from farmer vendors and “trick or treat” for stickers. Once the entire sheet is filled in, make sure to drop it off at the St. John’s booth located on the northwest corner of Fourth and Adams for prizes and give-a-ways. Children ages 0-12 can register at the SpringfieldMoms.org booth beginning at 9:30 a.m.; contest judging for children begins at 11:00 a.m. Kim Leistner of Springfieldmoms.org will emcee the contest and announce winners in three age categories and award prizes compliments of HSHS Medical Group. Bob Murray, WTAX; Dave Daniels, WDBR; Lisa Ellis, Illinois National Bank; and a representative of St. John’s Hospital will serve as contest judges. Canine contestants can register at the Illinois Humane booth beginning at 10 a.m. with the canine costume contest beginning at 12 noon. Prizes for the Canine Contest include gifts from Incredibly Delicious, Nature Select Pet Foods, Miggy Lane Gourmet Dog Bakery, Comfy Critters Pet Sitter, Dal Acres Boarding and Grooming, Dog Class Behavior Training, The Cardologist, Healing Hands Pet Massage and Pet Sitting Services, You Go Pet Sitting and Illinois Humane. Dave Daniels, WDBR will serve as Master of Ceremony, with U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough, Attorney John Mehlick, and Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Schmidt will serving as contest judges. Illinois National Bank will host “Scooby Doo” from 10–11 a.m.; Springfield Youth Performance Group, 10–10:45 a.m. and Chef Michael Higgins of Maldaner’s Restaurant will conduct a Kid-Friendly Cooking Demonstration using fresh market produce, also at 10 a.m. The Central Illinois Community Blood Center will conduct a Mobile Blood Drive at the Market from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free bags and t-shirts will be given to all donors. To sign up in advance call Jessica Becker, Donor Relations Consultant, at 217-241-7534. Walk-ins also welcome! The Old Capitol Farmers’ Market is coordinated by Downtown Springfield, Inc. For more information, contact Ann Frescura, 217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org or www.springfieldmoms.org.