Fox Valley: Halloween fun close to home
Staff Report October 22, 2013 3:22PM
The Fox Valley Park District will celebrate its Halloween Family Fun Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. | Submitted
Updated: October 24, 2013 10:22AM
Great Pumpkin breakfast
The Aurora Noon Lions Club pancake breakfast with “The Great Pumpkin” will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center, 732 Prairie St., Aurora.
Cost is adults $5, children (3-12) $3, family $20, children (younger than 2) free. Spooky special is $1 off ticket price from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Menu includes pancakes (all you can eat), sausage, doughnuts, milk, juice, coffee and cider. Come in costume and bring a camera. There will be treats for all. Tickets are available at the door or call 630-921-1307.
Halloween at the mall
Westfield Fox Valley, 195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora, will host a Spooktacular event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
The afternoon begins with a magic show at 1 p.m., followed by songs, family-friendly ghost stories, and a costume parade and contest. Children can also enjoy face painting, as well as participate in crafting activities, such as creating skull necklaces and decorating tote bags. Also enjoy pumpkin decorating contest, balloon art, psychic readings, coloring sheets and photo contest. Call 630-851 7200
“Death Comes to the Tanner House: 1923” will present several stories of how Aurora families might have changed in the years after the Great War and the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, when many millions of lives were lost. Tours of the house at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. will be Oct. 24-27, and 30. Tickets are $15 a person at www.aurorahistory.net or by calling 630-906-0650.
Abbey Pumpkin Daze
Marmion’s Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze, 850 Butterfield Road, Aurora, continues through Sunday, Oct. 27.
New features include a larger seasonal country store and bakery with fresh doughnuts, pies and cider; a larger corn maze with maps; an 8-acre U-pick pumpkin patch; an enlarged ticket booth and pumpkin weighing checkout station; a bigger petting zoo with longer hours; a 10-inch-wide family hillside slide; and a kids craft barn.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays in October. Contact Adam Voirin at 630- 966-7775 or visit www.abbeyfarms.org.
General admission is $10 a person (children younger than 3 are admitted free with a parent; senior and military discounts available). Parking is free. Pumpkins cost $6 to $10.
Family Fun Night
The Fox Valley Park District will celebrate its Halloween Family Fun Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora.
Family-friendly games will include trick-or-treating, ghost bowling, spider scooter races and a jump house. A Halloween-themed movie also will be shown. Guests are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes.
Children ages 2 and older are welcome; one adult is free with each paid child. Tickets are $5 each for residents ($8 for non-residents). Registration is required by 5 p.m. Oct. 24; no day-of tickets are available.
An added feature is the Haunted House (ages 10 and older) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with candy prizes. Tickets are $1 each and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Call the Prisco Center at 630-859-8606.
Trunk or Treat
Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May St., Aurora, will offer its annual Trunk or Treat from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 in the parking lot. To learn more, call 630-896-1033 or go to www.wesleyumcaurora.org.
Pumpkin Weekends continued through the end of October at Blackberry Farm. A picnic area will feature an assortment of pumpkins for purchase, and a decorating station with painting supplies is provided.
Carousel rides, hay wagon rides and tours on the pumpkin train also are part of each weekend’s festivities. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Columbus Day). Admission is $5 a person. Call Blackberry Farm at 630-892-1550.
Batavia’s annual BatFest is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, downtown. Activities include trick-or-treating, library stories and songs, Mothers’ Club parade, Troop 6 pumpkin roll, BatArt, tractor pulled hayrides and costume contest.
Albright Theatre will also be showing two free short film viewings of “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and “Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” on the third floor of City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave.
For a full list of activities, visit www.downtownbatavia.com/batfest or call the MainStreet office at 630-761-3528.
The Geneva Park District’s annual Halloween Hayday is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Enjoy hay rides, children’s carnival games, cosmic cake walks, a costume contest, bounce houses and more.
Pre-registration cost is $5 a child ages 10 and younger ($8 nonresident). At the door, at $2 each. Adults are admitted free.
Call 630-232-4542 or visit genevaparks.org.
Howl ‘o Ween Dog Parade
Geneva Park District’s free annual Howl ‘o Ween Dog Parade is at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Prizes will be awarded to best-dressed dogs and owners. Pre-register by calling 630-232-4542 or visit genevaparks.org.
Dodge zombies through a disorienting obstacle course complete with safe zones, complications, emergency supplies and special effects to reach the vaccination point during Geneva Park District’s new Zombie Apocalypse from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Wheeler Park, 101 North St., Geneva.
Hot chocolate and concessions will be available for sale. Cost is $8 a person. Recommended for those ages 10 and older. No pre-registration required. Call 630-232-4542 or visit genevaparks.org.
Trick or treat with Ozzie
Through 5 p.m. Sunday, children between the ages of four and 12 can submit a brief answer to the following question: “Why would you like to have Ozzie join you for trick-or-treating this Halloween?”
The winner will trick or treat for an hour with the Kane County Cougars mascot Ozzie T. Cougar on Oct. 31.
Submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information to be eligible: Name and age of child, guardian name, address and phone number.
Entries are limited to one per child, although families with more than one child can submit an entry for each age-eligible child in their household.
One randomly-selected winner will be notified by phone Oct. 28.
Monster Mash Bash
The Monster Mash Bash from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, will have games galore, moon jumps, obstacle courses and face painting at the Oswego High School Field House. All ages are welcome. Cost is $4 a child at the door.
Trunk or Treat
United Methodist Church of Plano, 219 N. Hale St., Plano, also will host a trunk or treat from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. It is open to children through sixth grade. Children will go from trunk to trunk, and participants also can donate canned goods or paper products for the Kendall County Food Pantry.
Trunk or Treat
Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., is hosting a Trunk or Treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.
The Kendall County Forest Preserve District will offer “Toddling Naturalist — Halloween Animals” from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Historic Courthouse, 110 W. Madison St., Yorkville. The free event is for children ages 1 to 3 with a caregiver. Registration is required at 630-553-4025 or email@example.com