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Naperville Park District lineup of fall events


Ghost Stories in the Park…in the Dark, Halloween Happening, Pumpkin Smash and more

Naperville Park District again will offer a variety of events to help celebrate autumn this month and next. From free community events to special programs available by registration, something is featured for all ages.

Oct. 7-9 / Ghost Stories in the Park…In the Dark, presented by Summer Place Theatre, returns to the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion on October 7-9, featuring talented, local storytellers telling spine-tingling tales. Tickets may be purchased online at www.napervilleparks.org or at the door. This event is appropriate for adults and children ages 5 and up. Guests are advised to dress for the weather, as the performance is outdoors.

Oct. 1-29 / Families can enjoy fall and Halloween-themed activities at Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, during Creepy Critters Month, from October 1-29, Monday through Saturday. Self-guided activities are available to explore spiders, bats, skeletons and pumpkins. Additionally, kids can go on an indoor Creepy Critters scavenger hunt and win a fun prize.

Oct. 4 / Knoch Knolls Nature Center has other free events for exploring nature this fall. An Adult Hike with a Naturalist is planned at 9:30AM for Tues., Oct. 4. Registration is required  and can be completed online at www.napervilleparks.org.

Oct. 30 / Halloween Happening, presented by Woody Buick/GMC, is scheduled from 1 to 4PM on Sun., Oct. 30, also at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. This free event is designed for children ages 10 and under, featuring Halloween-themed games and activity stations where youngsters can collect treats and win prizes. Everyone is welcome to wear family-friendly costumes to the event. FREE

Nov. 5 / The Park District encourages families to save leftover Halloween jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins for recycling at the Pumpkin Smash at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, located at 811 S. West Street. The smashing event will be held from 9AM to noon, Sat., Nov. 5. Drop off your pumpkins or stay to help smash them directly into the garden soil. Now in its 6th year, this event successfully adds the nutrients of leftover pumpkins to the soil and keeps them out of landfills.

Nov. 12 / To learn more about owls in our area, join a naturalist for the Adult Owl Prowl at 5PM on Sat., Nov. 12, meeting on the deck at Knoch Knolls Nature Center. Registration is required and can be completed online at www.napervilleparks.org.

Nov. 18 / Finally, Fort Hill Fitness invites adults and students age 15 and up to the Friday Night Dance Party from 7 to 9:30PM on Fri., Nov. 18, at Fort Hill Activity Center. Fort Hill’s instructors will lead everyone in the fun dance moves of Zumba, Body Jam and Zumba Gold, followed by refreshments. Registration is open to members and nonmembers at www.napervilleparks.org.

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Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.


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