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Things to do in Naperville to celebrate the season and Halloween


Above / Downtown Naperville will host its annual Halloween Hop from 10AM to noon on Sun., Oct. 23, 2022. (See more for “Downtown Naperville” in October below.) Meanwhile, discover plenty every day that’s traditional and new for shopping, dining and remembering throughout the community. (PN File Photo)

Consider new & returning seasonal choices for October & then some…

The posts on this page are arranged miscellaneously and/or by hosting location or organization. Obviously, most photos are from PN files as most events are yet to occur. Events are among the traditions of this active community with many choices, including raking leaves for the City’s curbside pick-up that begins Mon., Oct. 17.

Oh! What a beautiful autumn where the bike path toward the Lake Osborne Pavilion appears golden! Go walk! Go bike! Go fish! Go picnic! Lake Osborne is located just west of the Naperville Public Safety Center along Aurora Avenue.

Follow the golden trail at Lake Osborne.

Enjoy seasonal changes from Lake Osborne to Whalon Lake! “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn,” noted quotable Elizabeth Lawrence (1904-1985), internationally-known garden writer. 

Go fish this autumn! Hint: Autumn anglers say they like to concentrate their efforts for bass this time of the year in the midday sunshine. The sun warms the shallow water and by noon, bass bite. Click here to find one of this website’s most popular pages while considering the catch of the day!

Miscellaneous Safety Tips / Here & There

Halloween haunts at Heidi’s house are aglow along Raintree Drive between River Road north and south where light displays are sure to welcome folks to sights of frights. Many other Naperville Halloween displays will be featured when trolley tours begin on Oct. 20. Celebrate safely!

Since 1984, October has been National Crime Prevention Month! Be a Naperville Crime Stopper, now celebrating 40 years. McGruff the Crime Dog invites the community to join him as he aims to make Naperville a Safer Naper every day of the year.

Oct. 17 / Public forum will address SAFE T Act from 6:30 to 8:30PM, Mon., Oct. 17, 2022, in Council Chambers, Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Public welcome.

UPDATE, Oct. 23, 2022 / Here’s the YouTube video of the SAFE T Act presentation…

Now & Every Day / Just in time to help promote “Respect! Honor! Remember!” and public safety, Safe Suburbs USA yard signs are beginning to populate throughout the community in support of law enforcement. For more information about Safe Suburbs USA and yard signs, visit www.safesuburbsUSA.com.

Oct. 17 / Safe Suburbs USA also will host its “Keeping Our Communities Safe” fundraiser featuring informative guest speakers from 6 to 8PM Mon., Oct. 17, at Heroes West Grill, 1530 Commerce Lane, in Joliet in Will County. For reservations ($30 each or $50 couple), visit safesuburbsusa.com/heroes.

Naperville Curbside Leaf Collection begins Oct. 17

Curbside leaf collection is provided every fall by the City of Naperville.

Oct. thru Nov. / The City’s bulk curbside leaf collection program begins on Mon., Oct. 17, 2022. This free program provides every neighborhood three collection opportunities (also beginning Oct. 31 and Nov. 14) during a six-week period, weather permitting. To participate, rake leaves into the street next to the curb by 6AM on the first day of each collection cycle. Care should be taken to avoid covering storm drains.

Naperville Trolley & Tours 

Oct. 20 thru Oct. 31 / Then again Thanksgiving weekend thru Dec. 27 / Naperville Trolley & Tours announces it’s time to book public trolley rides and tours for the holidays, Halloween through Dec. 27. Book PUBLIC (individual) Halloween and Nov/December Holiday Lights. (No tours Christmas Day or after Dec. 27.) Reservation opportunities are now live! Halloween trolley tours begin Thurs., Oct. 20. Find info about Halloween tours, the fun trolley-la-la-la, la-la-la la tours and trips to the Christkindlmarket in Aurora at www.napervilletrolley.com.

Oh, what fun it is to ride aboard Naperville Trolley & Tours in Halloween attire!

Downtown Naperville celebrates Halloween

Now / Dog Days of summer may be over, but patio days of autumn for well-behaved pets and their best friends continue at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Avenue, weather permitting. Inside find what all the regulars call “EDAQ” camaraderie with classic Irish fare, bar bites and cold beverages. Enjoy live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Just ask. Families in costume may stop by for treats to celebrate Halloween Hop from 11AM to noon on Sun., Oct. 23. Sláinte!

The Halloween Hop is another time to check out what’s on tap among all the community spirit at the Irish pub located at 43 E. Jefferson Avenue.

Oct. 22 / Fall Family Fun and Pumpkin Patch return to Water Street from 11AM to 2PM on Sat., Oct. 22.  Children under 12 are invited to visit the no-contact pumpkin “patch” at the Foyo Plaza to choose from various sized pumpkins, free of charge, while supply lasts. London Skye will host a creative hands-on spooky science activity outside in front of their store.  Balloon twisting and face painting will add to the fun. Costumes are encouraged and free goodie bags will be available. FREE!

Oct. 23 / Happy Halloween Hop! Downtown Naperville’s annual Halloween Hop is slated from 10AM to Noon on Sun., Oct. 23, with a call out for ghouls, goblins, ghosts, witches, storybook characters and super heroes. (Note date is earlier than usual.) Families can dress up in their costumes, visit downtown businesses and kids can grab gobs of goodies. Dozens of merchants will open early to hand out Halloween treats and surprises. FREE!

Check in for Halloween Hop at Top Fashion (corner of Main Street/Jackson Avenue) – for a map of participating businesses (while supplies last). Enjoy fun fall festivities with youngsters! Shops and restaurants welcome your business all day, too!

Halloween Hop returns Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 2022.

Meson Sabika / Benefit for victims of Hurricane Ian

Meson Sabika is located at 1025 Aurora Avenue.

Oct. 25 / All day on Tues., Oct. 25, during lunch and dinner hours, Meson Sabika will host a fundraiser for the American Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Ian in Florida. One hundred percent of sales that day will be donated to the American Red Cross. For reservations, call (630) 983-3000, ext. 2. Or visit www.mesonsabika.com.

Fry Family YMCA / 2120 95th Street

Oct. 25 / From a locker room reopening and ribbon cutting on Oct. 25 to a Trunk or Treat celebration on Oct. 29, check out what’s happening for families in October at the 95th Street Fry YMCA.

Naperville Plaza / Washington at Gartner

Oct. 29 / Casey’s Foods and Oswald’s Pharmacy are set to host a “Monster Mash Bash” from 1PM to 4PM Sat., Oct. 29, in Naperville Plaza, Washington at Gartner. Dress to trick or treat. Enjoy treats and other surprises. FREE! (Also, great locations to purchase Halloween candy for trick or treaters on Halloween.)

Halloween Happening / Riverwalk Grand Pavilion

Oct. 30 / The Naperville Park District again will host its Halloween Happening at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. Presented by Woody Buick/GMC, kids 10 and under are welcome to meet skeletons and to participate in Halloween-themed games and activities while collecting goodies, treats or prizes. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged. Halloween Happening is scheduled from 1PM to 4PM on Sun., Oct. 30, west of the Jaycees Playground in the area near the Grand Pavilion. FREE!

Why aren’t the skeletons laughing at Halloween Happening? Because none of them has a funny bone.

Naperville Pumpkin Race (click here for website)

Oct. 29 / Naperville Pumpkin Race, hosted by Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, returns at noon Sat., Oct. 29, to Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk. Create/purchase a pumpkin racer (Kits are $25) and be ready to run a heat in-person at Rotary Hill near Moser Tower or in your own driveway no matter where you live. (Check the TPAF website for details about mail orders.) This event is great fun for all whom participate and/or watch. The elimination races may take several hours. A costume contest, vendors, pumpkin decorating contest, live entertainment and other creative surprises add to this fun Halloween event that includes several smash hits. Cheering spectators welcome for a special time of your life!  FREE! ***(Fundraiser)

Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church 

Oct. 29 / 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Extravaganza is set for noon to 2PM Sat., Oct. 29, at Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church, located at 1150 Hobson Road. All are welcome to the festivities that will include games, entertainment, a firetruck, food truck, and all those car trunks filled with treats for Halloween. For info, call (630) 369-2741 or email nechurch@napercov.org.

Boo! Happy Halloween! 

Fond memories of a 2-year-old croissant-loving Halloweener and her pup!

Oct. 31 / Though the City of Naperville has no set hours for Trick or Treating, most families respect times from 4PM to 8PM as hours when they permit their youngsters to visit homes, door to door, on Halloween. Follow local protocols for public safety.

And so on…

365 days a year! If planning a weekend or a staycation in Naperville, consider overnight stays at www.visitnaperville.com. Check out more than 270 dining locations at www.dinenaperville.com.

NOTE! Pre-registration is recommended/required for most events. Expect admission charge unless marked FREE! “FREE” admission is compliments of the sponsoring organizations. (Remember, nothing is really free of charge. Some individual or some business foots the bill for your pleasure.) Also note that event details, dates, times and policies are subject to change.

Thanks for your participation and patience! We’re keenly aware this post is long as October always is a busy month. Thanks for reading all the way down!

Note also that this post may be updated throughout the month with new events. Some events may be deleted soon after they have happened.

Looking toward November…

Nov. 3 / Naperville Responds for Veterans is set to host Cheers for Veterans Reverse Raffle & Fundraiser from 6 to 10PM Thurs., Nov. 3, at Bobak’s in Woodridge. Cocktail Reception is from 6-10PM.  Reverse Raffle Drawing (not necessary to be present to participate) starts at 7PM followed by Live Auction at 8PM. Click here to check out Cheers! fun, games and prize-winning opportunities that come in support of assisting Veterans and their families in need of home repairs and renovations, especially those with low and moderate income. Thank you!

Nov. 5 / Naperville Marines host annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball beginning at 5PM Sat., Nov. 5, at the Marriott in Naperville. Purchase tickets by Nov. 1.

Nov. 8 / General Election Day for mid-term election of hopefuls wanting to serve Naperville in DuPage County, Will County, Springfield and Washington, D.C.

Nov. 10 / The Naperville Marines will hold a flag raising at the Riverwalk Veterans Plaza at 9AM Thurs., Nov. 10, to celebrate the 247th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.  The ceremony will include members of the Marine recruiting station Naperville, the combined Color Guard from American Legion post 43 and Judd Kendall  VFW post 3873.  Naperville Marines Officer in Charge, Col. Dan Brush USMC Ret. will offer comments and the group’s Chaplin, Larry Nyman, will deliver the benediction. The public is invited.

Nov. 11 / Veterans Day observance at “11-11-11” at Veterans Park again will recognize all those individuals who serve to protect us, expressing to them an attitude of gratitude. That observance of safety seems especially significant for the month when America also celebrates Thanksgiving. Thanks to all.

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