Naper Settlement’s All Hallows Eve is being reimagined this year and will include a variety of new outdoor performances and interactive experiences, including a graveyard gameshow, an alien autopsy, an outdoor escape room, and more designed for families with kids 16 and under. Tickets are now on sale for the Halloween event on October 14-15 from 6:30-10PM.
All Hallows Eve will feature new attractions and returning favorites spread throughout Naper Settlement’s 13-acre campus. Premiering for the first time at All Hallows Eve, attendees will be bewildered as they interact with out-of-this-world performers and try to avoid getting abducted during Big Nazo’s Alien Autopsy. Also new this year, attendees can wander a graveyard or interact with Victorian undertakers and spin a wheel to find out how they died during the graveyard gameshow. Other new activities include axe throwing, black light painting with Pinot’s Palette, and a Halloween-themed photo booth experience.
Attendees can participate in several outdoor escape room-type activities to help decode a magic spell that will lift a terrible “curse” placed on the museum. Leading up to the event, Naper Settlement will release a set of backstory videos explaining how the museum became “cursed” with otherworldly creatures. Prizes will be given out to those who solve the magic spell.
Returning attractions include a magic show, fire performances, monster jams by School of Rock musicians, the reptile and bug show, the dart art gallery, and the zombie maze. The Taste the Fear Food Court will include tasty eats by John’s Rib House, Grumpy Gaucho, That’s my Dawg, Dinky Delights, and Ben & Jerry’s.
“All Hallows Eve is being reimagined this year and will feature more outdoor attractions than ever before,” said Adison Glick, special events team leader at Naper Settlement. “Attendees can watch all our different shows, including performers walking on glass and a bed of nails, as well as participate in interactive activities like laser tag. Some creepy characters will also be roaming the grounds, so you never know who you’ll run into!”
Actors from the Magical Starlight Theatre, Kaneland Arts Initiative, and the Academy of the Arts will put on three Halloween-themed performances inside the museum’s Century Memorial Chapel, Meeting House, and Carriage House. One of the performances will be themed around children’s author Lindsay Currie’s spooky new book, “The Girl in White.”
All Hallows Eve tickets are $20 per person. Naper Settlement members and children under 4 receive complimentary admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit NaperSettlement.org/AllHallowsEve.