Naper Settlement presents the following events and programs during October 2023. In October, the museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 AM-4 PM with general museum admission $12 for adults (13+), $10 for seniors (62+), and $8 for youth (4-12). Naperville residents with proof of residency, children under 4, and members receive complimentary admission. For more information about a specific event or program and to purchase museum admission tickets, visit NaperSettlement.org.
Friday, October 6 • 5-10PM & Saturday, October 7 • 3-10PM / $20/adults, $15/youth (4-12)
Traditional German cuisine and beer will be overflowing in a giant heated tent, with lively Oompah music on Friday and a mix of pop-polka, country, and hip hop on Saturday. There will be lawn games for the whole family and a professional pumpkin carver onsite. Guests can test their strength in a stein holding contest on Saturday from 5-5:30 PM. Grab your lederhosen and join Naper Settlement at this fun German festival! For more information and tickets, visit NaperSettlement.org/Oktoberfest.
All Hallows Eve
Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21 • 6:30-10PM / $20/person
Magic, monsters, and mythical entertainment will be summoned on the grounds of Naper Settlement during this annual fall festival! Come enjoy a lineup of Halloween-themed outdoor activities, art, and performances for the entire family. Attractions include an alien autopsy, zombie maze, fire dancers, a magic show, and more. For more information and tickets, visit NaperSettlement.org/AllHallowsEve.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Historian: Death, Victorian Style
Thursday, October 26 • 6-7PM / $10/person
Death was a near constant presence during the Victorian age. To confront this presence, people invented elaborate mourning customs, and authors from Mary Shelley to Bram Stoker created modern horror. Why were they so focused on death? Why do their creations scare many of us today? Find out the answers during this edition of Your Friendly Neighborhood Historian.
Howlin’ at the Moon
Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28 • 5-10PM / $20/adults (21+)
Enjoy thrilling performances and attractions at Naper Settlement’s Halloween event for adults (21+). Howl along to live music, feast your fangs on cuisine at the Food Truck Graveyard, and quench your undying thirst in the BOOze Bar. Behold a 15’ werewolf created by nationally recognized Naperville artist Paul Kuhn, take a stroll through the Moonlight Market to purchase eerie and bizarre items, and participate in a costume contest. Howlin’ at the Moon is for adults 21 years of age and older only. No one under the age of 21 is permitted. IDs will be checked at the entrance. For more information and tickets, visit NaperSettlement.org/Howlin.
Trick or Treat at Naper Settlement
Sunday, October 29 • noon-5PM / $5/person; free for children under 4
Calling all kids and their adults! It’s time to show off your Halloween costumes and enjoy a special trick-or-treat experience at Naper Settlement’s historical homes. This special afternoon also includes demonstrations by the museum’s blacksmith, a Monster Mash Bash dance party, Halloween-themed games, and a costume contest. Children under 18 must attend with an adult. Adults must be accompanying a child. While candy supplies last.
Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited, award-winning outdoor living history museum set on 13 magnificent acres in the heart of Naperville. Located 30 miles from Chicago, the museum is home to thirty-one historical structures dating back as early as the 1830s. Featuring exhibits, special events, educational programming and more, Naper Settlement is where history comes alive and the community comes to connect. For more info, visit www.napersettlement.org or call (630) 420-6010.