Experience a weekend full of live music and delicious German food and beer under a large heated tent at Naper Settlement’s annual Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 10PM, Saturday, Oct. 7 from noon to 10PM and Sunday, Oct. 8 from noon to 5PM. Visitors will enjoy different music each day including a Polka Party Friday, a Rocktoberfest Saturday and a Traditional Bavarian Sunday. Family-friendly activities and competitive games will take place on Saturday from noon to 3PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (4-12), members and children 4 and under are free. Advance ticket sales for both Friday and Saturday tickets will end at noon on Thursday, Oct. 5. Tickets are available at www.NaperSettlement.org/Oktoberfest.
History Speaks Lecture Series: The Essential Edgar Allan Poe
In the spirit of Halloween, storyteller, entertainer and historian William Pack will relate Edgar Allan Poe’s life story to the impact he had on American literature with a presentation and reading of some of his works, including the poem “Alone,” selections from “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.” This History Speaks Lecture Series will take place October 15 from 4 to 5PM in the Century Memorial Chapel. Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for youth (4-12) and students. Admission for members is $8 for adults and $7 for youth.
All Hallows Eve
Experience two of the darkest nights of the year with haunting creatures, eerie entertainment and must-see performances. This one-of-a-kind experience brings some of the scariest characters of the past, present and future to life, and transforms Naper Settlement’s 12 acres into an unnerving haunted village. New attractions this year include a Fort “Pain” Dark Art Gallery, where visitors will confront their deepest and darkest feelings at this alternative art gallery, and the Naperville Jaycees’ “Hack the Jack” pumpkin carving competition that will be on display. All Hallows Eve will take place Oct. 20 and 21 from 6:30 to 10PM. Not recommended for children under 8 years old. Be aware that access to the haunt in the Martin Mitchell Mansion is limited. Admission is $20 per guest. Admission is free for members and children under 4.
Juliette Low Birthday Bonanza
Help us celebrate the founder of the Girl Scouts on what would have been her 157th birthday! Meet Juliette Low and hear about her life through her own words, play games in our historic buildings, complete a take home craft and join your fellow Scouts in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday! The Juliette Low Birthday Bonanza will take place on Oct. 29 from 1 to 4PM. Since Juliette was born on Halloween, Scouts are allowed to wear a Halloween costume (without a mask, please). Scouts will receive a fun patch in honor of the event. Registration is through the Girl Scout Councils only. Admission is $13 per Girl Scout and $10 per adult.
History comes to life at Naper Settlement, Chicagoland’s outdoor history museum, located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Visit www.napersettlement.museum or call (630) 420-6010 for tickets and info.