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Halloween Weekend at the Naperville Park District

Celebrate Halloween the weekend of October 27 and 28 at two free, family-friendly events for the community provided by the Naperville Park District.

Lit with orange lights for the month of October, the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower will lend an eerie glow as the crowd gathers for the 7:00-8:00 p.m. Scare-illon concert on Sat., Oct. 27.  City Carillonneur Tim Sleep will play spooky, atmospheric Halloween pieces to set the mood for the season. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's movie, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the Carillon music will feature the following songs from the movie: "This Is Halloween", "Oogie Boogie's Song", "Jack's Obsession", and “Sally's Song".

Élan Dance Company also will perform at the Scare-illon, alternating with the Carillon performance numbers. Élan’s Junior Company, ages 9-13, will perform a fun, spooky jazz dance to Glee’s version of Thriller/Heads Will Roll. This piece adds a modern feel to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”  Apprentice Company, ages 12-15, will present a modern dance piece titled “The Hill.”  Senior Company, ages 14-18, is performing a modern piece, “Lucid Dreams.”

The audience is encouraged to dress for the weather as the event is outdoors on Rotary Hill, overlooking the Carillon. Naperville Park District will hand out glow sticks as long as the supply lasts. Both Élan Dance Company and the Carillon programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The 2018 Halloween Happening presented by Woody Buick/GMC will take place at the Grand Pavilion at the Riverwalk from 1:00–4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28. This free event is designed for children ages 10 and under with four themed areas, where they can collect treats, play games and win prizes. The four themed areas include Halloween Way, Fairytale Lane, King Arthur’s Court, and Adventure Alley. Kids are welcome to wear their favorite costumes to the event.

Live entertainment will begin at 1:30, featuring an encore performance by Élan Dance Company at 1:30 p.m., children’s musician Super Stolie at 2:00 p.m. and magician Magic Matt at 3:00 p.m. 

Halloween Happening began in 1983 as safe alternative to trick-or-treating in a family-friendly community setting and it has continued every year since then. Now in its 36th year, Halloween Happening has become a tradition in Naperville. Thanks to the generous support from approximately 150 student volunteers and from our sponsors, the Park District is able to keep this event free for the community. Sponsors of the 2018 event include the following businesses: Woody Buick GMC (Presenting Sponsor),  Living well Dental, Rocket Ice, Shotokan Karate, College Nannies, Pump It Up, Kidsnips, Rose Pest Solutions, 2 Toots, Naperville Bank and Trust, Bowlero, Coldwell Banker, Aurelio’s Pizza, DuPage Medical Group, Naperville Yard and Bright Start College Savings.

Halloween Happening gives children another opportunity to enjoy wearing their costumes while celebrating fall, meeting new friends and playing games together. It’s also an opportunity for high school volunteers to spend time with younger kids while they are contributing service hours.


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
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