Naperville Park District Previews 2023 Fall Community Events

Thursday, September 21, 2023

With the autumn season officially beginning this weekend, Naperville Park District announces its lineup of fall events for the community.

Ghost Stories in the Park...In the Dark, presented by Summer Place Theatre, returns to the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion on October 6-8, featuring talented, local storytellers telling spine-tingling tales. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door. This event is appropriate for adults and children ages 5 and up. Guests are advised to dress for the weather, as the performance is outdoors.

Families can enjoy fall and Halloween-themed activities at Knoch Knolls Nature Center during Creepy Critters Month, from October 2-31, Monday through Saturday. Self-guided activities are available to explore spiders, bats, crows and snakes. Additionally, kids can go on an indoor Creepy Critters scavenger hunt and win a fun prize.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center is hosting an Adult Hike with a Naturalist on Tuesday, October 24 beginning at 10:00 a.m. To learn more about owls in our area, join a naturalist for the Adult Owl Prowl at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, meeting on the deck at Knoch Knolls Nature Center. Registration is $5 for Naperville Park District residents and $10 for nonresidents for each of these programs and can be completed online at

Halloween Happening, presented by Woody Buick/GMC, is scheduled for Sunday, October 29 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. This free event is designed for children ages 10 and under featuring Halloween-themed games and activity stations where they can collect treats and win prizes. Everyone is welcome to wear family-friendly costumes to the event.

The Park District encourages families to save their leftover Halloween jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins for recycling at the Pumpkin Smash at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, located at 811 S. West Street, on Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Drop off your pumpkins or stay to help smash them directly into the garden soil. Now in its 7th year, this event successfully adds the nutrients of leftover pumpkins to the soil and keeps them out of landfills.

Finally, Fort Hill Fitness invites adults and teens age 15 and up to the Friday Night Dance Party on November 17 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at Fort Hill Activity Center. Fort Hill's instructors will lead everyone in the fun dance moves of Zumba, Body Jam and Zumba Gold, followed by refreshments. Registration is open to members and nonmembers.