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Celebrate Halloween with Free Events at the Naperville Park District

Scare-illon Concert on Oct. 26 and Halloween Happening on Oct. 27

Naperville Park District invites the community to attend the Scare-illon Concert, featuring City Carillonneur Tim Sleep and Naperville Park District’s Élan Dance Company. Children ages 10 and under and their families are encouraged to enjoy Halloween Happening, presented by Woody Buick GMC. Other sponsors include: Texas Roadhouse, Rocket Ice, DuPage Medical Group, Aurelio’s Pizza, Living Well Dental, Shotokan Karate, Rose Pest Solutions, Mathnasium, Coldwell Banker, College Nannies and Tutors, Naperville Yard, Chuy’s, Main Event, Naperville Bank and Trust, FBC Remodel, Dave & Busters, and Kona Ice. Friendly student volunteers will help run games and hand out treats.                   

The Scare-illon Concert features spooky and atmospheric music, including both classical and popular tunes evoking seasonal themes. Élan Dance Company will perform several seasonal pieces, alternating with Carillon music. Naperville Park District will hand out glow sticks for as long as the supply lasts. Halloween Happening provides an afternoon of fun, including Halloween-themed games and activity stations where children can collect treats and win prizes. A variety of inflatables add to the fun and a lineup of children’s entertainment is planned. Kids are welcome to wear their favorite costumes to the event.

The Scare-illon Concert takes place on Saturday, October 26 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Halloween Happening runs from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27. The Halloween Happening entertainment schedule is as follows:

  • Élan Dance Company at 1:00 p.m.
  • Jeannie B at 2:00 p.m.
  • Gary Kantor at 3:00 p.m.

There is no rain date for either event; in case of inclement weather, check the Park District’s weather cancellations tab for updates at

A special note:  The Naperville Park District will host a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the newly renovated Jaycee Playground, just east of the location of Halloween Happening, at 12:45 p.m. immediately prior to the event. Those planning to attend Halloween Happening are welcome to stop by the Jaycee Playground, located at 912 Sindt Court, on their way to the event, or take time on the way home to explore the new playground equipment.

The Scare-illon Concert will be performed at the Naperville Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and at the base of the tower at Rotary Hill, located at 443 Aurora Avenue. Halloween Happening takes place at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, located at 912 Sindt Court, west of Centennial Beach. Parking is available along Sindt Court or at the Centennial Beach parking lot.


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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.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
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.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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