Burr Ridge scares up Halloween fun
Children and parents are all smiles as they head out to the haunted woods at. Walker Park on Saturday, where revelers gathered for an early Halloween celebration. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
TRICK OR TREAT: 3-8 p.m. Oct. 31
PARK DISTRICT EVENT: 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31; Harvester Park; $8 residents, $12 non-residents
GOWER PUMPKIN FEST: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Gower West Elementary, 7650 Clarendon Hills Road. Free
Updated: December 24, 2012 1:17AM
BURR RIDGE — Hinsdale South Senior Jatneet Wahi said she isn’t too old for trick-or-treating.
But the South Key Club secretary also has learned that volunteering can be just as much fun. Wahi and other members of the South Key Club, the junior version of Kiwanis Club, will help make Halloween special for local children by helping out at the annual Halloween celebration at the Burr Ridge Park District Community Center.
The annual event at Harvester Park offers children a safe place to celebrate, to gather candy and to show off their costumes.
“It’s like a mini carnival for kids,” said Wahi, who said she had a lot of fun helping out at Harvest Fest this year and is looking forward to the Halloween celebration.
Wahi and her fellow Key Club members will supervise games for costume-clad children while other volunteers oversee craft projects and a cookie walk.
Flashlights will be distributed to the first 200 children. They can use their flashlights to navigate their way through the enchanted playground.
A show by the Traveling World of Reptiles will add to the evening’s creep factor.
The Gower School PTO and Willowbrook Parks and Recreation Department invite families to celebrate Halloween at the annual Pumpkin Fest from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Gower West Elementary School, 7650 Clarendon Hills Road in Willowbrook.
Prizes will be awarded for the funniest, scariest and most original costumes. The event, intended for children in preschool through eighth grade and their parents, will also offer carnival games, face painting and treats.
Police also offer these tips for a safe and fun Halloween:
• Young children should be accompanied by an adult or responsible teen.
• Use the sidewalks. If you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.
• Visit homes that are familiar and avoid those that are dark.
• Residents should leave a front light on to let children know they are welcome to visit. Homeowners also can pick up a free “Trick-or-Treaters Welcome” sign at the police station.
• Examine all treats before they are consumed. Throw away any unwrapped candy.