After the news reports that Aurora will “reimagine” trick-or-treating in 2020, city of Elgin officials announced today (Monday, Sept. 28, 2020) that they are “not encouraging” trick-or-treating on Oct. 31.
Aurora trick-or-treating will be from 3 to 7 p.m., and the city is hosting a drive-thru event at Phillips Park.
According to a city of Elgin news release, the city of Elgin is not encouraging trick-or-treating this year, consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines classifying trick-or-treating a high-risk activity.
Those choosing to trick-or-treat should limit activity to 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.
Households not participating are encouraged to leave the front door exterior lights turned off during those hours to discourage visitors.
Trick-or-treating safety tips can be found at cityofelgin.org/trickortreat.
Similar to activities like dining or attending events, persons choosing to participate in any Halloween celebrations should take appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions, such as wearing a mask, social distancing and limiting group size.
Elgin to Host Little Park of Horrors Event at Wing Park
The city of Elgin will host the first ever Little Park of Horrors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 22 through Nov. 1, at the historic Wing Park, located at 1010 Wing St. in Elgin.
Little Park of Horrors is a socially distanced, drive-through event designed to chill guests to the bone with its horror-themed props and creations.
“A half-mile drive of tantalizing terror awaits guests on this haunting endeavor,” city officials say in a news release.
Visitors will experience sprawling skeletons, creepy circus clowns and cavernous dwellings, all set to lighting effects and spooky music. Those steadfast souls fearless enough to brave the park on Saturdays and Sundays will be treated to live actors and atmospherics.
“Buckle up tight, it’s going to be a grueling ride!” the news release says.
“We shared in the community’s disappointment with the difficult but necessary decision to cancel Nightmare on Chicago Street this year,” said Special Events Coordinator Kate O’Leary. “Staff put their heads together to develop a safe and exciting alternative event, and, along with the creative minds behind Nightmare on Chicago Street, Little Park of Horrors was created.”
Wing Park will close to the public at 3 p.m. daily from Oct. 22 to Nov. 1. The Wing Park Golf Course will not be affected by the closure.
Little Park of Horrors is open to vehicle traffic only. Pedestrians will be prohibited. Vehicles must enter on Wing Street and exit on McClure Avenue, following a one-way traffic route through the park.
Each night, gates will open at 6 p.m. and close promptly at 9 p.m. Little Park of Horrors has a suggested cash donation of $5 per vehicle to support the actors and volunteers involved in the event.
This experience is rated PG13.
City of Elgin Facebook Post
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