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What’s Happening this Halloween!

What’s Happening this Halloween!

It’s that time of year! Leaves have changed, ghosts and ghouls are out, and frightening events have already taken the Elgin area by storm! In fact, Elgin has such a reputation for Halloween festivities, that Elgin placed 6th in SmartAsset’s study-based list of the best places to celebrate Halloween in 2020. And we couldn’t agree more! The Elgin area boasts candy stores and bakeries that love selling Halloween goodies. And this year, our community has thought of creative solutions for spreading spooky fun while remaining safe and healthy.

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Events Happening This Week!

October 28th – November 1

Kids Glow Yoga
Vida Yoga and Fitness
50 S Grove Ave D, Elgin, IL 60120
Friday  10/30 5 PM
Let’s come together to celebrate life!!
Kids will learn about the celebration Día de los Muertos. We will incorporate movement and breath work into our fun and active yoga practice.

Glow Yoga

Vida Yoga and Fitness
Friday 10/30  6 PM
Come join us for a 75-minute flow under the black lights. Get ready to sweat and glow! You’ll feel strong, rejuvenated, and relaxed.

Trick or Treat at Camp Big Timber
Camp Big Timber
37W955 Big Timber Rd, Elgin, IL 60124

Friday October 30  3 PM – 5 PM
Saturday October 31  3 PM – 5 PM

Big Timber Pumpkin Fest will be offering Drive Thru Trick or Treat. We will offer a safe and fun version of our Terror show that everyone in the family can come out an enjoy from. Click now to secure your tickets to this all-new Halloween adventure!

Terror in the Timbers
Camp Big Timber
37W955 Big Timber RD, Elgin, IL 60124
Thursday 10/29   6 PM – 11:55 PM
Friday 10/30   6 PM – 11:55 PM
Saturday 10/31   6 PM – 11:55 PM
Get spooked! Enjoy the horror of a late-night drive through the woods. Not your traditional haunted house… it’s a haunted road through the scariest woods in northern Illinois. Scenes of gore and horror will thrill you to your bones.

Nature Arts & Crafts
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
28 Brookside Drive, Elgin, IL 60123
Friday 10/30   10 AM – 12 PM
On Friday mornings we will have seasonally-themed craft activity! Supplies are sanitized and packaged per family. Crafts are parent led and socially distanced. Creative examples will be on display with guidance available. Supplies must be returned to the Nature Center by noon. Arts & crafts are yours to keep and enjoy! Register on-line for the Fridays you will come.

Dia de los Muertos Kids Day at Side Street!
Side Street Studios
15 Zeigler Ct, Elgin, IL 60120
Friday 10/30  4 PM – 7 PM
As part of our Community Moves arts education and outreach program, Side Street Studio Arts hosts seasonal make-and-take arts events for children and their grown ups that are free and open to the public. In this open house environment, families are welcome to spend time at Side Street, visiting various art-making stations, making work of their own to take home, and just simply explore the gallery. Free & Open to the Public. We have implemented enhanced cleaning strategies, limited capacity in all spaces, and will require properly-worn masks of all who enter. Please note, you may have to wait to enter if we are at capacity.

Full moon ride- October #2
Elgin Community Bikes
Parking lot North of Festival Park, Prairie & South Grove, Elgin
Saturday 10/31  9 PM – 11 PM
It’s the Elgin full moon ride. This will be a moderate pace ride for a few miles throughout the core neighborhoods of Elgin. Join us for this social night ride!
Reminder: Illinois State law requires bike riders to have a clear light on the front and a red reflector or a red light on the back for night time riding. That would be the minimum attempt for safety, so let’s all be easy to see on the street.
All riders must complete an annual Ride Participation Waiver at https://waiver.fr/p-SDLTu

Little Park of Horrors
Wing Park
1010 Wing St, Elgin, IL 60123
Thursday 10/28 – Sunday 11/1  6 PM – 9 Pm

Join us for the City of Elgin’s newest event, Little Park of Horrors! This socially distanced, drive-through event through Wing Park will be open to vehicle traffic only. Little Park of Horrors will feature horror props with lighting and audio effects, and will run from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., October 22 – November 1. Due to the spooky nature of the event, Little Park of Horrors is rated PG-13.

Big Timber XC Challenge
Camp Big Timber
37W955 Big Timber RD, Elgin, IL 60124

Sunday 11/1   7:30 AM

For 2020, Dick Pond Athletics has made some modifications to the course to provide the option of running it as a 3-mile or 5-mile distance. And because of COVID, we’ve made some changes to the race format to allow for social distancing and a safer environment for runners, staff and volunteers. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the legendary creek crossing! We invite and respectfully ask that you “Come, Run Safely and Cross the Creek, and Leave.” No congregating crowds, no post-race awards ceremony, and (gasp!) no pancakes. Only a morning of running through the woods and beating the challenge. There are registration restrictions to this event, so be sure to sign up early!


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