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Halloween Happenings with the DeKalb Park District

Thu October 1, 2020

DeKalb, IL- Each season has brought new questions on what celebrating holiday traditions will look like with on-going COVID-19 safety restrictions and Halloween is certainly no exception. The DeKalb Park District has put their heads together to conjure some frightening fun that could be enjoyed no matter what phase our region is in this October. Staff is excited to share two new Halloween events, and one reimagined.

On Saturday, October 18th, golf staff will host a new golf outing, the Spooktacular Scramble at River Heights Golf Course, located at 1020 Sharon Drive. Participants will enjoy 18 haunted holes of golf, plus some special course contests, and a putting challenge. Prizes will be awarded for first place and to both the individual and foursome with the Best Individual or Team Costume. The fee is $50 per individual and $160 per foursome, with the shotgun start at 11:00 am. Pre-registration is required by October 16 and the rain date for this event is October 25. Fee includes a golf cart while supplies last.

Calling all witches and warlocks, boy and ghouls! Tuesday, October 20th is the deadline to participate in the first annual DeKalb Halloween House Decorating Contest. DeKalb residents are invited to show off their spookiest house decorations and enter this fun contest! Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Best Overall (staff pick) and People’s Choice. Addresses of all entries will be published in local media unless specified otherwise at the time of registration. Staff judging will take place between 4:00-9:00 pm on October 21, with the People’s Choice voting taking place on the District Facebook page, October 22-30. Photos of each house will be shared, and the image with the most “likes” by 9:00 pm on October 30 wins! Winners will receive a prize package and sign to display in their yard. The fee to participate is $5 per household.

“We are hoping these new events will become traditions for the Park District, pandemic or not,” commented Superintendent of Recreation, Greg Bruggeman. “We wanted to make sure we had some Halloween fun planned for both kids and adults.”

And back by popular demand, staff will be hosting a free pet event, Howl-o-ween for all our furry friends on Saturday, October 24th at the Katz Dog Park, located 393 W. Dresser Road. This costume contest for dogs and their owners has been an annual favorite and staff cannot wait to see all the creativity. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Most Spook-tacular, Howling with Laughter, and Best Owner/Pet Costume Combo. Judging will begin at 11:00 am and although a free event, pre-registration is required.

Staff wants to keep the public safe this fall, so the public is reminded that face-coverings are required at all our outdoor events when 6 feet or less of social distancing cannot be maintained.  

Learn more about these upcoming Halloween events or to register, please visit or call (815) 758-6663. The public is invited to participate in one or all three Halloween events, if they dare.