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Halloween happenings in Westmont

Oct 22, 2015 01:43PM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

October is packed full of fun Halloween Happenings in Westmont!  The Village of Westmont encourages everyone to have a fun & safe Halloween.  Below are some Halloween safety tips as well as calendar dates for some upcoming Halloween events.

Trick or Treat Trail—Sat., Oct. 24—Downtown Westmont

Put on your Halloween costumes and head to Downtown Westmont on Oct. 24, from 11am–1pm, as local businesses in the downtown area offer treats and goodies to our costumed guests. Participating businesses will be clearly marked and offer treats as well as business specials. This event is free and open to the public. Also, the Westmont Chamber is working with the People’s Resource Center for their Stuff The Truck Program—residents are asked to bring canned food and dry goods to donate to PRC, which serves area families in need. And be sure to check out the new Pumpkin Smashing Extravaganza. For more information, contact the Westmont Chamber of Commerce at westmontchamber.com or 630-960-5553.

Haunted Forest—Saturday, Oct. 24—Twin Lakes Woods, 200 W. 59th St.

Head to Twin Lakes Woods for the Haunted Forest Tour on Sat., Oct. 24. Guests will take a haunted trek and hayrack ride through the Twin Lakes Woods. The entrance to this event is Twin Lakes Park, 200 W. 59th St. in Westmont. Ticket sales will take place 5 to 9pm on location. The fee is $6 per person. The Merry Monster Matinee will be from 4 to 6:30pm and will focus on the “fun” of Halloween for younger kids. For more info, contact the Westmont Park District at westmontparks.org or 630-963-5252.

Halloween Fun Fair & Jr. High Dance—Sat., Oct. 31—
Park District Community Center,  75 E. Richmond

The Halloween Fun FaiR will be from 5–7pm and offers Fang-Tastic Halloween fun for the whole family. This event will feature games, concessions, a costume parade, and more! Then, sixth, seventh and eighth graders are invited to the annual Halloween Dance from 7:30 to 9pm. There will be a costume contest, dancing, prizes, concessions and more.  This is a great way for middle schoolers to enjoy Halloween night.

TRICK OR TREATING—Halloween, Sat., Oct. 31, 2–7pm

On Halloween night, the Westmont Police Department recommends trick or treating from 2–7pm. Check out our Halloween safety tips on the village website at westmont.illinois.gov.

Pumpkin Smashing Extravaganza promotes composting

“The EIC is being creative in developing as many recycling opportunities as we can for the residents of Westmont,” says Environmental Improvement Commission Secretary Mary Gabryel. “We want to thank The Farm on 63rd St. for providing a pumpkin composting drop-off this year.”

The Farm, a Westmont business located at 34 E. 63rd St., will be accepting unwanted/used pumpkins starting on Mon., Nov. 2 through Fri., Nov. 6, 10am–4pm, and Sat., Nov. 7, 9am–3pm. All pumpkins must be cleaned free of inorganic materials such as candles and decorations prior to being disposed in the composting collection container.

To bring more attention to the pumpkin composting effort as well as other Halloween events, the EIC has created a very unique special event. “Our EIC members were talking about a pumpkin catapult event,” says EIC Staff Liaison Larry McIntyre, “and we decided to take it a step further by creating the Pumpkin Smashing Extravaganza.” Community organizations and public agencies will be invited to put forth one contestant to go 25 feet up in a bucket truck and then throw pumpkins from the bucket at a target on the ground below. The goal is to have a fun, community event and use the excitement of the event as an opportunity to promote pumpkin composting and other Halloween events in Westmont.

The Pumpkin Smashing Extravaganza will be part of the Trick Or Treat Trail event in downtown Westmont on Sat., Oct. 24, 11am to 1pm.

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