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Elgin Announces Halloween Considerations and New Drive-Through Event

Considerations for Halloween Celebrations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines classifying trick-or-treating a high-risk activity during the coronavirus pandemic. The City of Elgin is not encouraging trick-or-treating this year consistent with the CDC’s guidance and is recommending alternative options for celebrating the holiday.

Those choosing to trick-or-treat should limit activity to 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 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 COVID19 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 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., October 22 through November 1, at the historic Wing Park, located at 1010 Wing Street 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. 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!

“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 daily at 3:00 p.m. October 22 to November 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 6:00 p.m. and close promptly at 9:00 p.m. Little Park of Horrors has a suggested cash donation of $5.00 per vehicle to support the actors and volunteers involved in the event. This experience is rated PG13.

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