Editor's Note: Daily Chronicle staff compiled a list of activities planned so far for Halloween around the county, with details on extra measures planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DeKalb Area Halloween Event List
The Genoa Park District will host a Trunk or Treat drive-thru event in Custom Aluminum’s parking lot from 1 to 3 p.m. on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31. Candy will distributed to the person sitting in the passenger seat. Candy passers will be wearing face masks and gloves and participants are asked to stay in their cars at all times. The event will also feature a costume contest, and photos of the winners will appear on the park district’s Facebook page. Pre-registration online is required.
The DeKalb Park District will host a Halloween house decorating contest for DeKalb residents only. The fee is $5 to participate per household and the deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 20. All displays will be judged by park district staff for the best overall theme between 4 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. All displays will also be judged online through the Park District’s Facebook page for a people's choice award, Oct. 22 through Oct. 30. The image with the most likes by 9 p.m. Oct. 30 wins and the winner will be announced Oct. 31.
The Spooktacular Scramble, 18 haunted holes of golf, will take place 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at River Heights Golf Course, 1020 Sharon Drive. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 25. Contests include best individual costume, best team costume, first place, hole contests, putting green challenge and a 50/50 raffle. Fee is $50 per individual or $160 per foursome. Participants must pre-register by Oct. 16 by calling 815-758-1550.
Howl-o-Ween will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Katz Park, 393 W. Dresser Road in DeKalb. Participants can bring their costumed dog to compete in a Halloween costume contest. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Judging begins at 11 a.m., with prizes in the following categories: most “spook-tacular,” “howling” with laughter and best owner/pet costume combo.
Although this year’s Sycamore Pumpkin Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sycamore Lions Club will still host a decorated pumpkin contest.
A drive-thru event will be held Oct. 21 through Oct. 25 at the Sycamore Park on Airport Road. The display area will be located by the Lions and Good Tymes shelters in the park. Pumpkin display set-up will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, with viewing Oct. 23 through 4 p.m. Oct. 25. Judging of the pumpkins will be Friday, Oct. 23.
The Sycamore Park District will host a Pumpkin Rol’ Down with two time slots, 3 or 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17. Participants can roll a pumpkin down the Northwestern Medicine Sled Hill to the prize grid below. Proceeds support the Kiwanis Club of Sycamore. All attendees must register online or at the community center service desk. Cost is $5 per person, with each person age 2 and older receiving a pumpkin to roll and keep. Ages 1 and younger attend for free, but must be registered to attend.
Local Storyteller Phyllis Horst will tell ghost stories at Sycamore Park District from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The program is free and suitable for all ages. Advance registration is required; call 815-895-3365 to sign up.
The Pumpkin Scramble will take place at the Sycamore Park District on Saturday, Oct. 24. Cost is $100 per team and does not include green fees or carts. No handicaps are needed. Entry fees go into the prize pool.
Doggie Trick-or-Treat will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Sycamore Park District Community Center. Every dog that attends will receive a free treat.