BERWYN – It’s a “spooktacular” day of fall fun Oct. 27 in Berwyn, as both the North Berwyn Park District and the Berwyn Park District have free, family friendly events to celebrate the season and Halloween.
To kick off the afternoon, the North Berwyn Park District will host its 15th annual Fall Fest and Pumpkin Patch from noon to 4 p.m. at the Berwyn Gardens Gazebo. The event will feature pumpkin decorating, a Halloween-themed craft, train rides and pony rides. Children of all ages will want to wear their costumes for the Halloween costume contest, which begins at 2 p.m. No registration is necessary.
Park District Executive Director Joe Vallez said the event has been a success for so many years because it’s a great afternoon where the community comes together for family fun.
“This is an event that encompasses all of Halloween in one day. People often have to travel to rural areas for this kind of event, so we wanted to bring it close to home,” he said. “People can spend time with family and friends, and parents can be assured that their kids will be safe at this event. We know people enjoy it and come back every year. It’s a great way to spend a fall afternoon.”
After the fun at the Berwyn Gardens Gazebo ends, families can head over to Proksa Park for the Berwyn Park District’s All Hallows Eve. The costume parade, which is open to children of all ages, steps off at 3 p.m. from the Pav YMCA on Oak Park Avenue and continues west along 31st Street to the park. Prizes will be awarded to the top five costumes.
Creepy hearses will lead the parade through the park to the baseball fields, which will be turned into a pumpkin patch. After the parade, families can take a hay ride around the park, decorate pumpkins, play Halloween games and hear some spooky stories from 5 to 6 p.m. A bonfire in the park caps off the evening from 6 to 7 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, taffy apples and more concessions will be available for purchase at the event.
Zak Kerby, events manager at the Berwyn Park District, said All Hallows Eve is always a popular event with Berwyn families.
“It’s a tradition for many people. Families can come out and wear their costumes,” he said. “We bring a pumpkin patch to Proksa Park, so it’s always a good time. It’s a fun, family friendly fall event.”