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Downers Grove

Halloween happenings aplenty in Downers Grove

Window painting, Main Street Cemetery tour set for Saturday

Grace Larsen of Downers Grove paints Halloween decorations on windows of businesses in Downers Grove in 2019. The annual window painting event will be held Saturday in the downtown business district.
Grace Larsen of Downers Grove paints Halloween decorations on windows of businesses in Downers Grove in 2019. The annual window painting event will be held Saturday in the downtown business district.

DOWNERS GROVE - There's no shortage of Halloween events in Downers Grove on Saturday.

The traditional Halloween Window Painting kicks off the festivities in downtown Downers Grove followed by a Halloween dance party later in the day sponsored by the Downer Grove Park District.

The Downers Grove Historical Society has revamped its Living Cemetery tour so that participants can learn about village’s founding families using technology rather than via the presentations given by students.

Window painting

The annual Halloween Window Painting, sponsored by the Downtown Downers Grove Management Corp. and the Rotary Club, runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants are asked to bring a canned good donation for the Downers Grove Area FISH food pantry when they pick up their paints at 933A Curtiss St.

Windows are not assigned and are on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited amount of paintbrushes will be available courtesy of Beil & Stromberg Insurance.

Participants are asked to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, wear a mask and respect social distancing when choosing a window to paint. Participants may want to bring:

• Paint brushes
• Paper towels
• Paint shirt or smock
• Paper plate if your child need to mix colors
• Water bottle for cleaning brushes

Painting a window is only the start of the day for families who want to enjoy Halloween festivities in town.

The Downers Grove Park District will host a Monster Mash Dance Party at the Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave.

Children will have the opportunity to learn some fun dance moves to classic spooky Halloween songs. Treats will be distributed. Participants will be required to wear a face covering at all times.

The dance will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for children ages 3 to 6 and from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. for children ages 6 to 10. The fee is $8 for Downers Grove residents and $12 for non-residents.

Living cemetery

The Downers Grove Historical Society has revamped this year’s Living Cemetery event so individuals can still learn about the town's founding families without students portraying the founders.

The tour is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants are asked to find the designated graves marked with a bright sign. The QR code on the sign will take participants to an audio track about the person buried at that site.

A smart phone is required for audio enjoyment, or individuals can simply wander around and read headstones to see how settlers came from all over the world to live in Downers Grove.

Finally, scarecrows continue to be on display at Lyman Woods, 901 31st St., through Nov. 13. Some 30 scarecrows constructed by civic groups, families and businesses are on display.

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