Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour
Pack up the family for an evening out! Drive by several of the spookiest homes in the Fox Valley area, and admire the ghoulish yard displays of St. Charles’ finest home haunters. Homes are best viewed from dusk until 10pm beginning October 19 through Halloween night.
FREE TOUR GUIDE: click here (PDF available Oct. 19)
Some displays may not be appropriate for all ages. Parents, please use your discretion…only the brave should exit their cars! Please be courteous and respect the homeowners’ rights and property during your adventure. To see the annual winner’s list: click here
Friday, October 19
Judging Night – The best and creepiest night to view the tour!
Saturday, October 20
To cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award: click here (link coming Oct. 19)
Halloween House Decorating Contest
Get your neighborhood psyched for a little competition! Participate in the annual “Best in St. Charles” Halloween House Decorating Contest. Winners will receive bragging rights and a “Best In St. Charles” award. All contest entries will be included in the Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour. All participants will receive a photo of their house by mail following the event.
All entries are judged on originality, creativity, and use of the “Halloween” theme. Special lighting, musical effects and live actors are encouraged. Remember that small details like lighting pumpkins and playing spooky music will make the experience for everyone more spooktacular!
A Park District Contest Committee will judge all entries except the People’s Choice Award, which is an online voting ballot. One winner will be awarded for each category. A homeowner may win in more than one category. Judging includes the part of your yard and house that is visible/open to the public. Winners will be contacted by phone, posted on Facebook and listed on the Park District’s website. All contest decisions will be final.
First time entry. Eligible homeowner has not previously participated in the Halloween House Decorating Contest.
Big Scare – Low Budget
Ghoulish decorating on a budget. Best use of low cost, basic supplies to create a creepy, haunting, Halloween display.
Best Actors (1-6 ghouls)
Best use of 1-6 live character actors on “Judging Night”.
Best Actors (7+ ghouls)
Best use of 7 or more live character actors on “Judging Night”.
“Judging Night” display that judges enjoyed the most.
A whimsical and kid-friendly display containing Halloween fun and lots of Fall color.
Best Youth Actors (Age 18 & under)
Best use of live character actors, age 18 & under on “Judging Night”. No adults, please.
Eeriest Haunt (w/o actors)
A delightlfully frightening display without actors.
Determined by online voting received between Oct. 20 and Nov. 1.
Participants can expect many drive-bys throughout the tour dates – maybe even a bus or two – and especially on Judging Night. More than 2,000 tour guides are downloaded from the Park District’s website each year by families from all over Chicago. Last year, several homeowners provided visitors with a full haunt production on numerous nights.
This contest is open to all residents with a St. Charles address or living within the St. Charles Park District’s boundaries. FREE homeowner registrations. Please register early. To register: click here
Entry forms must be completed and returned in order to be qualified. Registration deadline is Oct. 17 at 5pm.
For more information, comments or suggestions, call Katie Miller at 630-513-4390.