Not everyone enjoys heart-pumping scares and blood-chilling screams of traditional Halloween activities. Many residents seek fun, exciting ways to celebrate the season without the spooks and haunts to give you nightmares.
For this reason, residents can count on the St. Charles Park District to provide thrilling, yet non-scary events, safe for the whole family to enjoy from moonlight hayrides to an indoor fall carnival.
Primrose Farm is the place to be for Halloween-themed adventures for the whole family. Moonlight hayrides are back this October to experience a tour of the living history farm by the light of the moon. Snuggle up close as you travel along the corn fields and through the 100 plus acres of farmland for a two-mile, 30-minute ride.
After the ride, warm up by the bonfire to roast marshmallows, sip hot chocolate or hot cider.
Three time slots are available starting at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. during the weekends of Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-12, and Oct. 18-19. Advance registration is required.
While on the farm, add Escape the Barn to your night. Modeled after “escape room” venues, this popular event is back to challenge those who dare to solve the mystery.
This year, participants will become detectives who are investigating a crime scene when Farmer George, his wife and farmhands go missing. Groups of 3-8 people, at least 11 years old, will be “locked” into the dairy barn for 45 minutes to solve a series of interactive challenges to find the culprit behind the crimes. New this year, groups will have the opportunity to ask for hints along the way if they get stuck on a challenge.
Once the mystery is solved, they can compare their scores with other groups and take a photo opportunity to prove they “escaped the barn.” If time runs out without solving the crime, a staff member will provide answers.
Advance registration is required, and those who also sign up for a Moonlight Hayride will receive a $5 discount on Escape the Barn.
“Escape the Barn puts residents into the spirit of Halloween, with a thrilling, suspenseful challenge without the spooky imagery or scares like in a haunted house,” said Emily Lambillotte, Farm Programs Supervisor.
More mysteries exist downtown St. Charles during the annual Mystery History Walking Tour Oct. 3. Unlike Escape the Barn, though, you’ll be learning about mysterious happenings from St. Charles’ past, instead of solving mysteries.
Whether it’s date night or a night out with friends, you’ll visit various establishments downtown to enjoy a drink or two, as your tour guide provides intriguing and spooky tales from St. Charles past. The tour is from 6-9 p.m. Participants must be 21 years old. Advance registration is required. The program is held in partnership with the St. Charles History Museum.
New this year is CarniFALL Oct. 6 at Sportsplex to celebrate the season with carnival-type activities including Nerf target games, Bozo buckets and ring toss, plus a bounce house. Concessions will be open serving carnival-type food as well. Stop by any time between 12-3 p.m. Advance registration is required by Oct. 1.
Another event the whole family can enjoy is Grave Reminders from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Walk through North Cemetery to “meet” some of the residents who were laid to rest in one of the oldest cemeteries in St. Charles. In partnership with the St. Charles History Museum, volunteers, dressed in costume, will portray these residents, retelling spooky, yet family-friendly stories of their lives.
Register at www.stcparks.org