Deerfield will be full of Halloween activities Friday and Saturday with the return of the Park District sponsored Halloween Hoopla, a party for special needs children sponsored by West Deerfield Township and trick or treating at many downtown businesses.
Annually drawing more than 1,000 people, Halloween Hoopla starts at 7 p.m. Friday with a Haunted House at Jewett Park. The Haunted House will be scaring people from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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Along with the Haunted House, there will be costume contests, a bonfire, an outdoor movie, a DJ and more. There is a fee for the house but not the other activities. For information on costs of all events check the Park District website.
Other Halloween Hoopla activities from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Jewett Park and the community center will include outdoor inflatable rides, a “lights on” haunted house, balloon twisters, costumed characters, carnival games and an art room including face painters.
There will also be both indoor and outdoor games with each child coming to the afternoon events receiving a participation ribbon as long as they come in a Halloween costume.
There will be a softer event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Deerfield Village Hall for special needs children. There will also be games and other activities. Costumes are welcome, according to West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison.
“This is a more low key, welcoming and friendly event,” Morrison said. “Some children are easily frightened by darkness and the sounds.”
Before heading to Halloween Hoopla or after the party, children will be able to do some early trick or treating from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at many downtown businesses, according to Gigi Ramis of the Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce.
Trick or treaters should look for the orange sign in the window. For more details check the Chamber of Commerce website.