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The Village of Orland Park’s fall seasonal activities are in motion with one successful event recently hosted, plans announced for safe and fun trick-or-treating experience and the first annual Orland Park House Decorating Contest underway.
Great Pumpkin Party
The Village kicked off the fall season with the annual Great Pumpkin Party on Saturday, September 26 at Centennial Park. The sold-out, outdoor event included three, two-hour sessions. An extra session was added this year to accommodate more attendees spread out over three time frames for social distancing.
“It was great to see kids out an about in the fresh air having a good time,” said Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau. “This is just another instance that goes to show that it is possible to host events when planned properly and with safety in mind.
The on-site activities included pony rides, barrel train car rides, inflatable axe throwing, strong man hammer, a corn maze, DJ- music, games and a scavenger hunt. The event also included a Fall Market including seasonal craft and food vendors.
All children under 14 years received a treat bag and pie-size pumpkin upon entering that was filled with take and make crafts, activity books, candy and more. Over 60 participants took part in a costume contest.
Halloween House Decorating Contest
Residents are invited to join in on the First Annual Village of Orland Park Halloween House Decorating Contest.
“This addition to the fall lineup is a great way to join in on the fun,” said Pekau. “There are so many great decorations already up in many of the Orland Park neighborhoods.”
Those wishing to take part in the new contest can simply register online at www.orlandpark.org. All displays will be judged and photographed on Monday, Oct. 26 at dusk. Two prizes will be awarded – Best Overall and People’s Choice (the home receiving the most “likes” on social media from Oct. 27-29).
Winners will be awarded a sign to proudly display in their front yard! Winners will be announced on Oct. 30. Registration deadline is Sunday, Oct. 25.
Trick-or-Treating in Orland Park
Like so many activities and events that have changed this year, Orland Park families can expect Halloween 2020 to look a bit different as well. This year, the Village has approved a plan to accommodate a safe Halloween experience for both participants and non-participants.
“So many things have been taken away or canceled this year for children,” said Pekau. “Orland Park families have proven their resilience and ability to stay safe while still maintaining some sort of normalcy, and Halloween is no exception,” he explained. “I know we are looking forward to seeing trick-or-treaters this year.”
Trick-or-treating in Orland Park is from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. Those who ARE welcoming trick-or-treaters are asked to leave their porch lights on to indicate they are participating.
The following are the proposed recommendations to be utilized during this years’ celebration:
- The Village of Orland Park is asking residents who choose NOT to participate to post this Village-created sign on their door and leave their porch lights off to signify that you are not welcoming trick-or-treaters. This sign can be printed from the Village’s website or picked up at Village Hall, Sportsplex or at the Orland Park Health and Fitness Center during normal business hours. We ask that trick-or-treaters respect the sign postings and the wishes of those homeowners by bypassing any residence where such a sign is posted.
- We ask that trick-or-treaters, as well as homeowners, consider wearing an appropriate COVID-19 mask when interacting with each other.
- Please do not leave bowls of candy outside for multiple people to touch.
- The Cook County Health Department is very concerned about large gatherings taking place. Please consider this when making your plans.
Please see CDC holiday recommendations for more information. Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!
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