We have come to the time in fall where the good will of Thanksgiving and Christmas are shrouded in darkness, covered by the frights of Halloween.
But Halloween can be fun too.
Several haunts, events and free food for wearing costumes are right here in Orland Park for those who dare.
Here is a short list of attractions in town. Feel free to add any we missed in the comments.
Haunt and Events
17404 Deer Creek Drive
Each year, Yvonne and Ralph Shurley put out a massive haunt on the front lawn of their Orland Park home. The free attraction includes a crypt, a crematorium, live actors and a lot of surprises.
Trick or Treat Night at Joe Rizza Ford
1 p.m.- 7 p.m., 8100 W 159th St.
Visit the dealership for free candy and to enter a drawing for a free Amazon Kindle Fire. Contestants don’t have to remain for the drawing to win.
Chipotle’s Boorito Fundraiser
4 p.m.-10 p.m. 15240 S. LaGrange Road
Chipotle is offering a discount on food sales Wednesday evening to people who come in costume. All burrito, bowl, salad and taco orders will be $2 to those dressed up. Proceeds up to $1 million are going to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which is focused on sustainable and healthier food production.
Trick Or Treat Hours and Safety Tips
Trick or treating hours in Orland Park will be from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
The Orland Park Police Department encourages parents and children to be aware of cars traveling during trick or treating, and to make sure balance is kept when wearing loose clothing as part of a costume.
Here are other safety tips:
• Never let your child Trick-or-Treat alone.
• Tell the children never to enter into the home or a car of anyone that says they will give them candy or treats.
• Stay on the sidewalks, cross all streets at the corner and driveways after checking both ways. Remove masks, or other parts could cause them to fall, or not be able to have a clear view (good peripheral vision) of the street and oncoming vehicles.
• Have a designated area, or plan a safe route, that is known to the child and parent to trick or treat, preferably the child’s own neighborhood, and go only to homes that are lit.
• All children should stay with their group and the adults or young adult they went out with.
• If the child is carrying any type of prop, sword, staff, hatchet, etc… the parent should ensure rounded, smooth ends and sides and flexible, in case of a fall to prevent injury.
• The costume should be fireproof. Have some sort of reflective material in or on the costume.
• Do not allow children to eat candy that is open or the wrapping is damaged in any way, parents should check all candy first.
Source: Village of Orland Park
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