Halloween Town

Fall for Long Grove this October

We know 2020 has put a wrinkle in event plans for every community. We have retooled our favorite fall Hometown Events to provide our visitors with a safe, but fun way to celebrate fall and Halloween with our downtown business community. With these necessary changes, we are still finalizing our plans. We ask that you check this page or follow us on Facebook for updates. (Please note: the photos featured on this page are from previous fall events without mask and social distancing restrictions.)

Saturday, October 10, 2020

DIY Scarecrow Day

Scarecrow Day log

The suburb’s biggest homage to scarecrow-making returns again to Historic Downtown Long Grove. Do It Yourself Scarecrow Day is an afternoon dedicated to harvesting charm and family fun.  Scarecrow engineers are invited to reserve a time to build their own custom scarecrow modeled after any character or idea they can create.  We encourage participants to plan ahead, gather clothing and accessories and register in advance. A $10 registration fee per scarecrow earns each group of builders a wood base, hay for stuffing, and building guidance from our team of volunteers.

**Masks are required, social distancing guidelines will be followed and cleaning of work stations will take place between groups. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Visit the DIY Scarecrow webpage for further details.

Scarecrow Contest Voting




Thursday, October 15, 2020

Witches Night Out

Businesses in Historic Downtown Long Grove will be open late for grown-up witches and warlocks to have fun shopping, sipping and dining! Participating businesses will have specials, discounts, give-aways and more planned for all the little pretties who attend. Witches who register in advance or at the event will be entered to win prizes donated by our merchants throughout the night.

Mark you calendar now and start planning an evening of spooky fun!

Our current list of participating businesses and what they’ll be offering (as of October 9):

  • Bella Donna | Free Gift with purchase
  • Broken Earth Winery | Buy one bottle of wine, get one for 50% off (discounted bottle of equal or lesser value)
  • Chatter Box
  • Covered Bridge Creamery
  • Country House of Long Grove
  • Enzo & Lucia Italian Ristorante
  • Joanie’s Pizzeria | Witch Potion when you dine
  • Long Grove Coffee Co | Witches Brew, themed cookies & treats
  • Long Grove Confectionary | Special gift for any “Witch” who shows us proof of purchase during the event from any of our neighbors: Within Reach, Epilogue, Corked, Olivia’s and Village Tavern. There will also be a variety of Halloween gift specials.
  • Ma & Pa’s Candy | DJ Rachel Leigh outside playing the best mix for our witches! 13% OFF dark chocolate purchases. Free goodie bag for our guests and Appletini Seltzer from Buffalo Creek Brewing (while supplies last).
  • Morkes Chocolates of Long Grove
  • Olivia’s Boutique | Psychic offering 15 minute readings for $15, plus special discounts on clothing in the store!
    Also our aesthetician neighbor Tricia from The Studio will be on site talking about her services and offering 25% OFF all services booked that night! Open 5-9pm or later for psychic readings. $50 Olivia’s Gift Certificate to the Best Dressed Witch!
  • Paddy’s on The Square & Irish Boutique
  • Signature Popcorn
  • The Back Porch | Wine
  • The Village Tavern | Drink specials
  • Viking Treasures | Handing out recipe cards for Witches Brew, with a discount coupon good for 15% OFF the ingredients sold in store.
  • Within Reach

**Please practice social distancing, capacity limits within businesses and wear a mask or face covering. Food offerings meet current health department requirements for safety. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Trick or Treating

From 2pm–5pm, businesses throughout Halloween Town will hand out sweets during our Historic Downtown Long Grove Trick-or-Treating extravaganza! To ensure safety, merchants may be handing out pre-packaged only treats outside. We ask that all of our Trick-or-Treaters and parents wear masks while entering and leaving the stores and eat their candy outside or at home! Here are some guidelines to help keep you and your loved ones safe this Halloween.

Our current list of participating businesses (as of October 14):

  • Broken Earth Winery
  • Buffalo Creek Brewing
  • Covered Bridge Creamery
  • Country House of Long Grove
  • Creative Hands
  • Epilogue
  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio
  • Joanie’s Pizzeria
  • Landmark Exteriors
  • Long Grove Fire Protection District
  • Ma and Pa’s Candy
  • Morkes Chocolates of Long Grove
  • Paddy’s on the Square and The Irish Boutique
  • Signature Popcorn
  • The Back Porch
  • The Olive Tap
  • The Village Tavern
  • The Visitors Center

**Please practice social distancing, capacity limits within businesses and wear a mask or face covering. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Pet Costume Parade
11am (weather permitting)

Pets throughout the region are invited to don their best Halloween duds and howl at the moon at Halloween Town’s 3rd Annual Pet Costume Parade!   It’s free to watch the parade, and all dogs must remain leashed.  The parade will begin at approximately 11:00 am. The schedule is as follows:

11:00-11:30 registration/check-in at Brothers Field
11:30-12:00 parade (pets and their owners are lead around town)
12:00 Regroup back at Brothers Field
12:15 Pet costume judging starts

A special thank you to Bentley’s Pet Stuff for donating Doggie Goodie Bags for participating pooches and Gift Baskets awarded to the Best Dressed, Looks Most Like Their Owner, Best Trick and Judges’ Favorite!

**Please practice social distancing, and wear a mask or face covering while participating. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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