Families are Invited to the Old State Capitol in Springfield for Trick-or-Treat Event on October 28

Ed Cross
Families are Invited to the Old State Capitol in Springfield for Trick-or-Treat Event on October 28
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is pleased to partner with the Illinois Executive Mansion Association to host a special night of trick-or-treating for local youth at the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield on Saturday, October 28.
“Every year, Diana and I are thrilled to know that we can provide our local kids a safe place to trick-or-treat,” said Governor Bruce Rauner.  “Traditions like these serve as great reminders of the importance of children and their families, and they are the singular reason we do the important work for everyone in Illinois.”
Local children from Pre-K through 5th grade are welcome to take part in the annual event.  It will last from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with additional staff and volunteers available to ensure that every child receives his or her special treat bag.
“Bruce and I feel privileged to carry on the tradition of safe trick-or-treating for all the young children in Springfield.  I think it is wonderful that the Old State Capitol provided a new venue during the renovations to the Executive Mansion,” said First Lady Diana Rauner, Chair, Illinois Executive Mansion Association, a not-for-profit organization.  “We look forward to re-opening the doors to the newly renovated People’s House in 2018 for our citizens to experience everything it has to offer, including the bicentennial and, of course, trick-or-treating on Halloween.”

During this year’s event on October 28 at the Old State Capitol, Fritz Klein as Abraham Lincoln will hand out treats, greet families and have pictures taken in front of a large display of pumpkins and gourds facing Adams Plaza, donated by The Great Pumpkin Patch of Arthur.  In addition to candy, apples donated by the Apple Barn in Chatham will be handed out as a healthy treat.

In addition to the special trick-or-treating event at the Old State Capitol, The Parent Place, a local not-for-profit Springfield charity focused on positive parenting, will hold a Halloween parade at 7:30 p.m.

The Old Capital Farmers Market will host Halloween at the Market with costume contests for kids, families and dogs.  Downtown shops plan to stay open until 6:30 p.m. to provide treats as well as other specials.  The Springfield Police and Fire Departments will also put on a Halloween Safety Event at Fire Station #1 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Children can take part in Trunk or Treating, face painting and other fun activities.

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