Fall Festival
Brookdale’s Fall Festival will take place from September 23 - November 1 with various activities and contests. Decorate your yard, corner or cul-de-sac, be a judge, hold a pumpkin carving activity, host a block stop or activity station, walk in a parade, make a scavenger hunt map and walk around and find interesting Brookdale, and attend the Fall Adult Mixer. Sign up to participate!

Yard Decorating Contest: Traditional Fall Décor, Scary Places and Awesome Night Lights (October 10-18)
 
Decorate your house, porch, balcony or yard for Fall and Halloween and submit your address as a "Place to Visit" by October 10. Finish your decoration in time for judging by October 18. All addresses will be added to a map for neighbors and a judging committee to see. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third prizes for Traditional Fall Décor, Scary Places and Awesome Night Lights. Click here to sign up for the contest or as a judge.
 
Scarecrow Contest (October 10-18)
 
Make a scarecrow at your home, block or cul-de-sac and submit your scarecrow by October 10. Prizes will be awarded for Scariest, Friendliest, Funniest, etc. Click here to sign up as a contestant or as a judge.
 
Fall Scavenger Hunt: A Walking Tour of Interesting Brookdale in Fall
 
Volunteer to put together a list of 15-25 sites and locations to find within the Brookdale Neighborhood. We’ll publish and email the scavenger hunt to the Brookdale neighborhood to participate.
 
Adult Mixer at Up North Ale House (October 10 | 2:00 - 6:00pm)

Join us at Up North Ale House for this adults-only gathering to watch the Bears game and enjoy your neighbors’ company. The Brookdale Neighbborhood Association provides appetizers and your first beverage free for BNA members who RSVP. Plenty of space and outdoor space will be available to spread out. Click here to RSVP.
 
Teal Pumpkin Project
 
Help create a safer Halloween for all this year and join the Brookdale Neighborhood Teal Pumpkin Project! By offering a non-food treat option at Halloween, such as glow sticks or small toys, promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. Here’s how to join:
 
  1. Sign up to have your home added to the Brookdale Neighborhood Teal Pumpkin Project map. Email your address to Steph Benesh at shinsasa@hotmail.com and include BROOKDALE TEAL PUMPKIN in the subject line or text Steph at (708) 254-2030.
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home or display a free printable sign at your front door for trick-or-treaters.
 
A map of Brookdale homes participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project will be shared on Facebook and posted here. 

In 2019, Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) featured Brookdale's Teal Pumpkin Project!  View the news story.
 
Pumpkin Carving
 
Sign up to host a pumpkin carving workshop on your block, in your driveway or yard. The event hosts pick the date and time of the workshop, decide how many can attend, and what’s needed to participate. A list of hosts will be sent by email to BNA members with details about how to participate and how to sign up with the host.

Sign up as a contestant for the Pumpkin Carving Contest! Participate and carve funny, scary, creative and unique Jack O’Lanterns. Submit your address or location of your Jack O’Lanterns for viewing and judging by October 29. Have your Jack O’Lanterns lit and in sight on both Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31 by 6:00pm. 

Sign up to be a Pumpkin Carving Contest judge to pick the funniest, scariest, most creative and unique on October 30 or October 31.

Click here to sign up as a host, coordinator, judge or contestant. 
 
You’ve Been Boo’d
 
Start a We've Been Boo'd sequence on October 1. Anyone can start and no sign-up required. Simply put together a treat that your neighborhood would like: goodies, candy, bottles, etc.  Secretly deliver your treat along with a copy of this printout.
 
Costume Parade
 
Ghouls of all ages! Parade around Brookdale in a semi-organized, socially-distanced manner past St. Patrick’s Residence, along Hinterlong, across Paddington and Paxton, past the Auberge, up through western Brookdale, across McDowell to Tabor Hills, down Redfield or Abbotsford, through central Brookdale, across to eastern Brookdale, visiting all the Block Stops and Activity Stations for goodies and a good time! Kids walk from around the block to 3-5 miles on Halloween for trick-or-treating. Make sure you visit special Brookdale places and neighbors like St. Patrick’s driveway, Tabor Hills parking lot and the Auberge.
 
Click here to sign up to coordinate a parade. You pick the date, time where to gather and where to go! Think of special places like Tabor Hills and the St. Patrick’s parking lot. We’ll email BNA members with the gathering place, time and other details!
 
Block Stops / Activity Stations on Halloween

Coordinate or host a Block Stop or Activity Station. Host a site by doing whatever you want, even if it's giving a stamp or sticker at a decorated home or a scarecrow, a table of treats or a comfy chair for trick-or treaters’ chaperones walkers to rest. Let us know what you’re doing--offering a rest stop, having an activity (chalk art, face painting, listening to live music). Click here to submit your address, block or cul-de-sac for the parade route/neighborhood map by October 27. 
 
What ideas can you add?
 
Email bha.board@aboutbrookdale.org with more ideas celebrate Fall and Halloween!