by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (October 21, 2018) – Last week’s article, “Park district to evaluate Halloween Parade,” raised questions among readers who were unaware that the Halloween Parade has been a Lansing tradition since the 1970s. Though Lan-Oak Park District has advertised the upcoming parade in their fall program brochure and in the Park Notes newsletter that is mailed to homes in Lansing, many residents remained uninformed.
- The Halloween Parade takes place on Saturday, October 27
- Participants meet in the parking lot of Kilroy’s Pub & Restaurant (3502 Ridge Road)
- There is no charge to participate
- Registration begins at 9:30am
- The parade steps off at 10:00am and travels down Ridge Road
- Costume awards will be presented
- All participating children will receive a bag of candy
Because participation in the Halloween Parade has declined over the past 10 years, the park district will pay special attention to the level of interest and participation in this year’s parade. If the parade no longer serves the needs of Lansing families, the park district may choose to replace it with some other program or activity.
The park district also hosts Halloween activities at the Eisenhower Center on Friday evening, October 26. From 6:30–9:00pm, Ghostly Games are available to children age 2–8 for $5.00 per child, and the Haunted Hallway is open to people age 8 and older for $2.00 per visit.
The Eisenhower Center is located at 2550 178th Street in Lansing, Illinois.