Naper Settlement is an open air museum village, replicating life as it was in the 19th century. In Naperville , Ill., one of the western Chicago suburbs, Naper Settlement hosts many special events throughout the year. Halloween is no exception and features the entertaining and spooky event known as All Hallows Eve – Village of Fear each late October. (See my article on Naper Settlement for more on the settlement itself, as this article will be focusing on the Halloween event. You may view it at : www.associatedcontent.com/article/8269693/naper_settlement_museum_a_nineteenth.html?cat=16 .
All Hollows Eve – Village of Fear will run this year on two consecutive nights, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. This event is geared for older children, and would most likely be rated as a “PG” event, due to the scary nature. Parents should use good judgement for children 8 or older, who may scare easily.
I have been to this event several times, and I absolutely love it! The settlement will re-enact or feature themes based on literary works or events from the nineteenth century. You just might meet some characters from history on your journey, as costumed volunteers are on hand to make the evening memorable.On your travels, you may experience such macabre characters as Jack the Ripper lurking about, stop by Lizzie Borden’s house, encounter Sweeny Todd, or even have the Headless Horseman trot past you on his horse at some point in the night, pumpkin ‘head’ in hand.
The beautiful and historic Martin Mitchell Mansion is also open for touring during the All Hallows Eve event, and will be decorated as a haunted mansion. Other historical homes and buildings at the settlement will also feature Halloween themes. There is also usually some entertainment inside of the chapel located at the settlement, for example, one year a magician was performing.
Even if you have visited Naper Settlement during daylight hours, it takes on a much more sinister appearance at night. The whole event is a lot of fun! For a creepy and historical Halloween fright, consider visiting the settlement for All Hallows Eve, you never know who might bump into you.