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October is upon us and we’re super excited to start your season off with 5 new traditions to start this October! This year, we have a whole 5 weekends in October to fill your time with fun, family and festive new traditions. Including outdoor family fun, football (of course), sweet treats, frisky flicks and spooky adventures. As the season is transitioning and the leaves are changing, now is the time to fall into new family traditions! Check them out…
1. Pumpkin PatchFun for the entire family! Grab the kids, your favorite sweater and a smile and head out to your local pumpkin patch or farmer’s market. What greater way to spend the day than to take in the splendor of the local fall harvest? Pumpkin patches offer more than just pumpkins too, check out Didier Farm’s Pumpkin Fest, located in Lake County. They are a family owned and operated farm since 1912, bringing fun fall traditions such as pumpkin painting, hayrides, a bountiful farm-stand and more! After you’ve picked your favorite pumpkin, hold a family pumpkin carving or painting contest! This tradition is a whole day packed full of FUN!
2.Football PartyGet ready for a touchdown! Grab your team (aka friends) and invite them over for an afternoon of football and yummy treats. Get the whole family in on the activity and dress up in your favorite team colors. For pregame snacks, check out these winning recipes. During halftime, get outside and play a game of touch football, or simply throw the football around. We only have a few more weeks of mild weather in Chicago this year, so jump outside and enjoy the fresh air while you can! PS: Go BEARS!
3.Celebrate National Cookie MonthDid you know that October is National Cookie Month? That’s right! In addition to the traditional trick-or-treating that comes with this month, we’ve got an extra reason to inspire your sweet tooth. Cue the cookie cutters, chocolate chips and frosting and dust off those baking pans for a delectable new tasty family tradition. Have each member in the family bake their favorite cookies and enjoy all month long. You can even bake up a batch and bring it to your neighbors, friends and loved ones- for a pleasant, sweet surprise. This tradition has its extra benefits as it’s a great dish to bring to your next outing or gathering. Make sure you take advantage of this nationally recognized month- it’s only here for 31 days- that’s the way the cookie crumbles!
4.Halloween Movie NightA night in with the family watching your favorite Halloween flicks, enjoying monster munch popcorn and thrills & chills! Set up the living room with Halloween lights to set the ambiance. Kill the lights, take protection under a cozy blanket and settle in for a spooky, memorable and fun evening. Whether your poison is scary or classic family fun, you’ll be certain everyone will enjoy the ghosts, ghouls and laughs of this new family tradition. A few of our favorite movies to get in the Halloween mood are Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas and of course, Halloween!
5.Visit A Haunted HouseThis tradition goes without saying…it’s simply all about finding the perfect attraction for you and your family! There are many attractions throughout Chicago and the Chicago suburbs- all sure to provide a fun, spooky time. An evening sure to provide a night full of screams, scares and classic Halloween memories to last throughout the years. Faint of heart? Don’t worry there are many local attractions that offer both family fun spooks to bone thrilling chills! Check out this link to find your perfect level of freight. Have any other October traditions you like to celebrate? Share them with us! Also, don’t forget the decorations! It’s A Wonderful Light is all set with your perfect Halloween or Fall outdoor decor-check them out here. As always, enjoy the little moments leading into the best season ever!!!
Labor Day weekend in Chicagoland is a well celebrated weekend with plenty to do for the whole Family. If you don’t already have plans, check out the many events and activities you can celebrate to get the most out of this long weekend. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find another new tradition to celebrate along with this cherished American holiday. Labor Day for many Americans can represents countless things: An extra day off of work, the official end of summer, the official beginning of football season, and so on. It is certainly a holiday in which we all so enjoy, but often forget the origin of. Labor Day actually has a long historical tradition about the labor workers who built our country. According to History.com, in the late 1800’s at the peak of the Industrial Revolution, the average American worked upwards of 12 hour days- seven days a week just to make ends meet! Hence, the idea of Labor Day was evolved from labor unions throughout the country who rallied for better working conditions and an 8-hour workday. That’s something to be truly grateful for! The holiday evolved over time, and finally became a recognized federal holiday in 1894. So, as you prepare for an enjoyable Labor Day this year, remember the contributions that American workers made to give us this special tradition that allows us to enjoy a long weekend and a splendid day off of work. Now, take a look at what’s happening in and around Chicagoland this patriotic weekend…
1. Navy Pier Fireworks
Talk about a grand finale…Navy Pier Fireworks display! Close out the summer with a bright tradition and check out the fireworks light up over Lake Michigan synchronized with music and all. The show starts on Saturday, September 5th at 10:15pm. Make a day out of it. Grab the family and hop on your nearest Metra or CTA and spend the afternoon along the pier, sightseeing or check out Museum Campus! Don’t forget to get to the dock early for a good spot to watch the display!
2. Naperville’s Last Fling
Featuring music, food & fun!This isn’t your typical carnival. The Naperville Last Fling is a tradition that’s been celebrated for the past 50 years. Hosted by the Naperville Jaycees, the festival celebrates Labor Day and supports as many as 100 local businesses. The fling lasts all weekend and is featuring great bands this year. On Friday, September 4th you can catch Lita Ford, Jack Russell’s Great White Pirates & Bad Medicine. Saturday, September 5th American Idol’s, Daughtry, will play as the headliner and you can also see Ed Kowalczyk & Matthew Curry. Closing the entertainment on Sunday, September 6th is Chevelle, Finger Eleven & Naperville’s own, Lucky Boys Confusion! And, of course, Labor day isn’t complete without a parade! The annual Naperville Labor Day Parade, also hosted by Naperville Jaycees, starts at 10am on Monday, September 7th. Check out the website here for more info on the Last Fling.
3. Explore Elmhurst ExpressElmhurst, Illinois! This FREE trolley service gives locals and tourists an opportunity to discover and explore Elmhurst. The hour long jaunt gives riders an exclusive look at all the shops, restaurants, parks and attractions that Elmhurst offers. Riders can also get a discount card on board saving them 10% at participating shops and restaurants. You can catch this ride all weekend! Explore Elmhurst Express takes off on Fridays (6-11 p.m.), Saturdays (12 noon – 11:30 p.m.) and Sundays (12 noon to 5 p.m.). Check out elmhurst.org for specific boarding times and more info on this fun little adventure!
4. Nature Nights: Seed Scatter
Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden!This Saturday, September 5th from 5pm-7:30pm you can join in on this green Glencoe event is certain to become a standing tradition in Lake County. Held at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Nature Nights is a perfect time for the family to spend time in nature, soak up the outdoors and learn about the fascinating world of botany. This is a great event for the little ones (ages 4-10), everyone is able to explore different areas of the Garden and participate in a variety of hands-on activities. Each Nature Nights includes a fun tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. As CBG says, “Seeds can’t walk, but they sure can get around! Hitchhiking, exploding, and parachuting are just a few ways that plants spread their seeds. Learn how and why seeds need to scatter, make a seed bomb to scatter seeds, and take home a plant with an interesting dispersal method.” Sounds like a new tradition may be growing in your future…check out more info on Nature Nights here.
5. Dunham Woods Horse ShowLamplight Equestrian Center features beautiful perennial gardens and thousands of trees. At this time of year, the perennials bloom creating an enchanting environment. Enjoy the horseshow facility’s gorgeous flower-lined walkways, covered ringside pavilions, a ringside café and the Hitching Post Bar. So grab your fancy hats and binoculars and enjoy what’s said to be an event filled with “tradition, & class” at such a lovely facility in our region!
6. Glen Ellyn’s 5th Annual Sounds on the Street
Live concerts taking over Main Street!Book the sitter or bring the kids. This is a free event held this Friday, September 4th starting at 7pm! Sounds of the Street is a building tradition for this southwest Chicago suburb. You can bring your favorite food and drink onto the street and enjoy the musical entertainment from five of the favorite Glen Ellyn restaurants: Wooden Barrel, Santa Fe Mexican Restaurant, fire + wine, Blackberry Market, Shannon’s Irish Pub and Cab’s Wine Bar Bistro. School of Rock, a children’s band, will perform at 7 p.m. and the featured band will take the stage at 8 p.m. This event is sure to be a hit- and the weather will be perfect! For more information on this event click here. With all of the events going on around Chicago, you’re certain to make the most out of this long Labor Day weekend. Whatever your plans are, we hope you have an enjoyable, relaxing time filled with traditions and memories to last throughout the year! As for us, we will be continuing to install Fall & Halloween displays to brighten up houses and businesses all over Chicagoland, of course! You may actually see our red trucks in your neighborhood. Looking for a Fall or Halloween display for your home or business? Contact us today for a free quote. As you may know, we offer professional holiday light installation in Chicagoland year round. We have lights, decorations, hay stacks and more to bring a spooky or classic fall swagger to your home or business. And the best part is, It’s A Wonderful Light handles everything from product, installation, service, takedown and storage- so you can spend your holiday relaxing and enjoying the beautiful display rather than installing it yourself. Take a look at our Halloween & Fall Decor Blog that features just a few of the many designs and options we can offer you this fall season. Happy Labor Day from all of us at It’s A Wonderful Light!
Here at It’s A Wonderful Light, we believe that there is nothing better than a tradition. A special custom shared between loved ones that is passed on from generation to generation. Traditions aren’t just for the holidays; they should be celebrated all year round, and since we just love sharing new traditions, we put together a few of our favorite end-of-summer traditions we think you will enjoy…