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The Oak Lawn Park District hosted its annual Howl-O-Ween at Wolfe Wildlife at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th and Laramie, Oak Lawn. (Supplied photos)

The Oak Lawn Park District hosted its annual Howl-O-Ween at Wolfe Wildlife at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th and Laramie, Oak Lawn. (Supplied photos)

Howling haunts Wolfe Wildlife Refuge

By Kelly White

The Oak Lawn Park District hosted its annual Howl-O-Ween at Wolfe Wildlife October 23 at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th and Laramie, Oak Lawn.

“This event provides families with the opportunity to get outside and get into the Halloween spirit,” said Scott Gray, Recreation Supervisor at the Oak Lawn Park District and Event Coordinator for Howl-O-Ween. “It is a fun event that the whole family can enjoy, as we have activities for children of all ages, and adults. Each activity is set up to be safe and fun for everyone.”

This was the second year the park district hosted the Howl-O-Ween event at Wolf Wildlife Refuge. It kicked off last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the park district having to adjust its annual Halloween event, previously called Spookview.

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Oak Lawn Park District hosted its annual Howl-O-Ween at Wolfe Wildlife on October 23 at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th and Laramie, Oak Lawn.

“This event was created so that we could still provide the community with a fun, festive and safe Halloween celebration, as we have been for many years in a safe way,” Gray said.

The free outdoor event featured various Halloween-theme games, activities, and performances for everyone in the family, including: a scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating, crafts and character sketches.

There were more than a dozen stations, offering these fun seasonal activities, that were set up along the trail at Wolfe Wildlife.

Each family that participated had to pre-register for the event, in a group no larger than five, for a time slot to go around and enjoy the activities together.

As groups rotated through the trail, each station had its own theme and a creative set of activities – ranging from obstacle courses and sensory paths to eye-spy to crafts, Halloween-themed games and much more. At each station, participants were able to collect all kinds of treats, candy and goodies to take home with them.

“Personally, I enjoy that the entire park district staff is involved and really gets into the event,” Gray said. “Each year everyone comes up with such creative and fun ideas and it is awesome to see it all come together. In addition, I am happy that we have been able to adjust our long-standing event, and still provide a great Halloween event to the community, in a safe way.”

Being held at dusk, it was the perfect time for the seasonal fun and to set the tone for the chilly autumn season was a bonfire.

There were also plenty of photo opportunities available for families looking to get in the perfect Halloween holiday photo.

Howl-O-Ween is such a fun event for us because it allows for a lot of families to participate at one of our more unique parks,” Justin Waters, Marketing Manager at the Oak Lawn Park District, said. “Our staff is extremely creative and is looks forward to showing off their talents. They also look forward to seeing so many people come out and have fun.”

The event gathered together around 1,200 parents and/or caregivers and a total of 350 local area children.

The cost to attend was $5 per child, and all children had to attend with a parent and/or caregiver.

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