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Fall Fest, Village Bonfire Combine For Perfect Halloween in Glenwood

October 31 event at Living Springs and Arquilla Park perfect for families

Glenwood, Ill., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 – Along with the aroma of apple cider and pumpkin spices, there is a distinct whiff of something positively Rockwellian hovering in Glenwood, Illinois. The Annual Bonfire, hosted by the Village’s Fire Department for decades, is now perfectly partnered with Living Springs Community Church Fall Fest for a Halloween evening of tradition and family-friendly fun that would simply delight Norman.

Friday, October 31, from 6 pm to 8 pm, area families visiting Living Springs, 19051 S Halsted in Glenwood, just blocks south of I-80/I-294, will enjoy an indoor Fest designed to bless families in the community, says Allen Jongsma, Director of Ministries and Administration. Visitors will find themselves warmly welcomed by the friendly, caring neighbors in this small town. “This event is one way we try to give back to our community,” says Jongsma. “It’s a good experience for kids, and it’s a safe, friendly alternative to trick-or-treating. The whole family can enjoy this together.”

The Fall Fest will include pumpkin painting, inflatable bounce houses, and refreshments—hot dogs, chips, and beverages. Living Springs encourages both adults and children to wear costumes. For a real throwback to simpler times, a Cake Walk will be held, where a musical-chairs type of elimination results in the winner being awarded a home-baked cake. Volunteers from Living Springs and the community will also be hosting Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot. Children will visit each vehicle’s trunk to collect candy and other goodies.

At 8 pm, the Fest closes and, with a short walk, drive, or bike ride to Arquilla Park at 223 N Park Drive, the Bonfire begins. Taneisha Hopson, who grew up in Glenwood and now works for the Fire Department there, says, “The Bonfire was a great way to be able to spend time with friends as I grew up. I look at the teenagers now and think, ‘That was me 15 years ago.’ It’s a really fun tradition.”

The Fall Fest and Bonfire are completely free to attend, with free parking conveniently available. For more information, visit or, or call 708-709-0100.

–reported by Rebecca Palumbo