Four Winds Casino Trip Deadline - September 23



Door County - Autumn Splendor

Come discover the "New England of the Midwest" in charming Door County! Enjoy 4 days and 3 nights as we tour one of the top ten destinations in the Midwest. This trip includes motorcoach transportation, 3 nights lodging at Newport Resort, 8 meals including e breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, 1 full day guided tour of Door County, American Folklore Theater, ferry to Washington Island, tour of Washington Island, and much more. (Please note that trip insurance is available for $65 - please write a separate check to Many Destinations Travel.)
Program:    B14E955
Dates:        Monday, Sept. 29 - Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Fee:            $599/person double occupancy; $799 per person single occupancy
Depart:        7:00 a.m. Founders Community Center, Frankfort
Return:        5:15 p.m. approx.
Deadline:    Sunday, September 7, 2014


Four Winds Casino Trip - October 1

Experience the excitement at Four Winds Casinos, with locations in New Buffalo, Hartford and Dowagiac, Michigan--the premier gaming destination in the Midwest. Four Winds New Buffalo offers 130,000 square feet of gaming with 3,000 slot machines, over 60 table games, four restaurants, entertainment bars, retail venues, and a 415-room hotel, making it the premier gaming resort in the Midwest. Please play responsibly. You must be 21 years of age to gamble. Fee includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, $15.00 Instant Slot Credit and **up to $10.00 Food Credit. (**Can be used in ‘The Buffet’, ‘Timbers Fast Food & Deli’, ‘Grab N Go’ or Hard Rock Café. Guest will be responsible for any additional charges that exceed the $10 food credit. Plus gratuity at The Buffet and Hard Rock Café)
DATE: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
FEE: $41 (includes deluxe motorcoach transportation,
$10 food credit and $15 instant slot credit)
DEPART: 9:00 a.m. from The Oaks Recreation & Fitness
Center, 10847 W La Porte Rd, Mokena
RETURN: 4:00 p.m. approx
DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Bennett-Curtis House Trip - Deadline



33rd Annual Halloween Hollow

33rd Annual Halloween Hollow

October 17-19, 2014

Main Park – 10925 W La Porte Road

Admission:  $2/per person/per day (Children under 5 = Free)


Howling Adventures Await You!

  • Ride the exciting carnival rides!
  • Test your skills at our Ghost Town Games! 
  • Hop aboard our hayride.
  • Pick out and decorate your favorite pumpkins at our pumpkin patch!
  • Build your own scarecrow in our Scarecrow Lab!
  • Join the Headless Horsemen for a Horseback Ride!

Gads of Ghoulish Goodies will tempt you…

Restaurants from around the area will be here to serve your favorite potions and scary snacks…how will you choose?

  • Pizza slices and Italian beef sandwitches
  • Hot dogs, chili dogs and sausage sandwitches
  • Funnel cakes, cotton candy and snocones
  • Brats and burgers
  • And more!!!!!!

Windy City Amusements – Carnival Ride Mega Pass

New this year, Mega Passes for unlimited carnival rides are available!  Ride all three (3) days from open until close with the MEGA PASS! Presale Mega Passes are available for purchase online only at for $60 through October 16 or available at the Windy City Ticket Booth at the Fest for $75.

The mega pass is valid for one person for the entire event and is non transferrable.  

Purchase Restrictions:

The purchaser listed on your order must be present for redemption and must bring a valid photo ID.  Please make sure the order is in the name of the person who will be present to redeem the tickets.  Ride height requirements apply - most rides require a minimum height of 36".  Absolutely no refunds will be given under any circumstance including weather.

Redemption Instructions:

Please print a copy of your sales voucher/receipt and bring it with you to the Windy City Amusements ticket booth at Halloween Hollow.  The purchaser listed on this order MUST BE present for redemption along and MUST bring with a valid photo ID.

Fascinating Free Stage Entertainment!

Bands, dance groups, magician, live animal show and more! Check back later for the entertainment schedule.

Treat Bag

1st 100 kids on Saturday and Sunday get a free treat bag with variety of ghostly goodies! On Friday, the 1st 100 kids receive a free glow stick.

Monster’s Marketplace

Something for everyone! Vendors will be selling plants, home décor and jewelry as well as toys, glow in the dark items and more! Enjoy your time browsing and shopping their boo-tiful wares!  For a vendor application, please contact 708-390-2416 or e-mail by Friday, September 26. 

Great Pumpkin Weigh-In Contest

Tote that hefty pumpkin to Main Stage in Main Park for the official weigh-in from 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m on Saturday, October 18.  Open to all ages.  Winners will be announced at the Main Stage at 3:00p.m.   

Jack-o-Lantern Contest

Bring your carved, painted and/or decorated pumpkins or goards to compete for great prizes!  All ages can participate.  Check-in near Main Stage and display between 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m on Saturday, October 18.  Prizes are based on creativity, originality and presentation.  Winners will be announced at the Main Stage at 3:00p.m.

Scarecrow Laboratory

This eerie experiment will result in the creation of a life-size scarecrow.  Hundreds of scarecrows will emerge from the lab by the completion of the event.  We supply the straw and clothes.  Limit one per family.  Available free with admission on Sunday, October 19 from 1:00p.m-4:00p.m. or while supplies last.

Costume Contest

Meet at the Main Stage at 1:30pm on Sunday, October 19.  Costumes will be judged in five (5) categories: Cutest Baby (under 2 yrs old), Funniest, Scariest, Prettiest and Most Original.  Great awards and prizes will be presented to the top three winners per category as well as one (1) Best Overall winner. Prizes provided by Odyssey Fun World and CMP Tactical Lazer Tag. 

HallowTEEN Zombie Make-up Contest

Come up with the most authentic looking special effects/zombie make-up (face/neck only please) to the Main Stage starting at 7:00pm on Friday, October 17 at the Halloween Hollow!  Available for teens ages 13-19.  The top three winners will be awarded.  Prizes provided by CMP Tactical Lazer Tag. 

Donations Wanted:

Drop off those unwanted shirts, pants, ties, belts, hats, etc. at the Park Office for our Scarecrow Laboratory M-F between 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m no later than Friday, October 3.

Volunteers Needed

Interested in volunteering at the event?  Volunteers are always needed and appreciated!  One (1) hot dog/drink will be provided per volunteer.  Please contact 708-390-2404 before Wednesday, October 1, 2014. 

Sponsorship and Vendor Information

Interested in participating as a sponsor or vendor at the event?  Additional information available by contacting 708-390-2416 prior to Friday, September 26, 2014.  Thank you for your interest!

Thank you to our 2014 Halloween Hollow Sponsors!  Meijer, World Hyundai Matteston, Berkot's Super Foods, A Better Door and Window, Andrew's Printing and The Filosa Family. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

*Admission:  $2/per person (Children under 5: FREE)

*Free parking

*Carnival Rides ($25 Carnival Rides Only Wristband from 6-10p.m)

*Monster Market and Freaky Food Court

*Free glow sticks to the 1st 100 kids

*Free stage entertainment


Saturday, October 18, 2014

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*Admission:  $2/per person (Children under 5: FREE)

*Free parking

*Monster Market and Freaky Food Court

*Free stage entertainment

*Free treat bags to the 1st 100 kids

*$25 Carnival Rides Only Wristband from 12:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.

*$25 Carnival Rides Only Wristband from 5p.m. to 9p.m.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

1:00 pm – 6:00pm

*Admission:  $2/per person (Children under 5: FREE)

*Free parking

*Monster Market and Freaky Food Court

*Free stage entertainment

*Free treat bags to the 1st 100 kids

*$25 Carnival Wristband from 1:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.


Free activities (vary by day) with admission includes:

                                    *Ghost Town Games                                     

*Stage Entertainment


*Home Depot Pie Pumpkin & Pumpkin Painting

*Costume Contest

*NEW HallowTEEN Zombie Make-up Contest

*Mini Tractor Rides

*Great Pumpkin Weigh-In Contest

*Spooky Sponsors Giveaways

*Jack-o-lantern Contest

*Mummy Wrap & Scream Queens Contest

           *Scarecrow Laboratory          

*Kiddie Straw Maze

*Halloween Photo Stand




Halloween House Decorating Contest

Judging: October 23-24, 2014

Our annual House of Frights is back!  Decorate your residence for this “spook-tacular” holiday and register to win great prizes.  Registration is FREE!  Judging will take place between 6:30-9:30p.m. on October 23 & 24 and is based on creativity, originality, design, and layout.  Contestants do not need to be present during judging.  Winners are determined in two categories:  Amateur Ogres (for those who have not won a prize previously) and Master Monsters (for those who have won in the past).  Winners will be notified by phone the week of October 26.  Call the Park Office at 708-390-2401 to submit your entry by Monday, October 20.


Bennett- Curtis House Trip

The Bennett-Curtis House/Lunch & Frank Lloyd Wright B. Harley Bradley House Tour – Kankakee County, IL

We will start our trip at The Bennett Curtis House where you can observe this 18 room mansion built 1900 by George M Bennett then purchased by Illinois Senator Edward C Curtis in 1919 followed by a delicious lunch in one of the beautifully furnished rooms.  On our way to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bradley House, check out some of the Barn Quilts of Kankakee County that celebrate its history with colorful quilt patterns displayed on historic barns.  Once we arrive at the B. Harley Bradley House, we will explore the history of the house, its owners, life in turn of the century Kankakee and the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style design. (no interior photography permitted)   

Date:  Friday, November 7, 2014

Fee:  $46 (includes motorcoach transportation, lunch and tour)

Depart:  10:00a.m. from The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, 10847 W La Porte Rd, Mokena

Return:  3:00p.m. approx                              

Deadline:  Monday, October 6, 2014


Stockings For Our Troops

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center

Make this holiday season a memorable one for you, your family, and for our troops! We invite you to gather with us at The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center on Veteran’s Day to decorate holiday stockings for our troops overseas. We will supply everything needed to decorate a stocking.

DONATIONS NEEDED: We would appreciate donations of fabric, craft items, and old Christmas cards to be used for this event. Donations can be dropped off at the Administration Center at Main Park. We will also be collecting small items to be used as stocking stuffers. Stockings and donated items are then put together and shipped to the troops by “Operation Care Package”. Suggested stocking stuffers include: Protein bars, nuts, sunflower seeds, trail mix, gum, hard candy, individual drink mixes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, toothpaste, etc. A Letter Writing Station will also be available to anyone who would like to write a personal note to be included in your stocking.


Pictures With Santa

Sunday, November 16, 2014 – Oaks Recreation Center (10847 W La Porte Rd)


Santa is making a special appearance at the Park!  A professional photographer will be there to take your child’s picture with the jolly old elf!  Appointments recommended.  Fee of $8 per picture includes professional 5’x7’ picture.  Additional packages are available for purchase.  No personal cameras/camera phones allowed. Call the Park office at 708-390-2401 by 5pm on Friday, November 14 to reserve appointment. Walk-ins are accepted. Cash or checks are accepted on day of event.


Breakfast With Santa Deadline - November 26



Letters From Santa

The Mokena Park District has once again made special arrangements with Santa this year for children to receive a very special and personalized letter from the North Pole.  Your child’s face will light up when they see a colorful envelope in the mailbox, addressed to them, from the Jolly Old Elf.  Parents or guardians can register for their child/children in person at the Park Office, 10925 W La Porte Rd by December 2, 2013.  Fee is $6 per letter.  Letters will be mailed the week of December 9, 2013.


White Christmas - Jacob Henry Mansion Trip

Join us for a holiday celebration inspired by the classic film White Christmas. This spectacular holiday concert will take you on a musical journey from a World War II performance for the troops to the glamour of a Florida nightclub and finally the charm and simple beauty of a New England town.  Before the show, enjoy a self-guided tour around the Jacob Henry Mansion followed by lunch that includes salad, lunch, dessert, coffee and tea.

Date:  Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fee:  $59 (includes motorcoach transportation, tour, lunch and show)

Depart:  10:00a.m. from The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, 10847 W La Porte Rd, Mokena

Return:  3:00p.m. approx

Deadline:  Sunday, November 2, 2014


Breakfast WIth Santa

Enjoy your breakfast with the Jolly Old Elf at Aurelio’s Restaurant, 310 W Lincoln Hwy., Frankfort.  Other special guests are sure to bring a smile to parents and kids alike.  $12 admission per person includes plated breakfast*, entertainment and a special gift.  Children age 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  All attendees must be pre-registered through the Mokena Park District by Wednesday, November 27.  Children under one are admitted free (does not include breakfast, treats or gift).

Registration will NOT be accepted at the restaurant-no exceptions.  Groups limited to a maximum of eight (8).  No refunds.  This one fills up fast! 

*Plated breakfast includes two scrambled eggs, two sausage links, three French toast sticks/syrup and slice of fruit.

C14E901: Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 9:00a.m.

Fee: $12.00 R/$14 NR


Holiday House Decorating Contest

Judging: December 12 & 13, 2014

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with glistening snow, twinkling lights and green garland everywhere.  Don’t miss out and enter your residence in this annual free contest to win great prizes!  To enter, call the Park Office at 708-390-2401 by Monday, December 8.  Judging will take place between 6:30-9:30p.m. on December 12 & 13.  Contestants do not need to be present during judging.  Displays must be lit during the stated hours.  Winners will be notified by phone the week of December 15.  Please, no decorations by professionals. 


Indoor Flea Market

Oaks Recreation Center (10847 W La Porte Rd)

Don’t let the unpredictable winter weather stop you from bargain shopping!  Or maybe you are cleaning out after the holiday season and would like to get rid of your unwanted “treasures” before spring.  Either way our Indoor Flea Market is the place for you!

  • Registration fee of $30 for vendors.  Buyers admitted free.
  • Registration deadline: Monday, January 12, 2015 (or while space lasts).
  • All vendors must pre-register at the Park Office.  There will be no on-site registration for the Indoor Flea Market as space is limited.
  • Vendors will receive a 12’ X 12’ space in the Field House.  Bring your own table(s).
  • Check-in: 7:00 a.m.
  • Vendor spaces are determined by Park District staff.  Space is first-come, first-served.

C14E902: Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fee: $30 Pre-registration ONLY.


Mother & Son Valentine Bowl Deadline - February 4



Mother & Son Valentine Bowl

Morgan’s Thunder Bowl (18700 South Old LaGrange Road)

You might be wracking your brain to come up with the perfect gift for your mom, aunt or grandmother for Valentine’s Day but what better way to say 'I love you' then with the most romantic of all sports - bowling. It is a great way for mom and son to be together in a fun environment. Ages 5-10.  Cost includes: unlimited bowling, shoes, pizza, pop, cake and gift.  We can accommodate 6 per lane so if you want to bowl on the same lane, please specify at the time of registration.  Pre-registration required.  Deadline:  No refunds for this event. 

C14E903: Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fee: R $35 per couple/ NR $42 per couple. $15 each add’l child.