31st Annual Scarecrow Fest - St. Charles

Join generations of visitors who flock to the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest every year! For over 30 years, this award-winning festival has brought heartwarming memories to both children and adults, and is a tradition for thousands of families across the Midwest. The heart and soul of the festival is the Scarecrow Contest, which boasts 100+ hand-crafted scarecrows. Visitors view and vote for their favorite in each of five categories. Enjoy live entertainment, a huge arts and crafts show, a trolley ride - those are just a few highlights! You can even make your own scarecrow to take home. Plus, enjoy plenty of delicious food.

C16E251: Saturday, October 8 (Click here to register)
Departure: 10:30 am from Founders Community Center, Frankfort
Return: 6:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee: $29 R/ $34 NR (Fee includes mini-motorcoach transportation)


Halloween Hollow

35th Annual Halloween Hollow

Friday, October 14, 2016 (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Saturday, October 15, 2016 (1:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Sunday, October 16, 2016 (1:00 pm – 6:00pm)

Location: Main Park, 10925 W La Porte Road, Mokena 


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 BBQ pork sandwitches
  • Funnel cakes, cotton candy and snocones
  • Brats and burgers
  • And more!!!!!!

Fascinating Free Stage Entertainment!

DJ, dance groups, juggler, live animal show and more! Check back for the updated entertainment schedule.

Monster’s Marketplace

Something for everyone! Vendors will be 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 info@mokenapark.com by Friday, September 23. 

FREE 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 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m on Saturday, October 15.  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.  Sunday, October 18 ONLY starting at 1:00p.m-4:00p.m. or while supplies last.

FREE Home Depot Pumpkin Patch & Painting

Visit the Frankfort Home Depot to pick out your pumpkin and paint it!  Available on Saturday, October 15 ONLY starting at 1:00p.m-4:00p.m. or while supplies last. Bring your painted pumpkins or goards to the Main Stage to compete for great prizes!  All ages can participate.  Check-in near Main Stage and display before 3:00p.m on Saturday, October 15.  Prizes are based on creativity, originality and presentation.  Winners will be announced at the Main Stage at 3:00p.m.

FREE Costume Contest

Meet at the Main Stage in Main Park at 1:30pm on Sunday, October 16.  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. 

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, September 30.


Event is held at Main Park located at 10925 W. La Porte Road in Mokena. $5 parking is available at Main Park parking lot and The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center.

Coming from Chicago 

Take 1-57 South to 1-80 West.  Exit US-45/LaGrange Road.  Turn left and head south about 1.8 miles to La Porte Rd.  Turn right and head to 1st stop sign (Mokena St).  Turn left into Main Park parking lot. 

Coming from West 

Take 1-80 East.  Exit US-45/LaGrange Road.  Turn right and head south about 1.8 miles to La Porte Rd.  Turn right and head to 1st stop sign (Mokena St).  Turn left into Main Park parking lot.

Volunteers Needed

Interested in volunteering at the event?  Volunteers are always needed and appreciated! Please contact 708-390-2404 before Thursday, September 29, 2016. 

Sponsorship and Vendor Information

Interested in participating as a sponsor or vendor at the event?  Additional information is available by contacting 708-390-2416 prior to Friday, September 30, 2016.  Thank you for your interest!


Friday, October 14

*3:30-5pm Special Needs Families Only

*5-9pm ($25 Windy City Carnival Rides Wristband special from 5-9pm)

No admission Fee!!! Parking is $5

CARNIVAL ONLY (Food Vendors too)


Saturday, October 15

*1-8pm (1-8pm: $35 Windy City Carnival Rides Wristband ALL DAY special in honor of our "35th" Anniverary!)

No admission Fee!!! Parking is $5

Activities include:

*Ghost Town Games                                      *Stage Entertainment

*Hayrides                                                     *Home Depot Pumpkin & Pumpkin Painting

*Free Contests                                              *Spooky Sponsors Giveaways

*Monster Market                                            *Freaky Food Court


Sunday, October 16

*1-6pm ($25 Windy City Carnival Rides Wristband special from 1:30-5:30pm)

No admission Fee!!! Parking is $5

Activities include:

*Ghost Town Games                                       *Stage Entertainment

*Hayrides                                                       *Scarecrow Laboratory

*Free Contests                                                *Spooky Sponsors Giveaways

*Monster Market                                             *Freaky Food Court


A special thank you to our top event sponsor, MEIJER, as well as our supporting sponsors:

  • Dr Thomas Maloney
  • Family Martial Arts
  • Filosa Family
  • Home Depot Frankfort
  • John Mazzorana
  • Meatheads
  • Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete
  • Power Home Remodeling Group
  • Physicians Immediate Care


Disc Golf Course CLOSED - Oct. 15 & 16

Stockings For Our Troops - Nov. 11

Friday, November 11, 2016

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 - Nov. 13

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.

Location:  Oaks Recreation Center (10847 W La Porte Rd)

Day/Time: Sunday, November 13, 2016/12:00p.m.-3:00p.m.

Registration Deadline: Call the Park office at 708-390-2401 by noon on Friday, November 11 to reserve appointment. Walk-ins are accepted.


Breakfast With Santa - December 3

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. $13 admission per person includes plated breakfast*, entertainment and a special gift. All attendees must be pre-registered through the Mokena Park District by Monday, November 21. Children under one are admitted free (does not include breakfast, treats or gift) and all children must be accompanied by an adult. 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.

Location: Aurelio's Restaurant (310 W Lincoln Hwy., Frankfort)
Days/Times: Saturday, December 3, 2016/9:00a.m.
C16E257: Fee: $13R/ $ 16 NR (Click here to register!)
Registration Deadline: Monday, November 21, 2016

Chicago Christmas Lights Tour

We will travel to Downtown Chicago to see the beautiful Christmas lights displays. Our first stop will be at the Planetarium Overlook for a panoramic view of the city. We will then travel along Lake Shore Drive to Lincoln Park, North Michigan Avenue, and stop for one hour at Millennium Park to view the city Christmas tree, the skating rink and the Bean. From there, we will take a Loop Tour with a final 1 1/2 hour stop at the German Christkindlmarket at the Daley Plaza. We will also be close in proximity to Macy's (Marshall Field's) Flagship State Street store.

C16E253: Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 3:30pm-9:30pm approx. (Click here to register)
Departure: The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center-West Parking Lot (10847 W La Porte Rd)
Fee: $42 R/ $50 NR (roundtrip mini-motorcoach transportation)
Registration Deadline: Friday, December 9, 2016

Indoor Flea Market - January 15

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.
  • 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.

Location:  Oaks Recreation Center Fieldhouse (10847 W La Porte Rd)

Day/Times: Sunday, January 17, 2016 / 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Vendor Booth Fee: $30 (Click here to register!)

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 11, 2016 (or while space lasts).

Mother & Son Valentine Bowl - February 11

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.  Resident Fee of $36 per couple ($40NR); $16 each additional child ($21NR).  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.  No refunds for this event. 

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

Day/Times: Saturday, February 11, 2017/12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Jewelry, Fashion, and Accessories Show - Rosemont

There's always something new at the JF&A Shows - concentrated pockets of new products with a focus on Beauty & Style, or a sumptuous collection of Home & Gourmet products. Expect the unexpected - and a fabulous assortment of treasures for you and your friends. After two 1/2 hours of browsing/shopping, we will head to Carlucci Rosemont, a Silver Plate and DiRoNA Award Winning Tuscan Italian Restaurant eight years running for a plated lunch. Your meal will include choice of one three Carlucci Classics: Special Pizza, Special Panini or Special Baked Pasta, gratuity and soft drink.

C16E255: Friday, February 17, 2017 / 9:15am-3:00pm approx. (Click here to register!)
Departure: The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center-West Parking Lot (10847 W La Porte Rd)
Fee: $49 R/ $58 NR (roundtrip mini-motorcoach transportation, admission to JF&A and lunch with gratuity)
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2017