Jack-O'-Lantern Walk returns to downtown Geneva Oct. 2

  • Geneva's second annual self-guided Jack-o'-Lantern Walk takes place Friday, Oct. 2.

    Geneva's second annual self-guided Jack-o'-Lantern Walk takes place Friday, Oct. 2. Courtesy of Kristen Cornelio

Submitted by Kristen Cornelio
Posted9/17/2020 10:46 AM

Merchants in downtown Geneva are coming together for the second annual self-guided Jack-O'-Lantern Walk, set for 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

Fifty downtown businesses will display glowing jack-o'-lanterns in their windows or outside. Visitors can stroll around town and vote on their favorites in three different categories.


• Most creative

• Most spooky

• Best group (three or more jack-o'-lanterns)

A digital map has been created with a QR code for guests to easily scan on their phone to see all the participating merchants.

On the Kane County Courthouse front lawn facing Third Street, there will be a fall-themed "photo op" display where people can have their photo taken while maintaining proper social distancing.

The photo op area will have an attendant to help manage proper social distancing and hand sanitizing between each photo taken.

Guests can vote on their favorite jack-o'-lanterns at this area, and there will be a guessing game on how many candied pumpkins are in a clear jar.

The Jack-O'-Lantern Walk coincides with the local merchant organized First Fridays, in which participating shops and restaurants remain open later, with exclusive in-store specials, new fall arrivals and food and drink menu specials.

The event is intended as a way to explore downtown Geneva, support local and kick off October with a family-friendly night. It will take place rain or shine.

For details, follow @AutumnFestGeneva on Instagram for weekly updates and giveaways leading up to the event, or "like" the event on Facebook.

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