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Fall Events (September – December)



The Champaign Park District offers a wide array of special events throughout the year. Events are listed by season under the “Special Events” tab. New events may be added at any time, so be sure you keep an eye on our most recent Program Guide for updates. If you have any questions about our special events, please contact zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or call 217-819-3931 unless otherwise noted.

All outdoor events are subject to weather cancellations and other delays.  Get up-to-the-minute information on our Cancellations Page.


The Great Pumpkin Hunt | October 1 -31

Are you ready to solve clues to find pumpkins all over Champaign-Urbana? We’ve teamed up with Urbana Park District to hide pumpkins in the parks throughout October. Get your detective gear ready and see how many you can find! Be sure to snap a picture and share your discoveries with us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts by tagging #CUpumpkinhunt.

Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

Make sure to follow The Great Pumpkin Hunt event on Facebook to get the clues and find some pumpkins!

 


SPOOKY OUTDOOR DECOR CONTEST | ENTER: October 12-16

All Ages

We want to see you get spectacularly spooky with your outdoor décor this year! Decorate your yard or patio and email a picture for a chance to win our décor contest. The criteria will be based on creative use of lights, yard decoration placement, storyline and/or theme, and overall presentation. May the spookiest yard win!

*Pictures may be featured on the Champaign Park District website or social media platforms.

Eligibility & Rules:

  • Champaign County residents are eligible to participate.
  • Submit photos October 12-16.
  • Limit one entry per household.
  • Exterior decorations only.
  • Winner announced on October 19.
  • The prize bucket can be picked up at Douglass Community Center on October 20.

To Enter:
Email your photo, first and last name, address, and phone number to brittney.washington@champaignparks.org. The winner will be contacted via email or phone.
Questions: brittney.washington@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573


HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST | ENTER: October 19-23

All Ages

Show off your awesome costumes – VIRTUALLY! Get creative and submit your best DIY or store bought Halloween costumes.

*Pictures may be featured on the Champaign Park District website or social media platforms.

Eligibility & Rules:

  • • All Champaign County residents are eligible to enter the contest. Entries will be accepted October 19-23.
  • Contestants may submit 1 photo of their completed costume to enter. A parent/guardian will need to submit photos for minors under the age of 16.
  • E-mail costume submission photo to: brittney.washington@champaignparks.org. Please include your first and last name, address, and phone number.
  • Judges will choose winners based on these 4 categories:
    • Funniest Costume
    • Scariest Costume
    • Best DIY Costume
    • Overall Best Costume
  • Winners will be announced on October 26.
  • One winner per category; winners will receive a Halloween Candy Bucket which will can be picked up at the DouglassCommunity Center on October 27.

Questions: brittney.washington@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573
 


Halloween Masquerade Car Parade | Wednesday, October 28 (rain date Thursday, October 29)

Market Place Mall
Decorate: 5-7p | Parade Start: 7:30p

A Partnership with Champaign Park District, Urbana Park District and Market Place Mall brings you the Halloween Masquerade Car Parade! Costume your car for Halloween and grab a goody bag for the family while you’re at it! Enjoy Halloween and social distancing in a fun, new way: come out to Market Place Mall, decorate your vehicle, and cruise in our parade. Participants must be a part of the parade and remain in vehicles to receive goody bags. No registration required. We can’t wait to see your creative ideas! Decorate from 5-7pm and parade will start at 7:30pm. Some materials for decorating will be on-site while supplies last, but we recommend you plan ahead and bring your own supplies.

Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931
 


HOLIDAY COOKIE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST

All Ages

ENTER COOKIES: December 7-11
ENTER GINGERBREAD HOUSE: December 14-18

Celebrate the holiday season and show off your decorating skills. Don’t worry about the taste because this will be a virtual contest! Decorate a holiday cookie, gingerbread house, or both and submit your picture(s) before the deadlines. A Parent/Guardian will need to submit photos for minors under the age of 16. *Pictures may be featured on the Champaign Park District website or social media platforms.

RULES AND DETAILS

Cookie Contest

  • All Champaign County residents are eligible to enter the contest.
  • Submit photos December 7-11. Limit one entry per person.
  • Winner announced December 14.
  • Prize basket can be picked up at the Douglass Community Center onDecember 15.

Gingerbread House Contest

  • All Champaign County residents are eligible to enter the contest.
  • Submit photos December 14-18.
  • Limit one entry per person.
  • Winner announced December 21.
  • Prize basket can be picked up at the Douglass Community Center on December 22.

TO ENTER
Email your photo, first and last name, and phone number to brittney. washington@champaignparks.org. There will be one winner for each contest. Each winner will be contacted via email or phone.

Questions: brittney.washington@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573


HOLIDAY IN WHOVILLE AT HOME | Sunday, December 6

All Ages

Concessions Pickup from the Grinch: 11a-2p, Hays Recreation Center

We are so sad that we won’t be able to share this event experience with you, but we don’t want you to miss out on our Whoville tradition. Let’s all sync up on December 6 and watch The Grinch! You can rent the movie from the Virginia Theatre website and watch from the comfort of your own home.

Before you get all snuggled up on the couch, be sure to stop by the Hays Recreation Center to grab some concessions for the movie from the Grinch himself! He will also have a Whoville activity bag to take home, so the fun can last even longer! Watch the movie anytime, but concessions can be purchased (while supplies last) from the Grinch at the Hays Recreation Center (1311 W Church St) on December 6 from 11a-2p.

Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

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