Geneva Chamber: Holiday happenings are just around the corner

October is one of my favorite months.

It may be the cooler weather, the beautiful colors that fall produces, the chance to pull out forgotten sweaters or the fact the festive holiday season is quickly approaching. Here at the Geneva Chamber, the Christmas Walk and Holiday House Tour already have us in holiday mode. I will share some information at the end of this column and greater detail next month because this month is about the celebration of fall flavors and colors, ghosts, goblins and, of course, Halloween in our BOOtiful city.

Shops are displaying decorating ideas and items for the season and restaurants are creating dishes using the fall harvest. Who knew how many ways pumpkin could be used?

Get your October off to a spook-tacular start by visiting downtown Geneva on a Sunday. A great many places are open on Sundays in downtown Geneva. Brunch and shopping on a crisp day is just perfect.

The Geneva Park District has the right combination of fun and fear this month. Can you Escape the Mansion on Oct. 16? Enjoy the Halloween Hayday and Howl ‘O Ween dog parade Oct. 23. Visit for all the frightful details.

Are the spirits of Geneva roaming our streets? Learn about the “ghosts” and the places they inhabit at the Geneva History Museum’s Ghost Walk. The walk will be offered multiple times Oct. 30. Up for something spookier, try the tour at night! Brave souls can register at

On Thursday, Oct. 28, Geneva shops with trick-or-treat flyers in their windows welcome little ones from 2 to 5 p.m. for treats and maybe a few tricks. Don’t forget to stop by the Chamber office at 8 S. Third St. Not only will we have goodies to offer, but it is the place to pick up a Geneva Shopping and Dining guide or purchase Geneva gift certificates.

Before we know it, December will be here. We are delighted to bring back the Geneva Chamber’s Holiday House Tour on Dec. 3 and 4.

When you buy a ticket to the house tour, you assist in creating a winter wonderland in Geneva. The Chamber has the responsibility for all things Christmas in downtown Geneva – from providing lights to carriage rides and Santa. A portion of your ticket price for the house tour contributes to this magic. Five homes are on this year’s tour.

Holiday House Tour tickets are available for $35. Visit or give us a jingle at 630-232-6060 to make your reservation.

More talk of a Geneva Christmas will be in my November column.

A teaser: On Nov. 1, reservations to visit Santa, Cocoa Crawl tickets and ticketed spots to Cocoa and Carol on Campbell will be available on our website.