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Batavia's BatFest This Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Halloween is next week! Start celebrating this weekend at one of your favorite Fox River Valley annual events....BatFest! Head to downtown Batavia on

Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for some festive, family fun! This favorite event features fun contests, great games

and activities, downtown Trick-or-Treating, Halloween parade, Pumpkin bowl, Farmer's Market, and so much more! The best part? All of this fun is FREE!



Daytime Events

110:00 am - Noon | Downtown Trick-Or-Treating

10:00 am - Noon | Farmers’ Market

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Pumpkin Roll | Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 6

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Marshmallow Shooting Range | Hosted by SoleUnique

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Bat Booth & Games | Hosted by Our Sponsors

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Pumpkin Carving Battles | Hosted by Water Street Studios

11:30 am | BatFest Stories and Songs | Batavia Public Library

11:50 am | Halloween Parade | Hosted by Batavia Mother’s Club and Funway

Main Stage Schedule

10:00 am | SolUnique Dance Performance

10:30 am | Monster Mash Lesson and Performance (Batavia Academy of Dance)

11:00 am | A Step Above Dance Academy Performance

12:15 am | All Dressed Up Costume Contest

12:45 am | Thriller Performance (Batavia Academy of Dance)

1:00 pm | Batavia Animal Clinic Pet Costume Contest


Image Credit: Batavia Mainstreet

How to Spruce Up Your New Home!

by The Rullo Team

There is always a lot of information and advice about Buying a home. What the process entails, when to do it, what you need, etc. But, after you close on the home and have your boxes packed and ready to go, what should you do? There are actually a few simple chores that you should always do once you move into your new home. You just made a major investment and you want to make sure it is in tip-top shape as you start to make it your own.  

Change Locks: In all reality, when you purchase a new home, you truly have no idea who all has keys to it. As soon as you move in, change all of the locks. You can either re-key or buy entirely new lock sets.


Check for Leaks: Other a home inspection has been completed, you still want to verify that there aren't any plumbing issues. Check for any leaks throughout the home. You want to handle these right away because they could lead to costly damage in the future if left unchecked.


Remove Pests: Hopefully, this is not an issue that you run into but you want to make sure you do not have any unwelcome "roommates" in your home. If you find pests, consider hiring a professional in order to complete eradicate the issue from the onset and give you peace of mind.

Inspect the HVAC System: Living in the Fox Valley, we know that we need our AC in the summer and our heat in the winter. Make sure you know how to use the HVAC system and that it is working properly throughout the home.


Update Lighting: The lighting throughout the house might not be your preference. As you start to settle in, determine how you prefer the lighting in each room and make changes accordingly, whether with overhead lights or accent lights.

Know the Circuit Breaker: If the previous owner did not do so, label the fuses in the circuit breaker. Figure out which ones control which rooms and mark accordingly so you can easily turn the power back on when needed.


Understand the Main Water Valve: We can get stormy weather in the Fox River Valley. Between this and plumbing emergencies, it might be necessary to turn off the main water valve from time to time. Find out whether it is located inside or outside of the home and know how to turn it off for these situations.

Clean the Carpets: Have a completely fresh start in the home by deep cleaning the carpets. Rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional to handle. Although the carpets might appear clean, this will give you the peace of mind that your home is sparkly and new.



If you are looking to BUY, work with The Rullo Team to help you find your dream home in the Fox River Valley. Give our team a call today or visit our website at

Get Ready for Trick or Treaters in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Halloween is quickly approaching! Get ready for a night of spooky, frightening fun! With your costume ready and your goody bag emptied, it is time to hit the streets of the Fox River Valley for some trick or treating! The night of Halloween, Wednesday October 31st, will be filled with ghosts and goblins, superheroes and princesses! Here is a list of all of the trick or treating hours for the communities in our area!



Community Trick or Treating Hours

Geneva | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Charles | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wayne | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Oswego | 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Batavia | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Elburn | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Elgin | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Maple Park | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

South Elgin | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Aurora | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

North Aurora | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Make sure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween by following these simple safety tips!


  • Trick or treaters should always walk in groups and never alone.
  • Parents or guardians should always accompany young children.
  • Bring a flashlight or attach reflective gear to costumes to ensure that everyone is visible after dark.
  • Make sure costumes do not restrict vision or have any tripping hazards.
  • Stay on sidewalks and within crosswalks when trick or treating. Only walk and avoid using skateboards, skates, bikes, etc.
  • Always look for traffic when crossing the street. If you will be driving on Halloween, make sure to always check for pedestrians.
  • Check ALL candy before letting your children eat any of it. You should only keep candy that is properly wrapped or packaged.



The Rullo Team wishes everyone a frightfully fun and safe Halloween!

Fall Home Maintenance Tasks!

by The Rullo Team

As the weather gets increasingly colder, you want to make sure that your Fox River Valley home  is in tip-top shape. That means autumn is the perfect time to complete some easy but important home maintenance projects. Here are the top maintenance tasks that you should do around your home this season.


Complete Important Yearly Checks!

Fall is a great time to complete those yearly maintenance tasks. Service and clean your HVAC system to keep it running properly throughout the rest of the year. Check all your fire/smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly. Clean out your chimney so you can safely keep your family warm during the colder months.


Keep Pests Away!

Just as you will be escaping the colder temperatures inside, pests will try to as well. Avoid unwelcome house guests by checking for small and large holes around your house. Use caulking or netting to cover up. Do an inspection of your attic's insulation to make sure that there are no holes created by pests. Cover up those holes to avoid ice damage from occurring to your roof.


Check The Exterior!

Now is the perfect time to do a thourough check of the outside of your home. Finding necessary repairs now will help save you on stress and money as we head closer to winter. Clear gutters of fallen leaves and debris so water can properly move away from your home. Look for loose or missing shingles that need to be replaced. Make sure that all the caulking around doors and windows is adequate and repair as necessary. Remove debris and trim your vegetatin so it can grow properly come the spring.


Winterize Your Irrigation System!

Check the manufacturer's instructions on winterize your irrigation/sprinkler season so that it remains protected during the colder months. You can continue to use your sprinklers in the fall but consider putting them on a timer since we tend to experience more rainfall that can naturally hydrate your lawn and garden.


Safety First!

With increased precipitation and colder weather, ice starts to become more of a risk throughout the season. Inspect the handrails and supports on your patios and decks to ensure that you and others have something to safely grab onto should you fall. Make sure that walkways are clear of icy patches and well as fallen leaves and sticks.

For more home maintenance tips throughout the year, check out our website!

St Charles' Scarecrow Fest This Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Fall in St. Charles means it is time for one of your favorite annual community events……..Scarecrow Fest!!! The 33rd annual Scarecrow Fest is here! Head to beautiful Downtown St. Charles on Friday, October 5th, through Sunday, October 7th for a weekend filled with autumnal fun! This FREE event has something for the entire family! Make your own scarecrow! Vote on your favorite scarecrows in the contest display. Dance the day away to live music on the 3 stages! Find something unique at the Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft Show. Take a spin on the fun carnival rides. Dine on delicious food at the Taste of St. Charles. Participate in the first ever W.A.R. on Wheels Scarecrow Ride! And, SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Live Entertainment!

Q Center’s Main Stage at Lincoln Park

Friday, October 5th


  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am | Elite Academy of Dance
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am | St. Charles Park District Dance Team
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Big Dog Mercer Trio
  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | School of Rock Geneva
  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Orange Star
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | The Wayouts


Saturday, October 6th


  • 10:00 am – 10:50 am | Thompson Middle School
  • 11:10 am – 11:40 am | 3rd Street Dance Studio
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Moves Dance Team
  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Beth Fowler Dance Team
  • 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Studio 64 Dance Fitness Zumba
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Dance Arts Center of St. Charles
  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | The Doors of Chicago
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Rock City Seven


Sunday, October 7th


  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am | Batavia Academy
  • 10:40 am – 11:10 am | D2 Performing Company
  • 11:20 am – 11:50 am | Dreams Dance Academy
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Dance Dynamics
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Six to Midnight
  • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama


Find the full entertainment lineup for the Arcada Theatre Stage and Old St. Charles Stage HERE!

Carnival Details!

Dates: Thursday, October 4th Sunday, October 7th

Hours: 5:00 pm9:00 pm (Thursday) | 12:00 pm10:00 pm (Friday) | 11:00 am10:00 pm (Saturday) | 11:00 am6:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Parking lot at 3rd & Cedar Streets

*Unlimited Ride Specials for $25 per person on Thursday (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) and Saturday & Sunday (11:00 am – 3:00 pm).

Event Details!

Dates: Friday, October 5thSunday, October 7th

Hours: 10:00 am9:00 pm (Friday & Saturday) | 10:00 am5:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Downtown St. Charles

Cost: FREE Admission!  

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a weekend filled with fall fun at St. Charles’ 33rd Annual Scarecrow Fest!  

Image Credit: Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau


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