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Trick or Treating Hours For Your Fox River Valley Town!

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, Thursday 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

Wayne | 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Geneva | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Charles | 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 - 7:00 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!

Mark Your Calendars For Batavia's BatFest!

by The Rullo Team

We know that this time of year can be busy with the school year, changing seasons, holiday prep, and more! But, Halloween festivities offer a fun respite from the every day chores of the season. There are few better Halloween events in the Fox River Valley than the annual BatFest! Be certain to mark your calendars for Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for a ghoulishly good time. On that date, head on over to downtown Batavia for fun contests, great games and activities, live performances, downtown Trick-or-Treating, Halloween parade, Pumpkin bowl, Farmer's Market, and so much more! The best part? All of this fun is FREE for the whole family!


Daytime Events

10:00 am - Noon | Downtown Trick-Or-Treating

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Activities at The Peg Bond Center

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Farmers’ Market

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

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Bat Booth & Games

11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Live Bats & Other Critters | Hosted by Beardsgaard Barbers

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 by Batavia Academy of Dance

11:00 am | A Step Above Dance Academy Performance

12:15 am | Costume Contest | Hosted by April Duda Photography

  12:45 am | Thriller Performance by Batavia Academy of Dance

1:00 pm | Pet Costume Contest | Presented by Batavia Animal Clinic and Sponsored by Two Bostons



Happy BatFast! Follow The Rullo Team on Facebook and check out our Website for other great community events in Batavia and the broader Fox River Valley area!

Image Credit: Batavia Mainstreet

Decorate Your Home For The Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour!

by The Rullo Team




Time to get spooky! Get in the Halloween spirit and turn your St. Charles home into a frightful delight for the 2019 “Best in St. Charles” Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour!!!


Whether you participate in this favorite annual event our not, be sure to check out the spookiest homes in the Fox Valley area beginning Friday, October 18th, through Halloween night! See the best ghoulish displays every evening at dusk until 10:00 pm. Find the Free Home Tour Guide online HERE starting on opening night.




  • Preview Night | Friday, October 18th

    • Opening night and last chance for homeowners to make changes before judging.

  • Judging Night | Saturday, October 19th

    • Best night to see the homes! Judging by contest committee begins at dusk.



  • Eeriest Haunt (w/o actors)

  • Craftiest Creeper

  • Best Rookie

  • Best Actors (1-6 ghouls)

  • Best Actors (7+ ghouls)

  • Best Youth Actors (ages 18 & under)

  • Family Fun

  • Judges’ Favorite

  • People’s Choice (determined by online voting between October 20th and November 1st)



Register your home today! Fill out the entry form by 5:00 pm on October 13th. Contact Katie Miller at (630) 513-4390 for more information. The Halloween House Decorating Contest is open to all St. Charles residents along with those living within the St. Charles Park District’s boundaries.




Image Credit: St. Charles Park District

Trick-or-Treating Hours for St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia!

by The Rullo Team

Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the Trick-Or-Treating hours for these Fox River Valley communities!

Neighborhood trick-or-treating for St. Charles will take place on Monday, October 31st, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


You have two opportunities for trick-or-treating in Geneva. On Thursday, October 27th, you and your children can enjoy trick-or-treating during the daytime from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm at participating businesses Downtown Geneva. Then, on Halloween, neighborhood trick-or-treating will take place between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.


Trick-or-treating in Batavia will take place two times this month. During BatFest, Saturday, October 22nd, trick-or-treating will occur Downtown Batavia from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Enjoy neighborhood trick-or-treating in Batavia on Monday, October 31st, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.



It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these great safety tips during trick-or-treating:


  • All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone. 
  • Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult. 
  • If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes. 
  • Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.
  • Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.
  • Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the look out for children. 
  • Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged. 



The Rullo Team wishes everyone a very Happy and Safe Halloween!!!

National Chocolate Day

by The Rullo Team




National Chocolate Day is observed annually on October 28


While there are many specific chocolate related holidays throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate.  As America’s favorite flavor, chocolate is well deserving of it’s own day of honor and celebration

 Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree.  Cacao is grown in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America.  The earliest known documentation of using cacao seeds is from around 1100 BC.  The cacao tree seeds have a very intense, bitter taste that must be fermented to develop the flavor.

 Once the seeds have been fermented, the beans are dried, cleaned and roasted.  After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs.  The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass, which is pure chocolate in rough form.   The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients. At this point of the process it is called chocolate liquor.  The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

◦Unsweetened baking chocolate –  cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.

◦Sweet chocolate –  cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.

◦Milk chocolate – sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk.

◦White chocolate – cocoa butter, sugar and milk but no cocoa solids.

NOTE: Research has found that chocolate, when eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure!








Celebrate! Go out to your favorite local restaurant and indulge in a delicious chocolate dessert...

Grahams Chocolate:

Grahams 318 Coffee house:

All Chocolate Kitchen:


Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory:

...Or try one of these recipes at home:

Chocolate Lasagna
No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

Fox Valley Halloween 2015!

by The Rullo Team





We absolutely love this time of year.  When little ghouls and goblins romp from house to house, tricking or treating and this year SPIKE RULLO wanted to join in the fun, but he can't decide on a costume.  His Despicable Me Minion costume seems to be popular, but then again, he's always loved Star Wars, can you find him below?  Go to our Facebook Page and help Spike pick out a costume, voting will take place OCT. 30


We know Spike isn't the only one with last minute costume anxiety.  If you haven't decided on a costume yet, don't fret, we're here to help. 

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so many are planning for celebrations lasting the entire weekend.  People are buying multiple costumes to wear on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Which can be hard on the wallet. Americans will spend close to $6.9 billion on Halloween costumes this year, averaging  $74.34 per person in 2015, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).  If you haven't bought your costume yet, we're here to share the most popular costumes, so you don't end up 1 of 4 Cinderella's at the ball, as well as inspire your inner creative, for a one of a kind Spectacular Costume Contest Winner!! 

This year the top sellers for adults are various Superheroes, Disney Princesses, Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  For the Kids; The hottest seller is The Descendants, followed by the Disney villains from the hit 2015 movie.  So, think outside the box, and remember you don't have to spend a bunch of money, get creative; here are some of our favorites:

                                                            French Kiss                                    Google Maps


Ginger Bread Man                                          Spelling Bee


Formal Apology                               Philosophical Play-Doh


Some links to get your creative Halloween juices flowing: 

20 Very Punny Costumes To Rock This Halloween


Now, it's time to engage your inner Martha Stewart.  If you're brave enough to host a Halloween party this year, don't skimp on the details.  Cleverly themed appetizers and drinks are a must.  Here are some appetizer ideas, sure to impress your guests for many Halloween moons to come!









For a really special treat....make you're guests an amazing PUMPKINTINI!!!

The drink of the month and the one that will make you the talk of the Halloween Party Circuit! 

Hopefully you feel inspired!  Halloween is one of the best parts of Autumn and certainly one of our favorites.  If you have any unique costume, appetizer or drink ideas, please feel free to share on our Facebook Page!  We're always on the look out for fresh creative ideas to help make the season better each year. 

Trick or Treating Times

by The Rullo Team


It's that time of year again, when little goblins and ghosts will be going door to door trick-or-treating. Children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between their City’s recommended Halloween hours:

  • St Charles recommends that you limit trick-or-treating to 3 to 7 pm on October 31
  • Geneva children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between the City’s recommended Halloween hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 31. **Families also are invited to two additional candy collection opportunities in Geneva. Participating downtown businesses will be offering free Halloween treats to children from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 29, and Geneva Commons will host trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 25.
  • Batavia’s suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31

To assure that all little superheroes, princesses and scary monsters

have a fun and safe Halloween experience this year, parents should take an active role in this process

by making sure their families follow these safety tips:


Young children should be accompanied by their parents or another responsible adult.

 If there is a chance children will be out after dark, at least one member of each group should carry a flashlight.

Teach and stress to children to watch for traffic. Walk only on sidewalks and cross the streets at intersections.
Bicycles and skateboards should be left at home.

Use stick-on reflective material generously.

Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.

Do not trick-or-treat at a house if there is no light on.

Ensure costumes fit and are worn in a manner that prevents tripping.

If children wear masks, make sure they can see clearly and their visibility is not obstructed.

Stay within familiar neighborhoods.
Carrying hard props such as swords and daggers should be substituted with soft foam rubber materials.



For more tips and guidelines on Halloween safety, please visit:

Fox Valley Fun Fall Activities This Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Student Harvest Days
October 2, 2015 - October 2, 2015
Garfield Farm and Museum
3N016 Garfield Road
Campton Hills, IL 60175


Harvest Days at Garfield Farm will display the nearly complete restoration of the 1842 threshing barn. This past year, the 173 year old structure, which was barely recognizable, was transformed to its original glory.  The missing hewn beams have been replaced, there is now a solid wood floor, the doorways have been re-opened, and it is now on display for the public.

Volunteers will demonstrate the farm skills of the 1840s, stimulating the minds of the young and the old alike, with demonstrations on domestic manufacturing processes such as, spinning wool or rendering of tallow for making candles,  flailing and winnowing wheat, shocking and husking corn and much more. The oxen, sheep, turkeys, geese, pigs, and chickens all add an authenticity to the traditional farm experience.  

Limited to 600 students. $5 students; $4 adults. Reservations required. Call 630.584.8485.

Here Come The Mummies
October 2, 2015 - October 2, 2015
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
8 p.m.

Here Come the Mummies is an exciting-upbeat funk band, consisting of various professional session musicians out of Nashville, Tennessee.  The entire band is completely wrapped in bandages like mummies! It is rumored that there are several Grammy awards among the band members, but no one knows for sure, as the identities of band members are kept "under wraps." Members are believed to be under contract to various record labels, hiding their identities so as to prevent contract disputes while performing.  An absolute must-see for this return Arcada engagement, guaranteed to be a truly memorable night!





The Cow Goes Moo and Scarecrows Too

September 12, 2015 - October 3, 2015

Primrose Farm

5N726 Crane Road

St. Charles, IL 60175


Set among its 100+ acres of open agricultural space, historic farm demonstration plots and restored farm buildings offer an energizing environment where people of all ages can reconnect with some essential and long-lost arts and skills, such as learning how to milk a cow by hand, practicing the forceful art of blacksmithing, or performing other farm chores.  There are also activities for the little ones, ages 1+ can experience the sounds of the farm as parents and toddlers are introduced to farm animals and scarecrows, after there will be snacks and story time in the farm summer kitchen.  

Resident $5; Nonresident $7.50. Advance registration required at St. Charles Parks

October 3, 2015 - October 3, 2015
Pottawatomie Park 
8 North Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174

Embark upon a majestic paddlewheel boat as you watch aspiring collegiate rowers race down the beautiful Fox River in St. Charles, IL among the fiery fall foliage. Visit Row St. Charles for more info. 

Meet the Artists/ A Gallery of Nature
October 3, 2015 - October 3, 2015
Wasco Nursery and Garden Center
41W781 Rt. 64
St. Charles, IL 60175

The Nature Artists Guild of the Morton Arboretum Exhibit at A Gallery of Nature will be on display. Meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, October 3rd, 4pm-6pm. Exhibit on display 9-5pm Mon-Sat; 10-5pm Sun.

Scarecrow Making Class

October 4, 2015 - October 4, 2015
Heinz Brothers
2010 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

1-2pm. For ages 5+. Great way to start off the fall season. All materials-clothes, straw and more supplied. Come join the fun without having to clean up the mess! $15 per child. Advance registration required with Saint Charles Park District.  Check out Hickory Knolls Discovery Center for more fall activities throughout the season.  

We'll be posting more fun Festivals & Events for the Holiday Season on our Facebook, Google + Page & check back often! If you have something you'd like us to share, send us an email and we'll be happy to share your event with our community as well (as long as it's appropriate for everyone).

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of homeownership in the Fox Valley Area, please contact a Real Estate professional with the Rullo Team

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