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Trick-or-Treat in Downtown

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Boo! It’s time to visit downtown businesses and museums for sweet treats. Costumes are a must!

Put on your costume and come trick-or-treat in downtown Aurora on Saturday, Oct. 28. Visit dozens of participating businesses for treats and join in on our bat scavenger hunt throughout downtown.

Noon to 3 p.m.

Free! All ages welcome!

The fun:
*Visit participating businesses for treats. Look for orange paper pumpkin signs in the window.
*Pick up a Halloween Scavenger Hunt! Scavenger Hunts are available at downtown museums.
*Find a red paper bat hiding outside, along downtown sidewalks, and turn it into the downtown museum listed for a treat!
*Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties is hosting a childrens’ activity table.

This event is brought to you by Aurora Downtown, an organization of downtown business and property owners, and is part of Downtown Saturdays, a campaign to increase foot traffic in downtown Aurora on Saturday afternoons.

2017 Participating downtown businesses:

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Spizzico Pizza To-Go, 33 N.


Ballydoyle, 28 W.

Basement of the Dead (behind Ballydoyle)

Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W.

La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E.


River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W.

AKA Dance, 14 W.

All Spoked Up, 14 W.

Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. upstairs

David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 E.

Eyeland Optical, 26 E.


La France Bakery, 118 E.

Central Bakery, 110 E.

Happy Times, 102 E.

Culture Stock, 43 E.

Oxie Affordable Optical, 131 W.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S.

Do or Dye Designs, 24 S.

Pure Skin Solutions, 26 S.


SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W.

One East Benton, 1 E.


Santori Public Library, 101 S.

Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St.


Your Timeless Treasures, 61 S.

Delgado Jewelry, 59 S.

Sophisticated You, 57 S.

Las Islas Marias, 15 S.

Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N.

Chicago Style Barbers, 7 N.

Colima Jewelers, 4 N.

Arenkill’s, 11 N.

Estrella’s Bridal, 12 N.

Creaciones Morelos, 14 N.

Bella Jewelry, 23 N.

Aurora Jewelry, 29 N.

Taco Grill, 31 N.

PME Cake Decorating, 35 N.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N.

Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N.


Community Christian Church, 78 S. LaSalle St.

Tag photos with #downtownaurora on social media.

Please note that treats are available while supplies last. Event is rain or shine!


October 28
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Aurora Film Society looks for members

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Aurora Film Society looks for members

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Go fund downtown: A trio of exciting things is coming to Aurora with your help

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