Village of Orland Park History Museum Offers Halloween-Themed Events in October

Village of Orland Park History Museum Offers Halloween-Themed Events in October
Posted on 09/27/2017

Village of Orland Park History Museum invites the community to its second cemetery tour on October 11 and a Halloween-themed presentation on October 28.

On Wednesday, October 11, the history museum presents an evening cemetery tour at Orland Park Memorial Cemetery, at 153rd St. and West Avenue.

"This tour will be in the evening and flashlights will be handed out to all guests," said Sarah Konzen, village museum curator. "It's a tour of the different settlers and prominent families from Orland Park."

Konzen shared that the tour will include visiting the headstones of Orland Park's first mayor, John Humphrey, as well as highlight other significant Orland Parkers dating all the way back to the 1800s.

Konzen will be giving the informational tour and she says the tour will not have any scary elements.

"Some may think cemeteries are creepy and they only go to see deceased loved ones, but cemeteries are historical, too," Konzen shared. "It's one thing reading about people, but to see where they are buried is pretty fascinating when you think about it."

The tour runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the cemetery, located at 153rd Street and West Avenue. The tour is open to those ages 18 & up and all participants are urged to dress for the weather.

Cost is $9 for residents and $14 for non-residents. Museum members receive a discount.

On Saturday, October 28, children age 12 and up are invited to attend the interactive and fun "Legendary Halloween Tales of Washington Irving" presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. at the history museum, located at 14415 Beacon Avenue.

"Terry Lynch from Histories for Kids, Inc. will talk about the life of Washington Irving - author of ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'," Konzen said. "I've seen him play George Washington and do a Halloween presentation; he's phenomenal. I picked the legendary tale because it's more kid-friendly."

Guests will be treated to an interactive show, with Lynch dressing the part of the 19th century American author.

Lynch's Washington Irving presentation will transport students back in time to learn about the life of the author and his three short stories, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," "Rip Van Winkle," and "The Devil and Tom Walker."

"I will tell some about Irving's life and give abridged versions of these three stories," Lynch said. "It will be an old-fashioned story telling the way they would have been back in Irving's day." Lynch, an Orland Park resident, started Histories for Kids over 15 years ago. He travels the country giving historical presentations for all ages.

"Irving used local legends along with national traditions and superstitions from Europe," Lynch said. "So many people haven't heard these stories; just the nostalgia alone makes audiences want to hear them."

The event is free; but guests are encouraged to register by Oct. 25.

"You can sense Lynch's passion. He's very engaging and stays in character the whole time," Konzen said. "He draws the audience in. Whether it's for kids, teens or adults, he keeps everyone interested."

Registration for both museum events is open and available in person at the Recreation Administration Office, 14600 S. Ravinia Avenue; the Sportsplex, 11351 W. 159th St.; and online. Follow these links to register online:

Orland Park Memorial Cemetery Tour

Legendary Halloween Tales of Washington Irvine

To learn more, contact the history museum at (708) 873-1622.