Things I Learned From Volunteering at Naper Settlement’s “All Hallows Eve”

Me as a Zombie After All Hallows Eve at Naper SettlementDid I tell you all about how I ended up volunteering at this year’s “All Hallows Eve” event at the Naper Settlement?

It’s a long story that starts out at the local Home Depot.  Since I don’t own a major set of power tools (or a large vehicle to bring home long pieces of lumber), I was waiting in line to have some wood cut up into sizable pieces to bring home for some repairs to our back door.  As I was waiting in line, this couple behind me started up a conversation.  As we were talking, the guy said something to me along the lines of “don’t take this the wrong way, but you should volunteer at the local haunted house”.  I naturally questioned how scary I was (or am) in real life and we were all laughing.

Without him saying it, he implied that most of the younger adults in the area are kind of “stuffy” and that they could really use some people in town who would want to have some fun working the Halloween event.  Turns out that they are regular volunteers and that sign-ups were coming up.  I thought about it for a while and thought it did sound like something fun but wasn’t sure.  At some point after my Home Depot encounter we were at the local bookstore and I saw a poster that was advertising their need for volunteers and thought that I should check things out.

Later that week when sign-ups were going on I decided to stop by and see what things were all about.  I met with some of the organizers (none of which were the people I had met at Home Depot ~ unfortunately names escape me and I don’t think they were costumed volunteers ~ or they had REALLY GOOD costumes and I never recognized them!) and things really sounded like they would be fun to participate in.  A few days later I got an email saying that they would like me to be an Underworld Zombie/Jump-Out.  Now that sounded like fun!  Hiding out in the shadows and being able to scare the bejesus out of people?  DONE!  :)

So last weekend was the actual event and I have to say that it was honestly one of the most fun things I may have ever done.  There were a ton of cool people who worked the event and even though we had an amazing amount of rain on the Friday night, you would not believe how many people came through.  Without a doubt, I will be volunteering again next year. 

I do have to say that there were a handful of things that I walked away with from volunteering at the All Hallows Eve event that I need to remember for next year: 

1.)  If you are in your 30′s (or older) and are supposed to be hiding behind things/jumping out at people walking through the haunted mansion, it makes a lot of sense to take some tylenol for preventative measures…  :) 


2.)  If you are in a girl scout/brownie troop, a junior high school girl or a middle aged women you will all be targeted in a crowd…  Sorry, but it’s like shooting fish in a barrel!  :)


3.)  Don’t let the goth/witchy chicks (who I’m guessing didn’t have to do too much for their costume) do “just some touch-ups” to your make-up.  There was about a day of major scrubbing required to remove all traces of black from around my eyelids.  The good news is that I somehow ended up with the eyeliner they used in my bag if I plan on attending a goth club in the near future…  :)


Like I said, I had such a great time and was really glad that I followed through with helping out.  I was on the fence and was thinking about changing my mind.  I’m really glad I didn’t!  See you all next year!  :)

P.S. I still haven’t run into the people I talked to at Home Depot. Either they tricked me into this or they were working the ticket booth or like I said, had amazing costumes that prevented me from recognizing them!

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2 Responses to “Things I Learned From Volunteering at Naper Settlement’s “All Hallows Eve””

  1. Eve Hushek Says:

    Thanks, Mike, for the great comments about our event! We actually had close to 3000 people visit us over the weekend who had a ‘spooktacularly’ good time! You did a wonderful job as a ghoul, and we will be looking for you next year to reprise your role – or any role that sounds like fun to you – next year.
    I’m glad that you had fun! We are blown away by the number of volunteers who helped us out – even in the pouring rain. It’s because of volunteers like you that we can produce an tremendous event like All Hallow’s Eve and we are doubly glad that your impression of the event was so terrific! Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you!

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