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Rush: Celebrating all autumn has to offer

At the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, we have been in “holiday mode” for a while now. And I am excited to share details about the Christmas Walk and House Tour, which I will do in November.

For now, I can reveal that the homes for the house tour range from 145-year-old historical to the modern golf-course gem. Tickets cost $30 and are available for pre-order now. Call 630-232-6060 to reserve yours.

Every October, certain lyrics stick in my head. You might think it would be “Ghostbusters” or “Thriller,” but – and I am a bit embarrassed to admit – it is actually a child’s song by that popular purple dinosaur Barney. One of the few songs that my children listened to over and over. In fact, I think it was a video they watched continuously back in the ‘90s, as visions of Barney in a straw hat come to mind.  Nevertheless, to me, it describes this season perfectly and just makes me happy.

“I like to roll in the leaves; Feel the cool breeze; Stuff a scarecrow top to bottom. And you can call it ‘fall’; If that’s what you please; But I say, ‘I like autumn!’ ”

So, this month, let’s celebrate autumn – fall flavors and colors, sweater weather, ghosts, goblins and, of course, Halloween.

Shops are displaying decorating ideas and items for the season, and restaurants are creating dishes using the fall harvest. Who knew how many ways pumpkin could be used?

Get your October off to a spooktacular start by visiting downtown Geneva on a Sunday. A great many places are open Sundays, and many are offering events in their shop or restaurant that day.

Do you believe in the supernatural? Maybe the Geneva Public Library will convince you with its program “The Haunting” on Oct. 16. Because of the spine-tingling horror stories, true eerie history and inexplicable supernatural occurrences, this program is appropriate for older teens and adults. Specifics can be found at

How about some wicked fun? On Oct. 26, the Geneva History Center hosts its Ghost Walk. The walk will be offered four times that day. Those fearless enough to attend will enjoy “new stories and old legends” that will bring the “darker corners of Geneva to light.” Learn about the ghosts of Geneva and the places they inhabit. Up for something spookier? Try the tour at night. Brave souls can register at

In addition, the Geneva Park District has the right combination of fun and fear.   Wheeler Park will be transformed into a “terrorizing playground for the un-dead” at the Zombie Apocalypse on Oct. 25 and 26. A little less spooky is the Halloween Hayday on Oct. 26, followed by the Howl ‘o Ween Dog Parade. Visit for the facts.

On Oct. 31, Geneva shops bearing a trick-or-treat flyer in their window welcome little ones in from 2 to 5 p.m. for some treats and maybe a few tricks as well. Don’t forget to stop by the chamber office at 8 S. Third St.

Not only will we have goodies to offer, but the office also is the place to pick up a Geneva Shopping and Dining guide, or purchase Geneva gift certificates anytime of the year. Neighborhood trick-or-treating is suggested between 3 and 7 p.m.

Before you head home, take time to look at the gorgeous gardens and decorated windows all over the downtown. The chamber salutes and compliments all the volunteers and merchants who care for them. Thank you for contributing to our beautiful – or should I say boo-tiful – city.

Have a happy and safe October.

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Finally, a bountiful thank you to all our sponsors, donators, volunteers, participants and the city of Geneva for making the 2013 Festival of the Vine a superb success.   

• Laura Rush is communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at

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