Community, Park Forest

“Step Back into a 1950s Halloween” at the Park Forest House Museum Beginning September 15

Classroom dolls with diecut pumpkin. (Source: Park Forest Historical Society)
Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—September 10, 2018
By: Jane Nicoll

Vintage Halloween decorations are on display in the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, from September 15 through November 7.  Located at in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 227 Monee Road, the museum is open Wednesday and Saturday1:00 to 3:30; or for groups by appointment. Display items include Gurley Halloween candles, die-cut decorations, and a boxed costume with mask.  Park Forest 70th Anniversary Exhibits are on display throughout 2018-2019, including “Design through the Decade, 1948-1958.”

The museum always tells the story of how Park Forest was developed and describes life in the village in its first 5 years, 1948-1953. Toys, dolls, books, clothing and household furnishings all help portray life in the early 1950s to 1960s. September marks the 20th Anniversary of the museum, which was started for the 50th Anniversary of Park Forest. Information is on the website at and with Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252, or Mike Gans at 708-305-3308.  Admission donation is adults $5; children 12 and under free with an adult.