Looking for a scary good time this fall?
You'll find it just before Halloween in your local park! But be careful what you look for; you may find it!


Ghost Stories In the Park... In the Dark

A Naperville tradition; celebrating scary stories and macabre tales of humor and horror!
Our story tellers will tell you stories that will scare you and make you laugh.
This is a night of fun for audiences of all ages and one of the Summer Place Theatre's favorites!

At the Naperville Park District Grand Pavillion, off Jackson Street


Come See Our Show!

Ghost Stories will be performed outdoors at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion in Naperville (500 W Jackson St). Use the entrance near Centennial Beach, turn right at the beach volleyball court, and look for the pavilion down the road and on your left.


In 2016, October 7-9 

Shows and Showtimes

Friday, 7:00 p.m. (For under age 12)

Saturday, 6:00 p.m. (For under age 12)

Saturday, 8:00 p.m. (For age 12+)

Sunday, 7:00 p.m. (For age 12+)


All tickets are $7 and are sold through the Naperville Park District. Visit their new online reservation system and search for "Ghost" and you'll find ticket options.

You can also get your tickets at the show itself. $7 at the "door" as well. Cash or Credit Card (MC, Visa, Discover). 


For Our Storytellers


Auditions are held both by invitation and open audition. If you are a veteran ghost storyteller or a storyteller interested in performing with us, please contact us at and provide a sample of your work, preferably an online video of a performance. If you have a knack for telling a spooking tale and would like to try out, try out! Auditions will be held August 27 from 1:00p until 4:00p at the Rubin Riverwalk Community Center in Naperville. Prepare a ghost story of 1-3 minutes and be ready to scare us or make us laugh.


We will rehearse our show two or three times the week before the first performance. Exact dates will be posted here closer to the event date. Since mostly our show is a string of tales, these will be the only rehearsals that our tellers will need. If we perform anything involving several of our tellers then those tellers will arrange additional times to be worked out among them to be prepared for our main rehearsals.


See the list of performances on this page.  We create 2 shows - a PG and a PG-13 show - from the stories our tellers tell. As a teller, you'll need to be at all performances. (It's rare that a performer is in one but not the other of the shows.) You'll need to be at the Pavilion an hour prior to the 1st show to help in setup (some decorations, lighting, sound check).

Chills, Thrills, and Hopefully No Spills!

After we have our Chills and Thrills - our fun, scary stories - everybody is invited to have a cup of hot apple cider, a cup of ectoplasm punch (orange drink), and some cookies. 

The treats are brought to us, thanks to our friends at the Meijer store on Route 59 and Jefferson.

About Us

The Summer Place, Inc. is a 501-C3 not-for-profit organization and receives our funding through sales of affordably priced tickets, program ads, concessions, from a small number of grants and from the kind donations of our patrons. 

Summer Place Theatre, as we're best-known, is all about Community. Our all volunteer board, crew and cast work hard together to produce entertaining plays and musicals for the Naperville area. We invite you to get involved!

Contact Us

The Summer Place, Inc.
P.O. Box 2394
Naperville, IL 60567


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