Hawthorne Elementary School

Hawthorne Happening


Saturday, October 20th, 2018

4 - 7 pm


What is the Hawthorne Happening?

Hawthorne Happening is Hawthorne’s biggest fundraiser. It is a Halloween themed, carnival style event for students and their families.  It generates funds to support assemblies, programs, school improvements and fun extras that the PTA sponsors for our children and teachers.


What will you find at Hawthorne Happening?

  • GAMES: Play games in the first-floor classrooms and win prizes.

  • DJ: Plan on dancing the night away.

  • COSTUME PARADE: Walk across the stage to show off your costume.

  • INFLATABLES: Bounce house and interactive inflatables.

  • PHOTO SELFIE STATION: Take pictures to remember the night. Backdrop created by our very own Mr. Wesseler!  

  • CRAFT ROOM & MANICURE STATION: Crafts for all ages, plus manicures and Halloween walk.

  • RAFFLES: Great raffle prizes that range from ice cream with a teacher to highly sought-after sports paraphernalia!

  • AUCTION BASKETS: Spectacular items donated by Hawthorne families and local families.

  • WINE PULL: Everyone wins! Pull a cork and be rewarded with a surprise bottle of wine. 

  • BUY-IN PARTIES: Sign up for these fun, creative parties hosted by Hawthorne families. Purchase a ticket to attend and all money raised goes directly to the Hawthorne PTA.

  • FOOD: Come hungry to find, allergy free concessions including pizza from Two Brothers, snacks, drinks and more.

  • VIDEO GAME TRUCK (back by popular demand): 3rd, 4th & 5th graders can purchase tickets in advance to play video games in an interactive gaming truck.

  • BALLOON TWISTER (new this year): Be amazed as Chicago Balloon Twisters create magical shapes and creations out of balloons.

  • SPECIAL SHOW: Spots appear before your eyes, a giant die vanishes & reappears, milk turns to paper, eggs vanish and so much more! Don’t delay, grab your tickets to see Stevie J Magic today! Tickets sell out quickly.

Who needs to purchase tickets?

  1. GAME PARTICIPANTS: Only game participants need to purchase a $15 wristband. Wristbands give access to unlimited classroom games, Bouncy House, Bungee Run Interactive Inflatable, craft-room, selfie photo station, and ONE turn on the Candy Wheel.

  2. STEVIE J MAGIC SHOW: All attendees (adults & siblings) must purchase a $5 ticket to the magic show. Space is limited and sells out fast!

  3. VIDEO GAMING TRUCK: 3rd, 4th & 5th graders can purchase a 30-minute time slot of gaming for $10. More gaming time this year, so grab friends and sign up!

How do you purchase tickets?

Want else can families and friends of Hawthorne do to help?

Show your support of Hawthorne by purchasing an ad in the event program or become a VIP Sponsor and receive additional exposure.

  • Hawthorne Happening Ad Program - details can be found here.

Please direct any questions about the Hawthorne Happening to Rachel Fitzgerald.

2018-19 Hawthorne Happening Buy-In Parties Coming Soon!

The Hawthorne Happening committee is seeking Buy-In Party hosts. Previous hosts and attendees have said, “I've never had so much fun connecting with other families while donating to my child’s school!” If you are interested in hosting a buy-in party, please contact Anne Zimmer