Halloween Hooligans is a fun event allowing you to become involved in selecting which Halloween costumes some of Batavia's finest will wear this Halloween.

Each of our volunteer Hooligans has three costume choices. Your vote decides which character they will become!! Your monetary votes also help raise funds for the Batavia Arts Council for grant and scholarships to be awarded next year.

In addition, each participant is playing for a charity of their choosing. Those charities will each received 20% of the revenue raised by their sponsoring participant. The one participant raising the MOST revenue will receive an additional 10% of the entire net profit raised to give to their charity.

Reveal Event

The winners of this year's event will be revealed at 4pm October 28th at Tea Tree in Batavia. Join us there to discover which costumes were selected, see how our Hooligans look in costume and make-up, and discover how much money was raised for all of the various charities. Your monetary dollars equate to votes for a specific costume . Vote for as many of our Hooligans as you wish, or vote for just one. Thank you for your participation and support of our organization.

Special Thanks!

Special thanks to All Dressed Up for providing the costumes for this wonderful event!

Meet the Dignitaries

John Heath

Charity: Batavia Music Buffs

John Heath lead the Batavia High School Band for many years before retiring. He is well loved and missed at the High School

Your donated dollars equal votes for the costume of choice and help support the Batavia Arts Council mission to provide scholarships and grants to local artists and art projects.

John is also participating to raise funds for the Batavia Music Buffs. 20% of the revenue of your voting dollars will go to the Batavia Music Buffs, and if he raised the most money, and additional 10% of the total profits from Hooligans will also go to his charity.

Total Raised: $519.00

Dolly Parton

English Beefeater


Patti Rambo

Charity: Living Well Cancer Center

Patti has been a long time Fox River Valley resident. Patti has been the Owner/Managing Broker of Miscella Real Estate for 15 years, and recently merged with Batavia Enterprises, Inc (BEI) as their Residential Real Estate Component. Miscella Real Estate has been serving the residential real estate needs of the Fox Valley since 1976. Like BEI, Miscella has remained a premier independent brokerage over the years, through all sorts of market conditions, with one key focus — doing what is right for our clients! Without the corporate overlay, Miscella has sustained their foundation working mainly by referral. Miscella Brokers put their time, energy and resources to their clients, becoming a trusted advisor and earning their referrals. Over the past several years, 85% of their clients come through referrals!

Total Raised: $381.00

Bride of Frankenstein

Lady Astor

Rosie the Riveter

Nan Phillips

Charity: Batavia Woman's Club

Nan Phillips, currently serving as president of Batavia Woman‘s Club, has been a resident of Batavia since 1986. Her three children, Jill Phillips Marsh, Todd Phillips, & Lisa Phillips Cook graduated from BHS and now 2 of her 6 grandchildren (Michael & Mason Marsh) attend HC Storm School. Nan taught for 24 years in Batavia Public Schools, 14 at Louise White School and 10 at Hoover-Wood School. Since retiring in 2011, she has found many ways to stay busy & involved in Batavia—Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence Director 2011-2017, Batavia Public Schools Hall of Honor Committee Chairperson 2012-2017, CHIPIN Batavia, Batavia Woman‘s Club 2012-present, and PEO Chapter EA. Nan & her husband, Ray, love to travel whenever possible.

Total Raised: $274.00

Edna Mode

Circus Baby

Jane Gammon

Wendy Reed-DiBenedetto

Charity: Mutual Ground

Wendy Reed-DiBenedetto is the owner of an authentic Italian Restaurant and specialty grocery market in downtown Batavia at 15 E. Wilson, "Gaetano‘s Batavia". Since childhood, Wendy has spent a lot of time in Batavia, with cousins that moved here in 1976. She has been a resident of Batavia since 2011, and her children have all attended and are still attending Batavia schools. "My Restaurant and market strive to give the community fresh and delicious homemade goodness to always remember, and the best service possible". "My staff is a family, and that shows through the service that we provide". Wendy has chosen Mutual Ground as her charity of choice for Halloween Hooligans, because of her own personal affinities.

Total Raised: $261.00

Amelia Earhart


Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

Dawn Zalkus

Charity: Studio Batavia

Dawn Zalkus is proud to be an educator and artist teaching at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL. She loves working with students to build a strong artistic community where young artists feel safe, support one another, and share ideas. The core of this community fosters the idea of lifelong learning and growth while discovering the greatness of which everyone is capable. Working in partnership with her students Zalkus helps to strengthen their artistic voice and development, keeping critical thinking, questioning, originality, choice, and technique building at the forefront. At Batavia, Zalkus has helped to establish a National Art Honor Society Chapter, P.L.A.T.E. event, BHS Rock the Runway Wearable Art Fashion Show, BHS I Heart Art Invitational Art Show, The Batavia Fine Arts Festival, Empty Bowls Event, Studio Batavia&lsqou;s Visual Arts Booster, community partnerships, and has fostered Batavia&lsqou;s participation in many local and national art shows. Zalkus was named the 2018 Illinois Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association.
When not teaching Zalkus enjoys creating both functional and sculptural ceramic works, fashion, traveling, boating and enjoying life with her husband, Jeremy, family, friends, and four cats. Recently, Zalkus constructed her first wearable art garment from metal and crepe paper, entitled "Pretty Powerful" which was shown at the Water Street Studios&lsqou; Eye of the Beholder Exhibition and earned her the People&lsqou;s Choice Award. Last spring Zalkus painted the "Always Learning, Always Growing Dog," as a part of Batavia&lsqou;s Bulldogs Unleashed, which spent the summer basking in the sun on the streets of downtown Batavia. Zalkus looks forward to participating in Halloween Hooligans and supporting the arts in Batavia. Her donations will go toward Studio Batavia Visual Arts Booster. Studio is hoping to purchase a new runway for BHS Rock the Runway&lsqou;s 10th Anniversary Show, Nostalgia, Jan. 11, 2019 in the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

Total Raised: $256.00

Sally (Nightmare Before Christmas)


Joan of Arc

Jamie Gutierrez

Charity: Water Street Studios

Jamie arrived at Water Street Studios in January of 2015. He quickly developed a deep appreciation for this community of creators and their work. He is dedicated to providing a clean, comfortable, and will-lit atmosphere to support the creative process. As the Events and Facilities Manager, he strives to provide unique experiences outside the usual offerings. Jamie is a husband, father, mobile DJ, trivia host, and podcaster. He loves soccer. A bit too much, perhaps.

Total Raised: $129.00


Salvador Dali

Capt hook

Christopher Cudsworth

Charity: Batavia Food Pantry

Christopher Cudworth is a communications and marketing leader by trade and an artist and writer by avocation. His many goal in life is to creat. In that respect he produces several blogs and is in process of completing a pair of non-fiction books, one on nature and the other on theology titled Truly Sustainable Faith. As a Resident Artist at Water Street Studios the last three years, Chris has produced two solo shows and completed a number of commissions for public and private clients. He is married to Suzanne Astra, with whom he participates in triathlons. Chris also has two equally creative children of his own and three creatively oriented step-children. The family also owns Schnoodle dog and two cats named Bennie and Wanda.

Total Raised: $124.00

Uncle Sam

Riff Raff (RHPS)

Man in the Yellow Hat

Doug Saam

Charity: Tricity Family Services

Douglas Saam lives in Batavia with his wife Jamie and their two kids, Tucker and Max. Doug's oldest son, Dexter lives down in Peotone, IL. Together, Douglas and Jamie own Bulldog Plumbing Inc. and will celebrate 8 years in business early in 2019. Douglas and his German Short-haired Pointer, Trigger, enjoy pheasant hunting out west in Ogle County. You often find Douglas supporting his kids passions whether that is acting as team manager for his son's Cyclones Hockey team or walking alongside his Cub Scout on a Den Hike. Douglas has chosen to support Tricity Family Services as his charity as he loves the much needed mental and physical support that they bring to families of all income levels in the Tricity area.

Total Raised: $111.00

Bearded Lady


Yosemite Sam

Missi Hartmann

Charity: Red Cross

Missi Hartmann is a mom of 3, wife and owner of The Tea Tree is beautiful downtown Batavia. Her love for tea and healthy living has inspired her to open a place that she could share this lifestyle with others. The Tea Tree is not only a retail shop, but a place to relax and slow down from everyday life. When not at the shop, Missi loves to spend time with her family. She loves the outdoors, unexpected adventures and traveling.

Her Charity is: Red Cross for those affected by Hurricane Florence.

Total Raised: $34.00

Fay Wray

Dancing Queen