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All Hallows’ Eve is upon us, and for many, talk of the much anticipated day started somewhere back in September. Choosing just the right costume is a colossal event for our wee ghosts and goblins – something like finding a faultless and figure-altering dress (and Spanx!) for that dreaded 20-year high school reunion.
Usually there just isn’t enough time to fit in all the ghoulishly great Halloween get-togethers and activities. Good news – Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, so those costumes will have a chance to make several guest appearances. You may just want to give in and let the little tykes spend three full days and nights in their get-ups. (For some of our older readers, the sleeping in the costume bit may happen by default.)
We have put together a round-up of Halloween happenings in the hood – some for the pint-sized superheroes, some for the wenches, tarts and vixens. The point is, Halloween is fêted by both the big and small – so grab your treat bags and head out for a spooktastic time.
- The Book Cellar will kick off Halloween festivities with a spooky story hour in Giddings Plaza on Saturday at 11 a.m. The half-hour story time will be hosted by Book Cellar “resident story witch” Nili Yelin. For additional information, check out The Book Cellar’s website.
- The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce will host Halloween Happeningsbetween 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 30. Head over to Giddings Plaza between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a Day of the Dead art activity with Global Explorers Kids, and be sure to stop by a few of the thirty Lincoln Square businesses that will open their doors for the trick-or-treaters.
- The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce will kick-off Halloween celebrations in Northcenter Town Square at 11 a.m. Stop by to pick up your special trick-or-treat bag and then set off with map in hand to visit local participating merchants. The fun will continue back in Town Square with refreshments and a costume contest for age groups 3 and under, 4-8, and 9 and older. Food donations (benefiting Common Pantry) are requested.
- Pretty-up your pooch and head over to Ruff Haus for the Pets’ Costume Contest. Judging begins at 1 p.m. with prizes awarded for most original, scariest and funniest costumes. There may not be candy corn, but rest assured, there will be doggie treats a plenty.
- Strut your glamed-up business over to Jookie Portrait Boutique between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for their 5thAnnual Costume Contest and Fundraiser. Individual photographs of children will be snapped on a first come, first serve basis. These aren’t just any pictures. Proceeds from past years have supported such organizations as the Welles Park Playlot, Saving Tiny Hearts Society and Children’s Memorial Hospital. This year, funds are being collected for local Lincoln Square small business owner Antje Kastner. Kastner will bicycle through Cambodia in November to raise money for International Childcare Trust. Visit Jookie’s blog to read more about Kastner and International Childcare Trust. A $20 cash donation per child (100% of proceeds benefit Kastner’s cause), will send you on your way with a complimentary 5×7 print. Prizes for the cutest, scariest and most original costumes have been generously provided by the Old Town School of Folk Music, The Paintbrush, and Little Green Baby.
- Is just the thought of all that walking while lugging a ten-pound bag of candy making you hungry? Stop by City Provisions Delicatessen’s Halloween Party on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. The organic-focused food counter will be serving up free lunch (mini burgers, chips and caramel apples), and hosting a variety of activities such as a morning pumpkin carving and cupcake decorating. You will leave with full tummies and enough fuel to hit every house in the neighborhood.
- Family Grounds will host a Halloween photo costume opportunity and contest on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. A photo set will be provided by Haseltine Photography and best costumes will win Family Grounds Café gift cards.
- Mrs. Murphys and Sons Irish Bistro is hosting a Halloween Party where liquid libations are the treat of choice. Stop by Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. The pirate-themed party will come complete with guest DJ, no cover fee, and prizes for best costumes. Tricks apart, Mrs. Murphy’s will be awarding top winners four Murphy’s Bleachers rooftop tickets for opening day 2011.
- Trick-or-Treating for a cause other than stuffing your treat bag to the brim? We have something in mind! Join Ravenswood Presbyterian Church as they trick-or-treat for UNICEF. The group will leave the church at 1 p.m. on Sunday and walk through the Ravenswood area. The event will finish-up with an ice-cream social at the church at 3:00 p.m. RSVP by phoning the church office. All are welcome to join-in on the fun.
Says freelance writer Robert Brault, “I don’t know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids.” So stock up on the candy, enjoy all the fun the neighborhood has in store, and have a hauntingly spectacular Halloween!”