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Fall Festivals and Halloween Happenings

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It wouldn't be fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch. Credit: Flickr/TooFarNorth

The other day, I found myself shopping for Christmas decorations at Target (my kingdom for a string of bubble lights) before I came to my senses. I mean, I haven’t even wrapped my Columbus Day gifts yet.

So let’s not forget to celebrate fall and the Great Pumpkin before it’s too late (though, according to Target, it already is).

Cornucopia Fall Festival: Held Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. This extravaganza features a pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, magicians, clowns, concessions and more. Admission is free, though individual activities cost $1-$4.

20th District Haunted House: The 20th District Station, 5400 N. Lincoln Ave., is being taken over by ghosts, goblins and ghouls, Oct. 28-29, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Youngsters (ages 8 and older) are promised 14 rooms of scary fun, candy and other surprises. A $3 donation per person will benefit 20th District youth programs. Volunteers are needed; if you’re interested in serving as a tour guide or character actor or helping with set-up or make up, call 312.742.8770.

Trick or Treat
Northcenter: Check in at the Town Square on Belle Plaine, Oct. 29, as early as 10:00 a.m. to pick up a bag and map of businesses participating in the neighborhood’s candy free for all, which runs until 1 p.m. A costume contest will award winners according to age group: 3 and under, 4-8 years old, and 9 and older.

Lincoln Square: Halloween only comes once a year, so go ahead and double dip. Hit up Northcenter in the morning and then head to Lincoln Square to keep the sugar buzz going into the afternoon. Businesses on Damen, Lincoln, Rockwell and Western will have candy and other treats for the kiddies on Oct. 29, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Giddings Plaza will be the scene of additional activities and merriment.

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