Scare Up Some Fun This Holiday Weekend

October 28, 2011

Velcome to Halloveen veekend. (Read that sentence in a vampire voice for full effect.)

If you aren’t throwing a haunted bash in your home this weekend, here are some ideas for celebrating the spooky holiday around town.

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Please check back to Chicago Real Estate Forum for trick-or-treating tips and times around Chicagoland.

*Franken Plaza: For three days, Oct. 28-30, Daley Plaza becomes Franken Plaza with special performances, a Monster Bash, prize give-aways, hayrides, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving demonstrations, trick-or-treating and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Franken Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, and this event if free.

*Chicagoween: The Chicago Park District is hosting a bevvy of Halloween events this weekend, including pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and a doggie PUPkin party and parade. There are events for everyone, from the little ones to those looking for a thrill this holiday weekend.

*Space Park Spooktacular: This event, which benefits the Triangle Neighbors Association, will include games, activities, performances, treats and a costume contest at Space Park, 815 W. Roscoe in Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 5 p.m.

*Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour: Tour Chicago in a much different way this weekend. These ghost tours actually run all year round, but Halloween is the optimal time to experience the dark side of Chicago. Pick up is at 600 N. Clark Street, Chicago. Check out the site for times and ticket information.

*Haunted House Chicago: Want to really be scared this weekend? This website has the lowdown on all the best, craziest and weirdest haunted houses in the Chicago area, including Illinois’ most interactive haunted abode. Find locations, descriptions and coupons at this site. Not for the faint-hearted.

*Spooky Pooch Parade: For two special hours only, dogs are allowed at Chicago Botanical Garden. Pups that wear costumes are welcome to trot in the parade. There will also be a costume contest and an awards ceremony. If you want to go to the garden and don’t have a pooch, check out the Trains, Tricks & Treats in the Model Railroad Garden.

*Halloween Magic: An old deserted mansion is the backdrop for this Rosemont Theatre show, which offers a fun-filled Halloween experience for the entire family. Best of all, proceeds from the event will benefit troops returning from the Middle East.

*96th Annual Haunted House: Each year, the Winnetka Community House becomes a haunted house, complete with mazes, ghouls and goblins. This is one of the longest-running haunted houses in the country. Hours are 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

*Tool Sharpening: Take your garden tools, kitchen knives and scissors to be sharpened at Reds Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Rd., Northbrook from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. For best service, call for an appointment at 847-272-1209. The sharpened tools should not be used to make havoc during Halloween weekend.

*National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Prescription drug abuse is scary, so during this Red Ribbon Week, which promotes living drug free, the Drug Enforcement Agency is hosting this day where residents can dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click on the link to find a site nearest you.

And, finally, what’s a holiday without a parade?

The Northalsted Business Alliance is hosting its 15th annual North Halsted Street Halloween Parade on Halloween, which is Monday, October 31 in case you didn’t know, at Belmont and Halsted Street, in one of Chicago’s hottest nightclub districts.

Registration begins at 4 p.m.; the parade steps off at 7 p.m. Participation in the parade is free. There will be prizes for such categories as:

*Best Pet Costume

*Scariest Adult Costume

*Best Group or Couple

*Most Original Adult Costume

Notice all the adult themes? Seems like maybe, for this one, you should leave the kids at home trick-or-treating.

For more information, visit chicagoevents.com.

Whatever you do, have a frightfully wonderful Halloween weekend around Chicago!

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