All Treats, No Tricks, Here on the Northwest Side

| October 19, 2009 | 0 Comments


It’s almost Halloween—the one day a year that brings out the little kids in all of us! Grab your favorite costumed child and head to any of the numerous events that the northwest side and northwest suburbs are hosting this year.

If your Halloween is the kind that includes being scared, the Chicago Park District at Wicker Park will be hosting a Haunted Drive-In Movie on October 22 (6:30 pm, Ghostbusters), 23 (6:30pm, Ghostbusters 2), 24 (1pm Creature from the Black Lagoon; 6:30 pm Ghostbusters) and 25 (1pm Creature; 6:30 Ghostbusters 2) for $5 per person. Peterson Park will again be hosting its Trails of Terror (10/23-25 and 29-31 at 6:30 pm) Events cost between $8 and $10 per person. The Skokie Water Playground will also be home to a haunted house this year. The Scream Scene Haunted House, rated one of Illinois’ best haunted houses, is not recommended for children under 10 years old. Catch it on October 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31, 7-10 p.m.

Perhaps Halloween parties are more your style. The Park District will also be hosting those (some with age restrictions, all free) at several northwest side parks, like Shabbona (10/28 at 3:30), Norwood (10/30 at 3:30), Welles Park (10/30 at 3:30), Mayfair Park (10/30 at 3:30) and Gompers Park (10/30 at 3:30). We have attended the one at Norwood Park for 3 years now and we have always had a great time, with cute little games to play, lots of kids in costumes to oooh and ahh over and of course the prerequisite chocolate-covered goodies.

Maybe you like pumpkin patches but don’t care to traipse all the way to the south suburbs. From now through the 31st, visit the Fourth Annual Youth Pumpkin Patch at Park Ridge Community Church, located at Prospect and Butler. There will be over 2000 pumpkins, along with crafts and Halloween-related accoutrement, on sale weekdays 3-7pm, Saturdays 9-7 and Sundays 11-7. The items for sale were grown on a Navajo farm in NM and some of the profits will go to the reservation. Saturdays at the Patch at dusk you can also catch a viewing of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, which is, of course, the greatest Halloween movie ever.

More in the mood for an ice skating kind of holiday? Have no fear, there are two options for you. On October 28th from 2-3:30 the Oakton Ice Arena in Park Ridge is having a Kooky Spooky Halloween Skate with costume contest and tricks and treats. The Skatium Ice Arena in Skokie is also worth visiting. There will be ice skating, a fun fair, storytelling, costume contests, and hayrides on October 30 from 6-9:30pm.

Thinking of trying something that WON’T scare the little ones this year? Peterson Park will host a No-Scare Children’s Trail at 10 am on 10/24 ($6 per person) and Skokie’s Exploratorium will be home to the Ex-SCARE-Itorium, complete with Halloween costume parade, treats and art projects on October 31, 10 a.m. to noon. Also in Skokie you can visit The Emily Oaks Nature Center’s Things That Go Bump In the Night which will feature furry and feathered creatures of the night, a campfire, snack and songs. Or gather the family for the Harlem-Irving Plaza’s Happy Halloween Spook Spectacular, October 30 from 10-noon. There will be pumpkin painting, face painting and balloon artists, all for free! The Howard Leisure Center in Niles will also be a place to not miss, with its Monsters Ball for families with children ages 3 and up. On the 23rd, from 6-9 pm there will be dinner, a costume ball and some campfire stories. It’s $13 per person for Niles residents and $16 for non-residents.

A final recommended event is the Halloween Parade & Party in Niles from Oak Park (Main Street and Ottawa) to Grennan Heights. Wear your costume and join in the fun and games, goodies and surprises. There is a 10:30 am parade kick off; events run from 11-1pm. Residents $8 and non-residents $10. For all children 6th grade and under.

That’s the news for Halloween on the northwest side. Hope to see you there!

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Cindy La Greca is a part-time children’s librarian and full-time mom. She writes to you from the Chicago’s northwest side.

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