Art, Antiques and HALLOWEEN!!!

| October 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

By: Teresa Parker
October 18, 2008 – As we all know, the next couple of weeks revolve around the subject of Halloween. I have some fun things that the family can do together, and some things for moms as well.

First off, The “Navy Fear” event at Navy Pier is in full swing until the middle of November. There is a haunted house, costume contests, fireworks, and plenty to occupy the kids for the whole day. Check out their website at:

Anyone familiar with Latino Halloween time traditions knows what I’m talking about when I say go take the kids to see the Day of the Dead [La Vida Sin Fin] exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art running now through December 14. The museum is located in the Pilsen neighborhood at 1852 W. 19th Street, in Chicago. Artists from across the country are invited to create beautiful and colorful commemorative shrines (ofrendas) of loved ones. The tradition dates back to antiquity and is a festive celebration of departed family and friends. Kids love the decorative sugar skulls that are sold in the gift shop. Admission is Free. For more information check out their website at:

For an unusual Halloween experience, take the family to the Oriental Institute on the University of Chicago campus at 1155 E. 58th Street, in Chicago. The Oriental Institute is a rare gem of a museum, full of Egyptian, Nubian and near Eastern artifacts; including mummies, and a colossal statue of King Tut. On October 22, from 6-8pm, Halloween stories are read amongst the mummies for a fun night of trick or treat. For kids age 6 & up. Admission to the Institute is Free, although a donation is always happily accepted.

Moms, I have saved two events especially for you. First, the Chicago International Film Festival is back in town. It runs October 16-29 at several downtown theater locations. A complete schedule of the 175 films featured this year can be found at: Famed actor/writer Sidney Poitier is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Second, I highly recommend the Antique Collectible Toy & Doll Exposition and Sale. It is held only on Sunday, October 26, from 8am-3pm at the Kane County Fairgrounds at Randall Road at Route 38, in St. Charles. There are four of these shows each year, but this is the largest group of vendors selling everything from Victorian dolls of the 1800s through Cabbage Patch Dolls. The toys are just as extensive. The show fills the fairgrounds, and one can purchase new or barely used toys and dolls. There is literally something for everyone. $7.00 admission is charged, Parking is Free.
Happy Halloween!!

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Teresa Parker is an Artist, College Art Professor, Grant-writer and Curator of art exhibitions at galleries and museums.Teresa is keen on developing a new site called Mana Art Blog.She lives with her family in the culturally diverse and political limelight neighborhood of Hyde Park.

Category: Art & Leisure, See & Plays

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