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Edgewater ‘Pumpkin Smash’ Lets Neighbors Compost Their Jack-O’-Lanterns This Weekend

Neighbors can bring their pumpkins to the event and toss them in a giant compost container.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

5 Ways To Celebrate Halloween In Englewood This Weekend

Enjoy a weekend of Halloween fun in Englewood this week with events made for the entire family.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

5 Spooky Ways To Celebrate Halloween On The West Side

Celebrate Halloween at monster mini-golf, a harvest fest or one of these community events.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Get Spooky With These 27 Halloween And El Día De Los Muertos Events Around Chicago This Weekend

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are packed with trick-or-treating, festivals and more. Here is our roundup of the festivities.


High-Rise Trick-Or-Treating Faced A Unique Threat: COVID. But Buildings Are Finding Ways Around It

It's hard for kids to go trick-or-treating in high-rises, since COVID-19 is more transmissible indoors. But buildings are using decorations, pet parades and more to celebrate.


And The Pumpkin-Carving Contest Winner Is …

More than 25 people entered our raffle through email and social media, sending in amazing painted, carved and decorated jack-o'-lanterns. Check them all out here.


Practice Your Blood-Curdling Scream At Illuminated Brew Works’ Halloween Bash Saturday

To kick off the Halloween fun, there will be a dog photo costume contest 5-10 p.m. Thursday. Photos will be posted to the company's Instagram account and followers will vote on the best-dressed pup.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Graceland Cemetery Has Been The Final ‘Home’ Of Famous Chicagoans For 161 Years

Of course, the Uptown cemetery is also said to have a ghost or two.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago’s Haunted House Workers Celebrate Scaring You Again After COVID-19 Hiatus

Chicago's "haunters" — as they're called — are a tightknit group who return to haunted houses year after year to scare and delight locals.


Halloween Event With Costume Contests For Kids Set For Saturday In Humboldt Park

The day will feature food, pumpkins, music, and prizes for kids with the best costumes.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Halloween In Chicago: 33 Photos Of The Best-Decorated Spots In The City

PHOTOS: Chicagoans go all out when it comes to Halloween — and that means decking out their homes in the spookiest decorations.


Socially Distanced Trick-Or-Treating Event Coming To Bucktown And Wicker Park

Twenty-five local businesses will give out candy around the park, while trick-or-treaters also can get candy from neighborhood stores.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Jefferson Park Yard Transformed Into A ‘Cruella’-Inspired Skeleton Fashion Show For Halloween

Sisters Lily and Mila Rabb, ages 13 and 9, are the masterminds behind the Disney-inspired display at North Long Avenue and West Giddings Street.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

The City Is Hosting An Online Costume Contest To Win A 10-Pound Blommer Chocolate Bar. Here’s How To Enter

Five winners of the contest will receive a giant chocolate bar.


Navy Pier Is Hosting A 3-Day Halloween Celebration Starting Friday

The festivities will include pumpkin pop-ups, a costume contest, musical performances and family-friendly events.


Family-Owned Chicago Costume Gets Support From Locals After National Halloween Chain Puts Billboard In Front Of Its Store

Chicago Costume is a local, two-shop operation that's sold costumes year-round since 1976. When a Spirit Halloween billboard went up in front of the Portage Park shop, it irked workers — and locals.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

COVID-Safe Trick-Or-Treating Returns To Andersonville’s Clark Street Saturday

The Andersonville chamber will also bring back its socially distanced Halloween on Catalpa event, which debuted last year.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Vintage Halloween Decorations In Demand This Year, Collectors Of Spooky Items Say

Paper goods from the '20s, greeting cards from the '50s — Chicagoans are turning to retro Halloween decorations and using them as-is or repurposing them to celebrate the holiday, collectors said.


Send Block Club A Photo Of Your Jack-O’-Lantern And You Can Win $100 And Swag

Submit a photo of your jack-o'-lantern by Tuesday to enter our raffle. Your pumpkin could be highlighted in a Block Club newsletter!


Don’t Trash Your Halloween Pumpkins — Smash Them For Compost At Local Events

Composting your pumpkins is better for the environment than trashing them — and there are events around the city where you can smash them for compost.

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