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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.


Here’s How To Celebrate Halloween All Month In Lincoln Square And Ravenswood

Local businesses will host Halloween-themed events throughout October and keep their doors open on Halloween for trick-or-treaters.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Trick-Or-Treating Is Back This Halloween In Chicago, City Says. Here’s How To Do It Safely

Unvaccinated kids should wear masks while trick-or-treating, and people shouldn't give out candy if they feel sick, according to the city.


Here’s How You Can Support South Side Kids, Families At Roseland Hospital’s Holiday Events

Roseland Community Hospital and local partners have events lined up from October to December to support local families.

Roseland, Pullman

Halloween Celebrations Are Back This Fall — And The City Will Host 2 Parades And Neighborhood Events

The spooky holiday was largely quiet last year due to the pandemic, but Chicago officials are planning events to bring it back.


Lakeview Businesses Announce Return Of Halloween Beer Stroll For Adults, Trick-Or-Treating For Families

The Halloween-themed Lincoln Avenue Beer Stroll and Trick-or-Treat on Southport events are returning next month after being canceled due to the pandemic.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Looking For Halloween Fun In Englewood? Here’s A List Of Upcoming Events

Parades and trunk-or-treat events are planned to help families celebrate.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Rogers Park Businesses Hosting ‘Trick-Or-Treat Howard Street’ On Halloween

Ten neighborhood businesses near the Howard Red Line station will give candy to kids on Halloween.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Harry Potter’s World Comes To Lincoln Park At Halloween Home Inspired By The Books

Writer Kate Sample hopes her Halloween decorations will bring cheer to neighbors during a challenging 2020. People have loved the display so much they've added their own Harry Potter trinkets, she said.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Buena Park Neighbors Plan Socially Distanced Trick-Or-Treating For Halloween

Volunteers will enforce mask-wearing and make sure trick-or-treat traffic moves in one direction.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Andersonville Ice Cream Shop Launches Contest For Best Pandemic-Friendly Halloween Candy Delivery System

The winner of the most inventive socially distanced trick-or-treating system will win five pints of ice cream.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Hyde Park Neighbors Planning For Quiet Halloween — Even With Fewer Options To Keep Kids Busy

A winter storm last year ended Hyde Park's streak of chaotic Halloweens. Residents hope for another relatively calm holiday this year, with most Halloween programs affected or canceled by the pandemic.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Andersonville Hosting Socially Distanced Trick-Or-Treating Event With Free Candy For Kids

The event on Catalpa Avenue will be a "grab-and-go experience," according to the local chamber of commerce.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Coronavirus Forces Cancellation Of Lakeview Halloween Parade — But Now Your Pets Can Win A Costume Contest

There will be no parade, but there are still options for families, kids and pets to celebrate Halloween in the neighborhood.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber Hosting Trick-Or-Treating Event At Bucktown Green

Event organizers will admit 20 families every 15 minutes. Timed tickets can be purchased online.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Hyde Park Kids Can Get Their Spooky Fix At Free, Drive-In Haunted House

A pandemic-friendly haunted house will be held Thursday-Saturday in the parking lot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5200 S. University Ave.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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