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5 Things to do in Chicago for Halloween

  1. Get A Scare At Fright Flicks At Navy Pier
    Its time to be a kid again! Navy Pier’s Fright Flicks events taking place October 21st and October 28th are going to may your night scary for your Halloween traditions this year. With movies after movies each day, Friends and family halloweekend of fun by munch on some popcorn, and get ready to scream. Movies include: Monsters, Inc., Ghostbusters (2016), Monster House, and Beetlejuice.
  2. Chicago Marathon
    Cheer on or Run for the thousands of runners who will participate in the 26.2 mile run through several city neighborhoods on Sunday. Runners from all 50 states and many countries will compete in the Midwest’s largest running event of the year.
  3. Do the Monster Mash
    October is the perfect month to go and see your favorite bands and do the monster mash. There are many great concerts going on this fall in Chicago. In example, Skrillex is a very popular and well-known electronic dance music producer, DJ, singer, and songwriter. Skrillex is coming to Chicago on Saturday, October 18th. He will be playing at the Navy Pier alongside A$AP Ferg.
  4. Take a Bike Tour Bobby’s Bike Tour
    RIDING IN FEAR! It is a great way to stay active while staying in the Halloween spirit and having a scary experience. The tour starts by riding through an old cemetery, then the tour will pass the Chicago River site where a bizarre occurrence took place when 844 people drowned in mid-daylight. Chicago’s infamous ghost, Resurrection Mary, will be discussed as well as many other haunted local places including the Levee District, the Columbian Exposition, and the exploits of one H. H. Holmes.
  5. Alder After Dark
    Exclusively for adults 21+, this evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6:00–10:00 pm (Summer hours, May-August: 6:30–10:30 pm.)   Get SPOOK’D

 

 

 

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Mirror Mirror On The Wall

by Lauren Makris

Since our childhood, Halloween has always been a fun holiday, with tricks and treats around every corner and behind every door.     However, if you are a true hopeless romantic like me, then all you will be thinking about as you cake on the pale white makeup and wrapping yourself up with that ghoulish costume is, well, L.O.V.E.

After researching “All Hallow’s Eve,” I was surprised to discover how love plays into Halloween. It seems that back in the olden days, many folks hoping to find love or keep the ones they love, performed spells to do so. Since it’s the day when the dead and alive are so close to one another, Halloween is actually the best day of the year to cast a spell according to folklore.  

I came across a spell that you better believe I will be trying out this year.   There are many variations to it, but it seems quite simple. It’s all centered around the “apple.”  `I like to call it “The Hungry Mirror.” According to folklore, at midnight on Halloween you must cut an apple into nine slices while standing in front of a mirror. Make sure to not summon Bloody Mary in the process, by accidentally cutting yourself and making a bloody mess. Once you have made your snack edible, use the knife to hold each slice as you look into the mirror and eat each piece one by one. According to legend, as you are chomping down on the last of the delicious red (or granny smith) an image of your true love will appear in the mirror over your shoulder. Sound creepy? Heck no! I think it sounds like time saved on wasteful dating.  Try it out this year and tell me about it. I’m just dying to know…

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!