Monday, October 31, 2011
Librarians from the Naperville Public Library shared stories, a puppet show and a fun time with children Friday.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Bob Bajek
Monday, October 31, 2011
Hundreds of costumed kids and their parents came to the Naperville Public Library's sixth annual Halloween on the Riverwalk Friday afternoon at the Riverwalk Amphitheater to hear short stories enacted by Naperville librarians. Celeste Giles, a 95th Street librarian, said the Naperville Public Library got the idea to hold a Halloween reading after the great success of the summer reading program along the Riverwalk. The stories chosen were Brooms Are for Flying by Michael Rex and The Woods by Paul Hoppe. Did you take photos of your child? Share them in our Little Pumpkins Halloween Costume Challenge.
A bit of background on the centuries-old celebration, plus some facts and figures about the spookiest day of the year.
In modern-day America, we know it as the day of dress-up, tricks and treats. Halloween is the day when adults and kids alike get to play pretend, donning the silliest or scariest get-up they dare. And then, of course, there’s the candy. But the origins of the holiday have nothing to do with going door-to-door in search of something good to eat. According to history.com, Halloween dates back 2,000 year to ancient Ireland, the United Kingdom and France, where the Celts celebrated their new year on Nov. 1. The day marked the end of summer, which meant the harvest and the beginning of the cold, dark winter — the day when the Celts believed that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was at its thinnest. On Oct. 31, they …
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Even a pretend president can't escape his frightful foe.
Garlic might keep a scary Halloween vampire away, but how do you escape the 24/7 news cycle?
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Workers at Abyss Haunted House, which is in the old Mule Barn, have reported hauntings they did not design.
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- Dawn Aulet
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Dresden Cemetery, on Hansel Road in Channahon, dates back to 1847. The cemetery is full of stories, surrounding the move of graves to the new St. Mary's Cemetery in Minooka. In some versions, the ground was spoiled, in others, a giant flood blew out the side of the mountain and bodies and coffins were everywhere. In each version, though, a child's grave or a child's body was unable to be located and it is he or she who haunts the area. Historically speaking, there is some truth to the flood story. Thomas Comerford, one of the early settlers of the area, was trying to bury his wife, but could not so because of a rainstorm. "There was this huge rainstorm when they were trying to bury her and the grave kept filling up with water," Michelle …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Haven't had any time to plan your costume. We share a few ideas.
Whether you received a last minute invite to a Halloween party, haven't had any time to think about a costume, want to dress up with the kids or have decided to enter a costume contest, it’s not too late to get a costume together. Naperville has a variety of resale shops where it’s possible to find clothing for almost any costume. From large resale retailers like Goodwill and Savers to smaller resale shops like the Seredipity Resale Shop or Clothes Attic’d a veritable treasure trove of costume attire is just waiting to be found. Thrift store Savers offers a few ideas for last minute costumes (and we share a few of our own). Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper from Two and Half Men: A vintage bowling shirt paired with cargo shorts and a black …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
In The Atlantic's Trick-or-Treater Index, Naperville comes in as one of the best places in the country to get candy on Halloween.
With all the family-friendly Halloween events around Naperville this weekend, parents and kids already knew Naperville was a great place to live for Halloween fun. Now there is confirmation that trick-or-treating in Naperville is pretty sweet. The Atlantic has researched the top locations around the country for trick-or-treaters and in its “Trick-or-Treater Index” the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet area came in third-place behind the No. 1 area, Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut and No. 2 greater New York. The report factored in the number of children of trick-or-treating age in a community, income, population density, walkability and creativity, according to the Atlantic. If any child you know complains about the amount of candy …
A number of events are happening around Naperville Halloween weekend, including some Christian-based events.
Halloween may be Monday, but get the kids dressed up this weekend for all of the other Halloween happenings around Naperville. Whether a long-standing tradition, like the Naperville Park District’s Halloween event, in it’s 30th year or a movie night at the Naperville Public Library, there are other ways to get psyched for trick-or-treat. Halloween on the Riverwalk The Naperville Public Library sponsors this fun event, which includes stories, puppet shows and songs. The event takes place outside except in the case of severe weather. Costume party at the DuPage Children’s Museum A night for dress up and imagination. The museum will host a family night to allow parents who work to enjoy the fun until 8 p.m. Pumpkin cookie decorating Buy a…
From sex offender registries to tips about sorting candy, officials provide tips and information this holiday.
When it comes to trick-or-treating, the bag can’t be big enough to gather all the candy given out on Halloween. Children may be tempted to eat a piece of two as they walk around going from house-to-house. Parents need to remind children that no matter how tempting, it’s best to leave the eating of treats until later. That is just one Halloween safety tip from the DuPage County Health Department. Not only is it important for parents to check and make sure candy has not been tampered with, they also need to inspect any toys or novelty item a child receives. If a child receives fruit, it should be cleaned and cut open before eating, according to the health department. Also, toys with small parts should not be given to children, because of the…
A Chicago area restaurant is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who died after an affair gone wrong.
The Country House in Clarendon Hills is known in the Chicago area for its burgers, but it’s also known for something else. “I took a ghost tour once, many years ago, and one of the stops was this restaurant,” said Diana LaPointe, who has been a longtime patron of the restaurant. Lynn Banks, the restaurant's manager, has worked there for 29 years. She said in that time she's frequently felt the sensation of being watched. "I've seen shadows go by, and you go look and nobody’s there besides you," said Banks. "We’ve had customers that have made comments, especially about the women’s bathroom. They’ll be in one stall then they’ll hear the other one open and close, and they’ll see a shadow or something, but nobody else is in there.” Because of …