Halloween In Chicago


To some, it is Halloween that is the most wonderful time of the year. And there is good enough reason for this line of thinking, after all: there are so many different ways to celebrate the spookiest season, particularly if you live in Chicago.

If you love Halloween (or are trying to get into the spirit), then consider adding these events to your list of things to do this month.

Basement of the Dead Haunted House

Basement of the Dead Haunted House has the distinction of having topped Buzzfeed’s list of “Haunted Houses Around the World That’ll Freak You Out,” which is well worth the visit alone if you have a strong enough constitution. Because freaking you out is an ever-evolving process, Basement of the Dead this year has added a zombie laser tag experience—“Zombie Containment”—and the XCAPE Z-51 competitive mobile escape game. If you’re not too frightened, visit Basement of the Dead at https://basementofthedead.com.

Richardson Adventure Farm

Since 1840, Richardson Adventure Farm has been the place for families to spend an autumn afternoon together. Come for the chance to pick out a great gourd in the pumpkin patch and traipse through the world’s largest corn maze, stay for the 700-foot zipline and live pig races. You can plan out your trip ahead of time by visiting http://richardsonadventurefarm.com/#adventurefarm.

Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour

Called “One of the Top Ten Ghost Tours in America” by Haunted America Tours, Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour is an all-ages appropriate event that has been featured everywhere from A&E to The Travel Channel. Join Ursula Bielski and her team as they walk you through allegedly haunted spots like the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the Hull House over a fun, informative, and frightening 2.5-hour tour. Learn more about Chicago Hauntings by visiting https://www.chicagohauntings.com.

There is plenty more to do in and around Chicago this Halloween season, so don’t waste any time. Just make sure that whatever you do, if you are looking to scare up savings on a new car, truck, or SUV, that you reach out to the boils and ghouls at Packey Webb Ford.

Downers Grove Named Top Trick-or-Treating City

top trick-or-treating cityThese days, it seems like there’s an award or an ability to be recognized for just about anything, and Downers Grove has a claim to fame that not many cities have—a top trick-or-treating city in the United States. In a recent study based on data collection from community social networking app Nextdoor, it was concluded that out of countless cities in the US, Downers Grove was number seven on the list of best cities to take your kids trick-or-treating.

What criteria went into determining this? Simple: Nextdoor offers an annual Treat Map, which allows neighbors to check in and let the app know whether or not they will be passing out candy for Halloween that year. Nextdoor had the seventh-highest ratio of people passing out candy in comparison to the number of Nextdoor members living in Downers Grove out of the entire United States.

Wondering who was the top trick-or-treating city? The number one spot was taken by Cary, North Carolina, with Boise, Idaho rounding out the top-ten list in tenth place. However, if you’re looking for the best place to trick-or-treat in the whole state of Illinois, there’s only one clear winner, and that’s Downers Grove.

Tips for Halloween Safety

Happy HalloweenHalloween is an exciting time of year. It can be hard not to get swept up in the melodrama of playing dress up, eating candy, telling ghost stories, and watching horror movies. Kids get to be whatever they want and get free treats and parents get to decorate their homes for the festivities. But it’s also important to keep in mind that wandering around after dark and taking candy from strangers has its fair share of dangers. Here are a few Halloween safety tips to keep you on your toes.

First, make sure costumes don’t impair vision or movement. If possible, wear bright colors or walk in brightly lit areas where drivers can see you and any children that happen to be with you. Carrying a flashlight will help you see and be seen.

Go to a neighborhood you know and trust. There is safety in numbers – you could make plans to have children trick or treat together in a group. If you aren’t sure about where to take the kids trick or treating, try finding an event like a trunk or treat or other organized community event that provides a safe place like a parking lot or festival that passes out treats in a safe, controlled environment.

For teens who want to go trick or treating without adult supervision, make sure you know the other people they are going with. Give them a curfew and make sure they have their cell phone on them, fully-charged. If all else fails, offer to be a taxi service in case of emergency.

Halloween is a time for fun and games, but it’s important to be aware. Halloween safety is an aspect of the season that should not be ignored. Have fun and stay safe this October.

Halloween Car Tips: Protecting Your Ride

HalloweenNaturally, zombies, ghouls, and ghosts are what you think of when you hear the word “Halloween”; however, you should be on the lookout for pranksters as well. Although some might claim it’s just good run, pranks can lead to serious property damage, including your car.

According to Consumer Reports, Halloween car tips start with waxing your car a week before Halloween. Wax provides a protective layer that will protect against harmful chemicals found in eggs, pumpkins, silly string, and more.

Parking in a garage the days leading up to Halloween can also be a good idea. While some might not think that’s too brave, it might be worth it if you have to pay for a new paintjob. Saving money in the long run is easier if you protect your car.

If you do find your car victim to some pranks, make sure to clean the mess quickly. Spray-on car wax or dish-washing soap can help get tough stains out. This will prevent further damage to the clear-coat or paint.

Finally, if you’re too late, try using a cleaner-wax. These solutions are designed to be gentle on your car, but tough on residue. They will do the least amount of damage. Remember not to scrape anything off that’s been dried on; always spray it first.