Category: Halloween

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins: The Highwood Great Pumpkin Fest takes place October 18-20

You've probably noticed that there are Halloween events taking place every day and night from now through the end of the month. Halloween is a month. Not a day. Many of these Halloween themed events are similar (think pumpkin patches, costumes contests and too much candy). But only one local Halloween event is trying to win another a Guinness World Record. The Highwood Great Pumpkin Fest 2012 (October 18-20), is going to be the biggest and best Halloween Fest the world has ever seen (so they say). Organizers anticipate over 60,000 people heading to Highwood for this 3-day festival. Highwood will be attempting to break a new “lit-pumpkin” record by lighting more than 32,000 jack-o-lanterns in one location; they will surpass the highest number of people simultaneously carving pumpkins (the current record is 965 participants); and they will win the title of “longest line of pumpkin pies” by lining up more than 800 pumpkins. This jam=packed event also features pumpkin bowling, costume contests and a “land regatta” where townspeople race 200-300 pound pumpkins on a 150-yard course (now that is something I'd like to see)...

After the Sugar Storm: What to do with the Leftover Halloween Candy?

My kids have had enough sugar — for the day (and possibly for the rest of 2010). They collected more Skittles, Snickers, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups than they could possible consume. I’m one of those mean moms that makes her kids choose just a few pieces of Halloween loot — and I disappear the... Read more »

Halloween happenings here, there, and pretty much everywhere

Halloween craziness is in full swing for our family. We’ve got school Halloween events, neighborhood Halloween activities, plus family Halloween get-togethers. Our schedules are packed. In the event that you are looking for a few Halloween events and activities to add to your calendars, I though I would do a quick round-up post about some... Read more »

Lame Halloween Loot

Not all Halloween candy is created equal. In fact, a lot of it is actually pretty inedible. Let’s be honest — all of this stuff is absolutely terrible for your kids. But some Halloween hand-outs are just tastier than others (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, I am talking about you). But then, of course, there are... Read more »

Guest Post: Konow's Corn Maze

Ford’s son kicking it in the corn pit at Konow’s Corn Maze. Today, I am pleased to welcome my blogging buddy Shannon Ford to Wee Windy City. When Shannon emailed me last week to tell me why she thought Konow’s Corn Maze was an excellent destination for Chicago families, she made my day. That is... Read more »

Not-too-scary Halloween stories

Are you gearing up for Halloween at your house? Got the pumpkins? And the costumes? What about your Halloween reading? My kiddos love a good holiday-themed read (and I love the change of pace from our usual favorites). Here is a list of some of our favorite (but not-too-scary) Halloween reads. Pssst . . .... Read more »

10 Totally Ridiculous Halloween Costumes for Kids

Do you have your kid’s Halloween costumes all set and ready to go? My little ones have just now stopped changing their minds and settled on their final costume choices: a monkey, a bat, and Little Red Riding Hood. Pretty basic stuff. Not all kid’s Halloween costumes are so tame. Or appropriate. Or comprehensible. Some... Read more »

Mom's Halloween do's and don'ts

The big day is nearly upon us. You’ve put the finishing touches on the kids’ costumes. The pumpkins have been transformed into jack-o’lanterns. And you’ve stocked up on an absurd amount of candy for the hordes of trick-or-treaters about to descend on your front door. But before you officially kick off your Halloween celebration, I... Read more »

Chicago-area Halloween happenings

Let me begin by saying that I do not have it in me to create a comprehensive list of all of the Halloween events taking place in and around Chicago during the next week or so. In my estimation, there are at least a billion different options — from costume parades to scarecrow building to... Read more »

Halloween costume portraits

So after much discussion, I think that we have finally figured out our Halloween costumes for this year. My daughter is going to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz — despite the fact that she has never seen the movie and doesn’t know much about the story. This decision is all about the opportunity... Read more »