Monday, October 31, 2011
Heidi Klum will choose the Grand Prize winner from our favorite photos of your creative kids' costumes.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Which kid in America has the most creative Halloween costume in the pumpkin patch? That's what we intend to find out with your photos and the help of celebrity judge Heidi Klum, who will select the Grand Prize winner. Patch will whisk the winner to New York or Los Angeles for a three-day, two-night trip for two that includes a meet and greet with Heidi, plus a donation of $1,031 to a local charity of the winner's choice. Nine runners up will also get a $1,031 donation from Patch to a local charity of their choice. Full contest rules are here. We have stopped accepting entries for the contest, but we'd love for you to continue sharing your Halloween photos on Patch! Simply click the green Submit Your Photos button (above or below), and …
Workers at Abyss Haunted House, which is in the old Mule Barn, have reported hauntings they did not design.
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 …
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Trick-or-treat hours are from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Elmhurst.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Halloween is a fun time for children as they go trick or treating in their costumes. However, some candy treats can quickly spoil the fun. The DuPage County Health Department offers the following food safety tips to help your family have a safe Halloween. Parents should warn their children not to eat any of their treats before the parents have inspected all candy to ensure that it is safely sealed and no one has tampered with it. Parents should be especially careful with fruit. Wash fruit and cut it open before allowing a child to eat it. Parents should also examine any toy or novelty items received by children in place of candy. Do not allow young children to have any toy or novelty items which are small enough to present a choking hazard…
Garlic might keep a scary Halloween vampire away, but how do you escape the 24/7 news cycle?
Friday, October 28, 2011
Share your spooky Halloween decorations by uploading your photos to this story! And be sure to check out our list of weekend activities below.
There is so much to see in Elmhurst this weekend: plays, art and museum exhibits, concerts, church activities. But even if you do nothing but Halloween activities this weekend, there's enough to keep you busy. Following are a few ideas in the spirit of the season. For more activities, check out our calendar and, as always, tell us what we missed in the comments. • Boo-tiful Saturday provides free fun for all Oct. 29 in downtown Elmhurst. York Theatre opens at 9 a.m., and a free magic show will take place 9:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., families can enjoy a free showing of "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit," Rated G. After the movie, kids can show off their costumes in a costume parade and trick or treat door-to-door at downtown …
What is wrong with you people? Please allow me to suggest five simple rules that will make all of our pumpkin fests more pleasurable.
As my lovely wife and I were enjoying a lovely evening stroll, I caught a bright orange glow out of the corner of my left eye. Turning to face the abomination, I sneered, “Would you look at that! Some overzealous Genevan already has their blanking Christmas lights up! Why, there oughtta be a law ... ” But before I could finish my inspired rant, my sainted spouse interrupted it with something even more terrifying than Christmas in October. When she said, “Those aren’t Christmas lights, you idiot. Those are Halloween lights,” I almost ran home to hide in the crawlspace. “Halloween lights!?” I exclaimed. “They can’t be Halloween lights because there’s no such thing as Halloween lights. Why, when I was a carefree young lad in Evanston, no one…
Thursday, October 27, 2011
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 …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Patch’s Little Pumpkin Costume Challenge with Heidi Klum needs your entries now.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Which kid in America has the most creative Halloween costume in the pumpkin patch? That's what we intend to find out with your photos and the help of celebrity judge Heidi Klum, who will select the grand prize winner. The grand prize? Patch will whisk the winner to New York or Los Angeles for a two-day, three-night trip for two that includes a meet-and-greet with Heidi, plus a donation of $1,031 to a local charity of the winner's choice. Nine runners-up will also get a $1,031 donation from Patch to a local charity of their choice. Entering is easy. Just upload a photo of your kid, 12 years of age or younger, in his or her Halloween costume, to this post. (Hit submit your photos above the video here). Include your child’s name, your name, …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Patch takes a look at stories about paranormal activity taking place along Cuba Road near White Cemetery in Barrington.
Have you ever driven down Cuba Road in Barrington and thought you saw something out of the ordinary? Even ghostlike? You aren’t alone. Dozens of people have claimed to see ghosts and other paranormal activity along Cuba Road, specifically around White Cemetery. The so-called haunted cemetery dates back to the 1800s, and its past is teeming with spooky legends. Chicagoland ghost researcher Dale Kaczmarek explains the paranormal activity associated with this spot. “There are a lot of old local legends associated with the cemetery, first of all, including one that was actually started in the 1960s by a Palatine school teacher of a hooked spirit, a man with a hook, that’s been seen out here. It’s an urban legend, it’s nothing more than an …
Monday, October 24, 2011
A YouTube video has surfaced claiming to debunk the flashlight phenomenon.
A friend emailed me the link to the YouTube video attached to this story after Patch published a story on the flashlight activity at the Country House in Clarendon Hills. I have to admit, I've never watched the show Ghost Hunters or any other reality show like it. Like the readers who have criticized us in the comments since we started this series, I am much too suspicious to believe anything unless I am there to witness it myself—and even then, I'm skeptical. I knew that night there would be no way I could know with absolute certainty that the All City Paranormal team's flashlights weren't rigged, but my flashlight was still sealed in the hard plastic it came in when I got it from my car. The casing had to be cut in order to open the …