Sunday, November 6, 2011
The Bosak brothers of Shorewood were finalists in a nationwide Halloween costume contest.
Paula Bosak's three sons came in the top 10 of a nationwide Patch Halloween contest. Troy, Brett and Aaron Bosak of Shorewood dressed as the band Kiss and made it all the way to the finals, but apparently were not the favorite of celebrity judge Heidi Klum. Instead, Klum went with this entry from the Wyckoff, NJ, Patch. But the Bosaks still won $1,031 to be donated to the charity of their choice, and they chose the Will County Humane Society in Shorewood. Nearly 2,700 Halloween costume contest entries were submitted. Congratulations to the Bosak brothers for their creativity and generosity.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Popular costumes included "Angry Birds," athletes, witches and cartoon characters.
Students at River Valley School in Lemont kicked off their Halloween celebrations with a costume parade around the school's campus Monday morning. Popular costumes included characters from the game "Angry Birds," cartoon characters, witches, athletes and bumble bees. Creative costumes included a Crayola crayon, a vending machine and the Michelin Man. For more Halloween costumes, check out photos from Saturday's Halloween Hoedown in downtown Lemont. Want to share your kids' Halloween costumes? Upload photos to this article!
Monday, October 31, 2011
The haunted house, located at 323 Rosehill Drive, is a decades-old event organized by Lemont Public Works Director Ralph Pukula and his family.
Before you head in for the night this Halloween, head on over to Rosehill Drive, where one Lemont family has transformed their front yard into an elaborate, haunted display. "Resurrection on Rosehill," located at 323 Rosehill Drive, features a large, interactive exhibit of coffins, scarecrows, monsters, hayrides and other scary sights. The house has been open every night since Saturday, offering locals some lighthearted spooks while they trick-or-treat. The haunted house has become a time-honored tradition for Lemont Public Works Director Ralph Pukula, whose family has put together the display every year for nearly three decades. The decorations are handmade and take about a week to put together, Pukula said. The Pukulas get so excited for…
The annual festival was held in historic downtown Lemont on Saturday. The event included trick-or-treating, a costume contest, hayrides and games.
Lemont families turned out in droves Saturday afternoon for the village's annual Halloween Hoedown. The event — held annually in historic downtown Lemont — featured a number of family-friendly activities, including a costume parade and contest, trick-or-treating, hayrides and games. Have any photos from the Halloween Hoedown? Share them with your fellow Patch readers by uploading them to this article, or by emailing Editor Amanda Luevano at email@example.com!
Patch provides trick-or-treating safety tips from the Lemont Police Department, as well as an interactive map of registered sex offenders living in the area.
Patch wants to help Lemont parents keep their kids safe this Halloween. Earlier this week, we filled you in on the regulations regarding registered sex offenders in your area. Read: 'Trick No Treat' for Area's Registered Sex Offenders In general, the laws center on sex offenders registering in person each year the local police department. They must do so for a required 10-year registration period, unless they are separately required to register for life. Offenders are prohibited from living within 500 feet of a school, daycare center, youth center or other facility that caters to children younger than 18 years old. The map is interactive, meaning you can zoom in, zoom out, or move it around to see all the plotted points. Floating your …
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 …
Enter Patch’s Little Pumpkin Costume Challenge for a chance to win a trip to New York or Los Angeles.
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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. 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. Entries must be made by the parent or legal guardian of the child photographed. Full rules are here…
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Make sure Halloween is a treat, not a trick this year by heeding these bits of advice.
It’s almost time for little ghosts and goblins — not to mention princesses, astronauts and this year’s celebrity lookalikes — to hit the streets in search of candy. Halloween is Monday, Oct. 31, and area municipalities have set the following trick-or-treating hours: And while it’s not quite time to set the clocks back, it is getting dark earlier and earlier, so it’s important for kids and adults alike to remember the following Halloween safety tips, courtesy of Silver Cross Hospital and the Village of Bolingbrook:
Friday, October 28, 2011
Traditional Halloween costumes still top consumer research lists as most popular.
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Friday, October 28, 2011
A survey by the National Retail Federation earlier this month, outlines the favored Halloween costume trends of 2011. Harry Potter is nowhere to be found. Read on to find out what the favorite adult and children's costumes are for 2011! 1. Topping the list for adult costumes is the Witch, which implies that more women dress up for Halloween than men. Yet this seems kind of lazy -- the witch is such an easy costume. Pointy hat, long black gown, grab a broom from the kitchen and you’ve got yourself a costume. Numero uno for children is, funny enough, the opposite of the witch -- the Princess. Again, not shocking or too creative. 2. The next spot on the adult list belongs to the Pirate. Walk into any Halloween store and you’ll see a thousand…
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 …