Costumes both silly and spooky thrilled us in our search for the best local Halloween getups.
If there’s one thing we learned this Halloween season, it’s that the creativity in the south suburbs is hard to top. The 73 awesome entries made our job a tough one as we selected the local winners in Patch’s Halloween contest. Our three top picks: The three local champs will each receive $25 gift card to The Sweet Company in Mokena. Check back soon to see who won the $5,000 grand prize in Patch’s Best Costume in America Contest!
There were HOW many trick-or-treaters in the U.S. last year? Scroll through our roundup of trivia about the haunted holiday.
Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Over the years, Halloween customs have changed dramatically. Today, Halloween is celebrated many different ways, including wearing costumes, children trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, and going to haunted houses and parties. Here are some frighteningly fun facts and figures about the pagan tradition turned modern celebration. The Land of Lincoln is actually the pumpkin capital of the world, according to State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), producing mroe than 90 percent of the nation's pumpkins. But most of Illinois' pumpkins don't wind up as jack-o-lanterns — the vast majority are canned at the …