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It’s Ghastly Halloween Fun In Andersonville This Weekend

Photo: Andersonville Chamber

It’s a lucrative Holiday business that is second only to Christmas bringing in an estimated $8.8 billion a year. But Halloween is so much more than that to those who gear up for the day with plans of house decorating, finding the perfect costume, and indulging our senses in the most horrific ways. In Edgewater and Andersonville, October 31 is becoming a bigger deal each year and 2019 is no exception.

Yes, Chicago is ranked #6 in the Halloween Top 10 according to WalletHub.com – but why? Everything was looked at from the share of potential trick-or-treaters to costume stores per capita. However, Chicago ‘slayed’ it when it came down to the perfect Halloween weather and its Halloween fun rank.

Locally, Edgewater and Andersonville are preparing for another round of great Halloween happenings that area residents have become excited about. Every year the community sees a host of events from Halloween parades to haunted ghost tours offering safe alternatives for kids.

This Saturday and Sunday expect the unexpected with these great events:

Trick or Treating along Clark Street & Costume Contest – October 26
Becoming a yearly tradition, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce has made their trick-or-treating along the business strip a must-do for many residents. It has gotten so popular that locals invite guests from outside the city to participate. Hosted by AlleyCat Comics and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, the event is 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. and check in for the contest begins at 11:30 a.m. at AlleyCat Comics (5304 N. Clark) and lasts throughout the day. A winner will be selected by guest judges Alderman Andre Vasquez,  Bambi Banks and Edgewater Pet Mayor Pax the Goat at 3:30 p.m.

Andersonville Halloween Parade – October 26
The 48th Ward  and ETNA Block Club (Edgewater Triangle Neighbor Association) are coming together for a yearly tradition in which area families parade in a ghoulish march from Peirce Elementary School (1423 W Bryn Mawr) to Gethsemane Garden Center. Participants should meet at the school’s playground for the parade which starts at 11 a.m.

Gus Giordano Dance School Thriller Flash Mob – October 26
‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night. And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike! Gus Giordano’s “Zombie Dancers” will be roaming Andersonville and then come together at 3 p.m. to perform at Clark and Farragut .

Annual Children’s Fall Festival  – October 26
Gethsemane Garden Center puts on their annual Children’s Fall Festival once again from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be lots of fun for kids including pony rides, face painting and balloon animals.

WANT Ghostly Garden – October 26
It’s that time of year again and West Andersonville Neighbors Together once again put on their ghostly garden located at Ravenswood & Berwyn. The event is a non- scary event designed for young children and kids at heart. Enjoy games, treats, and prizes.

Ghost Walk Andersonville – October 27
Join veteran Ghost tour guide Orion Couling on a night that explores the shadows of history with the lantern of mystery. this 1.5 mile tour will take you to the door of hidden haunts and the path of legends. Find out the eerie stories about some of Andersonville’s most beloved spots!

Small Fish Radio Theatre & Thespinarium Variety Hour Horror Edition – Oct. 27
Join Small Fish Radio Theatre for a live recording of their annual HORROR SHOW! Featuring the writing of Lindsay Adams, Evan Baughfman, Kevin Folliard, Joe Griffin, Trina Kakacek, Greg Lam and Laurie Spector. At the Swedish American Museum. $10 cash admission.

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