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It’s Halloween Time Edgewater and Andersonville!

It’s Halloween! Get in the spirit with a multitude of ghoulish events in Edgewater and Andersonville.

Back again this year on Saturday, kids can break out their favorite costumes as the 48th Ward hosts its growing Halloween Parade at 10 a.m. and Andersonville puts on their annual trick or treating along Clark Street from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Other unique events include a special screening of Poltergeist 3 with director Gary Sherman at the Chicago Filmmakers tonight and a Harry Potter Night for kids on Sunday. Here is a great list of events put out by our friends at The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce:


Behind the Mirrors of POLTERGEIST III at Chicago Filmmakers | 7-10PM: Enter Chicago Filmmakers on Hollywood Avenue and go behind the scenes of Poltergeist III in this screening with live directory commentary. Director Gary Sherman will walk the audience through how he made the mind-bending special effects seen in this classic 1980s horror flick. All effects were done in camera, no CGI was used! This special presentation is a fundraiser for Chicago Filmmakers. Purchase tickets here!


Howl-o-Ween Fundraiser | 10AM-12PM: Heal Veterinary Clinic, our newest vet clinic in the Chamber network, hosts a special Halloween fundraiser for the new Horner Park Dog Park and Canines and Company! Activities include doggy costume contest, photo booth, trick-or-treat vendor parade, gift bags, and food truck! Admission is $20 per family and is split 50/50 between both beneficiaries.

Andersonville Halloween Parade | 10AM: The 48th Ward  and ETNA Block Club (Edgewater Triangle Neighbor Association) will team up this year for the annual Halloween Parade!  This year’s event will take a costumed stroll from Peirce Elementary School to Gethsemane Garden Center on Saturday, October 27. Meet at the playground at Peirce (1423 W Bryn Mawr) beginning at 10AM. The parade steps off at 11AM!

Marguerite Gardens Pop-up at FOURSIDED | 10AM-4PM: Get yourself some drop-dead gorgeous flowers from Marguerite Gardens this Halloween Weekend at FOURSIDED. Make yourself a spirited bouquet for yourself or your ghoulfriends! While you’re in, check out all the spooky goodies haunting the store. And don’t forget to snap pics, tag, and post using #showusyourhaunt for a chance to win a FOURSIDED Halloween Prize Pack! (The winner will be drawn on Halloween eve). During the Andersonville Trick-or-Treat, FOURSIDED will be offering 30% off all Halloween items! (11-3PM)

Annual Children’s Fall Festival | 11-4PM:  Join the folks at Gethsemane Garden Center from 11AM to 4PM on October 27 for the annual Children’s Fall Festival! For the spookiest time, attend the event in your favorite Halloween Costume.

Trick or Treating along Clark Street & Costume Contest | 12-3PM: AlleyCat Comics is heading up Treat-or-Treating once again for the children of Andersonville. Look for the ORANGE PUMPKIN door signs in storefronts of the neighborhood to find participating businesses. There will also be a costume contest that will be judged by the  staff at AlleyCat – please check in from 11:30-3PM and the costume winner will be announced at 3:30PM. Thank you to George’s Ice Cream & Sweets, Ranalli’s and Toys et Cetera for their support of this event.

Halloween Comic Fest at AlleyCat Comics and Graham Crackers Comics | Hours vary: Stop on by AlleyCat Comics and Graham Crackers Comics for new Halloween reads! Halloween ComicFest is the perfect opportunity to introduce family and friends to the coolness of comics.

Chicago Police Department Halloween Party |1-3PM: The 20th District (5400 N. Lincoln) will be hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 27th, at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. There will be arts and crafts for the kids, costume contest, games, candy and a spooky garden. Come bring the kids and see our inflatable decorations. Lots of fun for the whole family.

WANT Ghostly Garden | 5-6PM: It’s that time of year again and West Andersonville Neighbors Together is planning its annual Ghostly Garden event in their lovely West Andersonville Garden at Ravenswood & Berwyn. This is a non- scary event designed for families with small children. Come in costume. Games, treats, and prizes will be provided. We hope you can make it!


Andersonville Sweetish Stroll | 2-5PM
It’s trick-or-treating for adults with a gourmet flair! Choose between two routes, each featuring host destinations with delectable goodies. Children and teens are welcome. IDs will be checked at any alcohol tastings. Click here for details.

Harry Potter Night for Kids | 4-6PM
Celebrate Halloween with your favorite magical wizards and witches! StudioUsRidman’s Coffee The Guesthouse Hotel, and Melissa Sanchez of State Farm have teamed up to offer an enchanting evening of crafts, treats, and fun inspired by Harry Potter. Create your own character masks and magical creature pillows while enjoying spellbinding snacks from Amy’s Candy Bar and Defloured Bakery. Hosted at Ridman’s Coffee. Cost is $25.


Storytime at Hartwell Place | 3-4PM
Children ages 0-5 are invited to join the residents at Hartwell Place for a Halloween theme story time and play date with CMSS’ favorite troupe, Vaudeville Chicago. Be sure to wear your costume! Hartwell Place is located at 5520 N. Paulina. RSVP to ana.lebron@cmsschicago.org.

Happy Hour and Costume Contest at Bar Roma | 5PM
Start the spooky night with happy hour at Bar Roma! From 5-6:30PM in the bar, all appetizers will be half-price and glasses of rose will be $6. At 8PM, a costume contest will be held for three top prizes. The duo with the best duds will win dinner for two ($100 gift card), the second top costume will win a $50 gift card, and the third place winner will receive a bottle of Italian wine. All dining guests that arrive in costume will receive a complimentary dessert.

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