Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

Natalia Avilez, NBC5 Street Team

Sure you’ve heard of a Haunted House, park or trail, but what about a haunted yard?

As you drive through this Northlake neighborhood, past the fog, and into the flashing lights, you will stumble upon a yard that will surely stop you dead in your tracks. Unlike many of the yards that are out there, not only will you be able to admire this Halloween display but you can actually walk through this haunted yard where you will see, feel, and hear the sights and sounds of Halloween.

What started out as a family’s love for Halloween over ten years ago, turned out to be a yard filled with over 100 decorations and animatronics including an eight-foot demon, clowns, ghosts, and witches. Although there is no entrance fee, donations are encouraged and everything that is donated is donated to a non-profit organization. So if you are wondering where to take the kids this year and you are on a budget, this is one home that you will give you plenty of tricks and treats.

Once the sun sets this Hallows Eve, make sure to head out to the haunted yard where thousands of brave souls such as yourself will make their way through the Village Haunt. After surviving the yard, make sure to check out their store where you can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa , cotton candy, get an airbrushed tattoo, or purchase some ghostly reminders for next year.

For more information including pictures and directions check out their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/thevillagehaunt

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:05 a.m., immediately following Saturday Night Live on NBC5.

This week’s Word on the Street segment took us to the River East Art Center, hands down, one of the best facilities in the city to throw an event. On this particular night, it was the Wine, Women and Shoes event, in where they raised almost $120,000 for charity. Memo to the fellas out there — on the surface, “Wine, Women and Shoes” doesn’t sound like a great night out, but think about all the single ladies in the house. Nuff said. Here’s some of the events you can look forward to this week:

  • If you have a palate for the bubbly, you’ll definitely want to check out Tour de Champagne at the Drake Hotel on Saturday night. More than 20 champagne houses will be represented at the event, and it will be paired with cuisine from local restaurants. Tickets are $120 each, $160 for VIP.
  • It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is only a few weeks away. Get into the spirit by heading over to Daley Plaza. Starting on Friday until Halloween it will be renamed Franken Plaza. Expect plenty of spooky stuff, including scary movies, pumpkin and mask decorating and nightly performances.
  • When you’re making purchases this month, check and see if your retailer is giving a portion toward breast cancer awareness. Several local salons, in coordination with Pretty in Pink, are offering discounted, fixed price treatments for $31, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength. Click here for a list of local contributing salons.

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