Home to so many fantastic outdoor events, the festival season’s end is crowned by the Halloween Parade. Now in its 15th year this popular procession steps off at 7pm at Belmont and Halsted and runs on Halsted north to Bradley where live entertainment follows the parade at 8pm. Although entry into the parade is free, costume contests in several categories insure that the parade delivers as a spectator event extraordinaire. Your innkeeper David will be happy to give you walking directions to some of the prime viewing spots along the route. You’ll want to head over a bit early to get a prime spot. The parade is presented by Northalsted Business Alliance.
The Halloween Parade is an outlandish pageant but not recommended for young ones. So if you are traveling with children you’ll want to head over to Southport Avenue on Sunday. Kids can “trick or treat” on Southport from Belmont to Irving starting at 1pm and ending at 3pm. The “Pumpkin Party” features kid friendly games, entertainment and activities at Southport and grace from 1pm to 4pm. Just hop on the brown line at the Belmont station, take the Brown line north (marked Kimball) one stop to Newport and walk north about six blocks to Grace. The Pumpkin Party is presented by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Southport Merchants.
If you forgot to pack a Halloween costume you can find some great gear at a couple of nearby vintage clothing shops. I’ve always had good luck at Ragstock, 812 West Belmont Avenue, above the fun and funky Hollywood Mirror shop; it’s entrance is actually off the alley just west of the building Belmont façade. Another unique retailer, Beatnix, at 3400 N Halsted St, has an impressive assortment of wigs and accessories to compliment their vintage gear. Halloween Hallway has a temporary location at the corner of Belmont and Seminary if you want to take the quick “costume in a bag” approach. Whatever your garb happy haunting this weekend!