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Northalsted's Legendary Halloween Parade, Monday, Oct. 31st

Northalsted’s Legendary Halloween Parade, Monday, Oct. 31st

Halloweekend might be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to show off your costume. Tonight’s Northalsted Halloween Parade is a good example: The Halloween weekend reaches its peak when the annual Northalsted Halloween Parade steps off at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Read more: Northalsted’s Legendary Halloween Parade,…

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Drink (er, ring) in Halloween at Roadhouse SixtySix

Drink (er, ring) in Halloween at Roadhouse SixtySix

My friend Cat works at Roadhouse SixtySix, a cool bar located at 3330 N. Clark in Wrigleyville. I often run into her after getting my namaste on at Moksha Yoga Center a few doors down. Cat always compliments my writing (aw) and gives me a hug, even though I’m usually sweaty and spacey. If you’re…

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You gotta 'Rocky Horror' at least once

You gotta ‘Rocky Horror’ at least once

This morning, I was doing my thrice-weekly scour of the Music Box Theatre website, to see what’s on tap that I can share with y’all. When I learned they’ll once again present “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this weekend, I wasn’t surprised. I was, however, nostalgic. In 2009, I was sleep-deprived and stressed out from a…

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Jack o'lanterns and gratitude

Jack o’lanterns and gratitude

I can remember my first Halloween in Lakeview. After that, it’s kind of a blur. On October 31, 2006, I had been unemployed for exactly one week. My roommate and partner in crime Bob was at class that day, probably at a party afterwards. I don’t recall what Bob wore that year. No doubt his…

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Eek! Music Box Massacre 7 tomorrow

Eek! Music Box Massacre 7 tomorrow

From dusk till dawn (or more precisely, from noon till noon), you can experience 24 hours of horror on the big screen at Music Box Massacre 7. The annual film fest kicks off tomorrow at noon at Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport). Films include “Waxworks” (a silent film with live organ accompaniment), “The Abominable…

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Shock Theater tonight in Wicker Park

Shock Theater tonight in Wicker Park

Tonight, Shock Theater from the Cinema Dementia Collection continues its reign of terror at 9 p.m. at the Wicker Park Arts Center (2215 W. North Ave.). At just $5 for two freaky Italian films, it’s well worth the trip. First up is Mario Caiano’s “Nightmare Castle,” in which a mad scientist learns the gory consequences…

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Get spooky.

There are three reasons October is my favorite month of the year: 1. It’s my birthday. 2. Boots are back in season. 3. Haunted houses, ghosts and goblins and scary movies are so in. Finding a haunted house, pumpkin farm or other festive October activity has always been pretty easy in the ‘burbs. So now…

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'Donnie Darko' Oct.1, or 'shameless self promotion'

‘Donnie Darko’ Oct.1, or ‘shameless self promotion’

This October, cheap and freaky fun is a hop, skip and a jump away. Facets Fright School will present cult, classic and always creepy movies each Friday and Saturday at midnight from September 30 to October 29. The cream of Facets’ crop of esoteric film geeks will introduce each flick and lead a post-Q&A. All…

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