Halloween Family Fun in Chicagoland
Trick or Treat!! Halloween is just around the corner, so moms are scurrying to get costumes together and family-friendly Halloween events are popping up all over the Chicago area. Jean Lemke and Nina Taluc, co-founders of kidwinks.com, are here today with some Halloween-oriented ideas for you from their online Halloween Guide. For many more ideas on year-round and seasonal kid-friendly events and activities, restaurants where kids eat free, and more, visit www.kidwinks.com, a terrific website that gathers the best of Chicago area family fun into one easily searchable database.
Halloween Costumes from Chasing Fireflies
When we saw the beautiful, unique costumes in Chasing Fireflies' online catalog, we immediately knew we wanted to let other moms know about them. Many of the costumes in their catalog, including the ones we are modeling today, are designed exclusively for chasing fireflies, so you won't see them anywhere else. Chasing Fireflies is a children's and baby boutique filled with unique clothing, toys and gifts. There are also some select clothing items (like costumes and holiday pajamas) for adults, holiday and home décor items and even beautiful cakes you may order.
When: Available 24/7
Cost: Varies by item ordered; prices are generally higher-end, though there are many lower-cost items
Ages: All ages
Day of the Dead National Museum of Mexican Art
The National Museum of Mexican Art hosts the largest annual Day of the Dead celebration in the nation. During this exhibition, a family of artists (who are here with us in the studio today) from Mexico comes to hand-paint these beautiful, traditional sugar skulls. This weekend, the Museum also offers Day of the Dead Children's Art Classes and a family workshop, Painting Paper Mache Masks.
Because this holiday occurs just after Halloween, many people mistakenly believe it is similar; however, it is not. Day of the dead is a time for gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember family and friends who have passed on.
Where: 1852 W 19th Street, Chicago, IL
When: Museum hours are 10am - 5pm Tuesday Sunday; Day of the Dead exhibition runs through December 13th
Cost: Free admission to the museum; Art class is $40; Family Workshop is $2 per person
Ages: All ages.
Hallowed Haunts Chicago Symphony Orchestra
If you're looking for a Halloween event that is unique and also helps instill a little culture in your kids, check out the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Hallowed Haunts event. You'll enjoy a spine-chilling afternoon of Halloween fun at Symphony Center featuring the Civic Orchestra of Chicago performing some of the most deliciously spooky music ever composed. The orchestra will be decked out in their Halloween finest, and children are also invited to wear their costumes. There will be fun activities in the "Haunted Ballroom" before the concert from 1:30 to 2:30.
Photos - Todd Rosenberg; Music - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Daniel Barenboim, conductor) performing the "March to the Scaffold" from Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.
Where: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
When: Saturday, October 23. Concert begins at 3:00pm; Pre-concert activities 1:30 2:30pm.
Cost: Tickets: $10-$60; kids ages 5-17: $7-$45
Ages: Recommended for children ages 5 and up.
Spooky Halloween Treats le Flour Bake Shop & Market
The Halloween treats we brought with us today are from le Flour Bake Shop & Market, a relatively new bakery in Edison Park that serves house-made breakfast pastries, cafe style lunches, French inspired desserts, and special occasion cakes. Nicole Bujewski, the owner of le Flour, is a graduate of The French Pastry School who wanted to open her own shop in her community.
Where: 6701 N. Olmsted Avenue, Chicago, IL
When: Sun 8am-1pm | Mon 6am-3pm | Tues-Fri 6am-6pm | Sat 8am-3pm
Cost: Varies by item ordered
Ages: All ages
Kidwinks.com is a boutique website that caters to today's generation of parents who are time-crunched, socially conscious and internet reliant. Kidwinks provides one-stop access to information about kid-friendly events, activities, restaurants, shops and services in the Chicago area. There is no charge to use kidwinks and membership is also free. Members enjoy additional benefits including email reminders and the ability to sort search results by distance from their home. Developed by two Park Ridge, IL moms, kidwinks has grown to thousands of members. For more information, please visit www.kidwinks.com.