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Columnist Angelina Padilla-Tompkins offers her recommendations on how to celebrate the spooky season in DeKalb, Chicago and at home.

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s time to get into the spooky spirit. There are plenty of events in the Northern Illinois area that will get you in the perfect October mood.

Community events

The 25th Annual DeKalb Chamber Spooktacular will take place from 4-6 p.m. on October 27 in downtown Dekalb. Students, parents and children can dress up and perform tricks in front of downtown businesses. There will also be a free screening of the movie “Hocus Pocus” after the event at the Egyptian Theater.

Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Road in Malta, hosts a Jonamac haunted corn maze. Those interested can experience the 10-acre corn maze with a spooky after-sunset twist for $17 a ticket, according to the orchard. website. The haunted maze will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday from October until Halloween.

Sycamore’s annual Pumpkin Fest will be held October 22-October 30 with this year’s theme “Wish Upon a Pumpkin”. There will be a free pumpkin giveaway, parade, food trucks, pumpkin displays, vendors, face painting and more, according to the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival. website.

What to do in Chicago

Since NIU is so close to Chicago, students can experience ghost tour of the windy city. Given the city’s history, there are bound to be a few ghosts terrorizing the streets. Windy City Ghosts is a tour group in Chicago that takes people to old asylums and haunted bars. They hold tours at 7 p.m. every weekday with tickets starting at $25 per person.

Chicago also hosts several pub crawl leading up to Halloween. Students can pay an upfront fee that varies with each event, then try drinks at many different bars, usually within a mile.

Movies to watch

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is a true classic the whole family can enjoy. Looking at the Peanuts evokes a nostalgic feeling that can bring back memories of tricks and friendships.

“Hocus Pocus” stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. It’s another classic you can never go wrong with that follows the three Sanderson witch sisters of Massachusetts, who are resurrected one Halloween night after a virgin lights the black flame candle.

While the “Harry Potter” movies are considered Christmas movies, they can also be considered Halloween movies, given that they follow the lives of witches and wizards.

Anyone who loves Halloween also loves “The Addams Family.” After all, “They’re scary and they’re crazy, mysterious and scary, they’re all together crazy.”

Psychological horror classic “The Shining,” based on the novel by acclaimed author Steven King, is perfect for some good scare and cinematic mastery. Starring Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, the story follows Jack who travels to the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado with his family in hopes of curing his writer’s block. Jack begins to uncover the hotel’s dark secrets and transforms into a murderous maniac bent on terrorizing his family.

“Halloween” is yet another classic, following Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, and the mentally ill and murderous known as Michael Myers, played by Nick Castle and Tony Morgan, who escapes and returns to his town. native and seeks its next victim. .

Halloween is such a special time of year that it is unlike any other season. However you decide to celebrate the holiday, don’t hold back, have fun.

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