Top three neighborhood association celebrations
Speaking of parades, Chicago not only provides quaint block
parties better than the suburbs', but also organizes neighborhood
celebrations that put the Thriller video street dance to shame.
1) Goudy Park (1255 N. Astor St.). You won't
see a lot of candy being passed out at Barney's New York, but the
Gold Coast does roll out the red carpet for youngsters hoping for a
little less Gucci and a little more ghastly. Local Goudy Park
transforms itself into "Ghouly Park" with attractions such as
inflatables, a "ghouly" graveyard, Puppetbike and a roaming
magician. The Ghouly Park event is held on Oct. 31 and sponsored by
Gold Coast Neighbors, the Chicago Park District and Mayor Daley's
2) Buena Park Neighbors Safe Trick-or-Treating
(Kenmore from Irving Park to Montrose). Buena Park, north of
Lakeview and south of Uptown, hosts a Safe Trick-or-Treating event
on Kenmore Avenue every Halloween that sees upward of 300 kids. The
neighborhood association also doles out an award for the best
decorated house with a gift certificate to a local restaurant.
Festivities start at 5 p.m. on Halloween.
3) Roscoe Village Halloween Parade. Roscoe
Village Neighbors organizes a parade, starting on Leavitt Street,
every year for everyone from little tykes getting pulled by their
parents in wagons to big kids who help lead the costumed throngs
down Roscoe Street. Former neighborhood board member Andrea Helms
says, "The highlight of the parade is the Lane Tech Marching Band
leading the crowd. I think that sets it apart from other
neighborhood events." The parade will be held this year at 2 p.m.,
Sunday, Oct. 30.
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
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