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Hunting For Haunting Happenings?

Hunting For Haunting Happenings?
Chicago Tribune
October 24, 1975
Page B3
Lynn Van Matre

Credit to Matt Galik of Mokena, Illinois for sending in this material.

On the prowl right now for "haunted houses," spook shows, and other Halloween doings? A number of Chicagland organizations already have begun Halloween festivities, with more things planned as Oct. 31 approaches. Below, a handy list of ghost tours, special parties, etc., with days, dates and details:

Richard Crowe's Chicago Ghost Tours leave regularly on weekends from the De Paul University Lincoln Park campus, where the curious can clamber aboard a charter bus and be whisked to various "haunted" Chicagland sites. The five-hour tour includes stops at Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, the site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and several other places. Cost is $8 a person [snacks included]. Crowe also will arrange private tours for large groups. Reservations are necessary for all tours. Write Richard Crowe at P.O. Box 29054, Chicago, Ill. 60629 for more information.

Brookfield Zoo will offer an oppertunity for the family to warm up their Halloween garb Saturday at its annual Halloween party. Festivities begin with a "Halloween Hunt" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a party in the Children's Zoo from noon until 2 p.m. [free eats]. A costume contest at 2 p.m. will feature prizes in preschool, kindergarden thru 2d grade, and 3d thru 6th grade categories. Admission to the zoo, located eight miles west of Chicago at 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield, is 15 cents for kids, 30 cents for adults. Phone 242-2630 or 485-0263.

The Norridge Theater, 4526 N. Harlem Av., Norridge, will present a live Halloween show [Jim Sommers & his "Asylum of Mystery"], plus the film "Tales from the Crypt" [rated PG] Halloween weekend. Shows are ar 4 and 11 p.m. Oct. 31 and 1:30 and 4 p.m. Nov 1. Tickets are $2 a person, $2.50 for the Friday late show.

A crew from the Chicagoland Youth For Christ organization has transformed six construction trailers at the Harlem-Irving Plaza shopping center into a 15-minute "Trip Into Terror." High school and college students are the "monsters," and strobe lights and artificial fog add to the atmosphere. Performances are from 7 to 10 p.m. daily and 7 to 11 p.m. weekends thru Nov. 1. Admission is $1.50. Saturday matinees for children 11 and under [at a half-price admission charge] begin at 2 p.m. Phone 383-1432.

The Variety Club of Illinois is offering a "Haunted House of Horrors" with 10 "haunted rooms" and a "Witches' Garden Party" thru Oct. 31. "Fright-sights" includes a headless woman, wall of human enclosure, and assorted ghouls. This year the club has moved its annual "haunting" to a new location, the Candlelight Courts Shopping Center, 7900 N. Milwaukee Av., Niles. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. weekdays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturndays and Sundays. Refreshments available. Admission is $1. Proceeds will benefit the club's children's charities. For more information call 299-4500 or FR 2-2262.

For more than 25 years, Amlings "Haunted House" at 8900 W. North Av., Melrose Park, has featured scary settings complete with cemeteries, mazes, catacombs, and special sound effects. It's all happening again this year thru Oct. 31. Admission is 50 cents a person. Carnival rides are also available, and "tons of pumpkins" are ripe for purchase. Hours are 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

The North Area Campus Life Organization is busing people to its annual "Haunted House" thru Nov. 1. Meet the buses at the Treasury Parking Lot, 1400 Golf Rd., Rolling Meadows. Hours of operation are 7 to 10 p.m. weekdays and Sundays, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Night sessions are for people age 14 and over; there will be special kiddie matinees for younger children from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 1. Wear old clothes. Admission is $2 a person. Call 259-7880 for more information.
Halloween parties for both children and senior citizens are scheduled at many Chicago parks. For information on the free festivities nearest you, call the Chicago Park District's Departments of Public Information, 294-2493.

Many merchants at Old Chicago, 555 S. Bolingbrook Dr., Bolingbrook, will hand out free candy to children who who come "trick or treating" at the shopping center from 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31. During those hours, all persons in costume will be admitted free to the $1; rides are extra]. Spook shows will $1; rides are extra]. Spook shows will be held in the complex's Vaudeville Theater at 11:45 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Halloween. Admission is $1. Old Chicago also unveils a new attraction on Halloween--"the haunted house." Admission is 80 cents.

Marriott's Licolnshire Resort, Licolnshire, is featuring Halloween activities for children and adult guests Oct. 31 thru Nov. 2--including a "haunted house," pumpkin decorating contests and apple dunking in the indoor pool.

Couples who arrive in costume at any of seven participating Brotman and Sherman theaters Oct. 31 will get a special deal: the woman will be giving away froo "goblin masks." Participating Chicago theaters are the Riviera, Portage, Lake Shore, and Hyde Park. Also: the Parthenon in Hammond, The Hillside Theater in Hillside, and the Tivoli in Downers Hillside, and the Tivoli in Downers Grove.