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Happy Halloween

Often we are in Chicago around Halloween and if we are, I love  to meander  the Gold Coast, the high rent district just north of Mag Mile. There, the folks in the elegant and sedate area chock-o-block of wow-worthy mansions go all out to get into the spooky spirit. I’ve captured a few from this year’s foray into the neighborhood.

But before you scroll down to see some creepy scenes of the hauntingly good time, you might ask yourself what makes people go so nutty over the holiday, where people spend almost as much as they do at Christmas.    I wondered and did a little research.  This is what I learned.

…..It’s not like other holidays where one worships  god or thinks about history.  It’s really about enjoying naughtiness.

…..It’s pure and simple fun. You get to  watch scary movies.  Throw rubber body parts around the yard. Demand candy.  Dress like a monster or Donald Trump or Pokemon.

…..It’s the one time of year you can act really goofy and get away with it. It’s expected, actually.

…..Whether you are two or 92, you can pretend to be someone else.  In fact, adults are elbowing children out as they make this holiday a “really big deal.”  It is a time to reclaim a portion of your childhood.

Whatever the reason, this is the time to get into the Halloween Spirit like the folks in this Chicago neighborhood.



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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.


  1. posted by
    Julie Hawksworth
    Oct 30, 2016 Reply

    You have a great collection of Chicago blogs Susan – enjoyed this one, too, funny and interesting!!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Nov 1, 2016 Reply

      Thanks Julie, I really appreciate your taking time to provide feedback. Makes me happy.

      • posted by
        Julie Hawksworth
        Nov 1, 2016 Reply

        I always try to read your blogs, Susan, always well written, and they let me travel from my desk!!

  2. posted by
    Ann Stevenson
    Nov 1, 2016 Reply

    These spooks are a cut above, thanks for sharing!

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