Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween How To Do It Cheap & Right


Pumpkin Decorating

Consider decorating a fake pumpkin so your hard work can be displayed year after year. Use special sharpies, fake diamonds, glitter, and ribbon to create a flashier decoration. If you feel like carving, opt use the grocery instead of a pumpkin patch where prices are typically cheaper. Also, avoid placing the pumpkins outside. It will just lead to your hard work getting smashed by someone or rotting by your front door which no one finds entertaining.

Dry Ice

A friend went to an ice company and for less than ten dollars picked up a huge box of dry ice. Although it’s not the easiest to find, she put it in her sink, random cups filled with water or drinks, and it was the perfect icing to the cake. It’s cheap and definitely gives off an eerie feeling. You can place it throughout your house, or if you are running around town, add it to your goblet for the full effect.

Candles & Wine Bottles

No Halloween is complete without candles – what will the witches use when casting their spells? The best way to present candles is using tapered candle sticks and placing them in an empty wine bottle. Be sure to take the labels off the bottles and avoid the drip-less candles (cheap ones work the best). Once you stick it in a light the candle, it will drip down looking creepy but still good.

Chalk Boards

Maybe it’s the fact that they are old school or maybe it is because of the black and white look, but you can use chalk boards to decorate your apartment for Halloween and if you are having a party, relay info about what’s going on. Start off at a dollar store, where you can typically find a cheap chalk board and chalk, then find cute ribbon to hang it up or use a side table. If you need inspiration for what to say on it, Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration on what to say on it, and you can even find templates for the words.

Halloween Night


I’m not much for creating my own costume – the idea of cardboard and glitter glue hung on my body does not sound like the greatest idea, however creating my own outfit sounds great. If nothing works to for your idea, head to Boystown. Hollywood Mirror, Ragstock, and my favorite for costume pieces, Beatnix is a great place to find costume pieces really cheap. My preference is to search Pinterest and blogs for easy and original ideas and use my closet to create my look. Cheap and I always look cute.


Cocktails are always easy to make, however consider making your own spiked cider. It’s easy, tastes better, and will make your apartment smell delicious. Or you can opt for something simple, such as pumpkin flavored beer or simply spike your drink with flavored color syrup. Don’t forget to accessorize your concoctions – use skull glasses and fake worms to make it look as beautiful as it tastes. Find out more Halloween-themed drink ideas on the blog called The Bar.


Even if cooking isn’t your thing, there are plenty of ways to dress up your food and make it look great. Go beyond your typical candy corn and gummy worms. The Food Network features a ton of Halloween-themed food, from a pumpkin cheese ball to new spins on carmel apples. And for those who need it laid out simple, the Cooking Channel labels everything by how easy it is along with total time to make it.

Party Time

There’s always something to do for Halloween that takes you beyond just stopping by the bar down the street. Northalsted Street has their annual Halloween Parade at 8 pm and there are multiple pub crawls going on. River North features A Nightmare on Hubbard Street and other pub crawls, featured on Pubcrawls.com, from Navy Pier to Wrigleyville. If you are in a movie mood, Music Box Theater will be offering midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Also, take a look a look around your favorite bars. Many of them will feature costume contests and feature drink deals. If none of this seems fitting, join your friends for a Halloween house party.






Lindsay Grundy– Fashion Contributor,  Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago
Connect with Lindsay @lindsaygrundy or on her website, lindsaygrundy.com.

11th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and Costume Contest 10.30- 10.31

MP-Grandin-Road_martha-stewart-carved-pumpkins_s4x3_lg11th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
Thursday, October 30
7 p.m.

Halloween Costume Party
Friday, October 31
10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Streeterville will kick-off the Halloween holiday with their eleventh annual pumpkin carving contest on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. O’Toole’s will provide the pumpkins and carving materials, while carvers simply come with creative ideas. Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded to the top three pumpkin artists ($50 cash; $25 O’Toole’s gift card; t-shirt). 

The next night, Friday, October 31, Timothy O’Toole’s will hold their annual Halloween costume party with a $250 cash prize for the best dressed guest. “Spooky” cocktails will be offered, a DJ will spin party tunes starting at 10 p.m., and the costume judging will take place at midnight. 

Both events are free to attend. 

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700

Wicker Park Halloween Events 10.31

Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Halloween Parties at Mac’s American Pub and Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Featuring drink deals, DJs and costume contests on Friday, October 31


Mac’s American Pub
1801 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622


Mac’s is decorated in Halloween theme and staffers will be dressed in costume in celebration of All Hallow’s Eve on October 31. The bar hosts a costume contest at midnight with a $100 gift certificate for the top costume. Drink deals include $5 Devil Mule cocktails (Fireball cinnamon whisky, ginger beer and club soda), $3 Labatt Blue drafts and $8 Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale drafts. Resident DJs spin from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. with no cover charge. Mac’s is open from 12 p.m.-2 a.m. on Halloween.


Tuman’s Tap & Grill
2159 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622


Tuman’s staff will be dressed for Halloween and the bar hosts a costume contest with a$100 gift certificate for the top costume with the winner announced at midnight.  Drink specials include $3 Labatt Blue drafts$5 Devil Mule cocktails (Fireball cinnamon whisky, ginger beer and club soda) and $8 Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale drafts, an award-winning limited release seasonal brew from Wisconsin’s Stevens Point Brewery made with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices.  Resident DJs spin from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. with no cover charge. Tuman’s is open from 12 p.m.-2 a.m. on October 31.

Haunted House Bus Trip to Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare 10.30



Lottie’s and The Pony Host Haunted House Bus Trip to Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare
Thursday, October 30
$40 per person

Lottie’s Pub:
1925 W Cortland
Chicago, IL 60622

Pioneer Tavern Group will host a Haunted House Bus Trip to Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare on Thursday, October 30. A bus will leave from both Lottie’s in Bucktown and The Pony in Lakeview, and the event will begin with registration at both locations (full schedule by location below).

A $40 per person package includes transportation to Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare on a coach bus, refreshments to and from, and haunted house admission.

Purchase bus tickets online at http://www.lottiespub.com or www.theponychicago.com.

The Pony
Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Bus leaves at 7 p.m.

Lottie’s Pub
Registration: 6 p.m.
Bus leaves at 7:30 p.m

Halloween Events High Noon Saloon 10.30-10.31

High Noon Saloon Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

High Noon Saloon Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Pumpkin Carving Party Thursday, October 30 and Halloween Party on Friday, October 31


Pumpkin Carving Party

High Noon Saloon provides both the pumpkins and the carving tools for this do-it-yourself pumpkin carving party and displays the final creations as part of the Halloween theme post-party. The free event kicks-off at 7 p.m.; arrive early as pumpkins are first come, first served. Draft beer specials, which range from $6-$8, include seasonal offerings such asSouthern Tier Pumking and Great Lakes Nosferatu, and year-round brews such as Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

High Noon mixologist Ben Berry-Ryan also debuts the $9 Fall in Love cocktail, which will make the soon-to-launch fall cocktail list. The Fall in Love is made with Old Forester Bourbon, The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram Allspice liqueur, SNAP Gingersnap liqueur and a muddled mix of Allspice seasoning, nutmeg, candied walnuts, fresh apple and honey. The cocktail is shaken over ice, double strained, and served straight up in a rocks glass with a candied walnut-honey rim.

High Noon Saloon is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on October 30 and the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.  Reservations are available by calling 773-227-9339.

Halloween Party and Costume Contest

High Noon celebrates All Hallows’ Eve with DJ of the Undead spinning zombie tunes from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. with no cover charge. Drink deals, which are the same as the pumpkin carving party specials, include the $9 Fall in Love cocktail and Southern Tier Pumking,Great Lakes Nosferatu and Rogue Dead Guy Ale drafts (prices range from $6-$8). In addition to the hand-carved pumpkins displayed throughout the bar and dining room, the Wicker Park saloon is decked with Halloween décor and the staffers will also be in costume. The saloon awards a $100 gift certificate to person wearing the top costume as determined by crowd applause at midnight.

High Noon Saloon is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on October 31 and the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.  Reservations are available by calling 773-227-9339.