We have a new baby, and like everything else in life now, we celebrated Halloween a little differently. Gone are the days of smashing pumpkins or late night costume parties. This year, we welcomed Halloween as parents right here in Logan Square.
Kicking Off the Season at City Lit Books
I have always been a big fan of the Halloween holiday, and I was eager to get the family in the Halloween spirit. A few weeks ago, we took our daughter to City Lit Books (@citylit_books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.) for a 45-minute Halloween reading and sing-along. Many children at the book store were dressed in costume. Our daughter wore an excited expression on her face (an expression that said: There is no other place quite this fun and interesting on the planet right now. My life is awesome). I know my daughter does not understand the difference between “The Little Green Witch” and “Goodnight Chicago,” but the reading helped put her mother and me in the Halloween spirit.
City Lit Books has readings for kids every other Saturday, starting at 10:30 am. Residents can check it out on Nov. 2 and Nov. 23.
A Blast at the Halloween Parade
On Sunday, Oct. 27, neighborhood children and their parents gathered for the 10th Annual Logan Square Parade. The parade kicked off at the Illinois Centennial Monument and included marching band, Mucca Pazza. Kids of all ages, along with their parents, took a lap down Kedzie Boulevard. The parade ended at Lula Cafe (@lulacafe, 2537 N Kedzie Blvd.) and was complete with free cookies and cider. We bumped into some friends, and made some new ones.
Events organizer, Ash Lottes, says more than 400 parents and children attended. Sunday’s parade was Lottes’ third year running the parade. It wasn’t always a large affair.
“It started out ten years ago with only eight families. They decided to make a tradition,” Lottes says. “Dress up the kids, dress up with the kids, walk down Kedzie, and get dinner at Lula.”
Our five-month-old girl was decked out head to webbed feet as a chicken. (We hoped another infant could be dressed as fish so they could go as Parson’s Chicken and Fish (@ParsonsCHI, 2952 W. Armitage Ave.) The parade was a blast, and certainly a new tradition for our family.
When the Ghouls Came Around
On Halloween Night, once the weather let up, the kids came a-knocking. My little ghost went to bed at 7:00 pm, so she missed most of the trick-or-treaters. We enjoyed the evening with our neighbors on the stoop, passed out a little candy and listened to stories about the neighborhood from a 60-year Logan Square resident.
In Logan Square, the festivals are a blast for young adults, but are also kid friendly. Many restaurants are nationally ranked, yet welcome little ones. Music classes for kids have lyrics that crack up their parents. Neighbors in Logan Square are doing a great job helping parents take care of their kids, and also take care of themselves.