LINCOLN SQUARE — Halloween isn't going to let a little old thing like a historic World Series slow it down.
There are plenty of haunted houses, pumpkin-carving contests and other tricks and treats planned for this weekend (most of them take place before game time, anyway).
• St. Ben's FrightWalk will turn on the lights for a less scary experience, 3-5:30 p.m., 2215 W. Irving Park Road. The haunted house will revert to its darker ways from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person. The FrightWalk also will be open 2-6 p.m. Sunday.
• St. Viator's Stairway to Insanity haunted house is billed as for mature audiences only, 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3644 N. Kedvale Ave., $10 admission.
• Artango Bar & Steakhouse is hosting a Roaring '20s-themed masquerade ball Friday and Saturday, 4767 N. Lincoln Ave. For more information or to make a reservation, call 872-208-7441 or visit Artango's website.
• Berman Nissan is giving away pumpkins, hosting a petting zoo and more, 3456 N. Kedzie Ave. Hours are 3-6 p.m. Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday (petting zoo Friday only).
• The Eugene Field Park advisory council is hosting a pair of sugar skull-making workshops in honor of the Day of the Dead tradition. Sessions are 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. The cost is $20, ages 6 and up welcome (6- to 9-year-olds must have an adult present). Advance registration is required (click here).
• Nomadic Ant, 4604 N. Western Ave., will have treats, plus a trick up its sleeve, for youngsters, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. After nabbing their fill of candy, kids can follow a "secret passage" into neighboring Esquina for a look at the old Variety Comics' superhero artwork. From 7-9 p.m., comic book creator Scott Larson will spin tales about Chicago's haunted history at Esquina, 4602 N. Western Ave.
• If the weather forecast holds, Amundsen High School picked a glorious day for its Fall Fest. The event includes a haunted house, pumpkin carving, crafts, food, music and more, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5110 N. Damen Ave., rear parking lot.
• Gene's Sausage Shop is hosting its annual pumpkin-carving contest, noon-3 p.m., on the rooftop, 4750 N. Lincoln Ave. Entry in the competition and admission to the event is free. Drop off pumpkins now through 11 a.m. Sunday. Voting will take place during the event and prizes will be awarded in kid and adult categories for scariest and most creative.
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