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Halloween How To Do It Cheap & Right

30 Oct Halloween Pumpkin


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, 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,

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

24 Oct MP-Grandin-Road_martha-stewart-carved-pumpkins_s4x3_lg

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

24 Oct Sex And The City

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”

The great Oscar de la Renta once said this. It was one of the many inspirational quotes he has said over his career. Over his eighty-two year old life span, over fifty of this time spent designing clothes, the designer has become known for quite a few accomplishments. No matter how much someone is interested in clothing, at the end of the day, Oscar de la Renta created quite the impact on the fashion industry that has effected women everywhere. From TV to the office, the famous designer has created clothes that has stuck in everyone’s mind.


The Couture Gowns

Sex And The City

Sex And The City

There wasn’t a moment where Oscar de la Renta created anything with the greatest innovation or revolutionary work however he has managed to stick in everyone’s mind. While other American designers was working to build up a label, pushing ads out and trying to become a commonly used household name, Oscar de la Renta went a different path. Dressing Hollywood, filling the red carpet with silk and frills, he worked with high-profile cases and even dressing the First lady starting with Jackie Kennedy. Oscar de la Renta admired the feminine, proper, and dignified gowns made a name for himself unlike many designers.

Carrie’s “The Date with the Russian” Dress

Oscar de la Renta became a pop-culture icon with his work on movies and TV, especially with the designer’s involvement with Sex and the City. After this episode it’s safe to say everyone questioned what they wore to McDonald’s. The pink, classic dress was forever embed in our hearts as a classic. From the quote “You call him Oscar?” to the feeding of the French fry, no one can deny that Oscar de la Renta can be worn anywhere, anytime.

De la Renta in the White House

Jackie Kennedy was the first of many to bare the designs of Oscar de la Renta. The 1980’s was a stretch of Nancy Reagan wearing tomato-red and shoulder-padded gowns to dinners and events. During the 1990’s, not only did he dress Hillary Clinton, but convinced Anna Wintour to feature the First lady on the December 1998 issue of Vogue. It was the first time a first lady was ever featured on the cover.

Vogue Hillary Clinton 1998

Vogue Hillary Clinton 1998

Boy Scouts’ Classic Look

According to Scouting Magazine, Oscar de la Renta took what was once constricting military style uniforms and after a two year redesign, the classic look was achieved. The Boy Scouts were given new pants, shirts, the classic neckerchiefs. The designer told the magazine in 1980 “It should be suitable for strenuous activity; it should be made from an easy care fabric; and at the time the wearer should still look like a Scout.” Since the 1980’s boys, girls, and adults have the stylish attire due to Oscar de la Renta.

The Holy Grail of Fashion Awards

To say one knows anything about fashion, the Council of Fashion Designers of America should be one of the first things someone learns about. Between 1973 to 1976, and 1986 to 1988 Oscar de la Renta was president of the CFDA. Due to his work with the organization, the CFDA Awards came about. The awards, which de la Renta has been the recipient of many of them over the years, provides some of the ultimate honors in the fashion community.

Hillary Clinton De La Renta 1997 Inaguration

Hillary Clinton De La Renta 1997 Inaguration

Of course, many of us will never get the opportunity to wear Oscar de la Renta, however the label and the designer has created quite the effect on the fashion community. From the runway to the red carpet, year after year he has managed to amaze us. Although the name Oscar de la Renta name lives on, the work that has been produced by this creative gentleman will not be forgotten anytime soon.





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


Complimentary “BOOklava” at Falafill on Halloween 10.31

23 Oct Falafill


Halloween-goers this year can add Falafill to their trick or treat route and open their candy bags for complimentary ‘BOOklava’*! Also known as baklava, Falafill’s famously delicious pastry made with layers of filo dough and sweetened nuts and honey will be offered all day to Chicagoans of all ages looking for a freshly baked Halloween treat.

Falafill’s full menu and mezza bar will also be available on Halloween for ghosts and goblins looking for a healthy Mediterranean lunch or dinner on-the-go or dine-in.

*‘BOOklava’ is complimentary with any Falafill purchase for adults, and complimentary for children 12-years-old and under and will be available on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

3202 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Whisky Tasting, Brunch & Book Signing 10.26

21 Oct The World Atlas of Whisky
The World Atlas of Whisky

The World Atlas of Whisky

Sable Kitchen & Bar is welcoming award-winning whisky legend, Dave Broom, for an extra special “Whisky Tasting, Brunch & Book Signing” on Sunday, October 26!


Author Dave Broom’s The World Atlas of Whisky has been hailed as one of the greatest whisky books ever written. In conjunction with the launch of his newest foray, The World of Atlas of Whisky 2nd Edition, Dave will host a “Whisky Tasting, Brunch & Book Signing” at Sable Kitchen & Bar on Sunday, October 26, from 12-2pm. Dave will guide guests through the global flavors of eight whisky tastings, also available at Sable, including amber spirits such as Nikka Coffey Grain, Green Spot and Amrut Khadambam. Following the tasting, guests will indulge in a delectable brunch prepared by Executive Chef Heather Terhune and the floor will be open for an informal Q&A and book signing. Tickets are $120 per person, inclusive of brunch, taxes, gratuity and a copy of The World of Atlas of Whisky 2nd Edition. Tickets and more information:


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