Al Sharpton - Brand New Heavies - Kerry Wood - Chicagoween - Frightfully Fun Face Painting - Roberto Garza - The Veronicas - Lisa Scott - Shelly's Bridal - Hulk Hogan


Monday, October 26


Al Sharpton
www.nationalactionnetwork.com


Brand New Heavies
Tonight
8 p.m.
House of Blues
329 N. Dearborn
Chicago
www.houseofblues.com

To purchase a copy of the cd:
Live at Indigo 2, London


Kerry Wood

Champions for Children's
Thursday, Nov. 19th
Children's Memorial Hospital
childrensmemorial.org/champions


Chicagoween
www.chicagoween.us

Tuesday, October 27


Frightfully Fun Face Painting

makingfaceschicago.com

BodyartbyAllison.com


Roberto Garza

www.fueluptoplay60.com


Live Music - The Veronicas

The Veronicas and Kelly Clarkson
Tonight
7:30 p.m.
Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont
theveronicas.com
To purchase a copy of the cd:
Hook Me Up


Lisa Scott

To purchase a copy of the book:
It's All About Him: How to Identify and Avoid the Narcissist Male

How to Tell if You're Dating a Narcissist

1. He's too good to be true. Narcissists have an uncanny ability to figure out what you want in a man and then project this image back to you.

2. He talks only about himself. You are most likely dating a narcissist if 80% of the time, the conversation revolves around him. He easily becomes bored unless the spotlight is on him.

3. He believes he is perfect and always right. Narcissists will always say that failed past relationships were the other person's fault. He can not take any accountability because he is always right.

4. He is obsessed with his image and status symbols. A narcissist has been socialized to identify with a judgmental social system where love is given or withheld based on external criteria.

5. He becomes controlling or overly-possessive early on in the relationship. Because a narcissist is very insecure, he projects a puffed-up ego to appear confident when really, he is quite the opposite. Therefore, he will come on strong in the beginning.

6. He lacks empathy. This is the key indicator of narcissism. The only feelings a narcissist experiences are the primal gut instincts we all need to survive, such as fear and rage. He cares for no one but himself, but knows that this is not smart or healthy so he mimics emotions and fakes empathy in order to hide this from you.

Wednesday, October 28


Wedding Wednesday

Shelly's Bridal
105 W. Main Street
Dundee
(847) 426-5806
www.shellysbridal.com

Thursday, October 29


Hullk Hogan


Appearing:
Today @ 7 p.m.
Borders Books and Music
830 N. Michigan Ave
(312) 573-0564

To purchase a copy of the book:
My Life Outside the Ring

Botanic Backyard

Spooky Pooch Parade
October 31
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Chicago Botanic Garden
(847) 835-5440
www.chicagobotanic.org/dog

QUESTION: We've carved our pumpkins and they look great. Now how do we make them last longer? -- Maria in Jefferson Park

TIPS:
- keep cool and dry
- coat of Vaseline or wax
- rehydrate in cold water
- increase air circulation

QUESTION: After Halloween, is it okay to eat the pumpkins we carved? -- Meredith in Evanston

TIPS:
- eat within 24 hrs of carving!
- remove candle wax
- 1 small = 2 cups cooked
- toast the seeds


Elizabeth Werner

You can't forget the pumpkins! It's a great way to bring the family together. Here's a great alternative to traditional carving - try using Duck Tape® to decorate your pumpkins. It's a fun, creative and mess-free project for the whole family. It's perfect for decorating because it tears easily by hand, it conforms to uneven surfaces and it's available in more than 20 colors and patterns. Duck Tape results in a one-of-a-kind decoration that will last throughout the season: the tape prolongs the life of the pumpkin allowing you to start on your design early and change or remove it after Halloween, ultimately making it a versatile decoration to use throughout the fall. You can also use the tape to create unique costumes or trick-or-trick bags! Visit www.duckbrand.com for more ideas or to submit photos of your Halloween creations. Price: $5.00

Halloween Safety:
If the kids are going to be trick-or-treating at night - make sure they have glowsticks, flashlights, and reflectors. Glowsticks are very inexpensive and can be purchased at stores such as Price Busters, Kmart, and Walmart. They have various types of glowsticks available and they are fun for the children to wear or carry. Flashlights will help your child as they cross the street to get from one house to another. They also help drivers to see your child as they cross the street. Reflectors can be placed on your child's costume. A great place to put a reflector is on the outside of the legs of the costume or on the back of the costume. This will enable drivers to see your child as they cross the street.

Safety Tips for Children:
- Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make it fire proof, the eye holes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.
- If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.
- Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
- Kids always want to help with the pumpkin carving. Small children shouldn't be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face. There are many kits available that come with tiny saws that work better then knives and are safer, although you can be cut by them as well. It's best to let the kids clean out the pumpkin and draw a face on it, which you can carve for them.
- Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them.
- Teaching your kids basic everyday safety such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing streets and crossing when the lights tell you to, will help make them safer when they are out Trick or Treating.

Safety Tips for Adults:
- Parents of trick-or-treating kids can get so caught up in the fun themselves that they might forget some simple safety ideas that could save everyone some trouble. Having a fun and safe Halloween will make it all worth while.
- Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren't going with them.
- The best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with them. If you can't take them, see if another parent or a teen aged sibling can go along.
- Know what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or mall functions. Make sure you set a time that they should be home by. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time.
- Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem like fun but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, clean up and damages can ruin Halloween. If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean up the mess they've made.
- Explain to your kids that animal cruelty is not acceptable. Kids may know this on their own but peer pressure can be a bad thing. Make sure that they know that harming animals is not only morally wrong but punishable by law and will not be tolerated.
· For more information, go to www.Halloween-Safety.com.

Tips for Creating a Super Spooky Haunted House
Creating your own haunted house is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit and have lots of fun at the same time. Whether you are hosting a huge Halloween costume party or just handing out trick or treat goodies to the neighborhood kids, creating a haunted house is a great way to increase your enjoyment of this popular holiday. A do-it-yourself haunted house can be as simple or as elaborate as you make it. It can be as basic as placing a few scary props at strategic locations throughout the house, or as complicated as a Hollywood movie style haunted house, complete with all the chills and thrills one would expect of a commercial haunted house. Indeed, part of the fun of creating your own haunted house is choosing the right props. Some of the props do-it-yourself house haunters may want to consider include fog machines, smoking cauldrons, coffins, sound effects, spider webs, prop tombstones, wigs and masks, black lights and of course plenty of jack-o-lanterns. Halloween themed lights and candles are a great touch as well. Perhaps the most important part of planning your own haunted house is finding a suitable location. If your own home is large and roomy enough to hold all the props you need, so much the better. If not, it may be worth your while to move the haunting outdoors, perhaps in the yard or a nearby rented building. After the location has been determined, create a plan by drawing a diagram of the proposed haunted house, including where each of the props will be placed within the house. After the plans are in place, it's time to start building all those great large props, including such haunted house standards as coffins, headstones and guillotines. This is also a good time to place those fog machines and other such props in an unseen location. It is also important to set the proper mood for the haunted house. There are of course many different ways to set the proper mood, including using lighting, candles and candelabras, music and more. In addition, common food items can be given a new and scary look with just a little bit of ingenuity. Peeled grapes can quickly become scary looking eyeballs, while humble gelatin molds can become brains and other organs. Dressing in costume can of course make the whole haunted house experience a great deal more effective, and more fun as well. Hosting a costume party is a great way to show off all your hard work, and everyone will have lots of fun trying to guess who's who while reveling in all the frightening action.
For more information, go to www.doityourself.com

Great Halloween Party Games and Activities
How Many?
Fill a jar with candy corn and have each guest write down their best guess as to how many candies are in the jar. This is a good game to play at the beginning of the party, as guests filter in. Announce the winner at the end of the party -- they win the jar!

Pumpkin Pass Along
Before the party, make some jack-o-lanterns using orange rubber balls (about the size of oranges) and a permanent marker. You'll need one for each team. Divide the players into teams. To start the game, place the "jack-o-lantern" under the chin of the first player. That player passes the "jack-o-lantern" to the next player without using hands and then to the next player and so on. The first team to pass the pumpkin all of the way through the line wins.

Mummy Wrap Relay
Divide the players into groups. Groups of three or four work best. Each group needs a player that is the "mummy" and the other players are the "wrappers" Provide each group with a roll of toilet paper. The object of the game is to be the first group to wrap a mummy using the entire roll of tissue.

Quick Recall
Place theme related items on a tray. Show the tray to the guests for a few seconds. Players write down or call out as many items as they can remember. Play this same game with a twist. Take an item away -- can they recall what's missing?

How Many Words... can you make from SCARECROW or JACK-O-LANTERN.
For older kids only. Use a write-on wipe-off board for group play or distribute paper and pencils.

The Great Popcorn Challenge
Set out bowls full of popcorn at one end of the room, empty bowls at another. Teams must transport the popcorn from the full bowl to empty, using a measuring cup. Note: popcorn is a choking hazard for children under three.

Cotton-ball Scoop
Fill large mixing bowls with cotton balls and give each guest a spoon. Kids must scoop out as many cotton balls as possible in one minute - without using fingers!

Pin the Nose...
on the Jack-o-Lantern, Stem-on-the-Apple, Hat-on-the-Scarecrow, or a variation best suits your party theme.

Halloween Parade
Let the kids show off their Halloween finery with a game of follow the leader while having a parade.

For more information, go to www.amazingmoms.com

Friday, October 30

Peek-A-Boo! An Ooky Spooky Halloween Burlesque Revue!
Tonight & Tomorrow
Greenhouse Theater
(773) 404-7336
www.greenhousetheater.org


Halloween Safety Gadgets

Brick House Child Locator
www.brickhousesecurity.com

Protection One eSecure
www.protectionone.com

Asset Protection Sensor
www.protectionone.com