Gearing up for the holidays

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Don’t worry. If you read the headline to this column, I’m not talking about Christmas.

I’ve said many times before that fall takes the cake in terms of the best season. You get playoff baseball (even though the Cubs’ season ended), college football, the beautiful colors and the best temperatures.

On top of that, Halloween is just around the corner.

I’m not a fan of scary movies, spiders or things that go bump in the night. But, I enjoy pumpkin carving, handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and celebrating the day with a potluck in the office.

The costumes and laughter that ensue, along with the camaraderie, make the month the best of the year.

Plus, if you’re a Halloween buff (but not into the super scary), you can catch all the Halloween-themed movies on cable. One channel in particular has the official “31 Nights of Halloween.” If you’re curious — the lineup includes classics like “Hocus Pocus,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Monsters, Inc.”

Plus, you can catch showings of “The Addams Family” before you take in the WYO’s gala performance of the show. 

According to the description on the WYO Performing Arts and Education Center website, “The Addams Family” musical comedy will feature an original story. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family — a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his wife, Morticia.

Everything will change for the whole family on the night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

If you’re ready for a raucous, fun night, get your tickets to the gala performance on Oct. 20 — or any of the encore performances the following week — at

Then, get ready to enjoy the best month of the year.

By |Oct. 9, 2018|

About the Author:

Kristen Czaban has been with The Sheridan Press since June 2008 and has covered the entire gamut of beats including government, crime, business and the outdoors. Before heading west, she graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s in journalism. Email Kristen at:


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