Archive for October, 2014

Smart Love Corner: Parenting Q&A

All the questions and answers come directly from Smart Love Solutions in Early Childhood-A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers by Drs. Martha Heineman Pieper and William J. Pieper.

Q: How can I get my son to wear a costume?

My 3-year-old is really looking forward to Halloween, but he says he won’t wear a costume.  He insists that he doesn’t want to “turn into someone else.”  I have suggested costumes of his favorite TV characters, such as Elmo, but he absolutely refuses.

His school has a Halloween parade, and trick-or-treating is very big in our neighborhood.  I am afraid he will be teased for not having a costume and that some people will refuse to give him treats.   This sounds like a small thing, but Halloween is really important to him.  I worry that it will be a disaster.  Any suggestions on getting him into a costume?

A: This is not an uncommon fear among the 3-and-under set.  Many children that age are afraid of what wearing a costume might do to them.  There is no point in trying to reason or argue, because your son will outgrow his fear-probably by next Halloween.  Rather, slip under his radar.  Suggest that he go as himself, put a costume on the dog if you have one, or dress up yourself.

If any part of the family is in costume, there should be no problem with trick-or-treating.  For the school parade, perhaps you can outfit a broom with a ghost costume so that he can bring the “costume” separately.  If you let your creative juices flow, we are sure Halloween will be fun rather than frightening.


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Fall Clean and Green

Buena Park Neighbors will hold its fall Clean and Green on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Dollop Coffee and Tea at 4181 N. Clarendon Avenue, which is on the northeast corner of Clarendon Avenue and Gordon Terrace.

Come out and join us for an hour or two of picking up and making our neighborhood nicer. This is a great way to meet neighbors and spend a fall morning.

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Buena Park Pumpkins

October 31 Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Buena Park Neighbors hosts this event every year, and it has become a great tradition.

Buena Circle Park, 1049 W. Buena, becomes operation central and from there trick or treaters head north and south on Kenmore, delightfully gathering goodies from equally delighted residents who welcome the little costumed darlings into their appropriately decorated yards. Please pass on information to your neighbors and friends. It is going to be a wonderfully spooky night in Buena Park filled with laughter, treats and little goblins.

George Ferak Award

Calling all yards – Get creative this year and get in the running to win the coveted George Ferak award for best decorations on the block. The Award comes with a special spooky prize so get planning!!!

Children in halloween costumesBecome a Safe House

Help us make it the best one ever!!
Contact us Today to be a Safety Monitor Volunteer or to be marked as a Safe House for our little local ghouls and goblins to trick or treat!

Together with your support, Buena Park Neighbors can provide a fun, safe, family environment for children to celebrate Halloween.

Candy Drive

Can’t be a safe house but want to help!! Candy collected will be distributed to participating homes to help with costs of the  event. Starting October 9th at the following locations: Thorek Hospital, Dollop Cafe, World Gym and Alderman Cappleman’s Office.


Bring your entry to the Buena Circle Pumpkin Graveyard on Halloween night where it will be on display.  A panel of expert judges will pick the winner who will receive a special treat plus a lot of notoriety.  So get going, we want to see what you’ve got. The winner will be announced at 8pm.

Ghost Stories and Spooky Crafts

New Programming!!

Have your little ones come and listen to  some of our scariest Halloween stories and make spooky treats. Readings and crafts tables will be starting at 7pm in the Pumpkin Grave Yard.


SPECIAL Thanks to our SPONSORS!!

European & US Car Service, Uptown United, Lois Scheurer Real Estate, reside, Thorek Hospital and the Chicago Park District.

Email us today with any questions: halloween@180promotions.com

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