Photo Story: The Haunting Halloween Houses of Evanston 2022

Editor’s note: Thank you to everyone who sent in these spooky photos of boo-tiful and haunting Halloween decorations. If you would like to send photos of your costumed trick-or-treaters, we would love to see them! Just send the photos with their names and ages to [email protected]

There is an evil laughing wizard, guarded by two dragons, next to a haunted graveyard at the corner of Greenleaf Street and Hinman Avenue. If you dare to wave your hand above the crystal ball in the front, the wizard will tell you your future.

Here are the dragons and the graveyard that the wizard watches over in his home at Greenleaf Street and Hinman Avenue.

And just up the street, Hinman Avenue, north of the wizard is a formidable witch flying out of the garden with her broomstick in hand. Nancy Myers captured it in all its glory on a perfectly cloudy day. (She is huge !)

Credit: Nancy Myers

Mary Mrugalski found these guys playing casual poker on South Boulevard just west of Custer Avenue.

Credit: Marie Mrugalsky

And these fishermen were caught by Mary Mrugalski who was cruising the 700 block of Ridge Avenue. (Be careful if you pass by to see them because the fishermen and the traffic are deadly!)

Credit: Marie Mrugalsky

“A House, Haunted” is open and waiting for you at the Artists Book House at the Harley Clarke Mansion, 2603 Sheridan Rd. Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon until the end of October and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Halloween for treats. (But you can still walk past it at night, when the windows are lit.)

If you want to find a creepy bunch of neighbors, drive west on Monroe Street starting at Elmwood Avenue. In the southwest corner, with no bones about it, there is a Hearthstone Skeleton Festival.

And as you head east to the 800 block of Monroe Street, you’ll come across several homes where the lawns have been taken over by Stranger Things, organ-playing skeletons, poker-playing pirates, appalling graveyards and Michael Myers is sitting with his friends on a bench, just ready to greet you.

John Straus caught this guy hanging around.

Credit: Jean Straus

Teresa Parod sent in a photo of her beautiful decorations – a Dia de Los Muertos celebration as well as an artistic masterpiece on the 2300 block of Thayer Street.

Credit: Therese Parod

Alan K. Cubbage snapped a lively photo of this headless party at 2505 Park Place.

Credit: Alan K Cubbage

You’ll find this group in the 2600 block of McDaniel Avenue, courtesy of Alan K. Cubbage.

Credit: Alan K. Cubbage

Don’t expect to sneak past this home at 2316 Bryant Ave. clowns and werewolves are motion activated and will howl with your every move!

Credit: Derek DeLapp