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Trick-Or-Treating in Elmhurst: Keeping it Safe, Keeping it Fun

by Thomas Makinney

The official Trick-or-Treating date and time in Elmhurst Illinois is Sunday, October 31st from 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  The kids have most likely been waiting for this day all month and now the night has finally arrived! They’ve got their costume strapped on, their candy bag held tight, and they are probably already amped up on candy from their Elmhurst school Halloween party. Before they go bolting out the door of your Elmhurst home, make sure to sit them down and go over with them the following classic trick-or-treating safety tips.

Six Tips for Trick-or-Treating in Elmhurst, Illinois

1) Costume Safety: As detailed and extravagant as some
costumes can be, try to remember that your child will be walking around in this costume - late at night, in the dark, for long distances. Make sure that the costume is hemmed to avoid trips and falls. Also, it is a popular trend now for kids to apply reflective tape to their costumes so that they can be seen in the dark. At the very least, toss them a glow stick before they leave the house so that they stand out to night drivers.

2) Stay Where You Know: Plan your Trick-or-Treating route ahead of time so that there are no lost stragglers. Even if you are not the responsible adult going with th
e group, make sure you know what path they are taking. They need to stick to familiar neighborhoods and well-lit areas.
 
3) Responsible Adult: Small children should never go t Trick-or-Treating alone - always make sure they are accompanied by an adult. If they complain that they are too old to for a chaperone, promise them that you will stay at least 10 feet behind them as to not embarrass them. If they insist that they must be without an adult, then make sure that they are going in a large group of people.


4) The Magic of the Cell Phone: We are lucky to live in a time where we have the ultimate tracking device on our kids. If you are not going to be with them, have them check in with you periodically on their cell phones. If they don't have their own, likely somebody in their group will.

5) Avoid Strangers and Animals: We figured it was okay to put these two in the same category. Your kids should know by now what "Stranger Danger" is, most likely because you have drilled it into their heads. One more time is not going to hurt though. Tell them if a stranger approaches them, whether to offer them candy, toys, or to play with their puppy, that they should run the other way as soon as possible. Also, make sure they are cautious of stray animals – whether it be wild animals or just pets, you never know which animals are trained and which could be potentially dangerous.

6) Inspect First, Eat After: Drill it into their heads that they should not eat any Halloween candy before bringing it home and allowing you to inspect it. Go through the pile and make sure that there are no opened wrappers or unwrapped candy. It helps to make sure they eat a good meal before they go out so that they aren't tempted to pick.

Although most of you have heard these rules before, and we can only imagine the rolling eyes you are going to get from your children, we only mention them because at one time or another, somebody has experienced the worst case scenario.

Trick or Treating is a great night for kids and a great way to explore your Elmhurst Neighborhood. It might even be a way to make some new friends if you are a new Elmhurst Home Buyer. To keep it a fun holiday, being extra safe is always better. Here is wishing every Elmhurst Resident a very safe and happy Halloween!

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
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York Theatre: A Little Piece of Elmhurst Illinois History

by Thomas Makinney

Now that the weather is getting a little chillier, we are all less inclined to spend our weekends outside and more inclined to find new indoor hangouts in Elmhurst Illinois. A trip to the movie theatre is always a fun activity, but it is even more fun when you live in Elmhurst IL Real Estate. You see, Elmhurst is home to the historical York Theater…

Built in 1924, the York Theatre is an iconic landmark on Elmhurst soil. When it officially opened on Labor Day it boasted a Spanish motif, an ornate marquee and a $20,000 Barthold pipe organ (source: http://www.classiccinemas.com/History/york.asp).

Sixty years and many design changes later, the Classic Cinemas theater company acquired it and did some extensive renovation to return it to its original state. They re-established its Spanish decor, polished its light fixtures and re-lit and restored the iconic marquee. There was even an archeological dig to uncover the original orchestra pit that now holds a seven rank Barton pipe organ.

Although the history was brought back into this Elmhurst treasure, that didn't mean there wasn't room for improvement. Beginning in 2003, an expansion project was developed that involved renovations and additions that would soon turn the theater into an Elmhurst staple.  By 2006, the expansion was complete. Today, the theater boasts 9 total auditoriums, stadium seating, a redesigned lobby with an expanded refreshment stand, two party rooms, digital surround sound, and digital 3D on two screens.

When you visit the theater in Elmhurst, Illinois, you can go there for more than the matinee; you also get a little taste of history. The second floor houses the museum and archives of the Theatre Historical Society of America. The gallery features changing exhibits and artifacts from the golden age of American Movie Palaces. With a simple stroll around the building, you really feel surrounded by the movie magic that you just can’t find today’s theaters.

For a little Halloween fun, stop by the York Theatre on Saturday October 30th in your Halloween costume for a free movie showing of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium at 10:15 am. If you didn't get enough candy during the movie, take advantage of the Trick or Treating at participating stores in the Elmhurst City Centre.

As Elmhurst Illinois Real Estate Agents and long time residents, we know our town pretty well. We’re always happy to share fun places to go and things to do with you. Whether you just moved to Elmhurst Illinois, you are a long time Elmhurst resident, or you are looking to buy a home in Elmhurst Illinois, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to give us a call.  

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
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630-567-5902 | 630-306-7882
Email: Tom@MariaAndTom.com | Maria@MariaAndTom.com
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Elmhurst, IL October Real Estate Market Trends

by Thomas Makinney

The various graphs below will give you a visual report of Elmhurst, IL market statistics gathered using data from MRED*. The graphs are updated on a monthly basis so it’s easy to see the latest real estate market trends in Elmhurst. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


*Midwest Real Estate Data LLC

I make no claim as to the accuracy of this data and have provided this data as a service to others.

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Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
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Get ready to see the Koenig & Strey Elmhurst Real Estate agents surrounded by cute furry little animals this Saturday, October 9th at the York & Vallette Fall Festival. Why furry animals you ask? Because from 10 am to 2 pm the Koenig & Strey office will be sponsoring the petting zoo!

Other activities at this year’s York & Vallette Fall Festival will include pumpkin carving and painting, story-telling, a bean bag toss, pony rides, a moon jump and more!

Costumes are encouraged so we would love to see you drop by dressed up in your full Halloween get up.

The York and Vallette Business Association in Elmhurst Illinois is just south of the Illinois Prarie Path. The York & Vallette businesses created the YVBA to serve as a not-for-profit organization that offers the Elmhurst community events such as Farmers Markets, seasonal contests and concerts throughout the year. The Fall Festival is the first of many events to kick of the holiday season.

The Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is always looking for ways to better connect with the Elmhurst Community. The more we get to know our neighbors, the better we can serve our community, as well as any Elmhurst newcomers. If you are looking into Elmhurst Illinois Real Estate, we would love to help you find the home you’re looking for. Not only do we have some fantastic homes, we also have a civic-minded, tight-knit, seasonal-celebration-loving, community.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 
630-567-5902 | 630-306-7882
Email: Tom@MariaAndTom.com | Maria@MariaAndTom.com
www.gmregroup.com
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