Halloween preparation in Heights calls for paint, imagination

Skylar Park and Runa Jain at ShattucksSkylar Park and Runa Jain at Shattucks. / Photo by Eileen Park

UPDATED Oct. 5: The morning drizzle Saturday, Oct. 1, did not deter the many young families who used their artistic enthusiasm to colorfully decorate 55 windows on two dozen businesses in Arlington Heights.

Wielding brushes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., they put their imaginations to work interpreting Halloween themes.

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At Shattucks Ace Hardware, which until a year ago was Wanamakers, two families merged their painting talents -- Skylar Park came with her mom, Eileen, and they were joined by Runa Jain and her mother, Saya Miyagi.

At Kumon, which provides math and reading help, Denis Andreeva, who is 10, merged ghosts and pumpkins. His mother, Elena, wrote that he was "really excited to participate for the first time."

Lilja Stefansson snapped an image to document how all "had a great time" --and viewers can literally see Bryndis and Johanna jump for joy in front of their art at Galaxy Market

At J&L Hair Studio, Elizabeth King took some creative shots of painters Jimmy, Layla, Sonny and Jacquie King.

Skating over to Sports Etc., that day, you would have found the Boudjenah-Robinson kids -- Thibaut, 6, and Zoé, 9. Among their creations: a skeleton with a hockey stick trying to scare up customers.

"It is such a fun project," wrote their mom, Dorothée. "And letting kids be creative on a shop window makes them feel [as though they are] very special little artists."

My son loves this new tradition." -- Ashley Lorenz

Emily Chionchio Luong wrote: "My daughter Olive, 5, had a great time painting her window at Home Taste! This is one of her favorite town activities."

At The Roasted Granola, Ollie Czekaj, 9, painted an Ewok, a diminutive character from "Star Wars," trick-or-treating -- while dressed up as another character from the film franchise, Darth Vader.

"My son loves this new tradition," Ashley Lorenz wrote, referring to Peter, who painted at Prep Neighborhood Kitchen. "[We are] already anticipating the signup for the next one."

Heights Halloween windows 2022

At RB Farina Roofing & Construction, Audrey Robert-Ramírez took photos of Lorenzo, 6, and Camille, 9, with their father, Axel Ramirez.

Last but not least -- as this article can provide but a mere sampling of the creations of those involved -- one family created its own set of initials to sign their work -- "MAPK." Those letters stand for their first names -- Michelle Lin; her husband, Aravind Basavapathruni, and their children. They painted at Maruichi Japanese Food and Deli

Janet O'Riordan of the Arlington Heights Community Association reported earlier that participants were told they they could paint a window solo or with relatives or friends. All window painting had to have a family-friendly Halloween theme, and painters younger than age 12 had to be accompanied by an adult.

Painters were selected via applications submitted online on a first-come, first-served registration process, she wrote.

The $25 registration fee paid for everything needed for window painting, including the assortment of paint brushes and seven acrylic paints in a preselected color palette made available to painters on the day of the event.

Remain on display in October; part of Holiday Stroll

The paintings are to remain on display throughout October and will be part of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Annual Heights Halloween Stroll from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

This painting project is organized annually by the Arlington Heights Community Association, or AHCA; the Arlington Chamber of Commerce; and the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture.

The AHCA is a group of business owners, nonprofit organizations and residents on the northwest end of Arlington who meet monthly to address local issues and concerns, support beautification projects and organize public events. AHCA meetings typically take place the third Thursday of every month. For more information, email Marisa Lau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oct. 1, 2021: Halloween Heights' 41 windows shown

This news announcement was published Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, based on information supplied by Janet O’Riordan, a volunteer with the Arlington Heights Community Association who helps organize the window-painting events of the AHCA. The article was updated Oct. 5 as a community-news story.

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