The Bay View neighborhood – dare I call it “Boo View” just this week? – has a strong history of super-celebrating Halloween. The Pumpkin Pavilion, which returned this year after a pandemic-enforced hiatus, attracts 2,000 people to the Humbolt Park Pavilion for a bewitching party featuring hundreds of neighbor-carved pumpkins.
But the best part of the neighborhood’s endorsement of the spooky season is the number of people and families who take the time to decorate their yards for the holiday.
"One of the most attractive parts of living in Bay View is the fierce commitment by neighbors to community gatherings. Not only do we prioritize having fun for all but also including and inviting all to join us. I can’t wait to put my own costume on and celebrate with neighbors each year," says Marina Dimitrijevic, alderwoman for Bay View.
Here's a map of many of the Bay View spooky houses.
Anyone feeling the spirit can hop into their cars – or on their bikes – and cruise through any part of Bay View to get an eyeballful of creative spookiness, but here are a few must-stop spots.
2800 block of Clement Street "A&J Halloween House"
2700 block of Logan Avenue "Nightmare Before Christmas House"
3300 block of Kinnickinnic Street "Skeleton Wedding"
1800 block of Superior Street "Purple Halloween House"
4100 block of 1st St. "Ofrenda House"
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