The third chase in the House of Artists Book

Kill crows on the main stairs of the Harley Clark mansion. attributed to him: Gay Riseborough

The Artists Book House (ABH) opened its third stunning Halloween exhibition, “A House, Haunted,” at Harley Clarke Mansion on October 1. Note that it is not called “A Haunted House”. This is because this is not your usual haunted house experience – with the sounds of saws, screaming and people jumping to scare you.

This haunted house is meant to be “fun, fun, and inviting all season long. It’s Halloween.” “Destination, like Zoo Lights and Botanical Gardens,” said Jamie Tom, an artist and writer from Evanston and a member of the ABH Board of Directors. October 1 was a “small launch” with others “Haunted House” The events are broadcast live on ABH’s website at the same time.

Halloween has quickly become Americans’ favorite holiday for decorations, second only to Christmas, according to national surveys. It’s a not-so-dangerous holiday that gives kids, and even adults, a chance to dress up in fancy costumes and take part in silly games and prank behaviors. A tradition and an opportunity to tell scary stories.

The home at 2603 Sheridan Street will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. There is no entrance fee, although donations are welcome. Visitors can tour designated areas (except in the basement) for a self-guided tour of fixtures and vignettes throughout the house. There may be projections and soft sound effects in some rooms.

Temporary gift shop owner at Artists Book House? attributed to him: Gay Riseborough

A pop-up gift shop is already open, with founder Audrey Niffenegger’s books and other quirky offerings. The windows will be decorated by artists and backlit, making the evening walk a pleasant one.

Spiritualism was very popular in the 19th century – the belief that the souls of the dead could communicate with the living, especially through a human medium in a seated session. At home this Halloween is an interactive “spirit locker,” complete with spirit “horns” by artist Margot McMahon and artist/writer Ken Gerleaf.

Gerleve, Treasurer on the ABH Board of Directors, has created another interactive installation, “The Wheel of Misfortune,” with artist Linda Scholly. It is based on a short story he wrote, Available on ABH.

Evanston artists Jimmy Thomey and Vanessa Fili work together to install a “secret” wardrobe. Short reliefs are seen throughout the palace, especially on the second and third floors. Melissa Jay Craig has an entire room. There is even an animated wallpaper.

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