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The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

The Woodstock Opera House in the center of the Woodstock Square stands surrounded by an eerie ambiance with its urban legends, among many others in McHenry County.

Countdown to Halloween | Urban legends of McHenry County

Paulina Borowski, Marketing Director October 31, 2023

Halloween is the season of all things scary, specifically scary stories. There are always legends of creepy houses and ghost hauntings told around a campfire during the Halloween season, though it is possible...

The CarnEvel in McHenry is a local haunt, a private residence that decorates for Halloween and invites trick-or-treaters to enjoy some quick scares.

McHenry community organizes Halloween events

Kiera Miller, Staff Writer October 27, 2023

With Halloween right around the corner, the city of McHenry is preparing for the upcoming holiday, scheduling events for the scary season. Homeowners and businesses have set up spooky atmospheres that...

Hannah Bielat dressed like a Disney princess for Halloween as a young child. In the mid-2010s, Disney princesses were just one of a variety of popular Halloween costumes.

Countdown to Halloween | The best Halloween costumes from childhood

Sam Bodden, Staff Writer October 24, 2023

Each year kids across the country participate in Halloween festivities, and we are no different. As trends have changed over the years, so have our costume sensibilities. Halloween was a lot more fun as...

Theres a reason why Michael Jacksons Thriller and The Monster Mash are staples at Halloween parties — they are spooky, catchy, and fun. But there are plenty of other songs that fall into these categories that should become household Halloween hits as well (album artwork courtesy of Arista Records, Epic Records, Motown Records, Walt Disney Records, Decca Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Darkroom/Interscope Records, and Caroline Records)

Countdown to Halloween | Top 10 Halloween songs

Leylah Moreno, Artistic Director October 20, 2023

Halloween music often gets overshadowed by the more saturated market of Christmas music, but whether you are looking for something to listen to at your costume party or simply embracing the atmosphere...

There are a multitude of scary and creepy games to play, but these five horror games are bound to make you jump in terror while you play.

Countdown to Halloween | Top 5 horror games

Paulina Borowski, Marketing Director October 19, 2023

While movies are a great way to get into the spooky season, some prefer a more interactive approach. Many fire up their gaming computers and consoles, dim the lights and play a good scary game. There are...

Halloween is not just a time to drink pumpkin spice lattes and pick out costumes for trick-or-treating; its also a time to watch scary movies — and these five movies are essential viewing this time of year.

Countdown to Halloween | The 5 best horror movies 

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 6, 2023

In the month where we celebrate all things scary, a common tradition is curling up with a blanket, some popcorn, turning off all the lights, and watching a good scary movie. Whether it is a psycho in a...

Hocus Pocus 2 is a disappinting cash grab that does not live up to the original movie.

Review: They’re back!

Beth Brackmann, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

This new take on this classic Halloween movie has some people pleased, while others believe it’s just another one of Disney’s cheap Disney+ cash grabs. 29 years after the release of the original movie,...

My Best Friend is a Vampire is a funny and spooky movie that offers a fresh new story for viewers enjoy this fall.

Groovy Movies: I’m a vampire!

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor November 3, 2021

“My Best Friend is a Vampire” is a 1987 spooky teen comedy that stars a bunch of people I’ve never heard of. The film, though very odd at times, is charming and offers a fresh fall story to enjoy...

Actors pose as killer clowns during the Haunted Hayride through Peterson Park this fall hosted by the Wonder Lake Ski Team.

Haunted Hayride rolls on

Jaylyn Dolan, Contributing Writer October 29, 2021

Children and adults climbed onto trailers and hopped on hay bales at Peterson Park last weekend, ready to experience one of McHenry’s Halloween traditions: The Haunted Hayride.  Peterson Park has...

Halloween vs Christmas op-ed

Point-counterpoint: Christmas in November

November 19, 2020

Every year one of the biggest debates comes around after Halloween: does Christmas start in November? Many people begin setting up Christmas decorations, listening to Christmas music, and drinking their...

Right as the Halloween decorations come down, it only makes sense to put up Christmas decorations. Why not make the most wonderful time of year a little longer?

Pro: The Christmas season begins November 1

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director November 19, 2020

Time to break out the Christmas Spotify playlist! What could be better than getting ready for the most wonderful time of year? When it’s November 1, Halloween is old news and it’s time to prepare. Some...

Theres a holiday between Halloween and Christmas called Thanksgiving. Lets celebrate each of these holidays one at a time and make the most out of them.

Con: Let’s celebrate one holiday at a time

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor November 19, 2020

During the beginning of November, people already string lights and hang wreaths. Although the holiday gets everyone excited, it's no fun to rush it. With Halloween just ending and Thanksgiving still to...

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