Part 1

Halloween isn't just for kids anymore

[OCT. 27, 2000]  Adults everywhere are carving pumpkins, hanging black bats and white ghosts from porch ceilings, and attending or hosting bashes where they serve ghoulish concoctions and compete in costume contests.

"Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!"  —  Hambert Wolfe

"A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice."  

— Edgar Watson Howe, 1911

While Christmas still reigns as the king of holidays in terms of popularity and consumer spending, Halloween ranks in a respectable second place as a $5 billion industry, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). And while the holiday is most associated with children’s activities, it has been steadily gaining in popularity with adults. In fact, in recent years, sales of costumes for adults have outpaced costumes for kids.


"I really think it’s the whole pretend thing. You don’t have to be yourself. You can let loose and be whoever you want to be and dress the part," said Scott Schwendinger, manager of Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon at White Oaks Mall in Springfield. The Halloween store, a seasonal franchise based in St. Louis, Mo., has been doing good business since opening its doors in September, Schwendinger said. The store remains open until Oct. 31.


The NRF reports that more than half of U.S. employees are allowed to observe Halloween at work, and 39 percent say they wouldn’t think twice about spending the day as a vampire, witch or ghost while doing their daily tasks at work.


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The most popular-selling costumes being purchased by Springfield customers this year are traditional vampires, witches, Cleopatra, hippies, flappers and gangsters. A new line of costumes in plus-sizes, offered for the first time this year, are also a big hit. "It’s a new addition to the market, and it’s been well received. Usually, costumes are one size fits most, not all, so we’re really striving to break into that market," Schwendinger said. "Children are obviously the biggest part of our market, but we do carry a full line of costumes for adults, who are buying costumes sooner now. We’ve sold out a couple of vampire costumes already. We do have gorey stuff, but we have fun stuff too. We are very family-oriented."

If there’s any doubt adults have a fondness for all things spooky, just check out the Internet, which is loaded with websites posting everything from recipes, costumes and decorations to party ideas, ghost stories and many adult-oriented Halloween sources of the supernatural.

Even Martha Stewart is getting in the spirit. Her new holiday magazine arrived on bookstands just in time for Halloween and is filled with tips on decorating for a party, recipes for baked goods and other tips. The domestic goddess of decorating even graces the cover dressed as an evil witch.

(To be continued. Saturday's posting will include Halloween party ideas.)

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A list of Halloween websites with information on everything from
history, costumes, recipes and all things spooky (for adults)

A list of popular scary movies to pop in the VCR at Halloween parties

"The Bride of Frankenstein"

"The Exorcist"

"Halloween Psycho"

"The Shining"

"The Haunting"

"The Tingler"

"The Blair Witch Project"


"Return of the Living Dead"

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre"


"Night of the Scarecrow"

"Pet Cemetery"

"The Mummy" - with Boris Karloff

"The Omen"

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5th Street Wash House has closed and will soon reopen at the new location.

Broadway Cleaners remains open during this time.

October is Energy Awareness Month

[OCT. 16-21, 2000]  As you know, winter is just around the corner. With gas prices going up, the colder months will surely have a bitter bite. Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club would like to help keep your costs down by giving you a few energy saving tips. Oct. 15 through 21 is Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club Week. Each day, an energy awareness tip will be posted. See below.

All energy information was provided by CILCO. If you would like more information on saving energy, visit CILCO at

Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club is a not-for-profit organization which was established in 1961. We are an affiliate of the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs and the 17th District of the Illinois Federation of Woman’s Clubs. The I.F.W.C. is the largest and the oldest organization of volunteer women in Illinois, with 40,000 members throughout the state. Our club averages 50 members and was pleased to donate over $6,000 and thousands of volunteer hours to our community in the last year.

Tips to save energy

Install an insulating blanket to your hot water heater to improve energy efficiency.

Reduce the hot water temperature to 140 degrees or a warm setting.

Insulate hot water pipes and cold water pipes.

Use the energy-saving cycle on your dishwasher.

Use cooler wash temperatures and faster spin cycles for your clothes.

Dry at least two loads of clothes at a time to take advantage of the heat still in the dryer.

Hang clothes out on a clothesline on nice days.

Use a crockpot whenever you can.

When cooking on a stove, use the smallest pan necessary to get the job done.

Keep refrigerator doors closed and their magnetic seals intact.

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Don't leave computers on when not in use. The monitor generates heat, and you're wasting energy. 

Try to do dishwashing and laundry in the late evening well after the sun has gone down or in the early morning. The cost of generating electricity reduces after midnight through the early morning.

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Increase the amount of insulation in your attic. The higher the R-value of insulation, the less energy it will take to heat or cool.

Insulate your foundation walls. If your basement or crawl space is unheated, insulate your floor joists.

Make sure your windows have good seals and the window jams are tight. This will reduce air infiltration.

Inspect, repair or replace weather seal on doors to reduce air infiltration.

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Well-placed planting and foliage surrounding your house can add beauty and save your energy dollars.

Living in the country is becoming increasingly popular. As we move out of the cities into the less populated areas to enjoy the beauty of our environment, we should keep in mind that protecting our environment starts at home. Developing a microclimate around a rural home can add beauty in a more comfortable environment and big savings in the heating and cooling costs over time.

Windbreaks and shade are essential to cutting the costs of heating and cooling as well as providing longer life to the dwellings we live in. Windbreaks or "shelterbelt planting" can account for up to a 50 percent reduction in wind, which translates to a 20 to 40 percent reduction in heating costs. In calmer spots, wind barriers will reduce fuel use by 10 percent or more. Windbreaks should be placed at right angles to the prevailing winter winds. The windbreak should be longer than the area to be protected. Even a few well-placed trees can make a difference in your savings.

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Don't move your thermostat temperature up and down during the day; try to keep a consistent level of heating. Changing the thermostat temperature back and forth to extremes causes your heater to work harder, costing you more money.

You can purchase a programmable set-back thermostat to raise and lower the temperature automatically. Program it to lower the temperature after you leave for work and then raise the temperature about an hour before you arrive home. This works well in the summer when you're cooling, too.

If you're going to be out of town several days, lower your thermostat's cooling temperature. Remember not to jeopardize your pet's health while you are gone.

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Use screw-in-type compact fluorescent bulbs rather than ordinary incandescent household bulbs. You'll save between 75 and 80 percent on energy per socket. Also, compact fluorescent bulbs last 10 to13 times longer and operate cooler than incandescent bulbs.

Remember: When you permanently leave rooms in your house, turn the lights out and appliances off, including the television and radio.

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Animals for adoption


These animals and more are available to good homes from the Logan County Animal Control at 1515 N. Kickapoo, phone 735-3232.

Fees for animal adoption: dogs, $60/male, $65/female; cats, $35/male, $44/female. The fees include neutering and spaying.

Logan County Animal Control's hours of operation:

Sunday    closed

Monday  –  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday  –  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday  –  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday  –  8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Saturday  –  closed

Warden: Sheila Farmer
Assistant:  Michelle Mote
In-house veterinarian:  Dr. Lester Thompson

Big to little, most these dogs will make wonderful lifelong companions when you take them home and provide solid, steady training, grooming and general care. Get educated about what you choose. If you give them the time and care they need, you will be rewarded with much more than you gave them. They are entertaining, fun, comforting, and will lift you up for days on end.

Be prepared to take the necessary time when you bring home a puppy, kitten, dog, cat or any other pet, and you will be blessed.

[Bandit is a happy little dog, playful and good with children.   This cute little 1-year-old pup/dog has had his shots. He doesn’t need much care in the way of grooming — the not-much-maintenance, lots-of-performance type.   He needs housebreaking.]

[Lady is a 3-year-old female, very sweet and good with kids.  She has her shots. Her former owners did not have time to spend with her.  They didn’t spend much time with her.  She is in need of house training. She would be a real looker with regular grooming.]

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Claire's Needleworks
and Frame Shop
"We Frame It All"
On the square
in downtown Lincoln
M-F 10-5  Sat 10-4

Family Custom Cleaners
is now open at 621 Woodlawn.

5th Street Wash House has closed and will soon reopen at the new location.

Broadway Cleaners remains open during this time.

[Claudia is a 2-year-old sheltie mix.
She is sweet and well-suited to a home with children.]

Ten reasons to adopt a shelter dog

 1.  I'll bring out your playful side!

 2.  I'll lend an ear to your troubles.

 3.   I'll keep you fit and trim.

 4.   We'll look out for each other.

 5.   We'll sniff out fun together!

 6.   I'll keep you right on schedule.

 7.   I'll love you with all my heart.

 8.   We'll have a tail-waggin' good time!

 9.   We'll snuggle on a quiet evening.

10.   We'll be best friends always.


[Orange male kitten 8 weeks old,
sweet as can be — what else could you want!]

[Just in, the lighter one of these two already has a home.  The darker kitten is hollerin’ about it!  Only about 4 weeks of age, this young male is forced to make his way in the world now.]

[Please adopt a playful yellow and white kitten, 
born about four months ago on a farm.]

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