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Halloween stores pop up along Randall Road

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  • Twin zombies inhabit the "Zombie Nursery" at Spirit Halloween. This year, the seasonal store has locations in Elgin and Lake in the Hills.

       Twin zombies inhabit the "Zombie Nursery" at Spirit Halloween. This year, the seasonal store has locations in Elgin and Lake in the Hills.
    RICK WEST | Staff Photographer, 2009

  • Paul Chaudury is owner of Fresh D'Lite restaurant in Geneva Commons. It is a newer family-owned restaurant serving healthy dishes.

       Paul Chaudury is owner of Fresh D'Lite restaurant in Geneva Commons. It is a newer family-owned restaurant serving healthy dishes.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer, 2010

 
 

There is no shortage of spots along the Randall Road corridor to get inspiration for your Halloween costume this spooky season.

From Geneva to Crystal Lake, temporary Halloween stores are dotting the Randall Road corridor.

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Starting at the southern end of the Randall Road corridor, you'll find a Halloween City store, which just opened a spot at 1980 W. Fabyan Parkway in Batavia.

Heading a little further north, Halloween Express, another seasonal store, has a spot now in South Elgin at 608 Randall Road.

Spirit Halloween Store opened temporary digs in Elgin at 623 S. Randall, and in Lake in the Hills in Randall Plaza at 120 N. Randall Road.

Even though the month of October has just started, shoppers have been filling the stores, looking for their perfect costume.

Janet Lindstrom of Lake in the Hills was shopping at Halloween Express over the weekend, looking for a Hermione Granger costume.

"I always wait until the end and I'm stuck with something I really didn't want," she said. "I know I want this for sure, so I had to come get it now."

The seasonal stores have nearly any costume you can imagine -- including the clan from "Harry Potter" -- as well as the accessories to go with them.

You can find sweet favorites for the youngest trick-or-treaters, and scary, blood-dripping costumes for the older crowd this Halloween season.

The temporary stores will be around through Halloween.

Grand opening: On Saturday, Oct. 8, Ross Dress for Less will introduce itself to the Chicago area at 12 different locations, two of them on Randall Road.

The Algonquin store, at 1812 S. Randall Road, will feature 34,188-square-feet of space, selling off-price designer and brand name fashions for men, women and children. The South Elgin store will be at 484 Randall Road, at Thornwood.

Other Ross Dress for Less spots opening simultaneously that day include Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Niles, Bloomingdale, Matteson, Orland Park, Skokie, Naperville, Crystal Lake and Rockford.

All of the stores are billed as offering 20 percent to 60 percent off department and specialty store regular prices on clothes, footwear, accessories and home goods.

Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Sunday, when stores are open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Scores equal savings: You might want to root for the Jacobs High School Golden Eagles if you're planning to eat at Jersey Mikes along Randall Road in Lake in the Hills any time soon.

For every point the team scores during its weekly football game, Jersey Mikes will give you a percentage point off your sub sandwich's cost on the Sunday following the game.

For example, this past week the Golden Eagles scored 48 points in their game win against Huntley High School.

So, on Sunday, Jersey Mike's offered its customers 48 percent off the regular cost of its sub sandwiches.

The percentage off next Sunday depends on the scores of the next Jacobs game.

Anniversary celebration: In honor of its anniversary, Fresh D'Lite along Randall Road in Geneva Commons is hosting a celebration.

Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 6 to 8, you can stop in anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and try some free samples of the restaurant's food.

The restaurant is introducing a new menu, which visitors can try that day. The food still is healthy, owners say, and it still tastes great. They want customers to give the new items a try.

They also will have raffles to win a prize those days, including free meals for a year.

The restaurant is at 1402 Commons Drive. For information, call (630) 208-0104.

Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from South Elgin to Batavia. Contact her at randallbiz@comcast.net or at (847) 894-5036.

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