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White, green and orange pumpkins sitting in front of a Jewel Osco located on 1320, Sycamore Road. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

It’s the great pumpkin, Illinois!

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | October 15, 2023

DeKALB – Some things are such a staple of the fall season that, without them, it doesn’t feel quite right: cold breezes, colorful leaves and, above all, pumpkins.  Illinois is consistently the nation’s largest pumpkin producer by acreage and...

Annual Pumpkin Festival arrives in Sycamore

By Edwin Kelso | October 23, 2019

DeKALB – In 1956, Sycamore resident Wally Thurrow displayed a few decorated pumpkins on his front lawn. Six years later, this would spawn an event that would define the Sycamore community for decades to come.Now, in 2019, a Wild West Pumpkin Fest is...

Try out a new craft this Halloween: DIY paint dripping pumpkins

By Sarah Fischer | October 27, 2018

Halloween is just around the corner and we’ve all got a case of spooky fever. That means visiting haunted houses, going above and beyond on decorating and most of all, pumpkin carving. It’s a tradition nearly everyone participates in this time of...

Pumpkin Spice isn’t Everything Nice

By Abby Wisecarver | September 12, 2018

With the start of another school year, most of us are trying to grasp the last bit of summer before DeKalb turns into a frozen tundra. As per usual, retail is forcing seasonal changes down consumers’ throats, and I’m not happy about it. With iconic...

My First #PSL Experience

By Eve Grunauer | September 18, 2017

Autumn means anything and everything will be mixed with pumpkin spice. Something about the cold weather just makes you crave something pumpkin and delicious. Also, nothing gets you more into the Halloween spirit than a pumpkin spice flavored drink. I...

Sycamore residents Amy Munro (right), 42, and daughters Whitney
(center), 16, and Kailey (left),14, browse for Halloween costumes
at Party City, 2350 Sycamore Road, Wednesday night.

Students still have a variety of options for Halloween costume supply stops

By Linze Griebenow | October 26, 2011

Whether you're a crafty genius or a Halloween classic with your costume this year, finding a store with all the right accessories is a must. For the Crafty Genius: Where: Goodwill, 1037 S. Annie Glidden Road                        ...