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Haunted Houses, Halloween Parties, and More 

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Chicago Composers Forum Halloween Bash Fund-raiser featuring performances by CCF composers/

musicians and two auctions. a 7 PM, Zhou B. Art Center, 1029 W. 35th, 773-418-0119, composersforum.org, $50-$80.

Crazed Carnival A fun house of "mazes, clowns, and other surprises."

a 6:30-9:30 PM, Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, 312-742-7726, $5, 10+.

Gourdzilla Steve Dahlke carves a 1,279-pound pumpkin that will be on display through Halloween. a 11 AM-2 PM, Foodlife, Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312-335-3663. F

Halloween Ball Annual benefit for the Cultural Center, hosted by Mayor Daley. a 7 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-8948, $500.

HOW-loween Prom Benefit for Housing Opportunities for Women, (HOW). a 7:30-11 PM, Around the Coyote Art Gallery, 1935 1/2 W. North, 773-342-6777, howinc.org, $30.

No-Scare Halloween Fest and Maze a 6-8 PM, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison, 312-742-7529, $2 for children eight and under.

Red Masque Ball Annual HIV/AIDS fund-raiser featuring music from Tributosaurus, a silent auction, and a costume contest. a 8 PM-2 AM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee, 312-924-1886, redmasqueball.org, $60 (includes "all you can eat and drink" until midnight).

Saved by the Bell Halloween Party Hosted by Dennis Haskins, "Principal Belding" on the TV show, featuring trivia game and "Screech" look-alike contest. a 9 PM-2 AM (Haskins on site after 11 PM), The Apartment, 2251 N. Lincoln, 773-348-5100, apartmentlounge.

com, 21+. F

Shame, Sex & Shackles Guests are encouraged to dress in "provocative medieval costumes" inspired by S and M and leather. a 9 PM-4 AM, Sound-Bar, 226 W. Ontario, 312-787-4480, sound-bar.com, $5-$20, free between 9 and 10 PM.

Spooky Seas Scary sea stories highlight this slumber party featuring trick-or-treating, a DJ, and a costume parade. a 6-10 PM for evening event alone, 6 PM-9 AM for overnight stay, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-692-3333, $30 evening, $60 overnight, children two and under free, but only children five and over may stay overnight.

Spooky Stories by the Campfire a 7-8 PM, Normandy Playground Park, 6660 W. 52nd, 773-229-1421. F

Steve "Mongo" McMichael's Monster Halloween Bash The former Chicago Bears player and an ESPN Radio crew celebrate with a costume contest and giveaways. a 10 PM-midnight, Dick's River Roadhouse, 702 N. River, Mount Prospect, 847-298-7200,

dicksriverroadhouse.com, $5, free with costume.

Supernatural Chicago Necromancer Neil Tobin hosts an interactive virtual tour of Chicago haunts. a 8 PM, Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944, supernaturalchicago.com, $25.

X-ecutioner's Ball a 7 PM-4 AM, Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944, excaliburchicago.com, $20.


Bloody Martini Party with costume contest and free candy. a 9 PM-5 AM, Martini Ranch Nightclub, 311 W. Chicago, 312-335-9500,$5, 21+.

Chic-a-Go-Go Dance Party The cable dance show hosts two parties for kids, each with costume parades. a 11:30 AM and 2 PM, Gar Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630. F

Christopher House Charity Costume Ball With costume contest. a 9 PM-12 AM, Mad River Grill, 2909 N. Sheffield, 773-935-7500, christopherhouse.org, $40-$45.

Crazed Carnival See also Fri 10/27. a 6:30-9:30 PM, Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, 312-742-7726, $5, 10+.

Creatures of the Night Including crafts and exhibits of live owls, snakes, and bats. a Noon-3 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, 312-746-5100. F

Deadman's Ball a 9 PM, Crobar, 1543 N. Kingsbury, 312-266-1900, crobar.com, $30-$40.

Finn McGoul's and the Haunted Loft Booze Bash II a 10 PM, Finn McCool's, 15 W. Division, 312-337-4349, $10.

Glitz & Glam Masquerade Gala Fund-raiser for the Edgewater Community Council, with raffle and silent auction; black tie and "vintage attire" of the 20s, 30s, and 40s encouraged. a 6-11 PM, Saint Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan, 773-334-5609, $75.

Hallowed Halls: Magic, Music, and Make-Believe Family-oriented annual event, including hat-making workshops, a costume parade, magicians, and music. a 10 AM-3 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (enter at 77 E. Randolph), 312-744-6630. F

Hallowed Haunts For this annual concert Orchestra Hall is turned into a haunted house and the Civic Orchestra performs "frightening favorites" from classical composers, live accompaniment to the Buster Keaton film The Haunted House, and selections from the recent film Pirates of the Caribbean. a 1:30 PM preconcert games and crafts, 3 PM concert, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3333, cso.org, $10-$43, 5+.

Halloween Pumpkin Patches The Chicago Park District sponsors "patches" featuring pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and other family-oriented events. a 11 AM-3 PM, Rainey Park, 4530 W. 79th, 773-284-0696; 10 AM-2 PM, Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton, 312-746-5083; chicagoparkdistrict.org. F

Happy Howl-o-Ween Parade and Costume Contest for Dogs Benefit for Andersonville South Neighborhood Association. a 12:30 PM registration, parade starts at 1:30 PM, Ravenswood and Carmen, 773-989-4514, asnachicago.

org, $5 per dog.

Heaven vs. Hell Masquerade Ball With costume contest and music from DJ Funkmaster Flex. a Zentra Nightclub, 923 W. Weed, 312-787-0400, zentranightclub.com, $5-$20 (discounts with RSVP).

Hideout Costume Party With "sexy costume contest" and live music. a 9 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, hideoutchicago.com, $8.

Hollywood Halloween Rock in Peace Fund-raiser, with candy, food, and cocktails; guests are encouraged to dress as their "favorite celeb." a 8-10 PM, Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard, 312-645-6000, rockitbarandgrill.com, $20.

Houdini Seance With necromancer Neil Tobin. a 7 PM, Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944, supernaturalchicago.com, $20.

Irish American Heritage Center Party With music from Tanglewood.

a 9 PM, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035. F

Lillstreet Monster Mash Fund-raiser featuring a haunted house, costume contest, crafts, and treats. a 3-6 PM, Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood, 773-769-4226, lillstreet.com, $5.

Morseland Party With costume contest, giveaways, and music from the Greg Spero Trio. a 10 PM, Morseland, 1218 W. Morse, 773-764-8900, morseland.com, $5.

Myths and Misconceptions About Halloween Hands-on science and art activities, storytelling, and lectures related to bats, snakes, spiders, and other animals. a 11 AM-3 PM, Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, 773-755-5100, naturemuseum.org, $4-$7.

Pimp and Ho Halloween Party Adult film star Janine hosts this annual event; "regular costumes" also acceptable. a 9 PM-6 AM, Transit Nightclub, 1431 W. Lake, 312-919-3761, pimpandhochicago.com, $25-$35.

Pumpkinpalooza Featuring carriage rides, storytelling, live animals, crafts, music, a maze, and "lots of candy."

a Noon-2 PM, Margate Park, 4921 N. Maine, 312-742-7522, ages 12 and under. F

Rockoween 2006 Costume party featuring KIST, a KISS tribute band a 11 PM, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, 63 W. Ontario, 312-943-2252, hardrockchicago.tix.com, $10, 21+.

Shaken Not Scared Annual celebration, including costume contest and performances by the Kit Kat Divas. a 5:30 PM, divas starting at 7:30 PM, contest at 10 PM, Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club, 3700 N. Halsted, 773-525-1111, kitkatchicago.com. F

Spin Costume Party Two $1,000 prizes awarded. a 9 PM, Spin, 800 W. Belmont, 773-327-7711, 9 PM. F

Sydney Daniels Masquerade Ball Hosted by the Web site for single professionals. a 7 PM-1 AM, The Loft, 2251 S. Michigan, suite 320, 630-769-6696, sydneydaniels.com, $25, advance registration required.


Frankenstein Monster Mash Party featuring storytelling, dancing, and games inspired by the monster. a 3 PM, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, 773-684-1300, semcoop.booksense.com. F

Halloween Mind Candy In this annual show mentalist Sidney Friedman performs "delectable ESP feats" and other mind games. a 7 PM, Davenport's Cabaret Room, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-1830, sidneyfriedman.com, $13-$18, two-drink minimum.

Halloween Scary Skate a 4:30-6:30 PM, McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California, 312-742-7529, $4-$5, free with costume.

Hallo-weenie Dachshund Party

a 1-4 PM (costume contest at 3 PM), Mars Gallery, 1139 W. Fulton Market, 312-226-7808, marsgallery.com, $5 per dog.

Howlin' Hounds Halloween Party Benefit for Chicago's Animal Care and Control shelter, featuring a pet costume contest and live music. a Noon-4 PM, Urban Out Sitters, 729 W. Randolph, 312-651-7387, urbanoutsitters.com, $5.

PAWS Halloween Party Benefit for Pets Are Worth Saving, featuring a pet parade, trick-or-treating through Washington Square Park, and a costume contest. a 11 AM-1 PM, Tails in the City, 1 E. Delaware, 312-649-0347, tailsinthecity.com, $5, advance registration recommended.

Sangria Sundays Halloween Party With costume contest. a 10 PM-4 AM, Sangria, 901 W. Weed, 773-562-2328, 4fantasticevents.com, $10, free with RSVP, 18+.


Evanston Public Library Halloween Party a 6:30 PM, North branch, 2026 Central, Evanston, 847-866-0330. A

Trick-or-Treat No-Scare House a 6-8 PM, Jefferson Park, 4822 N. Long, 773-685-3316, ages ten and under. F


All Hallow's Eve Ball Features DJ Scary Lady Sarah. a 10 PM-4 AM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-4140, $15, $10 with costume, 18+.

Carnivale Halloween The restaurant screens Halloween movies and offers several holiday-themed menu items; the first 100 patrons receive a free masquerade mask. a 5 PM-midnight, Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, 312-850-5005, no cover.

Cosplay Party Inspired by the Japanese trend of "cosplay" (costume and play); with costume contest and free Japanese candy. a 7 PM (contest at 11 PM), Sushisamba, 504 N. Wells, 312-595-2300, sushisamba.com. F

Crawl With the Creeps Halloween Pub Crawl Trolleys leave every 15 minutes from four participating taverns; admission includes unlimited domestic drafts and a buffet at each bar. a 8-11 PM, Duffy's Tavern and Grill, 420 W. Diversey; Durkin's Tavern, 810 W. Diversey; McGee's, 950 W. Webster; Redmond's, 3358 N. Sheffield; and Wrightwood Tap, 1059 W. Wrightwood, 773-868-8073, bar1events.com, $15.

Dia de Los Muertos Featuring DJ Anacron, with costume contest. a 8 PM-3 AM, Salud Tequila Lounge, 1471 N. Milwaukee, 773-235-5577, $35 (includes open bar).

Evanston Public Library Halloween Party a 1:30 PM, South branch, 949 Chicago, Evanston, 847-866-0333, recommended for preschoolers. F

Halloween Bash a 6-7:30 PM, Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt, 312-742-7529. F

Halloween Hootenanny Fund-raiser with costume, "scariest laugh," and apple-bobbing contests. a 7-11 PM, Bird's Nest, 2500 N. Southport, 773-472-1502, whatisph.com, $30 (includes open bar).

Halloween Hunt Scavenger hunt on the hill of the park. a 6-7 PM, Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose, 773-478-3499. F

Halloween Mayhem Dance party featuring DJs Derick Carter, XL, and Mark Grant. a 10 PM-4 AM, Four, 1551 W. Division, 773-235-9100, fourchicago.com, $20, free for industry workers.

Haunted Paseo Boricua Four blocks of Division Street are turned into a haunted trail, "reaffirming Puerto Rican and Latino cultures." a 3-7 PM, Division between Western and California, 773-782-0454. F

North Halsted Street Halloween Parade The theme of this year's annual event is "Freak Out: Disco Gone Evil," with live music and costume contests for adults, children, and pets. a 7:30 PM (registration 5:30 PM at Spin Nightclub, 800 W. Belmont), Halsted and Belmont, 773-868-3010. F

Roscoe's Halloween Party Cash prizes awarded for best costume and best drag. a 10 PM (sign-up at 9 PM), Roscoe's, 3356 N. Halsted, 773-281-3355. F

Salsa Masquerade Party Includes free masks and costume contest. a 8 PM-4 AM (salsa lesson 8-9 PM, contest at midnight), Club 720, 720 N. Wells, 773-562-2328, 4fantasticevents.com, $7, 21+.

Trick-or-Treat No-Scare House a 6-8 PM, Jefferson Park, 4822 N. Long, 773-685-3316, ages ten and under. F


Annual Halloween Art Exhibit With Halloween-themed art; a children's interactive program featuring a presentation on the history of Halloween, pumpkin-coloring contests, crafts, and refreshments; and a costume ball with music from the Sam Saunders Machine. a Main exhibit through 10/31: Thu-Sun 2-6 PM, Mon 2-4 PM, Tue-Wed 2-6 PM. F Children's program through 10/28: Sat 10 AM-noon, $5. Ball Tue 10/31, 9 PM. F Peter Jones Gallery, 1806 W. Cuyler, second floor, 773-857-2172, peterjonesgallery.com.

Brookfield Jaycees Haunted House A maze of ten rooms.

a Through 10/29: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Sun 7-10 PM, Mon-Tue 7-10 PM, "lights on" run Sun 2-4 PM, Jaycee Ehlert Park, 4315 Park, Brookfield, 708-387-4695, $8.

Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour a Through 10/31: Thu 7 PM, Fri-Sat 7 and 10 PM, Sun-Tue 7 PM, 610 N. Clark, 773-404-4346, chicagohauntings.com, $20-$30, reservations recommended.

Chicago Park District Parties, Mazes, and Haunted Houses Dozens of parks are hosting events through 10/31. a Visit chicagoparkdistrict.com or call your local park for details.

Chicago Supernatural Ghost Tour Four-hour bus tour conducted by ghost hunter Richard T. Crowe departs from Goose Island Brewpub. a Through 11/5: Thu-Fri 7-11 PM, Sat-Sun 1-5 PM, Mon-Wed 7-11 PM, 1800 N. Clybourn, 708-499-0300, ghosttours.com, $47, reservations required.

Chicagoween The city's annual celebration at Daley Plaza includes pumpkin decorating, mask making, and a storytelling and face-painting tent hosted by the cast of Wicked. a Through 10/31: Thu-Sun 11 AM-8 PM, Richard J. Daley Civic Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-744-3315, cityofchicago.org. F

Demons of the Deep and Ghostly Gardens Two environmental attractions at Navy Pier, geared for adults and children eight and under. a "Demons of the Deep" through 10/31: Thu 4-10 PM, Fri-Sat 4 PM-midnight, Sun-Tue 4-10 PM, $10-$14, 13+ (children ages 9-12 admitted if accompanied by adult). "Ghostly Gardens" through 10/31: daily 2-8 PM, $5-$8 (adults must be accompanied by a child). Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-595-5225, navypier.com.

Disturbed Haunted House Participants stand in a pitch-black room for this live-action and multimedia show. a Through 10/31: daily 8-11 PM, Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway, 773-244-2980, $5-$8, 18+.

Dream Reapers Haunted House Known for its "sinister scents" (rooms are scented based on their theme), this attraction features 22 rooms with over 80 actors and animatronics. a Through 10/29: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Sun-Tue 7-10 PM, 1945 Cornell, Melrose Park, 708-344-2084, dreamreapers.com, $15-$25, 13+.

Dungeon of Doom Haunted House: Internal Nightmare With actors and themed rooms such as "Ultimate Exorcist" and "Shock Treatment." a Through 10/31: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri 7 PM-midnight, Sat 6 PM-midnight, Sun 6-10 PM, Mon-Tue 7-10 PM, Lake County Fairgrounds, 19200 E. Belvedere, Grayslake, 262-331-0092, dungeonof doom.com, $14.

Eleventh Hour, Pitch Black, Chain Reaction, and Third Dementia Four attractions in one: a haunted house, labyrinth, maze, and 3-D artwork. a Through 10/31: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Sun-Mon 7-10 PM, Tue, 7-11 PM, the Hub at Berens Park, 493 N. Oaklawn, Elmhurst, eleventhhour.info, $15-$35, 11+.

Excursions Into the Unknown Tours of haunted Chicago led by researcher and author Dale Kaczmarek.

a Through 11/19: Sat-Sun 7-11 PM, also Tue 10/31, 7-11 PM, Westfield Mall, 9500 S. Ridgeland, Chicago Ridge, 708-425-5163, ghostresearch.org/tours, $37-$45 (some tours include dinner and drinks at Rico D's restaurant), reservations required.

Floating Hayride Cruise A kid-friendly boat ride along Lake Michigan with Halloween stories and treats. a Through 10/29: Sat-Sun 11-4 PM (cruises leave hourly), Shoreline Sightseeing, Illinois and Streeter (at Navy Pier), 312-222-9328, shorelinesightseeing.com, $6-$12.

Fright Night Laser Light Show

a Through 11/4: Fri-Sat 9 PM, Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth, River Grove, 708-583-3100, $5-$10.

Frightmare 2006: The Best Scenes of Our Last 15 Years

a Through 10/31: Thu 6-10 PM, Fri 6-11 PM, Sat 1-11 PM, Sun 1-10 PM, Mon-Tue 6-10 PM, Haunted Trails Family Amusement Center, 7759 S. Harlem, Burbank, 708-598-8580, frightmarehauntedhouse.com, $8.75, 10+.

Glessner House Museum Events Edgar Allan Poe readings, spooky tours, and parties for pets and kids. a Fri 8 PM and Sat 5 and 8 PM, Tales of Madness and Revenge, $22-$25; Fri-Sun and Tue 7 and 8 PM, Prairie Avenue Haunted Walking Tour, $8-10; Mon 6-8 PM (parade at 7 PM), Prairie Avenue Pet Parade & Party, $10 per dog, $15 for families with two dogs, dogs must be leashed and have current vaccinations; Tue 4-6 PM, Children's Halloween Party, $2-$10, ages ten and under. 1800 S. Prairie, 312-326-1480, glessnerhouse.org.

Hancock Observatory Tricks & Treats Free treats and "cool ghoul" caricatures (costumes encouraged), along with a performance by a Frankenstein clown.

a Through 10/29: Sat-Sun noon-3 PM, John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan, 888-875-8439, hancock-observatory.com, $6-$9.75 (children four and under free).

Haunted Hollow Two-floor house.

a Through 10/29: Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Sun-Tue 7-10 PM, Bridgeview Park District Recreation Center, 8900 S. Harlem, Bridgeview, 708-594-1818, $7, 7+.

The Haunted "L" Quest Theatre Ensemble presents Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," told with puppetry, for this elevated tour. a Through 10/28: Thu-Fri 7, 7:25, 7:50, and 8:15 PM, Sat 11:40 AM and 12:30, 12:55, and 1:20 PM. Tickets available at 6 PM Thu-Fri and 10 AM Sat at the Visitors Center of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (enter at 77 E. Randolph), 773-744-3315, limit four tickets per person. F

Haunted Sanitarium Formerly a children's sanitarium, this space is divided between a 15-room haunted house and the Creepy Cafe, with refreshments and scary movies. a Through 10/31: Fri 7-11 PM, Sat-Sun 6-11 PM, Mon-Tue 7-11 PM, also "Kid-Friendly Day" Sat noon-4 PM, and Tue 6-11 PM, Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive, 312-742-7994. $8-$10, 13+.

Haunting History Magician David Parr explores ghosts, grave robbers, poltergeists, and more. a Through 10/31: Sun-Tue 7:30 PM, Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100, davidparr.com, $25, 17+.

Nightmares! Basement of the Dead a Through 10/31: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Sun-Mon 7-10 PM, Tue 7-11 PM, Nightmares, 42 W. New York, Aurora, 630-896-2466, 42fear.com, $12.

Octo-Boo! Chicago Public Library's 79 locations each host storytelling and hands-on events for kids. a Visit chicagopubliclibrary.org or call your local branch for details.

Scream Scene 2006 Haunted house with over 20 rooms. a Through 10/31: Fri-Sat and Tue 7-10 PM, Skokie Water Playground, 4701 Oakton, Skokie, 847-674-1500, $7, 10+.

Seadog Haunted River Tour

a Through 10/31: daily 6:15 and 8:15 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-822-7200, seadogcruises.com, $15-$27, reservations required.

Siegel's Pumpkin Fest Family-oriented attractions, including hayrides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and a petting zoo. a Through 10/31: daily 10 AM-6 PM, Siegel's Cottonwood Farm, 17250 S. Weber, Crest Hill, 800-304-3276,

ourpumpkinfarm.com, $8 (children two and under free).

Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead a Through 10/31: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Sun-Tue 7-10 PM, Siegel's Cottonwood Farm, 17250 S. Weber, Crest Hill, 877-722-7332, statesville.org, $25.

Trails of Terror Eighteen outdoor scenes. a Through 10/31: Thu-Sat 6-9 PM, Sun-Tue 5-9 PM, Peterson Park, 5801 N. Pulaski, 312-742-7584, $6-$8, 8+.

Tiki Transit Tour of Haunted Chicago a Through 10/31: Fri-Sat 8 and 10:30 PM, Tue 8 PM, Trader Todd's, 3216 N. Sheffield, 773-348-3250, $30, reservations required.

Twisted House of Horrors This "maze of terror" is made up of 13 scenes and costumed characters. a Through 11/1: Thu and Sun-Wed 6 PM-2 AM, Twisted Headquarters, 966 W. Wolfram, 773-636-5463, myspace.com/

twistedhauntedhouse, $20, 21+.

Underworld Haunted House

a Through 10/29: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 6:30-11 PM, Sun 6-10 PM, Saint Pascal School, 6143 W. Irving Park,

773-725-7641, $7 (children three and under free).

Wateriders "Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters of Hustlertown" Tour Kayak tour of the Chicago River and its connections to the underworld and spirit world.

a Through 10/29: Sat-Sun 10 AM-2:30 PM, Montgomery Ward Complex, 900 N. Kingsbury, 312-953-9287, wateriders.com, $50-$55, reservations required.

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