Monday, October 10, 2016

Halloween and Pancakes:Windhill Pancake Parlor

Tucked away in northeast Illinois is the sleepy river town of McHenry, Illinois located on the picturesque Fox River. One of our favorite places to venture for breakfast is Windhill Pancake Parlor a block away from the river. It's one of those wonderful family places, filled with antiques, collectibles, teacup chandeliers and a bank teller's cage for a checkout.
Looks pretty standard and even this century with a new digital sign. 
But let me say, this place has a long history of celebrating holidays. 
***Major*** celebrating holidays.

In the vestibule next to the candy machines---Look who greets you with a severed 
head on a tray. He looks real...and like he knows a secret. 
If you want to know the history about Windhill, look here.

First of all, the food is fabulous...they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and we have never been disappointed in thirty some years. From pancakes to Fish Frys and Fish boils, all in the midwest tradition of hearty farm food. Fresh and tasty!

Escorted back toward the scarier part of the 'parlor', we passed a whimsical ladder of pumpkins beckoning you on.

Zombie window...and spiders everywhere! Brains  and creatures hanging from the ceilings.

A cast of 69 employees and volunteers decorate the entire restaurant. And it is different every year.
Two deep windows at the back of the parlor are staged ---spooky-scarey!
Creative Mondays
One in a skull boneyard theme.

We were there in the middle of a week day so thankfully not all the motion sensors were on.
This signature "Windhill" mirror, was inhabited by Dracula...and a bloody message.
Everything is almost full-size.
My Picture of the Zombie wall was out of focus---or was it???

The beverage bar was a hoot!
There's cute too---along with the Holly Hobby plates, some sweet scarecrows.

Bats or are they flying monkeys? Mixed in the Wizard of Oz corner? And of course a Wicked Witch!
Even during non-holidays, this place is adorable.
Lights everywhere, pumpkins, pumpkins pumpkins!


The front window suitable for younger folk, smiling jack-o-lanterns and kitties.
The mantel...with jester halloween scarf. So colorful and cuteness!
Rats and bats...and Boo! sign. 
Under the table was a motion sensitive rat in a potato chip bag that wiggled, my pic didn't turn out---so sorry...he was a hoot!
All year-round is the Choo-Choo that delivers ice-cream treats at the back of the ice-cream parlor. This is so much fun for kids of all ages.
More spiders in the Oz corner!
Windhill is full of memorabilia of days gone by on a daily basis, along with great home cooking and the most fabulous pancakes.
The Dorothy table.

This was last friday---everyone needs a countdown to Halloween!

This pumpkin guy was just so dang happy,  I have to make one.

"Good-bye"--we hope to bring the Grand next week!

Hope you enjoyed the tour...there was tons more----you almost have to spend the day...looking and our late breakfast was delicious. 

Thanks always for visiting. 
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  1. Wow! That looks so neat! I am sure it was a lot of fun. I am sure it is a big draw for Chicagoland.

  2. I've never heard of this place but you can bet we will be making a visit. Off to look it up!

    1. I hope you can, it's worth the trip and there are a few antique/junque stores in the area also. Sandi

  3. The Fox River sounds so evocative! What a wonderful name. Conjurs up the idea of wonderful old tales. My people would just love this place! Right down to the pancakes. What a wonderful tradition. So nice to have a visit from you! Makes my day!

  4. This would be a little fun and scary, but definitely memorable.

  5. They have the scary stuff zoned, basically so small kids can be saved from the really scary stuff. Somehow all the kitschy country items are still there underneath, LOL. Thanks for stopping, Sandi

  6. Ooh what a fun place to visit, Sandi! There's so much to see and enjoy around every corner.
    Also, your pumpkin pastries in your previous post look so delish! I love Fall flavors!

  7. Such a spooky and pretty place ♥

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I will have to post it sometime, when it looks like the country pancake house it is. Sandi

  8. Hey Sandi! What a cool place. Wish I lived close enough to go. Thanks for joining our Halloween Blog Hop!


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