Where To Celebrate Halloween In Chicagoland
From the supernatural to the family-friendly, spooky events will be held during the frightful observance
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One of the popular activities surrounding the celebration of Halloween is the "Arts in the Dark" parade, which includes a wide variety of participants.
GOBLINS, ghouls, ghosts, trick-or-treating, costume parties and various other activities combine during the observance of Halloween, which has become one of the most celebrated days in Chicagoland and beyond. Whether it’s parades, ghost tours, haunted houses and beyond, there’s something for everyone who wants to participate, ranging from the frightening to the family-friendly during the spookiest time of the year. The following is a collection of some of the events that will highlight the celebration, which (in many areas) now extends before and after October 31.
Arts In The Dark
Kick off Halloween festivities a few days early during the Arts in the Dark parade, which combines performers, puppets, bands, lanterns and floats through the streets of Chicago. The procession begins at State Street and Lake Street and moves south to Van Buren.
Haunted Maze at Navy Pier, October 19, 25, 26, Navy Pier
Titanic Masquerade: Pier Pressure Chicago Halloween Yacht Party (four decks, two DJs, two floors of music). From 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Halloween Bash at Maggie Daley Park. Maggie Daley Park
Rock the Yacht: Halloween Midnight Yacht Party, Spirit of Chicago
Wrigleyville Halloween Crawl, including a buffet and costume contests at 7 p.m.
Wicker Park Halloween Bar Crawl, includes a pre-party, bar crawl, and after-party on this year’s Halloween beer tour of Wicker Park from 4–10 p.m.
HipHop Halloween Party/Show, Subterranean, 2011 W. North Avenue
Haunted Halloween Ball at Congress Plaza Hotel. Dress your best at this Halloween affair at 9 p.m., complete with a B96 DJ.
The Vampire Ball at SK Sky Bar from 9 p.m to 3 a.m. Pay the $10 online fee for express entry and a free drink!
Halloween Masquerade at the Lyric Opera House. The Lyric Opera invites professionals in costume to enjoy dancing and an open bar, beginning at 8 p.m.
Freak Show Halloween at Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N. Wabash Avenue, where surprises galore present themselves, starting at 8 p.m.
The Nightmare at Navy Pier Presents: The Haunted Halloween Ball at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier’s main ballroom.
Spooky Zoo. Come in costume for the alternative to trick-or-treating, Lincoln Park Zoo
Haunted Halloween Ball at Congress Plaza Hotel, where you can spend the night dancing and celebrating in a building that many have claimed to be haunted.
Haunted Halloween Party Cruise, Spirit of Chicago
Halloween Singles Costume Party, M Lounge, 1520 S. Wabash Avenue
Halloween Spooktacular Festival & Parade, 9:45 a.m. until 1 p.m., downtown Glen Ellyn
Halloween VIP Party, East of the Ryan, 914 East 79th Street
Afrofusion Halloween Party, October 26-27, Basslline Ground Level, 2239 S. Michigan Avenue
Halloween Fiesta de Miedo, October 26-27, La Luna, 1726 S. Racine Avenue
Logan Square Halloween Parade, Illinois Centennial Monument, marches south on Kedzie Boulevard to Fullerton before looping back to Lula Café.
Dia De Los Muertos Xicágo
Experience an authentic Day of the Dead celebration at the National Museum of Mexican Art, including live music, face painting and art activities transform the museum and nearby Harrison Park into a festive gathering place similar to one found in Mexico on Día de los Muertos.
Spooky Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo
Dia De Los Muertos Xicágo at National Museum of Mexican Art
Bad Femme: Halloween Double Feature, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The 5th Annual Haunted Ghost Ship Aboard the Spirit of Chicago Yacht, Navy Pier
West Town, Wicker Park & Bucktown Halloween Trick or Treat, 1363 W. Ohio Street
Shedd Aquarium, pop-up animal encounters and other unexpected activities, Shedd Aquarium
Northalsted Halloween Parade. Don’t miss this unique costume event in Boystown, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. On October 31 and November 1 at the Auditorium Theatre, hear “This is Halloween!” performed on the holiday it honors when the Chicago Philharmonic performs Danny Elfman's classic score at this special Disney in Concert engagement. The orchestra will dress up and play along with the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. Participants are encouraged to arrive early (and in costume) to enjoy trick-or-treating activities and a costume contest in the theater's lobby.
13th Floor Haunted House, 1940 George Street, Melrose Park
Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead, 17250 South Weber Road, Lockport
Dungeon of Doom Haunted House, 600 29th Street, Zion
Midnight Terror Haunted House, 5520 W. 111th Street, Oak Lawn
Basement of the Dead Haunted House, 42 W. New York Street, Aurora
Scream Scene, 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie
Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze, 4853 US-52, Minooka, IL
Evil Intentions Haunted House, 900 Grace Street, Elgin
Psychosis Haunted House, 29W310 North Avenue, West Chicago