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A Halloween To Remember
Various events to highlight a night of zombies, ghosts, goblins and ghouls 
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   WHEN it comes to Halloween, perhaps no group celebrates the day with more enthusiasm than Chicagoans. From the costumes to the parties to the tricks and treats, it’s not for children only, and the nonstop activities to remember come in various forms. In the following list, there’s a collection of upcoming events to consider, and it’s a collection that offers a little bit of something for everyone. A good time awaits!

• Haunted Halloween Ball, Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, October 31, 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Described as “the city’s hottest and biggest costume party,” there will be more than 20 cash bars, DJs and various surprises throughout the evening. The ticket price includes admission to the Saints & Sinners Bash at Lakeview Terrace. www.eventbrite.com

• Haunted Halloween Ball: "Chicago’s Biggest Halloween Costume Ball," Congress Plaza Hotel, October 31, 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. The ballroom will be transformed into an abandoned hotel run by zombies. The estimated 3,000 partygoers in various costumes will be greeted by vampire bellmen, zombie cocktail servers dressed as French maids and costumed go-go dancers. Must be at least 21 to attend. www.hauntedhalloweenball.com.

• KISS FM Chicago Halloween Party Weekend, October 30-31, Drink Club (“Chicagoland’s most haunted nightclub”), 871 E. Algonquin Road in Schaumburg. The two-day celebration begins with Friday’s “Chamber of Fears” and continues Saturday with Hell’s Hotel. The event features $1,000 for best costume. www.drinknightclub.com.

• Masquerade Ball, The Drake Hotel, October 30, 9 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. The Drake Hotel has a tradition of memorable masquerade balls. This year’s event will feature live entertainment by the Flat Cats and prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed attendees. Admission includes one free drink ticket, and you must be 21 to enter. www.eventbrite.com.

• Halloween Party Cruise aboard the Mystic Blue Yacht, October 30. Get a group of your friends and dress in your best costumes for a night aboard the Mystic Blue Yacht. Enjoy captivating views of the Chicago skyline and dance to the tunes of the DJ. Multiple cash bars will keep the drinks flowing. www.mysticbluecruises.com

• Halloween Haunted Ghost Ship aboard the Spirit of Chicago, October 31. Enjoy an unforgettable night on the lake in your favorite costume. You'll party with dashing devils, gruesome ghouls and other scary characters while dancing to the music of one of Chicago's best DJs. www.spiritcruises.com.

• Disturbia: Screams In The Park, MB Financial Park at Rosemont, through November 1. The thrills include an insane asylum run by homicidal clowns who are killing for laughs and the immersion into darkness as you travel through a maze of underworld passages. The night of nightmares is the brainchild of Joseph and Mike Pantano, the energy behind "Disturbia: Torment of Fears" in Addison (voted No. 1 in Haunted Houses Chicago's 2009 and 2010 Patron's Choice Awards). www.disturbiascreams.com.

• BachataWeen & Eunel CD Release Party, October 29, 8:30 p.m. until 4 a.m., Sound-Bar, 226 West Ontario Street. The event includes Eunel’s CD (Nueva Era) release party and $1,000 Halloween costume party. There will be nonstop dancing, special drinks and bachata dance lessons. Tickets are $10 advance/$15 at the door. www.eventbrite.com.

• Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, through November 1. There are scare zones, terror trails and haunted mazes in the Halloween-themed shows and attractions that include about 200 zombies. When night falls, the ghouls come out and the terror begins. www.frightfest.sixflags.com.

• The Black Market Ball, October 31, at the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Avenue, 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Called “a Halloween celebration where you can find anything you want,” the event includes drinks, late-night bites, music by DJs, and it features more than 20 performers and art direction by the acclaimed Collaboraction Theatre Company. www.eventbrite.com.

• Wrigleyville Halloween Crawl, October 31, 8 p.m. until 12 a.m., with various bars participating, including Old Crow Smokehouse, Moe's Cantina, HVAC, Stretch, Houndstooth Saloon, Dark Horse, Merkle's, Bernie's, Clark St. Beach, BEER, Casey Moran's, Rockit, Full Shilling and Schoolyard. Tickets include a dinner buffet, three $4 gift cards to use on the crawl, costume contests, a pre-party and more. www.eventbrite.com.

• Halloween Game of Thrones Tango Dance Party, October 30, Duet Dance Studio, 2515 W. North Avenue. Dress up as your favorite Game of Thrones character and learn the dance of dragons in the beginner tango dance class. The evening includes beginner tango class and a costume contest. The party is BYOB. Guests must be 21 or older. Tickets are $25 per person (free for currently enrolled Duet students). www.duetdancestudio.com.

• That '70s Party! Halloween Extravaganza, October 30-31, 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., The Brass Monkey, 401 North Morgan Street. Get ready for the ultimate '70s-themed costume party. Purple Vain and Rad Ass Party have teamed up to bring this memorable, not-to-be-missed event. www.eventbrite.com.

• The Black Cat Ball, October 30, beginning at 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., at Cuvee, 308 W. Erie. The Ivy Plus Society, Three Day Rule and Match.com have joined forces for a terrifying and tantalizing event where costumes are required. Enjoy the night with fellow ghosts, goblins, zombies and bloodsuckers. www.threedayrule.com.

• The Darkside Halloween Costume Party, October 31, beginning at 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., at The Nu Loft, 5925 S. Wentworth. www.eventbrite.com.

• Zella Halloween Bash 2015, October 31, 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., at Zella, 1983 N. Clybourn Avenue. Wear you best costume for a chance to win cash prizes. www.eventbrite.com.

• The Godfrey Haunted Hotel, October 31, 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. For one night, the Godfrey Hotel Chicago, 127 W. Huron Street, will be haunted. It has been said that ghosts and ghouls have been present on the fifth floor of the hotel, and you will be able to investigate the unexplained occurrences. www.eventbrite.com.

• Lucky Strike’s Saints & Sinners Halloween Party, October 31, 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., at the internationally famous bowling alley-restaurant-lounge Lucky Strike Chicago, 322 E. Illinois Street. This adults-only night of Halloween celebrations is a costume ball of the highest order with open bowling, a cash bar and all-night dancing to the finest in DJ-spun music. All tickets include one top-shelf cocktail, plus bowling with shoe rental.