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Spooky Halloween Happenings Around Chicago

Get spooky with these Chicago Halloween events


OCTOBER 2018 – While some may argue Halloween is a holiday strictly meant for kids to dress up and go trick-or-treating, there are many more adults who will say, “psshhhh!” Whether you go all-out with a terrifying costume or opt for something silly is your business, we’re just here to let you know about some scarily creative and fun events happening around Chicago for Halloween.

Underworld’s Fair at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel
When the Chicago Athletic Association opened in 1893 at the same time as the World’s Fair landed in Chicago, the world held promise, hope and a look to the future. Now as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of our beautiful building, we imagine a dystopian world sunk into a dark place and fallen into chaos. We urge you to seek shelter in Stagg Court on October 27 to dance the night away to tunes spun by acid house originator DJ Pierre as if it was your last night on Earth … because it very well may be. Muahahahaha! Tickets cost $25, which includes complimentary coat check and a welcome drink; you must be at least 21 to enter. After midnight, keep the party going in the Game Room.

What else is going on around the city?

Arts in the Dark
The annual procession moves to State Street this year and will feature an array of Chicago artists and artistic luminaries. This highly visual event will include Jabberwocky Marionettes, Colombian Fest Chicago, Comparsa Explosiva y Sus Chinelos Magicos, Kaotic Drumline and large-scale lanterns of Chicago’s iconic buildings made by local artists. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. on October 20.

Northalsted Halloween Parade
One of the most colorful, eclectic and inventive collections of costumes and creativity, the annual Northalsted Halloween Parade in Boystown is one of the country’s best Halloween parties. The action runs along Halsted Street on Oct. 31 starting at 7:30 p.m.  — and is free to the general public.

Illumination 2018
From the team that created the massively innovative annual Redmoon Theater Halloween party comes Illumination 2018, a new party on October 27 that will see upwards of 1,000 guests gazing upon 40 performances, 11 light art installations, two aerialists and food from eight top restaurants all within 15,000 square feet at Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie).

The Last Midnight
Head to the Far North Side on October 27 for an immersive theatrical experience that drops you into a ghostly mansion in search of secrets. That flows into a “killer” dance party at the renovated Colvin House (5940 N. Sheridan) that goes until the wee hours a.k.a the Last Midnight. Go VIP to gain access to the special third floor lounge.

Day of the Dead Xicágo
On October 28 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen will become awash in light and projections to help brighten the surrounding Harrison Park, which will feature a collection of Dia De Los Muertos altars, live music, face painting and other fun activities.

Jack’s Pumpkin Nights 
All month long, you can hit this pop-up experience set on Goose Island. While it’s not specifically about Halloween, its outdoor-themed pumpkin party, light shows, corn maze and beer and cider garden in the middle of the city will certainly get you in the mood for all things fall.

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