After searching far and wide, this blogger conjured up the largest Halloween guide yet for events in the Chicagoland area. It's never safe to call any list “comprehensive” because parties are always going to pop up during Halloween week. However, this is still a very long list, so grab a coffee, scroll down, plan ahead, and have a great Halloween season! Events covered run Friday, October 25th through November 2nd and fall into these categories: Movies, Stage, Readings, Family-Friendly, Pub Crawls, Parties, and Odds ’n Ends (Art shows, fests, weird, uncategorized).
Robert Englund hosts A Nightmare on Elm Street at Hollywood Blvd. in Woodridge Oct. 25th & 27th; at Hollywood Palms in Naperville Oct. 26th.
Haunted House Double Feature with An American Werewolf in London and The Monkey's Paw. Muvico Theaters and Screams in the Park team up! $30 package gets you the film, tickets for two to the haunt, and garage parking.
Manos: The Hands of Fate Oct. 25th & 26th and Nov. 1st & 2nd at Midnight. Music Box Theatre.
Rocky Horror Picture Show 35mm with shadow cast, prop bags $3. Oct. 25th at Midnight. Music Box Theatre.
Rosemary's Baby - Restored version. Oct. 25th-31st at Music Box Theatre.
The Wicker Man - Restored version. Oct. 25th-31st at Music Box Theatre.
Full Metal Frankenstein Oct. 25th at midnight. Facets Fright School presents the 1931 film with a live score by Dysfunctio Cerebri.
Requiem for a Dream 35mm Oct. 25th & 27th at Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St.
The Shining and Trick ’r Treat Oct. 25th, 26th, & 28th at Logan Theatre.
Cascade Drive-In - Carrie (7:45) and Captain Phillips (9:25). Oct. 25th-27th.
Young Frankenstein Oct. 25th at midnight $5. Tivoli Theatre
Hotel Transylvania (FREE) and costume contest Oct. 26th at Tivoli Theatre. Dress up, register at 9:00am, judging at 9:45am, movie at 11:00am. 630-946-1855.
We Are the Strange Oct. 26th at midnight. Presented by the Underground Multiplex for Facets' Fright School. Final presentation. Free mix CD for attendees. Come early at 11pm for rum and cider reception and pre-show highlighting UM's midnight movie runs. 1517 W. Fullerton.
The Mole People Oct. 26th at 6:00pm. Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. 7:30pm movie, meet earlier for drinks. $5.
Lords of Salem Oct. 26th & 31st at 8:15pm. Gene Siskel Film Center.
War of the Worlds (1953) 35mm plus excerpts from Orson Welles infamous radio broadcast. Learn more about one of the greatest hoaxes of all time. Oct. 27th at Music Box Theatre. $10.
The Gamma People 35mm and The Beginning of the End 35mm Oct. 30th at 7:30pm. $5. Patio Theater. Presented by the Northwest Chicago Film Society.
Pet Sematary Oct. 29th & 30th at Logan Theatre.
Bensenville Double Feature Oct. 30th. Poltergeist 7:00pm and Dawn of the Dead (2004) 9:15pm. Free original zombie caricatures for first 20 attendees by Chicago comic artist Scott Beaderstadt. FREE admission! Sponsored by Bensenville Community Public Library.
Japan Horror Double Feature at Comfort Station presented by Logan Square International Film Series. Hiruko the Goblin and Wild Zero. Oct. 30th at 7:00pm. Free, accepts donations.
Frankenhooker presented by Jojo Baby Oct. 30th. Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. Dress as ghoul, monster, or undead hooker. FREE. Enter through Door #3.
Halloween (1978) Oct. 30th at 9:00pm. Landmark Century Centre Cinema.
Halloween (1978) Oct. 31st at Logan Theatre.
The Blob Oct. 31st at 7:30pm. Prize for best costume. Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge.
Zodiac 35mm Nov. 1st at Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St.
The Visitor (remastered) Nov. 1st & 2nd at Midnight. Music Box Theatre.
War of the Worlds 75th Anniversary Radio Play and Slide Show Oct. 29th. Introduced by author Neil Verma. Doc Films.
Death Toll - A drinking game performance sketch comedy. Oct. 26th, 30th & 31st. The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. $15. BYOB.
The Wolfman of Mummy Island radio show creature feature mystery. Through Nov. 2nd.
The Passion of Dracula theatre hike Oct. 5th-27th.
Nightmares on Lincoln Ave Oct. 26th & 31st. B-Movie laughs, grossouts. Killer kills at “Carbs Camp” and they may lose weight or their heads! The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. $15 or discount tix. (Friday is sold out)
Etude: A Musical Fairytale vampire musical Oct. 25th-Nov. 3rd. Des Plaines Theater
Blacula: Young, Black and Undead Oct. 29th-Dec. 1st. Funky vampire comedy styled after blaxploitation films and ancient legends. Stage combat and blood! Chicago Dramatists Theatre, 1105 W. Chicago. *Halloween show on Oct. 31st includes costumed after-party, free cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. $15-$50 or discount tix here. (Oct. 30th is sold out)
Peek-a-Boo: An Ooky, Spooky Burlesque Through Nov. 8th. Kiss Kiss Cabaret's Halloween-themed show hosted by Mr. Bones, featuring glow-in-the-dark dance number “Red Right Hand.” Greenhouse Theater Center. $20, advance $15.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Through Nov. 16th. pH Comedy Theater, $20; students $15.
Something Wicked This Way Comes: An Evening of Shakespeare Oct. 29th-31st. Presented by The Promethean Theatre Ensemble. Red Lion Lincoln Square.
Halloween Horror 101: Iconographic Beginnings Oct. 27th 1:00pm-3:00pm. Dave Canfield (Twitch, Fans for Living) speaks on the history of cinematic horror. Limit 30; children ages 10+. Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton. $15. Register here.
Naked Ghouls Reading Oct. 25th 7pm-9pm. Hitchcock tales. Hitchcock costume contest. Reservations recommended. Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph. $20 or $35 for two tickets.
Bump in the Night: Stories from After Dark Oct. 27th. Cocktail masquerade theme. 7:30pm. Live music. $15 online or $20 at the door. Untitled, 111 W. Kinzie.
Chicagoween at Daley Plaza. Ton of events at Franken Plaza!
13 Terrors Haunted House at Theater on the Lake Oct. 25th & 26th. 7p-10pm. Mirror maze, spinning vortex, and more spooks in this former sanitarium. 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive, ages 8+. $10. Free parking at Diversey Harbor lot north of Fullerton on Cannon.
500-lb. Pumpkin Carved by Steve Dahlke Oct. 25th from 5pm-9pm. Navy Pier.
Halloween Walk and Fall Festival Oct. 26th 10am-10pm. LaGrange.
Facets Family Celebration BOO! Bash Oct. 27th 2pm-5pm.
Fido's Friend Trick or Treat Walk for Pets Oct. 27th 2pm-6pm. Ogden/Grand.
Boneshaker Halloween Party Nov. 1st in Pilsen presented by Redmoon Theater. 20,000 sq. ft. Race cars, skate in a rink, 30-person punk rock marching band, dancing, fire performances, and family Skelebration event.
Chicago Park District Halloween parties, events, activities.
The Catacombs of St. Pascal haunt. Oct. 25th, 26th, & 27th. Use code LUCKY for $1 off.
Lincoln Scared and Ravenswoooood Trick-or-Treating Event Oct. 26th from 11am-2pm in Lincoln Square and 2pm-5pm in Ravenswood.
Horrorbles 4th Annual Roosevelt Rd. Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl Oct. 26th at 6:45pm. $20 includes zombie make-up, pub crawl, food, after party. Proceeds fund The Berwyn Historical Society. Makeup at 4:30-6:30. First 100 tickets sold get a free commemorative shirt.
Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl Oct. 26th at 2:00pm. Wreak havoc on Wicker Park bar scene. Ticket includes: wristband, after party, drink specials, survival kit with map, t-shirt, zombie vs. vampires cup. Use coupon code 2NDANNUAL for a discount! Pick up kits at Halloween Hallway, 1291 N. Milwaukee from noon to 4:00pm.
Halloween Pub Crawl Oct. 26th, 31st, and Nov. 1st. Dozens of bars & drink specials. Attend any or all 3 nights. Check in at Sluggers, get wristband and map of bars. 3540 N. Clark. $25 or $12.50 discount here.
Game of Tombs Halloween Party in a huge, 5-building compound. Oct. 26th. Art exhibitions, open bar, 3 stages of music, dancing, costume contests, explore the haunted factory. 8pm-3am. Golan Productions Studio, 1501 N. Magnolia, 312-642-4500. $75-$100.
Bucket O' Blood Books and Records Happy Hour. Oct. 26th at 4:00pm. Not really a horror event, but check out this cool B.O.B. pint glass (see above) available for purchase! Fill with their personalized red ale from Dream Warrior Brewing. (Info is on their Facebook, not website)
17th Annual Northalsted Halloween Party Oct. 31st. Twisted circus theme. Prizes for best costume in various categories. Register to compete at 6:30pm on Oct. 31st at Halsted/Belmont, or watch the parade down Halsted at 8:00pm.
Emporium Arcade Bar Halloween Party Oct. 31st at 7:00pm. 30-piece punk marching band Mucca Pazza, Mark the Knife, DJ, costume contest, classic arcade games, pinball, draft beer. $15 for performances, game tokens, trick-or-treat bag, and two free shots.
Freakeasy: Day of the Dead Oct. 31st at 9:00pm. Metro/Smart Bar stages. $20.
Mexican Horror Halloween at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St. Horror films screen with vintage spooky music spun Oct. 31st at 9pm; free. On Nov. 1st, I Put a Spell on You Halloween Party while classic Mexican horror films screen in the background! Day of the Dead theme, Latin music. Films include The Witch's Mirror and The Curse of the Crying Woman.
Dia de Los Muertos After (Life) Party Nov. 2nd from 8pm-1am. 1669 N. 37th, Stone Park, IL 60165.
ODDS ’N ENDS:
Leaf Blower Massacre Casting Call Oct. 26th. Wanna be in a horror movie? Noon-5pm.
Nightmare on Chicago Street Oct. 26th from 6pm-11pm. Svengoolie, costume contest, vendors, no weapons (real or fake) allowed. $7 online or $10 at gate. 17+ only! Elgin.
Halloween Hollywood Celebrity VIP Cruise Oct. 26th. 3-hour cruise on Anita Dee II yacht, live DJ, cash bar. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. $30 or $15 with Goldstar membership.
3rd Annual Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition Nov. 2nd from 1pm-10pm. Amazing list of artists include: J. Anthony Kosar, Thomas Kuebler, Jordu Schell, David Richardson, Joshua Hoffine, Dave Dorman, Chad Savage, and more! Kosart Gallery, 760 Burr Drive, Westmont, IL 60559.
Horror Trivia night at Logan Theatre Oct. 29th at 8:00pm. Hosted by The Wolfman.
Seadog Haunted Tours all weekend and Oct. 31st. Navy Pier. 600 E. Grand.
Haunted Paddle Tours Oct. 30th. Presented by Kayak Chicago. Paddle on the dark waters of the Chicago River, choose a Paddle tour. Family tour stops at a pumpkin patch while Harvest tour stops at bars. Bonfires! Discount Tix here.
Hitchcock-Inspired Shadow Puppetry Oct. 31st. Ada|Ava is presented by Manual Cinema. Prizes for best costume, free beer by Tighthead Brewing Company, spooky shadow booth, dancing. $25. Doors 7:30pm. Show 8:00pm. Monster Mash party 9pm-11pm. Secret location disclosed with ticket purchase! Trailer.
Graceland Cemetery Tour Oct. 31st at noon.
Frightfest Oct. 25th-27th at Great America. The park turns into a maze of haunted houses and frights. Gurnee.
Searching for Peabody's Tomb runs through Oct. 31st. Tour Mayslake Hall by a ghostly butler. Reservations needed. 31st and Route 83, Oak Brook, IL. $10.
Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead runs through Nov. 2nd. 150+ actors, 40+ rooms. Tour lasts 40-50 minutes. Not appropriate for children. 17250 S. Weber, Crest Hill, IL. $30.
Supper with Snakes Oct. 26th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Pizza dinner, museum biologists discuss various species of exotic snakes. Costumes encouraged. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon. $20; $15 members.
Zombie Prom Musical Oct. 25th & 31st. Rock ’n roll musical and a nuclear waste dump. Zombie prom-themed after party on Halloween night. Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, $20-$30.
A Real Scary Halloween Oct. 26th at 9:00pm. Halloween movies play on 13 hi-def screens all night long. Live DJ music. Free. Fado Irish Pub, 100 W. Grand.
Free Halloween Comic Book Day Oct. 26th & 27th. Halloween ComicFest!
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