Halloween is finally here! Ghosts, goblins, zombies, freaks, and hideous creatures... Time to check out which event to choose for your main spooky feature! Whether you prefer to spend Halloween week in a movie theater, seated in front of a creepy stage performance, at the drive-in or ghoulishly dressed up at a party, this is the place to amp up your itinerary! Yes, the choices are many and choosing between them could induce madness, but would you have it any other way? We're going to start with Wednesday, October 29th, finishing the list through early November events.
Kill List / Ben Wheatley Q&A - October 29th, “The Horror of the Humanities 2” annual Halloween event starts with an interactive haunted house exhibit at 6pm, Kill List screening at 6:30pm, followed by a Q&A with director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) at 8:15pm. This event is free to the public! Room 120, DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago. See my previous post on this event HERE.
Horror Movies at Logan Theatre - Hang out in the back lounge, enjoy cocktails on comfy couches facing horror movie posters (check out the poster exhibit next door during the day), see films like Annabelle, Candyman, Army of Darkness, Evil Dead, and Halloween. See site for dates/showtimes through the weekend!
16mm Horror Film Fest - “Fatal Frame: Avant-Garde Horror Films on 16mm” presented by South Side Projections and The Chicago Cinema Society on Thursday, October 30th at 7pm. Includes: The Fall of the House of Usher (13 min), Nocturne (30 min), On the Edge (6 min), The Witch's Cradle (12 min), Book of the Dead (16 min). Costume contest awarding prizes to the most avant-garde costume! Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60608. Tickets $7.
Restoration - Chicago premiere October 30th at 7:00pm. Cast and crew (Deathblow Productions) will be present for introductions, screening, and post-film discussion. Cash bar in lobby. Secret location for the after party TBA. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue. *Currently SOLD OUT, but check HERE for tickets to the 2nd screening on November 1st!
Fantastic Planet - October 30th, 35mm screening at 7:00pm. FREE. Block Cinema, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.
Halloween - October 30th, John Carpenter's classic screens at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge, IL. 9:00pm showing only! (7pm sold out)
Movies at River Grove Library - Free public screenings: October 30th - Hocus Pocus 6:00pm and October 31st - The Nightmare Before Christmas 3:30pm. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. Register at 708-453-4484. River Grove Public Library, 8638 W. Grand Ave., River Grove, IL 60171.
Rifftrax Live: Anaconda - Tickets still available! Thursday, October 30th at 7:00pm, and Tuesday, November 4th at 7:30pm. Two night event only. Will not be coming to VOD. 21+ only! Showplace ICON Theatre, Roosevelt Road.
Son of Frankenstein with Donnie Dunagan Q&A - October 30th at 7:30pm, special guest Donnie Dunagan, who played “Peter von Frankenstein” in the film, will introduce and do a Q&A. Live organ music by Jay Warren. Kids costume contest. Tickets $7; $5 seniors 60+. Pickwick Theatre, Park Ridge.
Rocky Horror Picture Show - 35mm with shadow cast performance. Thursday 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday at midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613.
Ouija / Saw - Horror at Cascade Drive-In Oct. 31-Nov. 2, starting at 7:45pm. Enjoy heated outdoor patios with seating and sound! 1100 E. North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - HALLOWEEN at 8pm. Screening and concert at the Chicago Symphony Center accompanied by live organ score from Cameron Carpenter. Costumes welcome. Ages 13+. cso.org or box office 312-294-3000.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Block Cinema screening on HALLOWEEN at 7:00pm. New digital restoration with live piano accompaniment by David Drazin. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.
Saw - 10th anniversary screening. Opens on HALLOWEEN night. Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th, Woodridge, IL.
The Exorcist - Director's Cut screens at Midnight on HALLOWEEN at Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515.
H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer - PBS (Chicago channel 20 WYCC) will air Chicago filmmaker John Borowski's acclaimed documentary at 6:30pm HALLOWEEN night and a few hours later on Nov. 1st at 3:30am.
Rocky Horror Picture Show - November 1st (Every Saturday) with full cast performance in front of the screen at Midnight. Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th, Woodridge, IL.
Christmas with the Dead - Joe Lansdale in person! November 3rd from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Film, discussion, book signing. Q&A with Joe, his screenwriter son Keith, and possibly his songwriter daughter, Kasey. Books/DVDs available for purchase. Tickets $12.50. Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL.
18th Annual Northalsted Halloween Parade - “The Freakshow” theme, appropriately chosen, any fan of American Horror Story might say. HALLOWEEN night at 8:00pm, the parade starts in Boystown. Costume contest, prizes. Halsted/Belmont area registration 5:30pm. Freakshow entertainment 6:00pm. Schedule.
Chicago Park District Halloween activities - Family-friendly pumpkin patches, parties, skating parties, movies, haunted houses, etc. All over Chicagoland! Scroll down, as it goes by date.
Nights of the Stripping Dead - Adults only ages 18+! Three nights of sexypants mayhem at the Admiral Theatre. Themes: Oct. 29th “Wicked Wednesday” (witches, mummies, zombies), Oct. 30th “Terrifying Thursday” (sexiest zombie contest - $1,000 cash prize), and Oct. 31st “Freakshow Friday” (freaky surprises). 3940 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.
Halloween Pub Crawl - Three day crawl October 30-November 1st in Wrigleyville. $25 all access pass. (Goldstar members pay up to $10.) 21+ only. Redmond's Ale House, 3358 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. 773-404-2151.
Devil's Night with Ron Fitzgerald - A night of gothic fun with Chicago illusionist, magician, and actor Ron Fitzgerald. October 30th: Devil's Night at Bada Brew Bar & Grill, 804 Theodore St., Crest Hill, IL 60403. $8 cover. 9pm. Costumes, live music, burlesque, dancing, and magic acts. 21 + only. Event page.
The Voodoo Ball - 2nd Annual Unbridled Halloween by Angela Eve occurs October 30th at 8:00pm. 30+ performers, DJs, performers from New Orleans, acrobats, sword swallowers, snake dancers, palm & tarot card readers, grinders, stilts, burlesque, human pin cushions. Untitled Supper Club, 111 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60654. Call 312-880-1511. Tickets $30.
Boneshaker - Redmoon Theater's annual party on HALLOWEEN night in a 17,000 sq. ft. space. Aerial dancers, 3 dance floors, chocolate fondue room, open bar, outdoor fire garden, UFO carousel, mini movie theater (be the star of your own movie), Devil's Confessional writing room, Pastry Wheel, monkey butlers, human fly swatting game (!), floating trays, carnival games, stand-up comedy, fire candelabras, attic maze, deviled eggs cooking class, cigar-rolling station, fish bubble man serving drinks (Do I sound crazy yet?), free shuttle service. $100. 2120 S. Jefferson Street, Chicago. 312-850-8440.
Roof Horror Story Halloween Party - The Wit Hotel presents an AHS: Coven-inspired party with fountains of blood red cocktails flowing, horror themes, live DJ, opens at 4pm on HALLOWEEN night. Dress to scare if you dare. ROOF, 27th floor, 201 N. State. Reserve your spot at 312-239-9502.
Bowlloween - Lucky Strike Bowling alley presents an adults-only night of drinking, dancing, and bowling at 9:00pm on HALLOWEEN night. Costumes encouraged. River East Center, 322 E. Illinois, Chicago, 60611. 312-245-8331. See website for ticket options. (Goldstar members discount up to $20.)
Masquerade Ball - Navy Pier ball on HALLOWEEN at 8:00pm in the Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL. 20-30 cash bars, multiple rooms, huge dance floor, terrace views of lake and skyline. 21+. $30 tickets. (Goldstar members pay $17.50.)
Halloween-Ski - Polish-themed HALLOWEEN party at 8:30pm. Live music, costume contests. Ends at 2:00am. $25. Doors 8:00pm. 21+ event. Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641.
Trolley Bar Crawl - HALLOWEEN crawl 8:00pm-2:00am. Costume contests. 2247 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL. 773-549-5884.
Supernatural Chicago - Neil Tobin is back with supernatural stories, psychic demonstrations, magic, comedy, and more on HALLOWEEN night 7:30pm and Nov. 1st at 7:30pm.
Halloween at the Drake - Multiple “Nightmare on Walton” events at the Drake Hotel: Spook-Tea (Halloween-themed afternoon tea through Oct. 31st; Haunted Tea & Tour package available), All Hallows Eve Costume Ball Oct. 30th, Monster Bash Oct. 31st, Annual Masquerade Ball Nov. 1st, Mad Hatter Tea Party Nov. 2nd. 140 E. Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611. 312-787-2200.
Halloween Goes Hollywood Cruise - Board the Anita Dee II Yacht on HALLOWEEN. Cash bar, dancing, DJs. 5:00pm-9:00pm. 866-254-8949. 21+.
Nocturna Halloween Party at the Metro - Annual NOCTURNA All Hallow's Eve Ball 2014 on HALLOWEEN night at Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60613. Costume contest, Glitter Guts photo booth, goth vendors, spooky decor, performances, dark/Halloween/goth music spun by DJ Scary Lady Sarah, Halloween-themed performances, dance until 4am. 18+. Tickets $15/$18 without costume.
Bucket O' Blood Books & Records Party - Celebrate a “Dia de Las Cervezas” Halloween with these fine folks on November 1st at 4:00pm. Dream Warrior Brewing Company offers a Pumpkin Spice Latte-inspired brew labeled “Crave Inn.” Snacks and pizza provided. Costumes and tips encouraged. 2307 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
Dias De Los Muertos - “Skulloween 3” Days of the Dead fundraiser event Nov. 1st from 6pm-8pm. Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., Lords Park, Elgin, IL 60120.
Faces of Eternity Gemstone Skull Exhibit - Over 15 of Peruvian artist Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio's skulls are on display through November 2nd at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst. Carved from various gem crystals and ornamental rock. Full info and photos HERE.
Day of the Dead Exhibit - The largest of its kind in the U.S., works of art by Mexican artists celebrate the lives of others by depicting the dead through traditional and contemporary art. Runs through December 14th. National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, Chicago, IL 60608.
Because Everybody Loves Movies Exhibit - The Chicago International Film Festival celebrates 50 years with this exhibition, showcasing a large display of movie posters, images, and videos from the festival's long history. Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601. Through Oct. 30th.
Horror Movie Poster Exhibit - I Am Logan Square presents a display of posters recovered from nooks and crannies in the vault beneath the Logan Theatre during its renovation 3 years ago. Runs through November 14th. 2644 1/2 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. $5 suggested donation. (Closed Mon/Tues.) Here's a great article about it with a photo to give an idea of what to expect!
Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints - Creepy Japanese prints of demons, ghouls, and more. This is in connection with the Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor exhibit coming in November. Runs through January 4, 2015. Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 107.
The New [New] Corpse - Group show presented by Sector 2337, produced by The Green Lantern Press. The exhibit displays works by 13 artists which depict various ways (photography, sculpture, drawing, etc.) the human figure can become distorted or absent. 2337 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. 773-687-8481. Wed-Sat 2pm-6pm. Runs through December 11th.
Monstrum Dark Arts Exhibition - Gallery Provocateur & 44 Flood present a group dark arts show which explores the monsters that entertain the human psyche. Opening reception November 1st from 8pm-Midnight. Book signing by 44FLOOD. Costumes encouraged. Performance by Kiss Kiss Cabaret, DJ. Exhibit runs through January 2015. 1621 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60647. $5 sugg. donation.
Hack/Slash - Strangeloop Theatre and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy present a stage adapation of the comic series by Tim Seeley. Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613. Tickets $15. For photos and all info, read my full-length article about this event HERE. Runs through Nov. 1st.
Splatter Theater - Splatter Theater is back with buckets of blood. This long-running comedy has been around since 1987. Presented by The Annoyance Theater, it parodies classic slashers like Friday the 13th, adding every last bit of gore. Best part? They start out with plain white backdrops that eventually end up being covered in blood. Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Friday & Saturday at 10:30pm. Tickets $20/$15 students (Goldstar member discount $10.)
Musical of the Living Dead - Zombies singing and blood spraying. What more does one need to say? “Splatter Zone” tickets available. Runs through November 8th. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. Tickets $15-$25.
Faust and Found - Hell has run low on souls, so Satan goes on the prowl. Problem is, he finds out that in 2014, no one gives a crap. About anything. Vex's Lair comedy collective. Runs through November 1st. Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613. 1-800-650-6449.
The Gravedigger - First Folio presents a tale about a gravedigger who happens upon a fresh grave that reveals a scarred man inside it. He doesn't realize this is Frankenstein's Monster, nor does the monster know this man was involved with his creation. Runs through November 2nd. Mayslake Hall, Mayslake Peabody Estate Forest Preserve, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook, IL 60523. mayslakepeabody.com
Stephen King Sketch Comedy - The Annoyance Theatre presents Stealing from the King: Unabridged, written by comedy group The Awful People. Narrated by Gregory Hollimon (Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy), it contains a group of parodies kept together by a wraparound story of all sorts of notable King tropes. A group of people kidnap horror author Stephen King and all sorts of things go wrong. See my previous article on this event HERE. October 30th at 8:00pm. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Box office: 773-697-9693. Tickets: $20 gen/$15 students. (Goldstar member discount half off.)
The Cryptogram - A spooky drama about a boy who discovers the adults around him are speaking in codes. 20th anniversary production written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet, directed by Joe Jahraus. The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613. 773-549-1815. Through November 16th. Tickets HERE or discount tickets for Goldstar members HERE.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Vengeance, cannibalism, baking, singing, revenge! Porchlight Music Theatre, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL. Through November 16th. 773-327-5252.
Nightmares on Lincoln Avenue 666: The Exorcism of Rosemary's Omen - Corn Productions' BYOB Halloween show presents an homage to horror films ranging from the 1960's to 1980's. Through November 1st. Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL. Tickets $7-$15. 773-650-1331.
Animal Farm - Steppenwolf for Young Adults' stage adaptation of George Orwell's disturbing classic story. Through November 16th. Steppenwolf 312-335-1650. Located at 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614.
Audience Annihilated 2: Gold Star Sticker - Critically acclaimed horror play which is part haunted house, part horror show. The audience chooses which role they desire to use while exploring a child's nightmare world. The Reader awarded it “Best 15-Minute Horror Show” in their 2014 Best of Chicago awards. Runs through November 2nd. Dream Theatre Company, 5026 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. $18 773-552-8616.
All Girl Edgar Allan Poe - The Chicago Mammals present a production by the All Girl Project, offering everything written, directed, performed, produced, and choreographed by women. Poe-inspired set pieces, fashion, poetry. Adaptations of “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and more. Runs through November 8th. Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Ste. 205. Tickets at door or brownpapertickets.com.
Death Toll - A drinking game / sketch comedy performance where the audience takes a sip whenever a person dies. BYOB. Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL. 773-650-1331.
Don Juan in Hell - Don Juan and the Devil debate Hell vs. Heaven. Through Nov. 10th. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610. Tickets $30. (Goldstar member discount half off!) 312-337-6543
Halloween Comedy Show - IO sketch comedy improvises horror movie scenarios. Party on Halloween night 10:30pm. 1501 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL 60642. 312-929-2401.
Too Much Fright Makes the Baby Go Blind - The Neo-Futurists present 30 plays performed in 60 minutes on HALLOWEEN night at 7:00pm. The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. 773-275-5255.
Solitary Confinement - Rupert Holmes' comedic thriller about a reclusive millionaire who only contacts his staff via closed-circuit televisions and becomes the target of a killer. Opens Halloween night through November 15th. Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, Morton College, 3801 South Central Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804.
Young Frankenstein - Beverly Theatre Guild at the Baer Theatre, Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th, Chicago, IL. 773-284-8497. Runs through Nov. 2nd.
9th Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival - Spend HALLOWEEN night 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Waukegan Public Library celebrating Ray Bradbury's favorite season. The “Literary Halloween” theme will offer readings of his work. First act is all ages. 847-623-2041.
- Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare (3 haunted houses based on his films. Runs through Nov. 1st. Odeum Expo Center, Villa Park.)
- 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago (Through Nov. 8th)
- Fright Fest (Six Flags Great America. Through Nov. 2nd)
- Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D Haunted House (Aurora. Through Nov. 1st. Goldstar discount tickets HERE.)
- Fear City (40,000 sq. ft. in Morton Grove. Through Nov. 1st)
- The Fear at Navy Pier (Through Nov. 2nd)
- Statesville Haunted Prison (Through Nov. 2nd) (Try their Facebook page if having trouble loading their site.)
- Midnight Terror Haunted House (New haunt in Oak Lawn. Through Nov. 1st. Dates and Tickets HERE.)
- Dungeon of Doom (Hour-long haunt in Zion. Through Nov. 1st)
- Disturbia/Screams in the Park (Rosemont. Through Nov. 1st)
- The Massacre Haunted House (20,000 sq. ft. haunt in Montgomery. Through Nov. 2nd)
- Realm of Terror (Round Lake Beach, IL. Through Nov. 1st)
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