As expected, Halloween activities are already in full force around Chicagoland. The amount of events and films offered could not possibly fit into one blog post, so here is a solid four-day glance at what's happening in horror October 16th-19th. If this seems like a lot of information packed into one blog entry, just wait until you see my upcoming Halloween blog post!
Events are separated into sections, starting with movies playing at indie theaters or festivals, then stage performances, exhibits, and miscellaneous activities.
TRICK 'R TREAT (10:30pm) & CREEPSHOW (11:00pm) - Thursday at Logan Theatre as part of their Horror Movie Madness Film Series this month. 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL, 60647. thelogantheatre.com
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920) - Thursday (5pm) at Music Box Theatre. 4K restoration carefully scanned from “mostly” preserved camera negative at the German Federal Film Archive. 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
ATTACK OF THE KILLER SHREWS (7:30pm) and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (9pm) - On October 16th, Horrorbles presents the return of their monthly Creature Features Double Features series! Digitally projected onto a 30ft screen. Surprise guests and contests. Screens at Wire, 6815 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL 60402. Tickets only $5. Event Page.
FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN - Oct. 16th at 7:00pm. Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S RT 59, Naperville, IL.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY - River Grove Public Library presents a family-friendly Halloween movie series every week this month. Movie begins at 6:00pm Thursday, October 16th. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. Free. 8638 W. Grand, River Grove, IL 60171. Register by calling 708-453-4484.
The Chicago International Film Festival - Runs through October 23rd. The “After Dark” category offers festival hits like THE EDITOR, ALLELUIA, THE BABADOOK, IT FOLLOWS, THE WELL, and ABCs OF DEATH 2. Please see the site for exact dates and times HERE.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and John Carpenter's THE THING - Drive-In double feature at McHenry Outdoor Theatre, 1510 Chapel Hill Rd., McHenry, IL 60050. Friday & Saturday.
GREMLINS (10:30pm) and CHILD'S PLAY (11pm) - Runs Oct. 17th-20th at the Logan Theatre, as part of their Horror Movie Madness Film Series this month. 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL, 60647. thelogantheatre.com
DEAD SNOW 2: RED vs. DEAD - Friday & Saturday at Midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613.
THE EXORCIST - Friday & Saturday at 11:30pm. Digitally restored 4K. Buy $10.50 tickets at carmike.com OR purchase a $26 haunt package to include film, Disturbia Screams in the Park Haunted House experience, and parking. Muvico Rosemont.
HALLOWEEN - John Carpenter's classic film screens at Midnight Friday & Saturday at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
The Massacre 24-Hour Horror Film Fest - Saturday at noon, Movieside Films celebrates a decade of The Massacre horrorthons! Special guests: Jim Wynorski and Douglas McKeown, who will introduce their films and join a Q&A. Vendors in lobby, tons of short films, live music, raffles, charity auction, and more. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 day of show. For the full film list, please see the TICKET page or my previous post HERE.
DRACULA (1931) at Noon and HORROR OF DRACULA (1958) at 1:30pm - Saturday, Oct. 18th at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th, Woodridge, IL. Info HERE.
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN - October 18th at 7pm. Screen projection. Discussion with Laura Smith on tarot imagery. Refreshments offered. $5 sugg. donation. Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60647. (Next to Revolution Tattoo.) Info HERE.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - Screens every Saturday with a full cast performing in front of the screen at Midnight at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th, Woodridge, IL. atriptothemovies.com
GHOSTBUSTERS (1:30pm) and THE BLUES BROTHERS (1pm, 3:30pm, 4pm) with guest DAN AYKROYD in person - Sunday, October 19th. He will sign autographs (2 item limit) in the lobby for those with movie tickets for this date or a $25 gift card purchase. Tinseltown Photography will be taking photos, but NO cell phone or camera photos are allowed. Hollywood Palms Cinema 352 S RT 59, Naperville, IL.
SUPER 8 and THE MONSTER SQUAD - Sunday, Oct. 19th at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL. Doors open 4pm. Showtime 5pm. All ages.
Hack/Slash - Strangeloop Theater and CIC Theater present the stage adaptation of Tim Seeley's popular comic book series. Runs through November 1st. Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613. Tickets $15. Read my full-length article about this event HERE.
Splatter Theater - Splatter Theater is back, holding buckets of blood just for you. This long-running comedy has been around since 1987. Presented by The Annoyance Theater, the production parodies classic slashers like Friday the 13th, adding every last bit of the expected gore. The kicker? They start out with plain white backdrops that eventually end up being covered in blood. Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Saturday at 10:30pm. Tickets $20/$15 students (Goldstar member discount $10.)
Hitch*Cocktails - The drunken mystery comedy mayhem is back. Tipsy actors take audience suggestions and devise an impromptu, bizarre, hilarious Hitchcockian-styled thriller on the spot. Live jazz band. The Annoyance Theatre, 851 N Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. Fridays at 10 pm. Tickets $20/$15 students. (Goldstar member discount $10.)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Stage adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde novella. Runs through Sunday, October 19th. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660. Tickets $20 adults/$15 students/seniors. Call 773-340-9438 or online HERE. (Goldstar member discounts range COMP-$10.)
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. 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 Game's Afoot - Drury Lane Theatre's stage production entails a murder mystery whodunit occurring within a castle in 1936. A cast is invited to the castle by the owner, known for playing Sherlock Holmes. After someone has been found stabbed to death, he must take cues from playing Sherlock to find the murderer's identity. Runs through October 19th. (Winner of 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Best Play.) Tickets. Box office: 630-530-0111. Located at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.
Dial M for Murder - Frederick Knott offers a thriller full of blackmail and mystery well known from Alfred Hitchcock's film of the same title. Runs through October 19th. Tickets $38. (Goldstar Member discounts available at around half price.) Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, at S Vail Ave 111 West Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL 60005. 847-577-2121.
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
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 9th. 773-327-5252.
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.
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 14th. Steppenwolf 312-335-1650. Located at 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614.
Ghostbusted - E.D.G.E. Youth Theatre presents a Ghostbusters parody. Performances are on Oct. 16th, 18th, 23rd, and 24th. Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's, 5400 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60640. 773-784-6969. Tickets HERE or Goldstar Members Discount tickets HERE.
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.
Halloween Comedy Show - IO sketch comedy improvises horror movie scenarios. Fridays at 10:30pm. Party on Halloween night. 1501 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL 60642. 312-929-2401.
All Girl Edgar Allan Poe - The Chicago Mammals present a production by the All Girl Project, where everything is 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. Opening night is October 17th. Runs through November 8th. Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Ste. 205. Tickets at door or brownpapertickets.com. *Update: Limited discount tickets available for Oct. 17th or 18th ONLY.
An Evening with Poe - Coinciding with the Something Wicked exhibition, Side Street Studio Arts celebrates Edgar Allan Poe's legacy with live readings on October 18th. Gallery space will be open for browsing wonderful Poe-inspired works. Performances at 8pm and 10pm. $10 sugg. donation. Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL 60120.
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.
Angela of Death - Dark musical comedy. A young woman's exes keep dying mysterious deaths after she breaks up with them. Fridays through November 7th. The Annoyance, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.
Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe - Presented by ColorBox Theatre, Poe is locked in a mental institution and his hallucinations cause his stories and poems to seemingly come alive. Stories include: “The Raven,” “Silence,” “The Bells,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Runs through October 19th. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL.
The Zombie Diaries - October 18th & 25th only! Zombies deliver monologues about their late night brain cravings, how to keep flesh fresh, and the trials and tribulations of zombie love. Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, Chicago, IL.
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
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.
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.
Murder Ballads - Artist Ellen Greene's series, “You'll never be my bride: ballad of the sweetheart murder,” explores murder ballads by painting images onto vintage leather gloves. Some have song lyrics or phrases which strongly contrast the images. Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60607. For info, call 312-226-8984. Ends October 18th!
HAUNTED HOUSES (For more, see HauntedHouseChicago.com):
- Halloween Hell House (Evangelical Christian version–starts tonight)
- 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)
- 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)
- The Catacombs (Underneath St. Pascal's Church, Chicago. Through Oct. 26th)
Bones and Cones Art Show - October 18th. Dark art exhibit and ice cream party in Uptown. 9pm-2am. $5 cover. 18+ only. Decibel Uptown, 4437 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640.
Skelebration 2014 - Redmoon Theater's annual family-friendly Halloween event going October 18th-26th in Pilsen. UFO carousel, Lagoon, floating trays, monkey servers, haunted sideshow rooms, attic maze, prizes, games, and a ton of other oddities. 2120 S. Jefferson.
Facets Annual BOO Bash - October 19th Halloween party with Hollywood celebrity judges for the costume contest. Halloween-themed viewing party. Proceeds benefit their year-round programs and the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. 2pm-5pm. Park West Chicago, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.
Chicago Park District Halloween activities - Family-friendly pumpkin patches, parties, skating parties, movies, haunted houses, etc. All over Chicagoland!
Thanks for reading and I hope you find plenty to do this weekend! At least no one in Chicago can ever say they are bored! It may help to copy/paste and print this post out, circle your faves, then come back and click on the links. That's what I do anyway. Have a spooky weekend!
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