The annual gigantic list of horror and Halloween events in the Chicago area and surrounding towns will be split into two parts this year. The list grows and grows each year, making it difficult to contain all the madness in one space! The second post will focus on Oct. 25th through Halloween weekend and will be posted soon.
Don't worry, this list includes quite a few activities that stretch through next week into early November. Enjoy the Halloween season. It only comes once a year!
Free screenings, 35mm runs, costume parties, haunted houses and events such as the Wheaton Haunted Flea Market, Nightmare on Chicago Street, and plenty of daily horror screenings at venues and local bars!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
VICTOR CROWLEY Roadshow with Adam Green - (October 21st at 9pm) The fourth installment in the HATCHET series will premiere at AMC Rosemont 18 with special guest, director Adam Green. The Q&A will be hosted by Daily Dead's Patrick Bromley. Exclusive posters and limited edition items will be for sale. 9701 Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, IL 60018.
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - (Oct. 12th-26th) CIFF returns with more great films, including our favorite “After Dark” category. Films include: Creep 2, Sicilian Ghost Story, Thoroughbreds, Tokyo Vampire Hotel, and Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal. AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611. Also check the pop-up Box Office at 400 S. Dearborn or call 312-332-FILM (3456).
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - (Oct. 22nd at 2pm) Lon Chaney masterpiece with Jay Warren on the organ! Hoosier Theatre, 1335 119th St., Whiting, IN (approx. 20 min. from downtown Chicago).
JACOB'S LADDER [35mm] - (Oct. 20th & 21st) This mind-altering chiller screens at midnight! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
LEATHERFACE - (Oct. 20th & 21st) New road trip/revenge flick starring Stephen Dorff and Lili Taylor. A teenager goes on a murderous rampage that helps shape his future as Leatherface... Midnight at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
NIGHTWORLD - (Oct. 20th-26th) New horror-thriller starring Robert Englund and Jason London about a former LAPD officer who gets a new security job at an old apartment complex in Bulgaria and soon realizes a sinister force exists within the place. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.
ABSURD ACCIDENT - (Oct. 20th-26th) Clever Fargo-esque noir comedy. (Chinese with English subtitles.) Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.
Horror Movie Madness at the Logan Theatre - (October) Enjoy horror classics at the Logan all month. Halloween party on Oct. 20th at 8:30pm. Oct. 20th-23rd - BEETLEJUICE and THE SHINING. Oct. 24th-26th - ROSEMARY'S BABY and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
FRANKENSTEIN / DRACULA / THE WOLF MAN - (Oct. 20th & 21st) Universal Monsters drive-in triple feature! Box Office opens at 6:30pm. Starts at 7:00pm. Adults $12; Kids 11 and under $6; Seniors/Military $6. McHenry Outdoor Theater, 1510 N. Chapel Hill Rd., McHenry, IL 60050.
THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS - (Oct. 20th at 7pm) Presented by the Black Cinema House, 6760 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL.
ARMY OF DARKNESS - (Oct. 20th, 21st, & 22nd at 11:45pm) Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625.
ANNABELLE: Creation - (Oct. 21st, 24th, & 25th) Saturday, Tuesday, & Wednesday at 9:00pm. Brew & View at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL.
Hollywood Palms Horror Movies - (October) Free horror films all month! Oct. 21st & 23rd - SUSPIRIA. Oct. 22nd & 24th - THE SHINING. Oct. 29th & 30th - THE WITCHES. Oct. 28th & 31st - LABYRINTH. 352 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540.
THE EYESLICER Road Show with Smell-o-Vision - (Oct. 22nd at 6pm) Watch an episode from this indie variety TV show with producer Dan Schoenbrun in person. $7-$10. The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER [35mm] - (Oct. 20th & 22nd) Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor star in this Southern gothic mystery-thriller, packing a lot of horror elements within the dark story of madness. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
MONSTERS, INC. / GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) - Free outdoor screenings at Navy Pier! Family friendly. Complimentary treats first come, first-served. Return next week on Oct. 28th for MONSTER HOUSE and BEETLEJUICE with a fireworks show. 600 E. Grand, Chicago, IL 60611.
LUCKY - (Oct. 6th-22nd) Definitely not horror, but one would be remiss to omit this film starring the late, great Harry Dean Stanton, as the 90-yr-old walks about his small town, meets strange characters on his journey, and ponders life & death in general. Harry was a genre favorite especially known for his roles in ALIEN, REPO MAN, TWIN PEAKS: Fire Walk with Me, and THE GREEN MILE. Feature film debut by John Carroll Lynch (AHS: Freaks as “Twisty the Clown,” Channel Zero: No End House, ZODIAC)! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
HOCUS POCUS / IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN - (Oct. 23rd at 7pm) Nitecap Coffee Bar, 1738 W. 18th, Chicago, IL 60608.
THE SHINING - (Oct. 20th at 7pm) Campfire horrors at Northerly Island. 1521 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.
Horror Movies at Kuma's Corner - (October) Kuma's celebrates “Hops of Horror” all month, pairing a different beer with horror screenings on their TVs all month. Oct. 20th - MAN'S BEST FRIEND / CUJO. Oct. 21st - THE STUFF / KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE / RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Oct. 22nd - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD / DAWN OF THE DEAD / DAY OF THE DEAD. 2900 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
Horror Movies at Slippery Slope - (October) No films Fri/Sat. This Sunday - CREEPSHOW. Monday - THE THING. Tuesday - DEAD SNOW. Wednesday - EVIL DEAD II. 2357 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
Cascade Drive-In Horror - (Oct. 20th-22nd) IT and A MADEA HALLOWEEN. 1100 E. North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - As always, the Rocky Horror fun continues with a full cast performance each Saturday at Midnight at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517. (630) 427-1880. RHPS
CARMILLA - (Oct. 23rd at 7pm) Presented by Sinema Obscura. Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL.
THE DEVIL - (Oct. 24th at 7pm) Essential Zulawski. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
THE FLY [35mm] - (Oct. 24th at 7:15pm) Includes discussion. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Boo at the Zoo - (Oct. 21st & 22nd and 28th & 29th) The Chicago Zoological Society presents family-friendly spooky activities at Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield IL 60513.
Night of the Stripping Dead - (Oct. 20th & 21st at 9:30pm) Hosted by horror icon Michael Berryman! Guests Mat Fraser (American Horror Story: Freak Show), Julie Atlas Muz, and Mark the Knife. Admiral Theatre, 3940 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.
Logan Theatre Halloween Costume Party - (Oct. 20th at 8:30pm) Sponsored by 3 Sheeps Brewing. The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
Night of 1,000 Jack-o-Lanterns - (Oct. 20th-23rd) Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022.
Nightmare on Chicago Street - (Oct. 21st) All kinds of entertainment including live music, costume contest, Svengoolie, ghoulish decorations, art, and much more. $12 pre-sale;$15 at the gate. VIP parking pass $25. No weapons, strollers, coolers, or pets (unless service dogs). Ages 17 and under must have a guardian. Downtown Elgin on Chicago Street (between Douglas and Villa).
Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade - (Oct. 21st from 6pm-8pm) Includes Tribal Stomp event. Columbus Drive, IL 60601.
Wheaton Haunted Halloween Flea Market - (Oct. 21st) 7th annual Wheaton haunted market with special guests, shopping, live music, a zombie crawl, and more. Open 3pm-midnight. Entry is $7. Free for children 12 and under. Free parking! DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester, Wheaton, IL 60189.
Halloween Masquerade at Nitecap - (Oct. 20th at 7pm) Costume party, tarot readings. Nitecap Coffee Bar, 1738 W. 18th, Chicago, IL 60608.
Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl - (Oct. 21st at 4pm) Wear your best zombie or vampire costume and makeup for prizes. $25. Locations, rules, and makeup tips on website. Wicker Park area, Chicago, IL.
Haunts Against Hunger - (Oct. 22nd at 6pm) Presented by the Hardcore Hearse Club. Worth Police Dept. 7112 W. 111th St., Worth, IL 60482.
Bazaar of the Occult - (Oct. 22nd from 5pm-midnight) The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622.
Theatre Hikes: Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe - (Oct. 7th-29th) Spooky outdoor theatre! See website for locations, directions, and pertinent information.
Basement of the Dead Haunted House - (Sept. 29th-Nov. 4th) 42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60560.
House of Torment Haunted House Chicago - (Sept. 22nd-Nov. 4th) Two new attractions this year! See site for full schedule and pricing. Not recommended for pregnant women or children under 12. Located at 8240 Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053.
13th Floor Haunted House Chicago - (Sept. 22nd-Nov. 4th) Now open! 7pm-10pm. See site for full schedule and pricing. 1940 George Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160.
Realm of Terror Haunted House - (Oct. 6th-Nov. 4th) Intense and extreme haunted house in its 15th year of haunting. Enjoy some drinks at the Haunted Bar! Not recommended for minors under 16. 421 W. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073.
Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead - (Sept. 29th-Oct. 31st) Navigate countless prison cells as undead convicts chase you! Beware the burial pit filled with prisoners in the City of the Dead. (Definitely wear comfortable shoes!) No one under age 10 allowed; Ages 11-15 must be with an adult. 17250 Weber Rd., Lockport, IL 60441.
Dungeon of Doom - (through Nov. 4th) 42,000 sq. ft.! 60-minute walk through the haunt! 600 29th St., Zion, IL 60099.
The Massacre Haunted House - (through Nov. 4th) Possibly too extreme for ages 13 and under. 299 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, IL 60538.
Midnight Terror Haunted House - (through Nov. 4th) Try not to get lost in Chainsaw Alley! 5520 W. 111th St., Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
Fright Fest at Six Flags - (through Oct. 31st) Scare zones and ghoulish entertainment await. Six Flags Great America, I-94 on Route 132 (Grand Ave.), IL.
Chicago Ghost Tours App - A free app for enjoying audio and photo tours of Chicago's Haunted Archer Avenue is available, courtesy of Edward Shanahan, a fellow ChicagoNOW blogger (check out his blog, Chicago Paranormal & Spiritual). He is also a psychic and paranormal host who has worked on making his app a great addition to fans of Haunted Archer. The app includes 16 locations and 6 cemeteries. Free download! Shanahan also has a free online magazine.
Trapped in a Room with a Zombie - Room Escape adventures where guests must figure out clues and puzzles to escape a room they share with a snarling, chained-up zombie. Ages 14+ or must have parent. Fine Arts Building, 408 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605.
Chicago Hauntings Bus Tours - One of the longest-running ghost tours in Chicago, each 2.5 hour tour is led by founder, paranormal investigator, and author Ursula Bielski and her partner, author David Cowan. Routine stops include locations of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Death Alley, gangland sites, murder sites, and more. Departs at the Congress Hotel. For schedules, all tours, and background information, please see ChicagoHauntings.com.
Night of the Living Dead - (Oct. 20th-Nov. 5th) Monochromatic live performance of George A. Romero's classic! Adapted by Lori Allen Ohm. Includes stage fighting. Presented by Theatre-on-the-Hill Indoors. Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Rd., Bolingbrook, IL 60440.
The Man-Beast - (through Nov. 5th) Two person thriller by Joseph Zettlemaier. In the 18th century French countryside, a mysterious beast is ravaging livestock and citizens, but no one has seen it. The King puts a bounty out on a werewolf. Mystery and horror around this enigma deepens. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st and Rt. 83, Oak Brook, IL. $34-$44.
Dracula - (Oct. 7th-Nov. 5th) The Hypocrites present a modern retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula adapted and directed by Sean Graney. Wednesdays through Sundays. Mercury Theatre Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613.
Splatter Theater - (Oct. 21st, 28th, 31st) It's back! Watch the white walls become blood-spattered by the end of the night and enjoy this parody of Friday the 13th-type slashers. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
Carrie 2: The Rage (An Unauthorized Musical Parody) - (Oct. 13th-Nov. 19th) Underscore Theatre Company presents a rockin' musical comedy following the story of the sequel to Carrie.
You're a Good Man, Mary Shelley - (Oct. 21st, 28th) Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley join up to rent a home in Switzerland. Stuck inside, they decide to have a competition to write the scariest ghost story. Mary's won, of course, but what about the other stories? The Annoyance explores the five ghost stories that lost to Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL. (Mature content)
Shriek: An Improvised Horror Anthology - (Oct. 2nd-23rd) Judy's Beat Lounge, 230 W. North, Chicago, IL 60610.
Ghosts & Zombies - (Sept. 29th-Oct. 29th) Akvavit Theatre presents a new twist on Henrik Ibsen's classic 1881 story, Ghosts. (Link directs to my previous post about this play). Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, Chicago, IL.
Par for the Corpse - (Oct. 12th-Nov. 19th) Murder mystery whodunit by Jack Sharkey. Special performance on Halloween night. Oil Lamp Theatre, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL 60025.
Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game - (Oct. 6th-28th) Corn Productions' 8th annual Halloween sketch show. BYOB. Drink whenever someone dies! Fridays and Saturdays at 11pm. $10 online/$15 cash at door. The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL.
I Love You, Jane Doe - (Oct. 20th/21st and 27th/28th) A mortician's apprentice falls in love with a corpse. Presented by Dead Whale Productions. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Improvised Twilight Zone - (Fridays at 8pm through 10/27) Improv comedy using audience suggestions to create three episodes. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
Halloween Art Show: Phobias - (Oct. 20th from 7pm-11pm) Sideshow Gallery presents more horror art, drinks, and more! Conquer your fears by viewing phobia-themed artwork! Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60647.
Something Wicked 5th Annual Art Exhibit - (All through October) Dark art exhibit. Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL 60120.
Summer Exhibits at LUMA - The Loyola University Museum of Art offers three photography exhibitions this summer: Susan Aurinko: Searching for Jehanne – The Joan of Arc Project, Jeffrey Wolin: Pigeon Hill: Then and Now, and Michelle Murphy: Responsive Beauty. To celebrate, the museum offers free admission through November 11th! 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.
Horror of the Humanities V: EYES OF MY MOTHER with director NICOLAS PESCE Q&A - (Oct. 30th) Annual Halloween event with screening and discussion at DePaul.
MIASMA - (Oct. 28th) One night only 18+ event. An immersive, extreme experience exploring pitch black themes in a one-on-one interactive environment. The goal is to give each individual a personal, terrifying experience.
GOBLIN Live in Concert - (October 25th) Start planning Halloween early with tickets to another rare chance to see Goblin live! Their first stop in North America this year will be in Chicago.
John Carpenter: Anthology Tour - (November 9th) The Master of Horror returns to Chicago for more chilling music at the Aragon Ballroom. Tickets are now on sale! 17+.
THE BRAIN (1988) - (Oct. 25th) Free Halloween screening at Comfort Film in Logan Square.
NOTLD Rifftrax Live - (Oct. 25th) In theaters one day only!
THE RING [35mm] - (Oct. 25th) Two screenings at the Northbrook Public Library.
Windy City Horrorama Film Festival - The fest will be in late April.
Times are subject to change.
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