Chicago Halloween and Horror Events Guide 2018

Chicago Halloween and Horror Events Guide 2018
Halloween night, catch a 35mm screening of NIGHT OF THE DEMON at Northeastern Illinois University.

The Halloween, Haunt, and Horror scene in Chicago grows exponentially each year. Take care examining this list to make sure you don't miss out on anything great. Remember, the freaks come out at night, which means you belong out there! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”


NIGHT OF THE DEMON [35mm] - (Oct. 31st at 7:30pm) Presented by The Chicago Film Society and Northeastern IL University. Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis, Chicago, IL 60625.

Horror Movie Madness Series - (Oct. 2nd-31st) The Logan Theatre has horror fans covered all month-long! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. Future events include:

  • October 27th - Enjoy a classic experience watching Nosferatu (1922) at 11pm with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren!
  • October 26th-31st - Catch Halloween and The Shining.
  • October 28th - A free family event starts at 2pm with screenings of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Casper Saves Halloween.
  • October 28th - A party at 7pm in the lounge with trivia, raffles, prizes, horror screenings, and more.

Horror Month at Hollywood Blvd Cinema - Horror films, zombie nights, costume contests, and horror movie trivia all month. Final event is a screening of Halloween (1978) on October 31st at 7pm and a costume party. 1001 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.

Bo-Deadly Monday Horror Movies - (Oct. 8th-29th) All month, enjoy Monday horror flicks at the Logan Arcade. October 29th is sequel night with Halloween III and A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors. Free vegan popcorn, drink specials. FREE. (21+) Located at 2410 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647.

Patio Theater Horror Month - (Oct. 28th) Enjoy family-friendly spooky films at the Patio Theater this month. On October 28th, enjoy It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at noon, a pumpkin contest at 3:30pm, and The Nightmare Before Christmas at 4pm. 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634.

kuma'sKuma's Corner's HOPS OF HORROR Screenings - (Oct. 24th-31st) Watch horror movies daily (beer pairing suggestions!) through Halloween (all-day Halloween marathon on the 31st). 2-3 movies a day. Includes: Dead Alive, Army of Darkness, Chillerama, ROTLD, Slumber Party Massacre, High Tension, Killer Klowns, and more. Giveaways & great food. 2900 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60618.

BEETLEJUICE 30th Anniversary - (Oct. 28th, 29th, 30th at 8:45pm) The Brew & View at the Vic Theatre celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Beetlejuice! The Nun screens beforehand at 6:30pm.

Outdoors: THE EXORCIST - (Oct. 26th) The Chicago Park District's Movies in the Parks series presents, “Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island” with The Exorcist at 7pm. Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., Chicago, IL 60605. Marshmallows provided. Please bring your own chairs and blankets. Moves indoors if it rains.

Movies in the Parks - (Oct. 26th & 31st) Family-friendly genre films in various parks. Includes Paranorman, The Addams Family, Monster House, Coco, and Hotel Transylvania 2.

HALLOWEEN (2018) at the Drive-In! - Choose your favorite drive-in location to watch the new horror film this weekend:

National Theatre Live - FRANKENSTEIN - (Oct. 29th) Via Fathom Events at a theater near you!

DEMONS - (Oct. 29th at 8pm) Free screening of Lamberto Bava's Demons for Blood Cafe Night at Atomix Coffee Shop, 1957 W. Chicago, Chicago, IL 60622.

gary shermanDirector GARY SHERMAN Discusses POLTERGEIST III - (Oct. 26th) Chicago Filmmakers presents an evening with director Gary Sherman (Dead & Buried, Death Line) as he offers live commentary during a screening of Poltergeist III, sharing inside information on how he created all of the special effects on set. Crew members will also be in attendance! 5720 N. Ridge, Chicago, IL 60660.

Scarefest at The New 400 - (October 25th-27th at 7:30pm) $5 horror classics! Oct. 26th - Nosferatu, Oct. 27th - Night of the Living Dead. The New 400 Theaters, Chicago, IL.

Music Box Theatre Horror Screenings - (October) One can always find great genre films at the Music Box Theatre! 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

  • Border - (Oct. 26th-Nov. 8th) From the writer of Let the Right One In comes a unique Swedish fantasy-thriller about a border guard who has an unusually strong sense of smell where she can pretty much sniff out the guilt in people making attempts at smuggling. A man comes along and turns her world upside-down. A dark fairy tale of its own kind.
  • Deadbeat at Dawn - (Nov. 2nd & 3rd) Jim Van Bebber.
  • The Fog - (Oct. 26th-Nov. 1st) New 4K restoration!
  • RHPS [35mm] - (Oct. 26th, 27th, 30th, 31st) Screening & shadowcast!
  • Suspiria (2018) - (Oct. 31st-Nov. 8th) The wait is over!
  • The Mummy [35mm] - (Oct. 27th & 28th) Final screenings in their Universal classic horror matinee series: The Mummy at 11:30am. Sponsored by the DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media and the School of the Cinematic Arts.

SCARED TO DEATH / DEAD BY MIDNIGHT - (Oct. 26th from 7pm-11pm) Windy City Horrorama presents a Halloween double feature. BYOB. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN - (Oct. 26th) The orchestra will perform the score live! Bonus screening of Young Frankenstein to follow. 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604.

INSECT - (Oct. 27th at 7pm) Jan Švankmajer's final film explores the surreal and grotesque. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th, Chicago, IL 60625.

Horror at Doc Films - (Oct. 25th-Nov. 2nd) Peeping Tom, Carnival of Souls, Hereditary, Let the Right One In, The Exorcist, Inferno, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.

Mouthbreathers TV Live - (Oct. 27th from 10pm-2am) Skits, short films, premieres, Halloween costume party, and more. The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622.

38162985_10160730090555261_2892023792199008256_nTHE WITCH with Robert Eggers Q & A - (Oct. 29th) Horror of the Humanities VI at DePaul returns this year with yet another impressive horror discussion opportunity. Robert Eggers, director of The Witch, will be the guest of honor! Interactive exhibit at 6pm; screening at 6:30pm, and Q&A at 8pm. DePaul Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL.

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

Horror Trivia Night - (Oct. 30th at 7pm) Be sure to register in advance. Carbon Arc Bar, 4620 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625.

BEETLEJUICE - (Oct. 30th at 2pm & 7:30pm) 30th anniversary screening. Pickwick Theatre, Park Ridge, IL.

THE RANGER - (Oct. 26th at 7pm) Free screening! A big hit at Cinepocalypse, SXSW, and FrightFest UK. Vendors. The Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL.

THE UNKNOWN - (Oct. 30th at 7pm) Free! The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents a free screening with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. 347 S. Gladstone, Aurora, IL 60506.

VIDEODROME - (Oct. 30th at 7:30pm) 35th anniversary screening! ArcLight Cinemas, 1500 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60610. (17+)

Spend Halloween night celebrating The Nightmare Before Christmas with style! Image credit:

Spend Halloween night celebrating The Nightmare Before Christmas with style!
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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Concert with Chicago Philharmonic - (Oct. 31st & Nov. 1st) 7:30pm. Screening and live performance of Danny Elfman's beloved score! Costume contest, themed drinks, trick-or-treating. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605.

Meet Tamara Glynn (Halloween 5) - (Oct. 31st) Tamara Glynn will be in the lobby from 6pm-10pm. (Autographs $20.) Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540.

FRANKENSTEIN NT Live - (Oct. 31st at 7:45pm) National Theatre Live Encore Halloween presentation. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

CURSE OF THE HAG - (Oct. 31st at 7:30pm) Feel like a road trip? Free! Wisconsin director Carolyn Baker brings a female-centric story and cast, practical FX, an original soundtrack, and more in this wild tale of a wicked goth on a quest for monsters who gets more than she bargained for when confronting a local hag. Bos Meadery, 849 E. Washington, Madison, Wisconsin 53703. Trailer.


spiritnightMemento Mori Halloween Gala - (Oct. 26th from 7pm-10pm) Dress up for a macabre evening of cocktails (open bar), food, special guests, Memento Mori scavenger hunt, Adopt/Name a skull fundraiser, costume contest, dancing in the Hall of Immortals, tarot, artwork, and surgery! International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL. ($40-$60) (21+)

Nocturna All Hallows Eve Ball - (Oct. 26th from 10pm-4am) Costume contest, dance party, games, vendors, photobooth, hosted by American Gothic Productions and DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613. (18+)

THRILLER Dance Party - (Oct. 26th at 9pm) Learn the iconic dance routine Michael Jackson made famous and join the costume contest. BYOB. Duet Dance Studio, Chicago, IL. ($25) (21+)

SVENGOOLIE Meet 'N Greet - (Oct. 27th from noon-2pm) Meet Svengoolie, corn roast, magic show, and more. The Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Rd., Volo, IL 60073.

2nd Annual Witches Ball - New Orleans Voodoo - (Oct. 27th from 7pm-12am) Live traditional New Orleans jazz, food, open bar, witchy vendors, catered meal, prizes. Dress up in your best voodoo witch, voodoo doll, or Mardi Gras costumes. Royalty West Banquets, 8675 Archer Ave., Willow Springs, IL 60480. (18+)

Haunted Halloween Ball at the Congress - (Oct. 27th from 9pm-3am) Large 20,000 sq. ft. ballroom, costume party. Congress Plaza Hotel (Michigan Ave./Millennium Park), Chicago, IL. (21+)

Halloween Masquerade at the Lyric Opera House - (8pm-Midnight) Open bar, dancing, food, photos, formal attire. Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker, Chicago, IL 60606. (21+)

VampCon Chicago Halloween Ball - (Oct. 29th from 8pm-11pm) Sponsored by Scary Perry's Halloween Store and hosted by Count Gregula (fellow ChicagoNow blogger). Both Halloween and Vampire costume contests, vampire trivia, vampire scavenger hunt, makeup fX artist on hand. The Reveler Chicago, 3403 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60618. ($10-$35)

Night of the Crawling Dead - (Oct. 27th & 31st) Crossroads Public House, 2630 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60614. ($10)

More Halloween Bar Crawls - Various pub crawls. River North Crawl and Trolley Crawl.

Haunted Ghost Ship - (Oct. 27th at 11:15pm) 4th annual midnight cruise on the Spirit of Chicago yacht. Check the site for more Halloween-themed cruises! 600 E. Grand, Chicago, IL 60611. (21+)

Witches Ball - (Oct. 26th from 8pm-1am) Welcome to all witches, magicians, and pagans. Bring food, wine, cider, mead, or $10. Dress up! Alchemy Arts Bookstore, Chicago, IL. (21+)

Scooby Doo-Themed Halloween Party - (Oct. 27th at 8pm) Drinks, music, fire, Scooby Snacks, giant sandwiches, pinball, and more. Costumes required. GNHQ, 1958 W. Walnut, Chicago, IL. ($25 or $35 at the door.)

Halloween Concert - (Oct. 27th) University Symphony Orchestra & the Hyde Park School of Dance present two concerts (7pm & 9pm) with the theme “Monsters Galore.” Costumes, storytelling, and special effects. Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th, Chicago, IL.

The Butchering Art: Grisly Victorian Surgery Lecture & Book Signing - (Oct. 28th at 3:30pm) Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine, will discuss the brutal details of Victorian-era surgical procedures. In partnership with the Museum of Surgical Science. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Cir Dr., Evanston, IL 60208.

Shopscura - (Oct. 28th from 10am-4pm) Spiritual Halloween market from vendors like Sideshow Gallery, April Lynn, Mojo Owl, Space Oddities, and Laughing Eye Weeping Eye. The Ace Hotel, 311 N. Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607.

Night of 1,000 Jack-o-Lanterns - (Oct. 24th-28th) Over 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins on display! Cider and ale available. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. *SOLD OUT*

Jack's Pumpkin Nights - (Oct. 5th-Nov. 3rd) Largest corn maze in Chicago with a hidden full-service bar inside! Pop-up event with carnival games, beer garden, cider bar, nighttime light displays, and more. Two acres of land in Goose Island. Open Thursdays-Sundays.

Halloween at Navy Pier - (Oct. 27th) Haunted maze, trick-or-treating, and more. 600 E. Grand, Chicago, IL 60611.

Mummies Night & Tours - (Oct. 27th from 4pm-7pm) Family-friendly mummy activities! Take a mummy tour, compete in a mummy wrap race, craft a mummy, hear mummy tales, play games, take a photo by the Great Pyramids. Mummies Tours. Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL.

Clark Street Spooktacular 2018 - (Oct. 28th from 1pm-4pm) Trick-or-treating for kids along the shops, street magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, costume contest. Free. Clark Street from Armitage to Diversey and on Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview.

dia de los muertosDay of the Dead - (Oct. 28th from 11am-4pm) Face painting, vendors, games. Free. Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., Lords Park, Elgin, IL 60120.

Day of the Dead Celebration - (Oct. 28th from 10:30am-2pm) Music, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts. Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines, Chicago, IL 60607.

Día de los Muertos Xicágo - (Oct. 28th from 3pm-8pm) Altar demonstrations, live musical performances, face painting, art activities, and Pan de Muerto (traditional Day of the Dead bread). Free! National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, Chicago, IL 60608. Attend their Día de los Muertos: Love Never Dies ball on Nov. 3rd!

Northalsted Halloween Parade 2018 - (Oct. 31st at 7:30pm) 22nd Annual Halloween Parade at Halsted/Belmont. Costume contests, and more wild fun.

Night of the Stripping Dead 2018 - (Nov. 1st & 2nd) Adults only! Night of the Stripping Dead: The Final Chapter will be hosted by special horror celebrity guest, actor BILL MOSELEY (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects). Admiral Theatre, 3940 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL 60625. ($25 online/$30 door)

Halloween Comic Fest 2018 - (Oct. 27th) Free comics at participating comic shops.

Halloween BOOnanza Schaumburg - (Oct. 26th from 6pm-9pm) Crafts, costumes, candy, haunted train ride, other activities. Intended for kids aged 2-14 (kids under 2 get in free). Community Recreation Center and Safety Park, 505 N. Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg, IL.

Spooky Zoo - (Oct. 27th from 10am-1pm) Halloween activities at Lincoln Park Zoo! Corn maze, haunted house, music, crafts, costumes, trick-or-treating. 2001 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60614.

BOO at the Zoo - (Oct. 13th-28th) Family-friendly spooky fun Saturdays and Sundays at Brookfield Zoo. 8400 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513.

Spooky Science at MSI - (Oct. 27th from 10:30am-1pm) Science demos, spooky crafts, snacks, costumes encouraged. Registration required. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637. ($5; Ages 3+)

Corn Mazes - Various mazes around Chicagoland.

Pumpkin Patches - Guide to pumpkin patches near the city.

Halloween Booze Cruise - (Oct. 26th & 27th) Haunted Halloween booze cruise on the Anita Dee Yacht. DuSable Harbor, 200 N. Breakwater Access, Chicago, IL 60601

Bobby's Fright Bike Hike - (Oct. 20th-31st) Guided tour takes you on a 3-hour ride past Chicago's spooky and possibly haunted locations.

Psychic Readings with Edward Shanahan - (Oct. 30th from 5pm-10pm) Vito & Nick's II, 9644 S. Roberts Rd., Hickory Hills, IL.

Trunk or Treat - (Oct. 26th) Hayrides, face painting, games, bonfire, outdoor movie at 6:30pm. St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 485 Woodstock St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014. (Suggested donation of 3 canned goods.)

Troll Hunt! - (through the summer of 2019) Search across 1700 acres of The Morton Arboretum for troll sculptures ranging from 15ft. to 30ft. tall! Tips: Check the site for info, maps, and locations so you do not get lost and please do not go without wearing some form of strong bug spray. Extra tips HERE. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532. Troll Cheat Sheet!

Bad Axe Throwing - (Days/times vary) You know you want to... Group rates apply or just do a walk-in for $20/hr. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.


angela of deathANGELA OF DEATH - (Oct. 10th-Nov. 21st) Dark musical comedy surrounding teenage Angela, whose exes all start dropping dead. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

BUNNICULA - (Oct. 20th-Nov. 25th) Musical adaptation of the 1979 children's book. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626.

THE CAMPFIRE - (Oct. 31st at 8pm) A night of scary stories and improv. The iO Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60642.

CARRIE 2: The Rage (An Unauthorized Musical Comedy) Reunion Concert - (Oct. 26th & 27th only) It's back! Underscore Theatre Company presents a rockin' time following the sequel to Carrie. The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60640. ($20)

CLUED IN: An Improvised Murder Mystery - (Sept. 6th-Nov. 8th) Interactive improv comedy murder mystery. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

DEATH TOLL: A Halloween Drinking Game - (Oct. 5th-27th; 31st) Corn Productions’ 8th annual Halloween sketch show. Take a drink whenever anyone dies! BYOB. Fridays/Saturdays at 11pm. $10 online/$15 cash at door. The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL.

EVIL DEAD: The Musical - (Oct. 19th-Nov. 4th) Theatre-on-the-Hill presents their 2nd annual campy parody combining elements from the entire Evil Dead series. Special Halloween performance on the 31st. Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Rd., Bolingbrook, IL 60440.

FRANKENSTEIN - (Nov. 1st-Dec. 2nd) Manual Cinema presents the timeless creature story using handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound & music for an immersive visual experience. Pre-show party at 6:30pm on Nov. 1st with hors d'oeuvres, candy, drink ticket, and costume contest. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637. Attend their Frankenstein Halloween Party on Oct. 31st from 6:30pm-10:30pm!

FRANKENSTEIN - (Sept. 7th-Nov. 11th) Victoria endures a tragic death in her family and struggles to deal with the loss. She retreats into the darkest recesses of her psyche in search of meaning and brings a ghastly creation to life. World premiere production based on the story by Mary W. Shelley. Previews Sept. 7th-16th; Regular Run Sept. 20th-Oct. 28th. Box Office 773-761-4477. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL.

FRANKENSTEIN - (Oct. 11th-Nov. 17th) Remy Bumppo production adapted by Nick Dear. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Mature content. Violence, sexual situations, nudity, strobe.

GRAND GUIGNOL: Bad Milk - (Oct. 27th at 10:30pm) Short horror plays performed with gore and blood splattering along with vaudevillian comedy. The iO Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60642.

HAUNTED HOUSE - (Oct. 7th-28th) Solo show by Lydia House. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

HAUNTED HOUSE - (Oct. 7th-28th) Solo show by Lydia House. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

Hitch*Cocktails - (Fridays at 10pm) Alfred Hitchcock-themed improv skits based on audience suggestions. Live jazz band, parlor games. Actors must drink as the plot thickens. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs through November 30th, 2018.

HOUSE LAFAYETTE - (Oct. 27th at 10:30pm) Solo horror comedy show. The iO Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60642.

IMPROVISED TWILIGHT ZONE - (Oct. 6th-27th) 3 “never-before-seen” episodes based on audience suggestion. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

THE INFINITE WRENCH - (Aug. 3rd-Dec. 9th) The Neo-Futurists present 2-minute plays ranging from funny to terrifying to disgusting. Fridays/Saturdays at 11:30pm and Sundays at 7pm. (Halloween shows Oct. 26th, 27th, 28th.) The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60640.

LES INNOCENTS (Oct. 7th-Nov. 4th) Prowl the catacombs and witness a search for love. Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL 60640.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - (Sept. 6th-Oct. 28th) Inspired by the 1960 horror film! Single & group rates. Dining options. Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Oakbrook, IL.

THE MANSION SHOW - (Oct. 31st at 8pm) A musical set in a haunted house desperately in need of repairs. The iO Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60642.

Dan Cobbler and Laura Nelson in Strawdog Theatre Company's world premiere of MASQUE MACABRE. Photo by Clark Bender.

Dan Cobbler and Laura Nelson in Strawdog Theatre Company's world premiere of MASQUE MACABRE. Photo by Clark Bender.

MASQUE MACABRE - (Oct. 4th-31st) Immersive theater experience, dark, bloody, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe stories. Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, Chicago, IL 60613.

NOBODY SLEEPS AT THE CORPSE CABARET - (Oct. 27th) Macabre variety show, 7-course meal “Dinner with the Dead By the Dead,” and a Dance with the Dead party. Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL 60653. ($50-$250)

POESSESSION! - (Oct. 6th-27th) Edgar Allan Poe improv by the Edgar Allan PoeProv. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

THE RAVENSWOOD MASQUERADE MURDER PARTY - (Oct. 31st at 7pm) Murder mystery party with trained actors, 3-course meal, open bar. Otherworld Theatre Company, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.

ROSEMARY'S ROULETTE - (Oct. 31st at 10pm) Rosemary's Other Baby presents a Halloween variety show. Fake blood shall gush! Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657.

SPLATTER THEATER - (Sept. 15th-Oct. 27th; 31st) Saturdays at 10:30pm. It's back! Live performances parody Friday the 13th horror films. Watch common character stereotypes die in a variety of humorous ways. Sitting up front? Prepare for the blood splashes by wearing a poncho. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL. (Bonus show on 10/31.)

SUPER SPECTACULAR - (Oct. 26th at 10pm) Halloween-themed variety show. Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657.

THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Ghosts, Ghouls, and Talking Potatoes - (Oct. 7th-Nov. 4th) Barrel of Monkeys presents silly scary stories imagined by Chicago elementary school students and performed by adults. Directed by Brandon Cloyd. $20 Adults; $5 Children 12 and under; $12 Students, Veterans, and Groups of 10+. Sundays at 3pm. Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL.

UNNATURAL WEIRD WONDERFEST - (Oct. 27th at 5pm & 7pm) Uwwfest is an annual Halloween festival of short plays written by Chicago writers. This year's theme celebrates urban legends! Each show will have 5 different plays. $20 for each or catch all ten for $35. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL. 312-443-3800.

THE WALLS OF HARROW HOUSE: An Immersive Puppet Haunted House - (Oct. 11th-Nov. 10th) Tour the Harrow House without a guide. Become entangled in the terrifying tale that surrounds you. Deal with cosmic horrors and revel at the puppetry and sonic design. Ages 14+. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60642.

A WET DREAM ON ELM STREET: The Musical - (Oct. 7th-Nov. 4th) A group of friends hanging out in Boystown run into TEDDY Krueger, Freddy's sadder, sexier younger brother. Once in the dreamworld, each must come to terms with things... Raunchy things. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

WITCH - (through Dec. 16th) Inspired by The Witch of Edmonton by Rowley, Dekker, & Ford. Ages 14+ (violence and stage blood). Presented by Writers Theatre. The Gillain Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022.

WORLD'S WORST WITCH - (Oct. 10th-31st) Picture it. Ireland. Year 666. It's October 31st and a woman decides she is the worst witch in the world. Her ghost father and magical creatures from Irish Celtic myths help her learn she's not so bad after all. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

YOU'VE GOT RED ON YOU - (Oct. 11th-Nov. 3rd) Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company's new unauthorized musical parody of Shaun of the Dead. (While the flyer says Nov. 4th, the ticket page lists the 3rd as being the last date.) Chief O'Neill's Irish Pub, 3471 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.


HELL FEST Maze at Fright Fest - In connection with the film's release, Six Flags Great America and CBS Films have teamed up to give horror fans a chance to experience the maze and several rooms from the movie.

13th Floor Haunted House Chicago - (Sept. 21st-Nov. 3rd) 30,000+ sq. ft. Attraction themes: The Possession and Dead-End District: The Cell. 1940 George Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160.

House of Torment Chicago - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) New shows this year: Dead By Dawn and The Shadowrealm: Slenderman. 8240 Austin Avenue, Morton Grove 60053.

Statesville Haunted Prison - (Oct. 4th-31st) Haunted Prison and City of the Dead. 17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport, IL 60441.

HellsGate Haunted House - (Oct. 4th-31st) Go deep in the woods, find secret passageways and a giant slide! Park at 1300 S. State, Lockport, IL 60441.

Dungeon of Doom Haunted House - (Sept. 22nd-Nov. 3rd) This is a long haunt, roughly one hour to get through. 600 29th St., Zion, IL 60099.

Basement of the Dead - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60506.

Evil Intentions Haunted House - (Sept. 21st-Oct. 31st) 900 Grace Street, Elgin, IL 60120.

Realm of Terror Haunted House - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 421 Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073.

Midnight Terror Haunted House - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 5520 W. 111th, Oak Lawn, IL 60453.

Old Joliet Prison Paranormal Tour - (Oct. 28th at 5pm) 1125 Collins St., Joliet, IL 60432.

Chase Park Haunted House (through Nov. 3rd.)

Massacre Haunted House - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 299 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, IL 60538.

Factory of Fear Haunted Attraction - (Sept. 28th-Oct. 31st) 5027 4th Ave., Moline, IL 61265.


bachelors groveBachelors Grove: A Collection of Impressions Art Exhibit - (Oct. 5th-31st) Works inspired by the famous haunted cemetery. Vogt Visual Arts Center, 17420 67th Ct., Tinley Park, IL 60477.

Deadly Prey Gallery Horror Exhibit - (Oct. 6th-Nov. 3rd) Hand-painted Ghanaian movie posters featuring both American and West African horror & action films. Electro Pepper Gallery, 1109 W. Berwyn, Chicago, IL.

The Story of the Ghost Catcher Exhibit - (Oct. 6th-28th) Artist Cherry Moth Cake's work of monsters and ghouls is on display at Rotofugi Gallery, 2780 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL.

Saints and Sinners Walking Tour - (through Oct. 26th) Chicago's Legacy of Virtue and Vice walking tour. 21+.

Rapture 2 - (Oct. 20th-Jan. 5th, 2019) Dark art exhibit. Opening reception October 20th at 8pm. Costumes and avant-garde attire encouraged. $5 donation. 17+. Aeon Gallery, IL.

The Science Behind Pixar - (through Jan. 6th, 2019) Learn about the science and technology behind the wonderful films Pixar creates. All ages. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.

Svengoolie Coffin & More - One of the cooler things to do on a tight budget 6 days out of the week! The highlight for horror fans, of course, is the Svengoolie exhibit with his original coffin and the show's set, along with pieces from Shock Theatre. There are plenty of other cool things to see related to Chicago television and film, like a large display of items from Bozo's Circus, retro TV sets, journalism history, advertising artifacts, and so much more. The SNL exhibit is also stationed in the building. Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State, Chicago, IL 60654.


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.

Mind Trap Escape Rooms - Solve the clues to get out within 60 minutes! 299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538. (630) 216-9609.

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

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