Horror Madness: Music Box of Horrors, Creepy Plays, Haunted Houses

Horror Madness: Music Box of Horrors, Creepy Plays, Haunted Houses
Saturday, the Music Box of Horrors will screen 24 hours of horror films including CHILD'S PLAY [35mm] with writer Don Mancini in person!

More Chicago horror insanity is in progress! 35mm movies, annual horrorthon, horror film screenings with several venues having a monthly horror series, macabre plays (several Frankenstein productions), haunted houses, dark art, Splatter Theater, Poe improv, haunted puppetry, and much more! (FYI - Looks like Facebook is having sync issues again, so it may help to be logged in for some of the event links to work.)

“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”


MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS 24-Hr Film Fest - (Oct. 13th at noon) 24 hours of horror! 35mm movies, vendors, food trucks, and more. Special guests Don Mancini and Kevin J. O' Connor. Films include: Dario Argento's OPERA (Chicago premiere of Italian 35mm Uncut Version), BODY MELT, CHILD'S PLAY, FREDDY vs. JASON, LORD OF ILLUSIONS, SLEEPAWAY CAMP II, FRIGHT NIGHT 2, and GOKE, BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL. Also showing WICKED, WICKED in Duo-Vision! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

“After Dark” at the Chicago International Film Fest - (Oct. 10th-21st) The After Dark program at the 54th Annual Chicago International Film Festival will offer various genre shorts and features from around the world. Plus, on Monday, October 15th, a tribute for William Friedkin will be held at 6pm with a screening of the new documentary, Friedkin Uncut. AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois, Chicago, IL.

Horror Movie Madness Series - (Oct. 2nd-31st) The Logan Theatre has you covered all month-long! This weekend, catch FRIDAY THE 13th and PSYCHO October 12th-15th. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

Horror Month at Hollywood Blvd Cinema - Horror films, zombie nights, costume contests, and horror movie trivia all month. Next up on October 17th is Scream. 1001 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.

MANDY - (Sept. 14th-Oct. 18th) Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) directs a phantasmagoric, gonzo piece of madness with Nic Cage going full Nic Cage on a quest for vengeance. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

Afro-Futurism Films II: Zombies, Apocalypse, and Dystopias - (Oct. 13th) Various genre films at Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660.

THE FACES OF FRANKENSTEIN Event - (Oct. 15th at 7pm) Screening of Frankenstein (1931, 35mm), followed by a conversation in celebration of the 200th anniversary. Panel discussion coordinated by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company on the depictions of Frankenstein's creature from Mary Shelley to Benedict Cumberbatch. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

Bo-Deadly Monday Horror Movies - (Oct. 8th-29th) All month, enjoy Monday horror flicks at the Logan Arcade. On 10/15 is anime night with OVER THE GARDEN WALL and DEVIL MAN. Free vegan popcorn, drink specials. FREE. 21+. Located at 2410 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647.

TRUTH OR DARE? A CRITICAL MADNESS - (Oct. 17th at 8pm) Join Comfort Film this month for genre rarities! On October 24th, Malatesta's Carnival of Blood. Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

Patio Theater Horror Month - (Oct. 21st, 28th) Enjoy family-friendly spooky films at the Patio Theater this month. . Future screenings include Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Dracula, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634.

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

Sinema Obscura TV Party - CAESAR AND OTTO'S PARANORMAL HALLOWEEN - (Oct. 17th at 7pm) Screening and live performances. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN with Sara Karloff in Person! - (Oct. 18th at 7:30pm & 2pm) Sara Karloff (daughter of Boris!) will be in attendance and in the lobby before the show with rare home movies. Pickwick Theatre, 5 South Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL b60068.

DAWN OF THE DEAD - (Oct. 18th & 20th) Two nights! Presented by Cutwater Spirits at 11pm. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625.

NOSFERATU - (Oct. 18th at 7pm) 1922 silent classic with Jay Warren on the organ. Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton, IL.


redYOU'VE GOT RED ON YOU - (Oct. 11th-Nov. 3rd) Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company's new unauthorized musical parody of Shaun of the Dead. Creepout fans can get $20 tickets using code “PICKLE” at checkout (for Oct. 12th & 14th only). (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.

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.

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.

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

SECOND SKIN - (Sept. 14th-Oct. 13th) Told in three interconnected monologues, this tale delves into how one dark mistake can affect future generations. World premiere from all-women-led design team. Presented by WildClaw Theatre at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.

SPLATTER THEATER - (Sept. 15th-Oct. 27th) 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.)

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.

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

POESSESSION! - (Oct. 6th-27th) Edgar Allan Poe improv by the Edgar Allan PoeProv. 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. The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60640.

CLUED IN: An Improvised Murder Mystery - (Sept. 6th-Nov. 1st) Interactive improv comedy murder mystery. 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.

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

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

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.

ANGELA 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.

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.

THE WALLS OF HARROW HOUSE: An Immersive Puppet Haunted House - (Oct. 11th-Nov. 3rd) 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.


Shop for all kinds of spooky goodies at Sideshow Gallery's Night Market this Saturday.

Shop for all kinds of spooky goodies at Sideshow Gallery's Night Market this Saturday.

Night Market - (Oct. 13th at 5pm) All kinds of cool vendors! Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL.

Chicago Campfire Festival - (Oct. 13th from 3pm-9pm) Pumpkin patch, ghost stories, marshmallow roasting, food vendors, face painting, haunted house, fire shows, and more. Kids aged 2 and under get in free. Chase Park Haunted House runs through Nov. 3rd.

Field Trip with Bucket O'Blood - (Oct. 16th from 9pm-1am) Bucket O' Blood Books & Records' monthly sci-fi “Another Dimension” reading series will be held at the Logan, discussing John W. Campbell's novel (under pen name Don Stuart), Who Goes There? in the lounge. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

Lost & Found Resale Pop-Up Halloween - (Oct. 14th from 2pm-7pm) Movies, costumes, Halloween decor, and more for sale. DJ Scary Lady Sarah, fall drink specials. Emporium, 1366 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622. (21+)

First Jason - (Oct. 13th at 7pm) Live band performance and meet 'n greet with Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th), autographs and photo ops. Charity event providing food distribution and other services. Rizal Community Center, 1332 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613.

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.

Spooky Paint & Sip Party - (Oct. 15th at 7pm) Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 IL-59, Naperville, IL 60540. ($60)

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

Corn Mazes - Various mazes around Chicagoland.

Pumpkin Patches - Guide to pumpkin patches near the city.

Lost Souls Bus Tour - (Oct. 12th, 13th) Haunted Bus Tour. Please see website for information, as each tour is different and there are different pick-up points.

HELL FEST Maze at Fright Fest - In connection with the film's release on Sept. 28th, 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.


bachelorsgroveBachelors 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.

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

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 ChicagoHauntings.com.


35mm Universal Horror Series - (Sept. 29th-Oct. 28th) The Music Box Theatre hosts a classic horror matinee series on 35mm all month! Future screenings: Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Mummy. Sponsored by the DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media and the School of the Cinematic Arts. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

BEETLEJUICE 30th Anniversary - (Oct. 23rd & 24th) The Brew & View at the Vic Theatre celebrates Beetlejuice! The Nun screens beforehand.

Outdoors: BEETLEJUICE / A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET - The Chicago Park District's Movies in the Parks series presents “Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island” at 7pm. Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., Chicago, IL 60605. Marshmallows provided. Please bring your own chairs and blankets. May be moved indoors due to rain.

Wheaton Haunted Halloween Flea Market - (Oct. 20th) Special guest Robert Mukes (Bone Tomahawk, House of 1000 Corpses, Westworld) DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL.

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