Chicago's overflowing with horror this weekend as we make the countdown toward Halloween. Be sure to peruse this list carefully, as each section has been updated with quite a few interesting options for tonight through next week and beyond!
Horror films and monthly horror series, macabre plays, horror book release events, haunted houses, witchy fairs, dark art exhibits, Splatter Theater, Poe improv, haunted puppetry, and much more!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
35mm Universal Horror Series - (Sept. 29th-Oct. 28th) The Music Box Theatre hosts a classic horror matinee series on 35mm all month! Future screenings: The Invisible Man, 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.
HEAVY TRIP - (Oct. 5th-11th) Doppelgänger Releasing presents this hilarious comedy about a metal band in Finland desperate to perform in Norway. Through many trials and tribulations (and blood and sacrifice), they do everything in their power to get there! A Cinepocalypse Film Festival hit! Recommended. (When the credits were rolling, I immediately wanted to see it again.) The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
MANDY - (Sept. 14th-Oct. 11th) 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.
Horror Movie Madness Series - (Oct. 2nd-31st) The Logan Theatre has you covered all month-long! This weekend, catch A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and THE EXORCIST. 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 6th is Night of the Living Dead. 1001 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.
Outdoors: NOSFERATU / LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - The Chicago Park District's Movies in the Parks series presents “Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island” with a double feature of Nosferatu at 7pm and Little Shop of Horrors at 9pm. 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.
HOCUS POCUS Hex-a-Long [35mm] - (Oct. 7th at 1:30pm) Wear a costume, sing along at this interactive screening and get a goodie bag. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
An Evening with Don Coscarelli - (Oct. 8th at 7:15pm) Join beloved genre director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm) as he discusses his new memoir (True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking), career highlights, and presents a screening of BUBBA HO-TEP. Book signing at 6:30pm. 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. First up on 10/8 is Italian horror night with THE BEYOND and DEMONS. Free vegan popcorn, drink specials. FREE. 21+. Located at 2410 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647.
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
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with Live Organ - (Oct. 9th at 7:30pm) The Silent Film Society presents this incredible silent film starring Lon Chaney. Live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main, St. Charles, IL 60174.
SOMETIMES AUNT MARTHA DOES DREADFUL THINGS - (Oct. 10th at 8pm) Join Comfort Film this month for genre rarities! Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Patio Theater Horror Month - (Oct. 7th, 11th, 21st, 28th) Enjoy family-friendly spooky films at the Patio Theater this month. This Sunday, catch GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) at 2pm and GHOSTBUSTERS II at 4pm. Future screenings include Halloween, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634.
CARRIE - (Oct. 10th at 7pm) Presented in association with the Chicago Film Critics Association. Hosted by writer Patrick Bromley with an introduction and Q&A. Elk Grove Cinema, 1050 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. $5.
FRANKENSTEIN - (Sept. 7th-Oct. 28th) 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.
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.
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.
EVENTS & HAUNTED HOUSES:
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.
Witches Night Market Act II - (Oct. 5th from 6pm-9pm) Laughing Eye Weeping Eye, 3323 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL 60647.
Tim Burton-Themed WitchCraft Fair - (Oct. 7th from noon to 5pm) Bije's Bar & Grill, 7455 W. Irving Pk. Rd., Chicago, IL 60634.
Ad Nauseum Book Release Party & Screening - (Oct. 9th at 7pm) Join the party celebrating the release of Michael Gingold's new book, Ad Nauseum: Newsprint Nightmares from the 1980s, with a free screening of a movie from the book at 9pm. While he won't be present, Michael sent some signed copies! Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Zombie TV & Movie Trivia - (Oct. 9th at 7pm) Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.
The House By the Cemetery Book Release Party - (Oct. 11th at 7pm) Author John Everson will be signing copies of his latest novel, The House By the Cemetery. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Lost Souls Bus Tour - (Oct. 5th, 6th, 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.
HellBound Opening Ceremony Exhibit - (Oct. 5th from 7pm-11pm) Paintings, evil embroidery, and more! Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL.
Bachelors Grove: A Collection of Impressions Art Show - (Oct. 5th from 7pm-9pm) 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 from 6pm-9pm) Hand-painted Ghanaian movie posters featuring both American and West African horror & action films. Exhibit runs through November 3rd. Electro Pepper Gallery, 1109 W. Berwyn, Chicago, IL.
Comfort Station Art Exhibit - (Oct. 6th from 5pm-8pm) Opening reception for works by Sarah Reynolds and Fuyumi Murata. Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Bones and Cones 5: Fine Dark Art Exhibit - (Oct. 7th from 3pm-8pm) Includes an ice cream social. All ages. $5. Ars Memoria, 1770 W. Berteau #506, Chicago, IL 60613.
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.
TOURS, ESCAPE ROOM:
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.
Chicago International Film Fest - (Oct. 10th-21st) More info about the After Dark program TBA on my next blog post!
Music Box of Horrors - (Oct. 13th) 24 hours of horror! Movies, vendors, food, and more. Special guests Don Mancini and Kevin J. O' Connor.
Bride of Frankenstein with Sara Karloff in Person! - (Oct. 18th at 7:30pm & 2pm) Pickwick Theatre.
Wheaton Haunted Halloween Flea Market - (Oct. 20th) Special guest Robert Mukes (Bone Tomahawk, House of 1000 Corpses, Westworld) DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL.
Times are subject to change. Have a great weekend!
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