This weekend is full of holiday horror options, such as Christmas-themed haunted houses, movies & plays, and so much more. The events are piling up, with pop-up galleries and art gift shopping, Krampus fun, and SNL official exhibit's “Schweddy Ball” costume party. Chicago film writer David Canfield will be heading a lively discussion about the new horror book, Yuletide Terror, with a live reading of his contribution to the anthology.
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
Yuletide Terror: A Christmas Horror Discussion with Film Critic David Canfield - (Dec. 16th from 4pm-7pm) David Canfield will be reading from his contribution (“Silent Night Holy S*#T: Holy Terror and the Dark Side of the Nativity”) to the book Yuletide Terror: A Christmas Horror on Film and Television (Spectacular Optical Press). Dave (aka “Chicago's Creature Feature Preacher”) has spent most of his life studying the extremes within religion and horror. BYOB. Free. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Christmas Nightmare at Massacre Haunted House (Indoors) - (Dec. 15th, 21st, 22nd) The waiting area, box office, and attractions are all indoors. Silent Night Maze, interactive snowball fight, and more. Almost 30,000 sq. ft. of space! 299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538.
Christmas Fear at Midnight Terror Haunted House - (Dec. 14th, 15th, 16th) 5520 W. 111th St., Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
Psychobilly X-Mas at Brauerhouse Lombard - (Dec. 15th from 9pm-1am) Koffin Kats and Elvis Hitler perform live. $15 advance/$20 door. (21+) 1000 Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.
Kids Krampus Arts and Crafts - (Dec. 15th from noon to 2pm) Arts & crafts and Krampus tales! DMen Tap, 2849 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60618.
Chicago Makers Pop-Up and Walk Western - (Dec. 15th from 2pm-6pm) Shop Chicago art! Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL.
A Very Wild Christmas - (Dec. 15th from 11am-6pm) Holiday shopping from Chicago artists. Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan, Chicago, IL 60608.
Movie Poster Raffle at the New 400 - (Dec. 15th & Dec. 16th from 1pm-4pm) Holiday poster and merch raffle in their upstairs space, 6740Microcinema. Enjoy cartoons, giveaways, and more. 6740 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60626.
Schweddy Ball 2018 - (Dec. 15th from 7pm-11pm) Celebrate the holidays SNL-style! The exhibit Saturday Night Live: The Experience closes soon. This party celebrates the famous “Schweddy Balls” sketch, so show up in your best ugly sweater or dress as another SNL character. $75 includes access to the exhibit, music by Live Band Karaoke, cocktails, hors d' oeuvres, Billy Goat cheezborgers, and, of course, Schweddy Balls. Surprise celebrity guests! Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State, Chicago, IL.
Occult X-Mas Pop-Up - (Dec. 16th from 5pm-11pm) 30+ artists. Giveaways, vintage 1800's tintype photobooth, tarot, and more. The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622.
Another Dimension Sci-Fi Book Club - (Dec. 17th at 9pm) They'll be discussing Leigh Brackett's book, The Long Tomorrow. Free. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Christkindlmarket - (through Dec. 24th) A wonderful, large collection of German and European merchandise offered by countless vendors. Grab some spiced wine, a stuffed pretzel, German food, seasoned nuts and candies, or find that unique gift for a special someone. Daley Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington, Chicago, IL.
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!
Spiritual & Paranormal Discussion with Edward Shanahan - (Dec. 19th at 1pm) Holiday discussions about all things paranormal and spiritual with psychic reader Edward Shanahan. Demos and spirit communication attempts will be happening! Mather's–More Than a Cafe, 3225 N. Central, Chicago, IL.
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.
CHRISTMAS HAUNTED HOUSES - Keep this list handy for all your holiday haunt plans this month.
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 January 25th, 2019.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - (Dec. 4th-Dec. 16th) Comedy murder mystery described as being a marriage of sorts between Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL. (Ages 8+.)
THE WINTER WOLF - (Dec. 6th-Jan. 6th) A girl listens to her grandfather speak of the legend of the Winter Wolf. That night, it comes for her grandfather, but she manages to trap it. Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.
WITCH - (through Dec. 22nd) 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.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK - (Nov. 15th-Feb. 17th, 2019) The American premiere of the original London West End production (recreated with a Chicago-based cast) of an adaptation of Susan Hill's unsettling, timeless Gothic ghost story. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30pm; Sundays at 7pm. Tickets are $49-$69. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL.
YIPPEE KI-YAY MERRY CHRISTMAS: A Die Hard Christmas Musical - (Dec. 6th-Jan. 12th) Comedy with countless references from the film. The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE - (Dec. 6th-18th) All in the name of fun, this new horror musical follows Anna and her friends as they fight and sing their way through the zombie apocalypse that has taken over their small town. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
BURNING - (Nov. 30th-Dec. 23rd) South Korean mystery drama starring Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) based on Haruki Murakami's short story “Barn Burning.” Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
DIE HARD [35mm] - (Dec. 19th & 20th) Yes, it is a Christmas movie! Wednesday at 4:30pm & 9:30pm; Thursday at 7pm. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
KRAMPUS / RARE EXPORTS - (Dec. 18th at 6pm) Krampus film fest at DMen Tap! A variety of Krampus-themed flicks will be shown. Hang out in a cozy environment and enjoy some holiday horror movies. 2849 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60618.
Sinema Obscura TV Party - AIR CONDITIONS / ELLIOT - (Dec. 19th at 7pm) Final event of the year! Ryan Oliver's short film Air Conditions screens at 7:30pm. Feature film Elliot by Dreams for Dead Cats Productions at 9pm. Live music between films. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Holiday Pop-Up Show at Galerie F - (Dec. 14th from 6pm-10pm) Holiday art shopping and wintery beverages courtesy of Tsingtao Beer and Sip of Hope Coffee Bar. Galerie F, 2415 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647.
Rapture 2 - (Oct. 20th-Jan. 5th, 2019) Dark art exhibit. 17+. Aeon Gallery, 10331 Main St., Richmond, IL 60071.
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.
Times are subject to change.
EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL - (Jan. 11th-Feb. 16th) Black Button Eyes Productions presents this hilarious musical tribute to Sam Raimi's glorious Evil Dead legacy. Splatter Zone seats are currently available! Pride Arts Center, Chicago.
B-Fest - (Jan. 18th, 2019) The annual 24-hour celebration of the best worst movies ever! Norris Center, Evanston.
Bloody Reads Event with Author Kealan Patrick Burke - (Jan. 9th) Meet acclaimed horror author Kealan Patrick Burke! Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, Chicago.
Isabella Rossellini - (Jan. 10th & 11th) Any diehard Blue Velvet fan may be interested to know she'll be in town next month performing a “theatricalized lecture” at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
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