How to enjoy Halloween weekend without getting hammered

How to enjoy Halloween weekend without getting hammered

Halloween weekend! Sure, you could go to a random bar party, pay $75 for well drinks and have someone dressed as Superman puke on you. Or, you could do something fun and creative this weekend!

Leave it to the Everleigh Social Club to offer a full-frontal embrace to Halloween weekend with events on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday night. Tonight you can have the gorgeous burlesque ladies of Chicago read you scary stories by flashlight around a campfire. By the way, they'll be naked. The club is calling it "Naked Ghouls Reading." On Saturday night magician David Parr will dazzle and amaze audiences at "Haunting History," and on Sunday the weekly Speakeasy night will become "Spookeasy," offering world class "boolesque" performances. Yes, all of the puns they've come up with are annoying, but I still haven't gotten up the nerve to go to one of the club's events so I can't really criticize.

Take some time during the day to visit Chicagoween in Daley Plaza. They seem to have kicked it up a notch this year, adding a screening of Beetlejuice (I love that movie!) and featuring performances from Midnight Circus. If you're around the Loop today, you can visit the harvest market.

Harry Houdini, one of the greatest magicians of all time, died on October 31, 1926. Before he died, he promised his wife that if he could he would make contact from beyond the grave on Halloween. It has been a tradition to hold seances around the anniversary of Houdini's death to try to make contact with the magician. Supernatural Chicago will host its annual Houdini Seance this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include two complimentary beverages. It should be a really awesome experience, except for one thing: it's at Excalibur.

The Chicago Park District continues its annual Halloween tradition with 13 Terrors at Theater on the Lake all weekend. The exact details of this haunted house are pretty fuzzy; there's been mention of clowns, bugs, random haunted scenes. You might ask why I didn't include this in my haunted house round-up. It says it's recommended for children 8 and older. How scary can that actually be? Check it out if you don't want to leave the city; otherwise, take a gander at the right side of your screen for my 2011 haunted house recommendations.

Halloween is one of those holidays where I don't mind escaping the city. (See also St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve.) I just don't like amateur night. Well, I heard of the BEST reason to venture out to the suburbs: Elgin's Zombie Apocalypse. From 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday night, Elgin's Chicago Street will become a scene from "The Walking Dead": boarded up storefronts, bodies strewn about, dozens of zombies roaming around. And we're talking good zomies. Paid actors. Snacks will be provided in military ration kits at any of the designated "safe zones." For a more normal approach to the holiday, you can get beer from the beer truck and hear live music from Kashmir. (My dad loves them.)

After partying all weekend, roll out of bed for the Kit Kat Lounge Rocky Horror Picture Show Brunch on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Kit Kat Diva Madam X, Rocky Horror will play throughout the day while you enjoy all of the famous Kit Kat brunch items with $5 martinis.

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