5 Geeky Ways to Spend Halloween in Chicago

Halloween 2012 is mid-week.  This means parties the weekend before, the weekend after, and day-of, as well.  It's about time you finalized your plans!  Me, I'll be judging costumes and pumpkins at the Chicago Nerd Social Club's Nerd-o-ween.  Didn't snag a ticket before they sold out?  Here are four MORE ways you can let your geek flag fly this October:


Party in the Silent Hill Universe!  - Haven't you always wanted to fight for your life in a zombie-infested, video game world?  Me neither.   Thank goodness for fiction.  The Otherworld Theatre Company is celebrating the new Silent Hill: Revelation movie with a sweet party.  Admission includes open bar, music by DJ Aaron Ackerson, and a prize drawing for official Silent Hill merch.  There's a discount for those who dress up, so break out the zombie makeup!  (Saturday, October 27th, 8PM.  3031 N. Honore St.  $10, $8 w/ costume.)  


Meet a Doctor Who Star! - John Barrowman will be joining his sister for a book signing on Halloween.  Their novel, Hollow Earth, is about a pair of twins that can bring art to life.  No, it isn't Torchwood, but I'm excited to see the Barrowmans working as a family to create new sci-fi and fantasy.  Anderson's Bookshop is known for embracing geeky lit; expect to see more of them in this blog!  ...and please, don't bring your Jack Harkness action figures to this one.  Buy the book!  (Wednesday, October 31st, 7PM.  Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson, Naperville.  FREE.)

Hollow Earth cover


Watch a Weekend of Movies!  - The Wilmette Theatre, supported by the World of Weird Monster Show, is hosting a weekend of ghoulish double features.  Friday will start with The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with live cast!), followed by Shaun of the Dead.  Saturday brings back the Rocky Horror goodness, and concludes with the original Ghostbusters.  Wear your proton packs and best drag attire!  (Friday and Saturday, October 26th-27th, 9PM.  Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette.  Tickets $12 in-advance, $15 at the door.  Buy HERE.)


Be a Superhero for Charity!  - The Cause-players are a local group that wear their costumes for charity events.  This Halloween, they'll be hosting a children's party for the Salvation Army and Community Center in Elgin.  Whether you can make the drive or simply assist from afar, they could use your help!   Needs include decorations, food, and activity hosts in-costume.  Superheroes, Disney princesses, cartoon characters, even kind folks in street clothes- all are welcome.  Check out the Facebook group for more information, or just show up!  (Wednesday, October 31st, 6:30 PM.  Salvation Army Elgin Corps and Community Center, 316 Douglas Ave., Elgin.)

Katy and NaShanta at a recent event


Where will you be spending your Halloween and Halloweekend?  Post below!


NEXT TIME:  The scientific rhymes of geek rapper Baba Brinkman!

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