From private parties and parades to family fun, Chicago provides a playground of activities for all ages. Check out the ten events below that are sure to be a treat for those who go.
1. Daley Plaza Becomes Franken Plaza.
Three days of Halloween tricks and treats kick off Friday, October 28 at Daley Plaza's free Halloween celebration. Featured fun includes entertainment, candy, arts and crafts, storytelling and more.
Midnight Circus performances:
Friday, 11:30a.m.; 1:30p.m.;3:30p.m.; 4:30p.m. and 7:30p.m.
Saturday, 11:30a.m.; 1:30p.m.;3:30p.m.; and 7:30p.m.
Sunday: 11:30a.m.; 1:30p.m.;3:30p.m.; and 5:30p.m.
Monster Bash--Costume Parade for children 12 and under.
Saturday, October 29: Line-up,11:30a.m., parade at 12:15p.m.
2. Seadog Haunted Tours.
Experience the sights, frights and delights of Chicago on this nighttime architectural tour lead by eerie-costumed tour guides that will highlight the infamous massacres and supernatural occurrences from Chicago's history. All ages, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Monday (October 31) evenings. Seadog Haunted Tours depart at 7:00 pm from Navy Pier and are $28.95 plus tax for adults, and $17.95 plus tax for children ages 4 through 12. Children ages 3 and under are free.
3. BOO HAHA! Raven Theatre's Annual Fall Family Festival.
Raven Theatre invites the community to BOO HAHA!, their first Annual Fall Family Festival! BOO HAHA! is Saturday, October 29 from 2-5:00 p.m. The Fest will feature bounce houses, games, trick or treating, face painting, prizes and a costume parade. 6157 N. Clark St.
4. Family Halloween Show at the Rosemont Theatre.
Sunday, Oct. 30 featuring The Magic Dentist, Dr. Mark Kaschube and more.
Ticket prices are $20 for adults ages 13 and older, and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. $30 VIP tickets include a backstage meet and greet with the cast and some of the animals used in the production. 800 745 3000.
5. Navy Pier "Really Big" Halloween Family Party.
Party all weekend at the Really Big Halloween Happening on the Pier. Music, dancing, photo-ops, trick 'r treating, costume contest, a daily magic show and more. Friday, Saturday (noon to 9:00p.m.) and Sunday and Monday (noon to 8:00p.m.) in the Family Pavilion. Plus other activities at the Children's Museum, the IMAX and Harry Caray's Tavern. Fireworks, Saturday at 9:00p.m.
6. Boo! At the Zoo.
Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30 at Brookfield Zoo.
The not-so-scary and fun-filled event at Brookfield has something for the entire family to enjoy from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. The Costume Parade kicks off on both days at the zoo's North Gate at 1:00p.m.
7. Scream Tour Chicago at the Arie Crown Theatre.
Friday October 28th, 2011 at Arie Crown Theater. www.arie-crown.theatere.org.
8. The Northhalsted Halloween Parade.
Floats, costumes, contests and more with Miss Fozie as the emcee. Monday, October 31, Cosutme contest registration at 4:00p.m.; Parade at 7:00p.m., Halsted and Belmont.
9. Chi-Town Clown Revue Halloween Show.
Chicago's own underground clown and physical comedy show is cooking up a special Halloween treat with local clown Anthony Courser and others. Sunday, October 30 at 9:00p.m. After the show...a pie fight...open to all. Tickets and information. The Neofuturarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave.
10. Halloween at Redmoon.
See Redmoon's fire-shooting guerilla and other Halloween-themed performances. Friday, October 28 from 9:00p.m. to 1:00a.m. Redmoon, 1463 W. Hubbard.