Chicago Halloween Events 2013: Fireworks, Parades, Fests, Haunts and More

Chicago Halloween Events 2013: Fireworks, Parades, Fests, Haunts and More

The Halloween season in Chicago is upon us. The countdown continues with parades, fireworks, haunted houses, fests and more filling the calendar all the way into November. Here are some of Show Me Chicago's favorite upcoming events.

Navy Pier
halloweenfireworksHead to Chicago's top visitor attraction, Navy Pier, for a one-stop Halloween celebration. Step inside Navy Pier's "The Fear" Haunted House if you dare...or if you don't have the guts (or have small children) head to their Fear(less) Haunted House. Bring out your inner Zombie with face painting or arm yourself with paintballs at their "Zombie Hunt Shootout." Plus there's master pumpkin carving (Friday, October 25, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.), a costume contest on Saturday October 26, trick-or-treating on the 26th and 27th (noon to 4 p.m.) and the cutagra...Halloween fireworks set to a spooky soundtrack on Saturday October 26 at 9:30 p.m.

John Hancock

The sky's the limit at the John Hancock Observatory's Halloween spooktacular. Kids are invited to trick or treat 1,000 feet up in the sky on Thursday, October 31 starting at 4:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. There is no cost to trick or treat other than general admission fees, which are $18 for adults (12 and up) and $12 for kids (3-11).  No set age restrictions, but it is aimed for children and teens (not adults).


Andersonville takes the cake for their sweet idea to celebrate trick 'r treating with a Dessert Crawl . The crawl offers gourmet sweets on either the Carmel Apple or Corn Candy trek through the area's popular restaurants this Sunday, October 27 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Headquarters for the Andersonville Dessert Crawl is pH Comedy Productions, 1515 W. Berwyn Street.  Tickets are $20/advance, $25/day of event.773-728-2995.


Redmoon Theatre kicks off their indoor season with a bone-chilling celebration on, when else but, "The Day of the Dead," Friday, November 1. Redmoon's 3rd annual Boneshaker benefit is an adult costumed affair that is full of surprises and unexpected entertainment running into the wee hours of the morning.

The weekend offers family fun along with a unique way to celebrate the season with Redmoons' brand new "Skelebration" event. On Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 participants will have the opportunity to go on a two hour romp through Redmoon's new exploratory Spectacle playground where they can perform in gigantic shadow shows, build masks, experience DJs on mobile contraptions and play in an indoor park of swings and roller-skating.

Franken Plaza

halloweenfrankenIt takes more than a skeleton crew to transform Daley Plaza into Franken Plaza the city's blowout Halloween celebration. The transformation kicks off this Friday October 25 and continues through Sunday, October 27.  Visitors can partake in a full line-up or Halloween activities including the Midnight Circus with its unique brand of comedy, music and acrobatics...daily...on Daley.

North Halsted Street

The North Halsted Street Halloween Parade, is never a drag, as it always puts a special spin on Halloween.  Back for its 17th go around, the Parade has no equal in any other large American city. Watch from the sidelines or get into the spirit by joining the marchers. This year’s theme, Twisted Circus, is sure to bring out an interesting array of bearded ladies, scary clowns and whatever else creative and twisted minds can conjure up.  North Halsted Street. Thursday, October 31. Registration. 6:30 p.m. Step-Off at 8:00 p.m. from Belmont and Halsted, north to Addison.

Ryerson Woods

This family friendly, not too scary event features Halloween Hikes through Ryerson Woods. The event includes a 60-minute guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch several fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider. The skits are not scary, so even your littlest will enjoy this family favorite. Hikes begin every 30 minutes from 6 to 8 pm, and are designed for families with children of all ages. Cost is $9 residents, $11 nonresidents. Children ages 3 and under are free. Register by phone at 847-968-3321 or online.  This Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26.

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.  The all ages tours run Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through October from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Navy Pier.  888 636 7737.

Glessner House Museum

Head to South Prairie Avenue for two very special Halloween weekend happenings. On Saturday, October 26 scare up some chills at the 27th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Readings as actors from Lifeline Theatre present staged readings of Poe's spooky stories and poetry inside the 1850's Clarke House Museum at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. or take a haunted "Shadows on the Street" tour of Prairie Avenue at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday. Click here for tickets and information.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Hallowfest at the Chicago Botanic Garden offers two gardens: the friendly Garden of Good or the scary Garden of Evil. The two night celebration, October 26 and 27, has it all for family fun featuring live shows with creepy crawly creatures, candlelit trails, a model railroad garden, ghost trains, rides around the Garden on the Howlin' Express, fortunetelling, face-painting, tricks, treats and a special Monster Menu for "boos" and "ghouls."

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