Halloween on Franken Plaza: Line-up of Chicagoween Events on Daley Plaza

Halloween on Franken Plaza: Line-up of Chicagoween Events on Daley Plaza
Get ready to scare up some Halloween fun on Franken Plaza

Calling all ghouls and boys to Franken Plaza for a weekend of Halloween tricks and treats with a line-up of events including a Monster Bash, a costume contest, prizes, food, film, entertainment and more from Friday, October 25th through Sunday, October 27th.

The free Halloween festival that transforms Daley Plaza into Franken Plaza, now in its 16th year, will once again feature the gravity-defying ghosts and ghouls of the Midnight Circus with their other-worldly acrobatics and spook-tacular theatrics. Featured this year, from who-knows-where, is the one and only Demon Duo.

Saturday's always popular Kid’s Costume Contest, open to children ages 12 and under, adds a twist this year with a "Wicked" new category.  Besides the usual categories for scariest, funniest and most original, there will be a special costume category for children under 24 months with prize packages including a pair of tickets to Wicked, (Wicked returns to Chicago's Oriental Theatre on October 30).

More happenings on Franken Plaza include an appearance by the Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew, arts and crafts, a Harvest Marketplace – and, on Sunday, a Wicked sing-a-long featuring some of the musical’s most familiar songs at 1:30 p.m.

Another new attraction this year will be Food Trucks at Franken Plaza providing tasty goodies from their spot just east of the plaza on Dearborn.

Here's your complete line-up:

Friday, October 25                     Noon – 7:30pm

  • Noon – 5:30pm, Halloween Arts & Crafts for Kids
  • Noon, Midnight Circus
  • 12:45pm-1:15pm, Magic That Quack’s You Up
  • 1:30pm, Midnight Circus
  • 2:15pm-2:45pm, Getting Excited About Science with Steve Belliveau
  • 3 pm, Midnight Circus
  • 4:30pm, Midnight Circus presents The Demon Duo Show
  • 6pm, Hotel Translyvania, film (rated PG)

Saturday, October  26, Monster Bash, 11am to 6pm

  • 11am-5pm, Green Screen Photo Fun
  • 11am-4pm, Harvest Marketplace
  • 11am-6pm, Halloween Arts & Crafts for Kids
  • 11:30am, Midnight Circus
  • 12:15pm, Costume Showcase, Costume Showcase, Contest and prizes (Please note: Children should line up to participate  at 11:30 a.m. with the contest beginning at 12:15 p.m.)
  • 1:30pm, Trick-or-Treat Candy Give-Away (while supplies last)
  • 1-4:30pm, Hayrides
  • 1pm, Midnight Circus presents The Demon Duo Show
  • 1:40pm – 2:15pm, Miss Lori’s Campus
  • 2:30pm, Batbuck$ Game Show
  • 3:05pm, f.c.b.c presents “Thriller”
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm, Radio Disney AM1300 Road Crew
  • 5pm, Midnight Circus presents The Demon Duo Show
  • 5:40pm-6pm. American Dance Center Excel Dancers

Sunday, October 27                  11am-6pm

  • 11am-4pm, Harvest Marketplace
  • 11am-6pm, Halloween Arts & Crafts for Kids
  • 11am, Midnight Circus
  • 11:45pm-12:15pm, Magic Matt’s Spooky Fun Show
  • 12:30pm, Midnight Circus presents The Demon Duo Show
  • 1:05pm, f.c.b.c. presents “Thriller”
  • 1:30 pm, "Wicked" sing along
  • 2:15pm -2:45pm, Miss Lori’s Campus
  • 3:30pm, Midnight Circus presents The Demon Duo Show
  • 4:30pm, Magic Matt’s Spooky Fun Show
  • 5:30pm, Midnight Circus presents The Demon Duo Show

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