Halloween 2015: Ten don't miss events

Halloween 2015: Ten don't miss events

It's almost here...Halloween 2015. If you're still looking for some new tricks, treats and events, here are ten events that you won't want to miss.

New this year...Dylan's Candy Bar

Dylan's Candy Bar, offers two floors of gourmet candies and treats in their beautifully designed space on the Mag Mile (445 N. Michigan) right next to Tribune Tower. Dylan's will be offering two Halloween themed parties on Halloween, Saturday, October 31.
  •  Dylan's Trick or Treat "Spook-tacular" is any, candy-loving, kid's dream come true. The event kicks off this Saturday morning at 9 and runs to 10:30 a.m. Activities will include: Trick or Treat stations with candy and games; a Candy craft station (with Whirly pop puppets); Trick or Treat tote bag decoration stations; Who-Wore-it-Best costume contest; a Photo booth for snapshot souvenirs; Super sweet goodie bags and popcorn and cotton candy munchies. $50 per child, reservations required.
  • A Nightmare in Sweetsville Halloween Party will take from 7 pm. to 11 pm. Saturday evening with appetizers, costumes contests and an open bar. $100, reservations required.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Music Box Theatre will once again be having their time-warped Halloween extravaganza complete with their Midnight Madness Virgin Kit available for an extra $3. The kit contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing including a balloon, glow stick, Time Warp Flier, a rubber glove, noisemaker, confetti bag, toilet paper, party hat, sponge, paper plates and cards. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown this Thursday, 10 pm., Friday, 11:59 pm. and Saturday 11:59 pm. October 29-31.

Spooky Pooch Parade

Spooky Pet Parade 2013. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Spooky Pet Parade 2013. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

This fun for all ages Spooky Pooch Parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 at the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of our favorites. Free for those who want to watch but if you want to bring your pet and be part of the parade, there is a fee and you must register. In addition to the parade, the Garden is dressed in its Halloween best with lots of pumpkins and fun decorations. Admission to the Garden is free, but there is a $25 parking fee for non-members. Lake Cook Road, about 1/2 mile east of the Edens in Glencoe.

North Halsted Street Halloween Parade

The North Halsted Street Halloween Parade, is never a drag, as it always puts a special spin on Halloween.  Back for its 19th year the Parade has no equal in any other large American city. Watch from the sidelines or join the marchers (you must register to march)—the choice is yours.  Saturday, October 31. The parade steps off at 4 p.m. from Belmont and Halsted, north to Addison. In addition to the parade, there's a host of other activities starting at 11 am.

Navy Pier's Really Big Halloween Party

The entire pier is decked out for Halloween at Navy Pier's Really Big Halloween Party. Outside at Polk Bros. Park you'll find pony, camel, and alpaca rides, a free petting zoo and hayrides. At night check out the fire-spinning show at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. daily.  Step inside for entertainment, pumpkin craving and lots more.  Now through October 31.

Fright Fest at Great America

Six Flags Great America's annual Fright Fest offers spooky theme-park fun, centered around six haunted attractions and six live shows. The park remains family friendly until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and until 5 p.m. every other day, so you can bring your little ones and avoid the chainsaw-wielding maniacs. Through November 1.

Disturbia Screams in the Park

Looking for a haunted house?  The “Disturbia: Screams in the Park” is one of the best. The 35-room, 20,000 sq. foot space may just become your favorite haunt. The House is in the basement level of the parking garage at MB Financial Park (5501 Park Place). Click here, to buy your tickets in advance. Through November 1. Minimum age of 13 is suggested.

Family Costume Dance at Maggie Daley Park

Join the Halloween fun at this family friendly costume dance at Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St. on Friday, October 30 from 5:30 to 7 pm. $5, must register. Age Range: At least 3 but less than 11.



Redmoon’s wildly popular Halloween event, Boneshaker, takes place in their massive warehouse home in Pilsen which they transform into an otherworldly playground for 1,000 costumed guests. The 5-hour party is this Saturday evening going until 1:59 am.daylight savings time--before we turn the clocks back. Be prepared for a bone-chilling night, Redmoon-style, with interactive experiences, inventive machines, creative food and cocktails plus DJs, dancing and unexpected surprises.  Click here, to purchase tickets.

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