Get into the Halloween spirit with these freaktastic Chicago events!

This year, we are skipping the pumpkin patches/apple farms because frankly, THEY'RE ALL THE SAME (I know, womp womp). Basically, we spend an hour driving to wait in line to park, pay a $12 bazillion entry fee, eat a donut, feed some nasty goats, pick some apples and drive home. It's always the same "experience" which makes it less of an experience and more of a "I guess we'll do that because, uh...donuts?"

Lord knows I don't need more of those devil cakes.

Instead, our hard-earned greenbacks are being spent on more Halloween (and Chicago)-centric activities that may or may not include our kid. Thankfully, the city is filled with freaks who like to scare the baJesus out of themselves.

Cr: Logan Theater

Cr: Logan Theater

In fact, just today I spied  the Logan Theater's "Late Night at Logan: Horror Movie Theater Madness" schedule. Holy hell does it look awesome.  Think flicks like "Psycho", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "The Blair Witch Project" (sorry again, college friend Opie, for tricking you into thinking it was a documentary) and more shown every night in October, culminating  in a  3 Sheeps Brewing Co. ""Violence of the Lambs" beer party on the 30th.  What will be playing Halloween Eve, you ask? Oh, the deliciously campy 2006 film, "Black Sheep" (zombie sheep apocalypse).

Have you been to the recently renovated Logan Theater? It's charming, comfortable and they hold a liquor license. You should go.

** Heads up!  The theater is running a deal on Groupon, but I'm not sure if you can use it for tickets for the October Halloween flicks. How 'bout you try it out and report back, MMK?

If staying all snuggly on your couch is more your speed, Netflix is home to a wide array of horror movies from campy-fun like Wes Craven's "Scream" trilogy and "Sharknado" (and its sequel) to twisty-turny thrillers like "The Sixth Sense" and more. Plus, you've already paid for your monthly service so it's like you are MAKING MONEY here, people.

Check out their horror subgenres if you really want to narrow the search - some real gems  are listed in the"Teen Screams" section.

15639195141_fc7fe331aa_zThis weekend, we are hitting up the Midnight Circus at Independence Park - it's Steampunk meets tight ropes and proceeds benefit the Chicago Park District.  If you haven't yet bought your tickets, you MUST! (tickets here).

This professional troupe of fantastic performers (acrobats,  entertainers and general badasses) go balls-out during every performance. Well, not literally; it is billed as a "family-friendly event" and they are wearing tights.

Smith Park plays host  to this group Oct. 10-11 and Welles Park the following weekend. If you need additional incentive, given the spooky season, you might even get to see their rousing rendition of MJ's "Thriller".

I'm also pretty interested to check out the inaugural "Halloween Gathering" along the Mag Mile on October 24.  According to the event website, it "will bring together Chicago's vast and diverse creative community in a parade filled with large-scale spectacle, music and performance," and include participation from some of Chicago's most venerable cultural institutions (e.g., The Field Museum, Art Institute and Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Add to it performances by local organizations including "Louder Thank a Bomb" (spoken-word), Silent Theater Company and more on a crisp fall day and I'm sold.

What do you do to get in the Halloween spirit? And more importantly, when is it appropriate to start scaring the crap out of my loafing roommate kid ?

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