Countdown to Halloween: This Week's Awesome Haunts!

We're a week away from Halloween!

[Which by my calculations, it means it's almost time to start decorating for Christmas--Hooray!! I kid, I kid...only slightly.] 
But unless you're living under a rock, you're probably noticed that the city is coming alive with the undead. There are all sorts of Halloween festivities popping up in nearly every neighborhood in Chicago. In fact, there are simply too many to keep count. So for this week's Halloween round-up, I've gone in and hand-picked a variety of Halloween events for ghoul-lovers of all ages. 
Check out this week's Halloween awesomeness after the jump!


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Indulge in Festive Spirits.

Starting Monday and lasting all the way through Halloween, head over to the Cityscape Bar at the Holiday Inn Merchandise Mart and indulge in some spooktastic spirits...of the alcoholic nature. Halloween themed cocktails include Dra-Kahlua martini ($8), Full Moon-tini ($8), Little Devil ($7) and a Bloody Sam Adams ($6). Specials last until the witching hour on Halloween.


Rocky Horror at the Wild Pug.

Sadly, the Uptown bar Wild Pug is closing after less than two years of being open. But their last week of being open is happening in big dog fashion. On Tuesday, the Pug will be showing the highly anticipated Rocky Horror episode of GLEE at 7pm, followed by a Rocky Horror Picture Show watch party at 8pm. 


Add a Little Variety to your Halloween.

Madame Barker's Halloween Variety Show is more than halfway through its run at the Storefront Theatre in the loop (66 E. Randolph). Performing on Wednesdays at 7:30pm through November 3rd, Madame Barker celebrates life and death as she presides over her own funeral. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the box office the hours leading up to showtime. 



Drive-In With the Family.

Get the kids in the car and drive over to Margate Park to spend an evening with everyone's favorite friendly ghost. Five bucks gets you a screening of "Casper" [PG], a hot dog, beverage, popcorn and a heck of a lot of family fun.



Do The Time Warp.

On the 29th and the 30th, Chicago's Music Box Theater is offering two night's of the classic flick Rocky Horror Picture Show. Doors open for the epic experience at 11:30 and the dance party and film-going starts promptly at midnight. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the theater anytime during the day of the show. If you've never experienced a screening of this epic flick, you're in for a real treat. So bust out the gold lamay boy shorts and "dig it if you can."


A Nightmare on Wells Street.

When you cross sketch comedy with a myriad of horror films, the outcome isn't another iteration of the Scary Movie series...but rather, the improv show "A Nightmare on Wells Street." Laced with horror movie references, the Second City production has a Friday night run at Donny's Skybox Theater lasting until November 12th. Showtime is Friday at 11:59pm with tickets available for $10. 

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Franken Plaza.

This weekend, the Daley Plaza gets a Halloween makeover to become "Franken Plaza" full of fun for the whole family. Sport your spookiest costume and come to trick-or-treat, partake in arts and crafts, enter in the costume contest or just hang out to watch the acrobats and aerialists from Chicago's Midnight Circus.

Haunted Drive-In

This Friday night, the Chicago Park District is offering a Drive-In Movie for teens (13-18) at Margate Park from 6pm - 8:30pm. A special viewing of "Twilight" (OMEE!! Insert overly eager girly squeals here!) is just $5 and includes soda, hot dogs and popcorn. Hopefully Team Edward and Team Jacob enthusiasts can make it through the flick without a fight.


Beggars' Day Halloween Celebration.

Join chef John Coletta of Quartino (626 N. State St.) from 12pm - 5pm for an afternoon of Halloween indulgences. They'll have free pumpkin carving with a selection of stencils, candy corn and of course, candy apples. Costumes, while not mandatory, are strongly encouraged. 


PUPkin Party.

Humans aren't the only ones who sport ridiculous costumes this time of year. Go ahead and be one of those people you love to "dog" and dress up your pooch in a cheesy, awesome costume. From 10am until noon at Brands Park (3259 N. Elston), dogs of all kinds will gather with their humans for a few hours of shame and butt sniffing. Party goes on rain or shine and a $5 donation per dog is requested. 

Retribution: A Magic Chicago Halloween.

Join legendary magician Eugene Burger at the City Lit Theater (1020 W. Bryn Mawr) for a special Halloween experience that will send chills down your spine and leave you spooked. Working with Chicago magic stars Robert Charles, Benjamin Barnes and newcomer to the scene Jeanette Andrews, tickets are $25 with the Saturday showtime at 11pm. Can't make it Saturday? No worries. There's a 7pm performance on Halloween day. Tickets are expected to go fast, so buy them ahead of time over here. Show for individuals ages 13 and older. 


Skate and Scare.

On Halloween before you go trick-or-treating, head over to McFetridge Park (3843 N. California) for their Scary Skate from 4:30pm until 6pm. Lace up your skates and get ready for frights on ice--wear a costume and receive free admission. Otherwise, it's $5 for kids 12 and under and $5 for anyone over 13.


Summon Houdini's Spirit.

Join local necromancer Neil Tobin on the night of the great Houdini's passing for an authentic recreation of a traditional Victorian seance. Neil and members of the Chicago Assembly of the Society of American Magicians will lead an intimate group as they attempt to contact the spirit of the great Houdini. It's only $20 to take part in the event and even if the legendary magician doesn't make an appearance, you'll at least walk away with some spine-tingling chills and a new found appreciation for history. Pick up your passes for the seance here


Little Street of Horrors

Don't miss the crazy costume party parade as it makes its way through Boystown. Registration begins at 4pm at Spin with the 14th annual parade stepping off at 6pm. And new this year, floats will be included in the parade! Thousands of spectators will line the streets for one of the city's most renowned Halloween parades, so get there early for a great spot!

Ghost Hunt from the Comfort of your Couch.

So you want to experience a ghost hunt but don't know how to start? Lucky for you, you can from the comfort of your own couch! This year, Jay and Grant from hit Syfy show Ghost Hunters, are returning to the tradition of their live Halloween special. In this exclusive six hour event, the pair along with the rest of The Paranormal Research Society gang will explore the Buffalo Central Terminal in upstate New York. A hothouse of paranormal activity, the old train station is known for full-bodied apparitions, disembodied voices and countless other unexplained activities. The hunt will be broadcast live on the Syfy network (7pm Central) and you can take part in the action online with access to different cameras, live Q&A with the T.A.P.S. team and chatting with others following along with you.


Don't forget! If you're looking to head out to a Haunted House, we've got a special promo code for the Asylum Xperiment in Villa Park just for ChicagoNow readers. Pick it up over here

Have a wonderful Halloween week, everyone! And be sure to check back to see what other awesome Halloween surprises pop up this week! how I went on a ghost hunt in a haunted mansion, and lived to tell!

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