Halloween is coming faster than we can blink, and the list of events is bursting with horror and Halloween happenings throughout October and early November. Take your pick of screenings, parties, haunted houses, horror pop-ups, creepy plays, family-friendly events, pub crawls, scary cruises, vampire balls, and so much more!
“Don’t walk to the theater–RUN!”
Horror Movie Madness Series – (October) The Logan Theatre’s 8th annual October Horror Movie Madness series continues at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. Remaining events include:
- Oct. 22nd-24th – Rosemary’s Baby or Night of the Living Dead.
- Oct. 25th-28th – The Exorcist (Dir. Cut) or Evil Dead II.
- Oct. 29th-31st – Check out a double feature of Halloween (1978) and Halloween (2019).
Horror Month at Hollywood Blvd Cinema – (through Oct. 30th) Horror films, zombie nights, costume contests, and horror movie trivia. 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.
- Oct. 2nd-30th – Zombie nights, horror screenings, parties.
- Oct. 22nd – Horror movie trivia
- Oct. 23rd – Ghostbusters (1984)
- Oct. 24th – Candy Corn (2019)
- Oct. 30th – Halloween (1978) and their 6th annual costume party.
After Dark Horror Program at CIFF – (Oct. 16th-27th) The 55th Chicago International Film Festival has a great horror program each year. Includes both feature films and shorts. AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois, Chicago.
Kuma’s Corner’s HOPS OF HORROR Screenings – (Oct. 24th-31st) Watch horror movies daily (beer pairing suggestions available) through Halloween (all-day Halloween marathon on the 31st). Two movies a day. Includes: Evil Dead II, Return of the Living Dead, The Lost Boys, Hobo with a Shotgun, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Cabin in the Woods, and more. Giveaways & great food. 2900 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60618.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Concert with the Chicago Philharmonic – (Oct. 31st & Nov. 1st at 7:30pm) “This is Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!” Disney in concert screening of Tim Burton’s stop-motion film with the Chicago Philharmonic performing Danny Elfman’s beloved score live! Costume contest, trick-or-treating, and more fun. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605.
The Cat and the Canary Chapel Screening – (Oct. 26th at 7:30pm) A unique viewing experience that is proper Halloween entertainment! Jay Warren performs live organ accompaniment on the E.M. Skinner organ! Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn.
Hereditary with Guest Director Ari Aster – (Oct. 28th) Free! Horror of the Humanities VII at DePaul returns this year with yet another impressive horror discussion opportunity. Ari Aster, director of Hereditary and Midsommar, will be the guest of honor! Interactive Halloween exhibit at 5:00pm; paranormal stage show and séance at 5:30pm, Hereditary screening at 5:45pm, and Q&A at 7:50pm. DePaul University Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL.
Music Box Theatre Screenings – (October) One can always find great genre films at the Music Box Theatre! Located at 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. Genre options listed so far:
- RHPS [35mm] (Oct. 25th, 26th, 30th, 31st) Screening & shadowcast!
- Stalker [35mm] (Oct. 22nd) Tarkovsky sci-fi masterpiece.
- The Lighthouse (Oct. 25th-31st) The Witch director Robert Egger’s new nightmarish psychological horror film.
- Halloween (1978) and Halloween (2018) (Oct. 27th) Double feature hosted by Creepy Co.!
- Tammy and the T-Rex (Nov. 1st & 2nd) To kick off November, they’ve got a midnight screening of the unrated gore cut!
- Found Footage Film Festival Vol. 9 (Nov. 1st & 2nd).
Horror at Doc Films – (through Dec. 5th) Doc Films currently has an excellent vampire series, “A Century of Blood: The Evolution of the Vampire Movie.” Films include: George Romero’s Martin, From Dusk til Dawn, Near Dark, Cronos, Let the Right One In, and What We Do in the Shadows. Furthermore, The Sixth Sense [35mm] screens on Oct. 28th. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
Silent Film Horror with Jay Warren on the Organ – Celebrated organist Jay Warren’s live accompaniment to classic horror films always spices up the experience.
- Oct. 24th – The Phantom of the Opera. FREE! Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton, IL.
- Oct. 25th – Nosferatu. Catlow Theater, 116 W. Main, Barrington, IL 60010.
- Oct. 26th – The Cat and the Canary. Performing on the E.M. Skinner organ. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn.
- Oct. 27th – The Phantom of the Opera. Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein, IL.
- Oct. 28th – Nosferatu. Hoosier Theatre, 1335 119 st., Whiting, IN.
- Oct. 30th – The Phantom of the Opera. Geneva Theatre, 224 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, WI.
- Oct. 31st – Nosferatu. Dundee Library, Fox River Valley Libraries, 555 Barrington, East Dundee, IL.
Perspectives on Horror Series – (Oct. 25th & 31st) Block Cinema explores the history of horror cinema with a critical eye, screenings, and discussions with special guests. The Block Museum, 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston 60608.
- Oct. 25th – Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror at 7pm with guest speaker Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman.
- Oct. 31st – I Walked with a Zombie [35mm] at 7pm with guest Ashley R. Smith.
TROMA Double Feature Horror Nights – (Oct. 27th, Nov. 24th, Dec. 29th) From 6pm-10:30pm, enjoy two Troma flicks! Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
- Oct. 27th – Cannibal! The Musical / Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
- Nov. 24th – The Toxic Avenger / Citizen Toxie
- Dec. 29th – Class of Nuke ‘Em High 1 & 2
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – (Late Saturdays at 11:55pm) Full cast performance each Saturday at midnight. Hollywood Boulevard Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.
McHenry Drive-In – The Addams Family and Beetlejuice (Oct. 25th & 26th) screen as part of their “Trunk-or-Treat Weekend.” Adults $12; Military/Seniors $6; Kids $6; Kids 3 and under get in free. 1510 Chapel Hill Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
Catlow Theater Horror Festival – (Oct. 26th from noon-3am) Director Gary Sherman (Dead & Buried) is the guest of honor, along with screenings of Evil Dead II, Night of the Living Dead, Dead & Buried, Gray Matter, Demons, and more. All ages! Vendors, charity auction. 116 W. Main Street, Barrington, IL 60010.
CARRIE – (Oct. 31st at 8:15pm) The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and the Music Box Theatre co-present a Halloween screening party celebrating this 1976 classic based on a novel by Stephen King. Dress up in your finest ’70s bell bottoms! Film starts at 8:50pm. 12 S. Michigan (Stagg Court, 4th floor), Chicago.
Chicago Park District’s Outdoor Horror Movies – (Oct. 25th) The Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks series presents, “Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island” with an outdoor screening of Interview with the Vampire. Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., Chicago, IL 60605. Marshmallows provided for roasting by the campfire. Please bring your own chairs and blankets. Moves indoors if it rains.
Cat People [35mm] – (Oct. 25th & 31st) Paul Schrader’s 1982 version! Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago.
The Night Eats the World – (Oct. 30th at 8pm) A man gets drunk at a party and wakes to find he’d missed the beginning of a zombie apocalypse while he was passed out. He learns to live in isolation and searches for survivors while trying to stay sane. French Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Avenue.
Halloween Horrorfest at the Pickwick – (Oct. 30th at 7pm) Catch a double feature of Frankenstein (1931) and Dracula (1931). Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL.
Mandy – (Oct. 27th) Nic Cage is better than ever in this wild, bonkers revenge film by Panos Cosmatos. Watch it in style sitting on inflatable couches (available for purchase), snacking on popcorn, and drinking blood red sour beer! Doors open at 7pm. 17+. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, Chicago.
Harper Theater Horror – (Oct. 23rd & 30th at 7:30pm) Pocket Con and First Aid Comics present horror movie Wednesdays at Harper Theater. The theme is “Must-See Black Horror Films,” with great selections like Candyman, Blacula, and more. Trivia hosted by BlurdDotRadio. 5238 S. Harper, Chicago 60615.
Chicago Public Library Horror Movies – (October) Free horror screenings at local libraries every day throughout October! There’s a pretty good variety here.
Comfort Film Halloween – (Oct. 23rd at 8pm) The Soul Tangler (1987) screens outdoors (weather permitting). Curated by Paul Freitag-Fey, programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera. 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago.
The Beverly Art Center – Get Spooky event (Oct. 27th from 2pm-4pm) crafts, dancing, haunted theatre, and more. Dress up for the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Oct. 30th at 7:30pm) with live shadowcast, prizes, and more. 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago.
Horror Screenings at the Film Studies Center – Free horror screenings! 3D glasses provided on Halloween. November kicks off with a Blaxploitation double feature introduced by Allyson Nadia Field (Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde print courtesy of The Chicago Cinema Society). Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago.
- The Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D (Oct. 31st at 7:00pm)
- Blacula and Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde [16mm] (Nov. 1st at 7:00pm)
Chicago Humanities Festival – (through Nov. 10th) Special genre events include a screening of Candyman with a discussion on fear, race, and public housing (Oct. 26th at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.), as well as a discussion on mortality with speaker Caitlin Doughty, “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?” (Oct. 26th at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive).
Ghost Catchers [35mm] – (Oct. 30th at 7:30pm) Chicago Film Society presents this rare screening (not available on DVD, Blu, or streaming). Northeastern Illinois University, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago.
Sinema Obscura Horror Night – (Oct. 30th at 7pm) Horror-themed short films. Raffle winners get a free pair of passes to the New 400 Theaters. 6740Micro, 6740 N. Sheridan.
Bad Femme: Suspiria / Possession – (Oct. 31st at 7pm) Kat Sass and Siichele present a Horror double feature centered around bad femmes. MCA Chicago, Edlis Neeson Theater, 1st floor (Griffin entrance on Pearson St.).
Chicago Park District Halloween – (October) Family-friendly Halloween fun in various Chicago parks. Pumpkin patches, films, seasonal festivals, spooky crafts, haunted houses and Halloween parties.
Alice’s Wonderland of Horrors – (Oct. 30th-Nov. 2nd) Enjoy decadent foods and cocktails while watching spooky performances. Complimentary “welcome poisons and potions” from Monkey 47 Gin. $45 per 2-hour show. Darling Chicago, 905 W. Randolph.
Brauer House Lombard Halloween – The Brauerhouse has all sorts of seasonal fun going on, from Horror Movie Sundays to a Haunted Jeep & Car Show (Oct. 27th), followed by a Costume Contest Nov. 1st! 1000 N. Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.
Halloween Author Event – (Oct. 24th at 7pm) John Everson will be reading from his book The Devil’s Equinox and Brian Pinkerton will discuss The Gemini Experiment. Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast Party – (Oct. 30th at 9pm) Dress vintage and listen to the original recording on vinyl. BYOB. Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Familiar Spirits – (Oct. 24th-26th) Enjoy an evening of supernatural theatre with a séance and horror stories. This space is quite dark – be aware if claustrophobia and/or fear of darkness is an issue. Ages 16+. Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL 60120. Limited seating. $20.
VAMPIRES: Creatures of the Night – (Oct. 24th at 7pm) Martin V. Riccardo presents an evening exploring the mysteries of the vampire, covering all aspects of legends, history, fantasy, and its role in popular culture. Palos Park Public Library, 12330 Forest Glen Blvd., Palos Park, IL.
JURASSIC WORLD Live Tour – (Nov. 1st-3rd) Live action show! Dinosaurs, SPFX, stunts, arena-sized action. Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, IL.
HALLOWEEN POP-UP INSTALLATIONS:
- House of Beetle: Beetlejuice Pop-Up – (through Nov. 1st) Scene recreations, themed drinks. 2239 S. Michigan.
- IT Halloween Pop-Up – (through Nov. 2nd) Hall of mirrors, themed drinks, IT trivia Oct. 24th, IT Halloween party on Oct. 26th. 2833 N. Sheffield.
- Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up – (through Nov. 3rd) Two acres! Large corn maze, games, axe throwing. 1465 N. Elston.
- Navy Pier Pumpkin Lights – (through Nov. 2nd) Jack-o-lantern towers, light displays. 600 E. Grand.
- Nightmare Before Halloween: A Tim Burton Experience – (through Nov. 3rd) Themed cocktails and food. 213 W. Institute Pl.
- The Haunting – (through Nov. 3rd) Immersive exhibit of horror props and walk-through sets. 30,000 sq. ft. 480 Ring Drive, Vernon Hills.
HALLOWEEN PUB CRAWLS:
- A Nightmare on Hubbard Street
- The Annual Purge: Anarchy Halloween Crawl
- Crawl-o-ween Rosemont
- Wrigleyville Halloween Crawl
- Halloween Day Crawl River North
- Halloween Bar Crawl
- Wicker Park Halloween Bar Crawl
- Brew-Ja Crawl
- Logan Square Halloween Parade – (Oct. 27th at 5pm) 3200 W. Logan Blvd.
- Northalsted Halloween Parade – (Oct. 31st at 7:30pm) Halsted at Belmont, up to Brompton.
IT Halloween Party -(Oct. 26th) Party like Stephen King would appreciate from 8pm-2am. Replay, 2833 N. Sheffield.
Terror from the Top Halloween Party – (Oct. 26th) Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan, 94th Fl. Costumes encouraged. 21+.
Nightmare at Navy Pier – (Oct. 26th) Haunted Halloween Ball. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 21+.
Haunted Halloween Ball – (Oct. 26th) Halloween ball and costume party. Congress Plaza, Michigan Avenue near Grant Park. 21+.
Chicago Vampire Ball – (Oct. 26th) Costumes encouraged. Photo contest. SX Sky Bar, 808 S. Michigan. 21+.
Halloween Masquerade – (Oct. 26th) Live music, dancing. Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker.
Freak Show Halloween – (Oct. 26th) Doors open at 8pm through 2am. The Commons Club and Cerise Rooftop will be transformed into a circus with funhouse mirrors, fire breathers, contortionists, stilt performers, bearded ladies, aerialists, snake charmers. Snack on marshmallow popcorn ball treats stuffed with candy, try specialty cotton candy, and more. Live music. Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N. Wabash, 26th Floor.
Halloween Bash and Return of the Bell Witch – (Oct. 26th) Enjoy art by Jonathan Grimm and special brews (like the Bell Witch) from 3pm-10pm. Miskatonic Brewing Company, 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Unit C, Darien, IL 60561.
Godfrey Haunted Hotel – (Oct. 26th at 9pm) Walk through all sorts of haunted rooms on the 5th floor, then join the party up on the rooftop. IO Godfrey, 127 W. Huron, Chicago.
Vampire Ball Chicago – (Oct. 25th at 10pm) Vampire attire and fangs required. Live entertainment. Free validated parking in the lower level of Whole Foods. The Hyde, 5115 S. Harper.
Nightmare on Bourbon Street – (Oct. 31st) Over 30 performances (contortion, aerial, burlesque) in 3 rooms, live music. Doors open at 8pm. 21+. Untitled Supper Club, 111 W. Kinzie.
Nocturna All Hallows’ Eve Ball – (Nov. 1st until 4am) Costume contest with big prizes, GliterGuts photobooth, Goth / industrial / dark music, live performances. 18+. Entry is $15 with costume or $18 without. Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark Street.
BatFest – (Oct. 26th from 10am-2pm) Live bats, pumpkin bowl, costume contests, farmers market, trick-or-treating, Halloween parade, and more activities. Batavia Riverwalk, Batavia, IL.
Boo at the Zoo – (through Oct. 27th) Hayrides, corn maze, costume parade, dance party, pumpkin smashing every hour. Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL 60513.
Clark Street Spooktacular – (Oct. 31st) Street magicians, trick-or-treat the shops, jugglers, stilt walkers, costume contest. 2338 N. Clark.
Day of the Dead Xicágo – (Oct. 27th from 3pm-8pm) Free. Music, art, themed activities, Pan de Muerto. National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, Chicago.
Day of the Dead – (Oct. 27th from 11am-4pm) Decorating and more activities. Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., Lords Park, Elgin, IL 60120.
Dia de los Muertos – (Nov. 3rd from 10am-2pm) Music, make sugar skulls, arts & crafts. Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines, Chicago, IL 60607.
Halloween Boonanza – (Oct. 25th) Trick-or-treating, costume contest, carnival games, haunted train ride, crafts. 505 N. Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60194.
Jack’s Pumpkin Glow – (through Oct. 27th) Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group presents a family-friendly walk through thousands of carved pumpkins. Seasonal food and beverages, live carving demos. All ages. Sensory Garden Playground, 2751 Navistar Dr., Lisle, IL 60532.
Naperville Halloween Happening – (Oct. 27th from 1pm-4pm) Free festival for kids 10 and under. Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavillion, Naperville, IL.
Night of 1,000 Jack-o-Lanterns – (Oct. 23-27) Over 1,000 large, carved pumpkins! Seasonal drinks, garden trail. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022.
Spooky Science – (Oct. 26th at 10:30am) Halloween activities for kids. Dress up in costume! Advance registration required. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 Lake Shore Dr., Chicago.
Spooky Zoo – (Oct. 26th) Corn maze, crafts, costumes, haunted house, trick-or-treat. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark.
Zombie Scramble – (Nov. 2nd) Check in at 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston.
SPLATTER THEATER / I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SPLATTER – (Sept. 28th-Oct. 26th; Oct. 31st) Horror double feature! Their long-running gory play Splatter Theater starts at 8pm, followed by I Know What You Did Last Splatter at 10pm. See both performances for $30. Need more spooky options? The Annoyance also has performances of True Crimes, Burlesque is Gore, and My Baby Loves the Dead. Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.
COUNTESS DRACULA – (Sept. 28th-Nov. 2nd) Set in 19th century New Orleans and New York, an African-American Countess seeks vengeance against an oppressive rich white patriarchy. Bloody violence warning. Bring a poncho or one will be provided for you! Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.
DEVIL’S DAUGHTER Improv – IO Chicago improv. 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago.
THE FACTS OF LIFE – Satan’s School for Girls – (through Nov. 2nd) Hell in a Handbag Productions presents a musical parody on a beloved ’80s TV series. Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark, Chicago.
HELL FOLLOWED WITH HER – (through Nov. 9th) WildClaw Theatre presents a zombie western! Willow Parker has revenge on her mind and spends two years searching for a man until she finally finds him in a small Texas town. However, there’s the pesky little problem of a zombie horde following her. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago.
RABBIT HOLE SOCIETY – (Oct. 22nd at 7:30pm) Once Upon a Reality Productions presents three short plays about hauntings. Stan Mansion, 2408 N. Kedzie, Chicago.
THE APPROXIMATELY 60-MINUTE VARIETY HOUR: Horror Edition – (Oct. 27th at 7pm) Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium co-present horror radio theatre! $10 cash at door. Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark, Chicago.
THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Goes Trick-or-Treating – (through Nov. 3rd) Barrel of Monkeys presents ghost stories written by Chicago elementary students. Sundays at 3pm. Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland, Chicago.
WHOSE BODY? – (Sept. 6th-Nov. 10th) Murder mystery at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626.
X – (Sept. 22nd-Oct. 27th) Sideshow Theatre Company presents a sci-fi story following a space crew on Pluto, billions of miles from home, who haven’t had a message from Earth in three weeks. The silence becomes deafening. Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614.
EVENTS / OUTINGS:
THE SILENCE IN HARROW HOUSE: An immersive Puppet Haunted House – (through Nov. 10th) Rough House Theatre presents a tour of the Harrow House without a guide, surrounded by cosmic horrors, puppetry, and sound design. Ages 14+. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago.
13th Floor Haunted House – (Sept. 13th – Nov. 9th) Now bigger! Almost 40,000 sq. ft. Ages 12+. 1940 George St., Melrose Park, IL 60160.
Basement of the Dead Haunted House – (Sept. 13th – Nov. 2nd) Shoot zombies with military style laser weapon replicas. 42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60506.
Evil Intentions Haunted House – (Sept. 27th-Nov. 2nd) 55,000 sq. ft.! 900 Grace St., Elgin, IL 60120.
Midnight Terror Haunted House – (Sept. 27th-Nov. 2nd) 5520 W. 111th, Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead – (Oct. 3rd-Nov. 2nd) 17250 S. Weber Rd., Lockport, IL 60441.
Factory of Fear Haunted House – (Sept. 27th-Oct. 31st) 5027 4th Ave., Moline, IL 61265.
Massacre Haunted House – (Sept. 27th-Nov. 2nd) 299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538.
Hellsgate Haunted House – (Oct. 3rd-Nov. 2nd) 3101 Canal St., Lockport, IL 60441.
Realm of Terror – (Sept. 28th-Nov. 2nd) 421 W. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073.
Dungeon of Doom – (Sept. 27th-Nov. 9th) 600 29th St., Zion, IL 60099.
Horror Movie Trivia – (Oct. 28th at 7pm) Pinstripes, 7 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523.
Dark History and Horror Con – (Oct. 26th & 27th) Educational convention with a focus on true crime and more with special guests, authors, artists, and horror characters. Guests include: Wyatt Weed, Bob Elmore, John Borowski, Claire Llewellyn, The City Center, 503 S. Chestnut, Champaign, IL 61820.
Dark Arts Faire – (Nov. 2nd from 5pm-11pm) Free! Dark arts vendors. Reggies, 2nd fl., 2105 S. State Street.
Metal Bingo – (Mondays through Dec. 30th) Play metal bingo at Brauer House! FREE event. All metal DJ. Bingo prizes, appetizers half-off, $6 Long Islands/Zombies, $2 PBR pints, $3.00 call shots. Roll call begins at 8pm; games start at 9pm. Brauer House Lombard, 1000 N. Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.
Troll Hunt! – (through June 2020) Search across 1700 acres of The Morton Arboretum for troll sculptures ranging from 15ft. to 30ft. tall! Tips: Check the site for info, maps, and locations so you do not get lost and please do not go without wearing some form of strong bug spray. Extra tips HERE. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532. Troll Cheat Sheet!
Space Golf – (Daily) Alien-themed outer space fun with blacklight mini golf, 3D golfing, holograms, a Sci-Fi Cafe, and more. 15611 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60462.
Bad Axe Throwing – (Days/times vary) Group rates apply or do a walk-in for $20 for one hour. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.
TOURS, ESCAPE ROOM:
Fox in a Box Escape Room – Visit their newest room, Zodiac, which is themed on the successor to the Zodiac Killer. The room was scenically designed by a designer from the Field Museum. 47 W. Polk, Suite L5, Chicago, IL 60605. (Recently ranked #1 escape room in the USA and #2 in the world for the month of March 2019.)
Chicago Rage Room – Got rage? Get rid of it pronto with the sweetest release (without hurting anyone!). Pay for items to break or bring your own! Room prices begin at $15. (Reservations required.) 153 W. Ohio, Chicago, IL 60654.
Chicago Ghost Tours App – A free app for enjoying audio and photo tours of Chicago’s Haunted Archer Avenue is available, courtesy of Edward Shanahan, a fellow ChicagoNOW blogger (check out his blog, Chicago Paranormal & Spiritual). He is also a psychic and paranormal host who has worked on making his app a great addition to fans of Haunted Archer. The app includes 16 locations and 6 cemeteries. Free download! Shanahan also has a free online magazine.
Mind Trap Escape Rooms – Solve the clues to get out within 60 minutes! 299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538. (630) 216-9609.
Chicago Hauntings Bus Tours – One of the longest-running ghost tours in Chicago, each 2.5 hour tour is led by founder, paranormal investigator, and author Ursula Bielski and her partner, author David Cowan. Routine stops include locations of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Death Alley, gangland sites, murder sites, and more. Departs at the Congress Hotel. For schedules, all tours, and background information, please see ChicagoHauntings.com.
- Titanic Masquerade (Oct. 25th)
- Rock the Yacht Midnight Party (Oct. 25th)
- Haunted Halloween Party Cruise (Oct. 26th)
- Halloween Midnight Booze Cruise (Oct. 26th)
- Halloween Midnight Yacht Party (Oct. 26th)
- Haunted Ghost Ship (Oct. 31st)
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