Your guide to a truly spooky Halloween

Your guide to a truly spooky Halloween

Happy Halloween! This is your last chance to scare the crap out of yourself before you’re forcefully immersed in holiday cheer. Fortunately, you have Chicago Quirk to help you make the most out of your Halloween night.

The Northalsted Halloween Parade is a Chicago classic. Miss Foozie hosts the annual celebration that steps off from Halsted and Waveland at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Apocalypse Is Coming.” If you want to march in the parade, sign up at Circuit from 4 – 6 p.m.

Can’t get enough of horror movies? Here’s more tonight: Ada Street is screening “Halloween”; The Music Box Theatre is showing the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”; The Logan Square Theatre is also playing “Halloween;” the Portage Theater is screening “Jeepers Creepers”; and Lincoln Hall is showing “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Beetlejuice.”

Want to channel a few ghosts? The Chicago History Museum is hosting an evening of stories, macabre histories and a seance. Tickets are $30. Click here to reserve your spot.

If you haven’t kept up with my haunted house reviews, shame on you check out Dream Reapers, Fear City or Screams in the Park.

And if you’re looking to do a little ghost exploration on your own, you’ll want to start with these Chicago spots:

Archer Avenue near Resurrection Cemetery is home to Chicago’s most famous ghost: Resurrection Mary. This vanishing hitchhiker is known to ask for rides near the cemetery and then disappear from inside the car. Nobody knows who Mary was, but the most common tale is that she was was a young girl leaving from a night of dancing at the Willowbrook Ballroom. If you’re out on Archer, be on the lookout for a young girl in a white dress. But I wouldn’t stop to give her a ride…

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Midlothian is not only the most haunted cemetery in Illinois, but it’s also one of the most haunted in the country. Since the 1970s there have been hundreds of reports of weird sights and sounds in and around the cemetery; floating orbs, a phantom house, a ghost car, a man driving an old fashioned horse-drawn plow, a woman in white wandering around with a baby in her arms. Paranormal experts and ghost hunters have taken some pretty convincing photos. If you want to find a ghost, this is where you go.

During the Great Chicago Fire a pump worker hanged himself in the old Water Tower rather than burn alive in the fire. Over the years many visitors have reported seeing the shadow of a man dangling in the upstairs window.

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