Chicago October 2012: A Round-up of Halloween Happenings and More.

Chicago October 2012: A Round-up of Halloween Happenings and More.
Get ready to scare up some Halloween fun on Franken Plaza

CHICAGO, Friday, October 5, 2012.  Great Haunts…and haunting events take over Chicago’s October calendar. There’s something for everyone, every day so treat yourself to some thrills, chills and terror-filled events.

1. The North Halsted Street Halloween Parade.

This always outrageous event is back for its 16th consecutive year. The Northalsted Halloween Parade has no equal in any other large American city. Watch from the sidelines or get into the mix, either way it’s a night you won’t forget. This year’s theme, Apocalypse 2012, is sure to bring out a group of creative souls baring their alter egos, dark sides, and shadows, to the world on Halloween, parading them down one of Chicago’s hottest nightclub districts: North Halsted Street. Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 4p.m. Registration. 7 p.m. Step-Off, Belmont & Halsted.

2. Daley Plaza Becomes Franken Plaza.

Every October, the city of Chicago gets into the Halloween spirit by converting Daley Plaza into Franken Plaza for some spooktacular fun and games.  The transformation kicks off Friday October 26  and runs for five days through Halloween, on Wednesday, October 31.  Partake in special Halloween activities plus watch the Midnight Circus with its unique brand of comedy, music and acrobatics will take place daily…on Daley.

3. The Annual Monster Bash.

Saturday, October 27 is the big bash on Daley Plaza, the Monster Bash. The bash includes a Kids Costume Contest for children 12 and under at noon, trick or treating and hayrides.

4. A Hot Costume Show at Carnivale.

Do you want to make a fashion statement this Halloween? Check out the Hot Costume Show “Where the Wild Things Are” at Carnivale.  The show will feature models in intricate costumes, hair, head-to-toe body paint and makeup, masks and accessories. The Halloween Fashion Show will travel through the bar, the restaurant and balcony areas of Carnivale on Thursday, October 11. Guests will receive one complimentary signature Carnivale cocktail along with appetizers for the $20 (advance); $25 (door) ticket price.  Spectators are encouraged to take photos with the models and select their favorite costumes for the upcoming Halloween festivities. 1120 W. Fullerton.

5. 13 Terrors at Theater on the Lake

Terror reigns at the eerie Theater on the Lake as visitors confront evil clowns, a spinning vortex and the creepy mausoleum filled with deadly ghouls. Oct. 19-21 & 26-28; 7 to 10 p.m.
 Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
  Recommended for ages 8 and up; free parking available at Diversey Harbor north of Fullerton Ave. on Cannon Dr.
  Admission $10. Purchase tickets online or at the door.

6. Haunted Indoor Drive-In Movie Series

The Haunted Indoor Drive-In Movie Series
 in Wicker Park features the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The line-up: Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
;  Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
; Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
 and Sunday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
.  1425 N. Damen Ave., (312) 742 7553
• Admission $2 to each screening. 
 Children must be accompanied by an adult.

7. A Night Out with Dracula

Date night: Spend A Night Out with Dracula
 on Monday, Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.
 in  Olympia Park, 6566 N. Avondale Ave., (773) 631-6861
.  All ages
, Admission $12. 
The family friendly event includes dinner, art projects, entertainment, a photo opportunity with The Count and more.

8. A Night of Fright at the Chicago History Museum.

On Friday, October 12, 6:30 p.m., the Chicago History Museum will host Mysterious Museum and Garden of the Dead.  This night of fright begins with a curator-led flashlight tour of the eerier parts of the Chicago History Museum. Curator Jill Austin will give an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the areas of the building she has experienced while working late nights. After the museum tour, the journey moves outdoors to Lincoln Park as, Lincoln Park Hidden Truths Project director, Pamela Bannos discusses Chicago hauntings including the park’s plagued past.

9.  Seadog Haunted Tours.

Experience the sights, frights and delights of Chicago on this nighttime architectural tour lead by eerie-costumed tour guides that will highlight the infamous massacres and supernatural occurrences from Chicago’s history.  All ages, Tours run Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from October 12th – October 27th and Wednesday, October 31st. Seadog Haunted Tours tours run from 6:15p.m. to 7:15 pm from Navy Pier and are $28.95 plus tax for adults, and $17.95 plus tax for children ages 4 through 12. Children ages 3 and under are free.

10. Dr. Metronome and the Orchestra of Doom.

Spend a spine-chilling afternoon of Halloween fun at Symphony Center on Saturday, October 27, 2012.  The annual Hallowed Haunts concert features the Civic Orchestra of Chicago performing some of the most deliciously spooky music ever composed. Don your Halloween costume and come early for preconcert activities in the Rotunda from 1:30 to 2:30. Recommended for ages 5 and up; infants will not be admitted.

11. Get Lit at the Great Pumpkin Fest 2012 in Highwood.

The Great Pumpkin Fest 2012 (October 18-20). Highwood will be attempting to break a new “lit-pumpkin” record by lighting 32,000 jack-o-lanterns in one location; they will surpass the highest number of people simultaneously carving pumpkins (the current record is 965 participants); and they will win the title of “longest line of pies” by lining up more than 800 of pumpkin pies. This insane event also features pumpkin bowling, costume contests, a “land regatta” where townspeople race 200-300 pound pumpkins on a 150-yard course, street vendors, live music, haunted hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, food, drinks, and of course pumpkin carving. It is an amazing event for all ages. Downtown Highwood.

12. Shipwrecked on The Kanan Yacht.

This annual Halloween blow-out takes place aboard the Kanan Yatch. There’s a costume contest, music, a cash bar $30. Saturday, October 27.   9p.m. to 12:30p.m.

13.  Zombie 5K Shuffle & Pub Crawl for Saturday, October 27 has been Canceled.

14. Mischief Night.

The Hyde Park Art Center hosts Mischief Night each year: a free, day-long, collaborative community arts festival that allows everyone to be a little (or a lot) playful, mischievous, and imaginative. The event on Saturday, October 27 offers something for all ages from family friendly art making activities during the day from 1-6 pm and fun opportunities to after 6p.m. activities for adults to discover their inner artist. Hyde Park Center, 1p.m. to 10p.m.

15. Tomb Talks and Ghost Stories.

On Fridays, October 19, 26 and Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m., the Chicago History Museum will host, Tomb Talks and Ghost Stories.  On this spooky night visitors will gather on the grounds of the original city cemetery and cozy up next to the only remaining tomb -the Couch family tomb. The first half of the bone-chilling hour will introduce you to the history of the cemetery while the last half focuses on ghost story telling.

16. Boo – Palooza Wicker Park.

Boo-Palooza 2012 will feature Costume Contests for Children and Dogs with Prizes, Games for Children and Dogs, Performances, The Magic Boat Puppet Show, Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Decorating with Easel Art Studio, Dancing, Old Fashioned Activities like Needle in a Straw stack and Bobbing for Apples, a In-Door Haunted Movie on Saturday, October 27th from 10a.m. to 2p.m
. 1425 N. Damen Ave.

17. The Annual Double Door Halloween Bash.

Double Door’s popular Halloween Bash turns 16 years this year and it’s still going strong. This year’s bash on Saturday October 27 features bands performing, in costume and in character, as classic artists, and EVERYONE – even the bartenders – are in costume. 1572 N Milwaukee Ave., Doors: 8p.m.  Show: 8:30p.m. $12, Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 21 and over.

18. October 20, 2012: Spooky Zoo Spectacular.

The annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular at Lincoln Park Zoo offers a day of family-fun with trick-or-treating, entertainment, arts and crafts, educational activities and more. Costumes suggested. Saturday, October 20.

19. Creatures of the Night
 at Garfield Park Conservatory.

Check out 
nocturnal creatures such as fruit bats, owls, spiders and wolves at The Garfield Park Conservatory on Halloween night.  Enjoy “Boo-grass” music, planting activities, treats and more.  Costumes are encouraged. Wednesday, Oct. 31; 4p.m. to 8 p.m.
  Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
  $3 suggested donation; kids 3 and under free.

20. Halloween Arts and Crafts

Create your own Halloween decorations with materials provided at this free admission Arts and Crafts activity on
 Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
  McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd., (312) 747-6527
.  All ages

21. Pumpkins in the Park 5K Run and Walk.

The 13th annual Pumpkins in the Park 5K is presented by Chicago Park District and Fleet Feet Sports. Participants of all ages come dressed in costume. Pumpkins in the Park 5K Run and Walk takes place on 
Saturday, Oct. 27
.  3p.m. CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints (12 years and under)
; 5 p.m. 5K Run
.  $30 for 5K run before Oct. 21, $35 during race week; $15 CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints.  Post-race activities include a kid’s costume parade, adult costume contest, pumpkin decorating, refreshments, and live music. To register, visit  All registered participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag.  Lincoln Park South Field House, 1800 N. Stockton Dr. at LaSalle

22. Boo! At the Zoo.

Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! At the Zoo is a not-so-scary family friendly that offers something for the entire family to enjoy from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. The event features a 7,000-square-foot corn maze, a hay ride, a costume parade, a costume showcase, and Halloween-themed crafts, and more. The Costume Parade kicks off on both days at the zoo’s North Gate at 1p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21,  Brookfield Zoo.

23.  Scarecrow Fest®

Check out the amazing and creative Scarecrows plus vendors, food, drink entertainment and more at this kick-off to the Halloween Season in St. Charles. Friday to Sunday, October 5-7. Friday & Saturday: 9am to 9pm. Sunday: 9am to 6pm. Downtown St. Charles (Main St. & 3rd).

24.Halloween Snoozeum Sleepover.

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is holding a Halloween-Themed sleepover on October 12. The sleepover is filled with fun activities including how to light up a jack-o-lantern in a fiery Halloween chemistry extravaganza plus a haunted ride through the coal mine. $45, registration required. Ages 6-12.

25. The Green City Halloween Harvest Ball.

Throw on your spookiest Halloween costume and join the Green City Market Junior Board for their second annual fall fundraiser, Halloween Harvest Ball.  The ghoulish event will feature many of Chicago’s top chefs, pastry chefs and mixologists offering seasonal bites and drinks utilizing products from Green City Market farms.  Tickets are $75, $65 for Friends of the Market.  Ravenswood Event Center on Sunday, October 28 from 4p.m. to 8p.m.

26. Crafted…a party for charity.

Though not exactly a Halloween Party this event will be a chic and modern evening of inspired music, handcrafted cocktails and unique local eats benefiting SOS Children’s Villages Illinois during the “Halloween season.”  Samplings of local favorites include Voges Chocolate and Terry’s Toffee, small batch wines, hand crafted cocktails, craft beers, and fun food.  In addition to the Crafted Boutique featuring SOS Children’s artwork, an original painting by renowned artist, Matt Lamb, valued at $14,900 with three books reflecting his artwork will be auctioned.  The event will begin at six pm Thursday, October 18th 2012 at the River East Art Center in Chicago. Tickets are available online or call 312 372 8200.

27. A Victorian Halloween Party.

Death Comes to the Tanner House: Your Host, Edgar Allan Poe at the Aurora Historical Society. $15 includes refreshments. Reservations online or call 630 0650. October 25-30. Not suitable for ages under 13. Oak and Cedar Sts., Aurora.

28. Learn About Things That Go Bump in the Night at Harper College.

TV’s John Zaffis creator and host of the popular SyFy Channel reality series “Haunted Collector” will talk about ghostly encounters and discuss his collection of paranormal artifacts on Tuesday, October 16 at Harper College. For tickets, visit Harper College or contact the box office at 847-925-6100. Harper College’s J Building Theater, Room J143, Building J at 7 p.m. 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

29. “White Trash Drinking Bash” at Porkchop.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 27 for Porkchop’s Hillbillies & Hellcats Halloween Party featuring $3 PBR Tallboys, $3 Moonshine shots and $3 Jim Beam Devil’s Cut shots. Plus Fried Lamb Brains with a garlic beet sauce. Guests are encouraged to come in costume for the Best Costume Contest.  9 p.m. to 3 a.m. 941 W. Randolph, 312 733 9333.

30. Pioneer Tavern Group Hosts Haunted House Bus Trip to Statesville.

On Thursday, October 25 a bus will leave from both Lottie’s Pub and The Pony to the Haunted House at Statesville prison. The event will begin at both locations with registration followed by a $40 per person package, which includes one hour of domestic drafts. The package also includes transportation to Statesville Haunted Prison on a coach bus, haunted house admission and refreshments to and from. Sign up by visiting or


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