Halloween Happenings Chicago 2014: Calendar of Events and Activities

Halloween Happenings Chicago 2014: Calendar of Events and Activities
Scare up some fun at Boo-Palooza 2014 in Wicker Park

Halloween hoopla is alive and well in Chicago with a trick-and-treat filled calendar of events for ghosts and goblins of all ages.

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Fright Fest at Great America

Six Flags Great America’s annual Fright Fest offers six weekends of spooky theme-park fun, centered around six haunted attractions and six live shows. The park remains family friendly until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and until 5 p.m. every other day, so you can bring your little ones and avoid the chainsaw-wielding maniacs. If zombie and monsters don’t scare you, maybe a spin on Goliath will do the trick? Through November 2.

Disturbia Screams in the Park

Looking for a haunted house? The Disturbia Torment of Fears is combining forces with Rosemont’s Screams in the Park promising to be the scariest haunted house ever. Visitors will be told to go down below where they’ll go through 35 rooms of chills and thrills.

North Halsted Street Halloween Parade

The North Halsted Street Halloween Parade, is never a drag, as it always puts a special spin on Halloween.  Back for its 18th go around, the Parade has no equal in any other large American city. Watch from the sidelines or join the marchers—the choice is yours.  North Halsted Street. Friday, October 31. Registration. 6:30 p.m. Step-Off at 8:00 p.m. from Belmont and Halsted, north to Addison.

Symphony Center Presents Hallowed Haunts

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago will once again treat the audience with an afternoon of symphonic thrills and chills at their annual Hallowed Haunts concert. Costumes welcome. Tickets required. Saturday, October 25, 3 p.m., pre-concert activities, 1:30 p.m.

 Boo-Palooza in Wicker Park

Boo-Palooza 2014 scares up a day of Halloween happenings with over 50 organizations combining to present a special celebration in Wicker Park Gardens. The event features costume contests for children and adults at 11 a.m. and for dogs at noon with prizes . Fun, games, performances, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, dancing, a maze, a midway, bobbing for apples and more. Wicker Park Garden, 1425 N Damen, from 10am -2pm on Saturday, October 25.

Spook Tea-Sip if You Dare

Chicago’s Drake Hotel (40 E Walton Pl.) is offering a number of Halloween events under the umbrella of “Nightmare on Walton Street”. One of the events, Spook Tea-Sip if You Dare takes a new spin on afternoon tea with a Halloween themed tea party during the week of Monday, October 27th, through Friday, October 31st (1 to 4:30 p.m.).  For an additional fee a Haunted Tea & Tour Package can be added to the tea–if you dare. For reservations call 312 932 4619

Happy Hauntings at the Cultural Center

Head to the “People’s Palace” for Halloween fun featuring spooky decorations, family-friendly activities, music, theater performances, arts & crafts and more.  Oct. 23: 4-7 p.m.; Oct. 24, 25 & 26: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 78 E. Washington

Movie buffs…

“Flick or Treat”, the fourth annual Halloween-themed movie program on Southport features programs for all ages including four Halloween themed shorts programs and features, costume contests, and ends just in time for the Trick or Treat on Southport, just outside the doors of the Music Box Theatre. Music Box Theatre, October 26.

After Dark, presented by the Chicago International Film Festival, offers 11 very scary films, representing 8 countries, in their “After Dark” series. If you really want to be scared, check out: “The Babadook”, “It Follows” or “The Well.” October 9-23.


Public House Theatre is scaring up a Halloween treat with “A Nightmare on Backstreet: A Boy Band Musical Parody” that takes the story and characters of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and sets it to the music of the Backstreet Boys.  Opens October 17th and continues Fridays and Saturdays through October 31.

Navy Pier

Head to Chicago’s top visitor attraction, Navy Pier, for a one-stop Halloween celebration. Step inside Navy Pier’s “The Fear” Haunted House if you dare…or if you don’t have the guts (or have small children) head to their Fear(less) Haunted House. There’s a full month of Halloween happenings from October 2 to November 2.

Seadog Haunted Tours

Also at Navy Pier…the Seadog Haunted Tours.  These tours take guests on a nighttime architectural cruise revealing ghostly secrets about the Windy City. Eerie-costumed tour guides highlight infamous incidents and supernatural occurrences from Chicago’s history.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from Sunday, October 5 through Halloween, Friday, October 31.

Movie Sing-A-Long & Costume Party at the Auditorium Theatre

This Halloween Auditorium Theatre launches its “Made in Chicago” Movie Series on Halloween with a trip back to the 1920’s. The free event features a “Speakeasy” with period inspired cocktails (cash bar) and cabaret artist Kimberly Lawson singing the songs of Kander and Ebb  at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. sing-a-long and the film, “Chicago.”  Guests are encouraged wear Jazz-era costumes and compete for prizes.

Animal Lovers…

Ghost Tours at Lincoln Park Zoo are available Thursdays throughout Oct. (2, 9, 16, 23, and 30) from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 ($24 for members). Ticketholders must be at least 8-years-old and accompanied by a guardian. Snacks will be available for purchase throughout the evening. For guests who are 21 and older, beer and wine will also be available.

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. Starts, October 18 at Brookfield Zoo.

Halloween at Chicago Botanic Gardens

Chicago Botanic Gardens goes all out for Halloween with awesome decorations and events including a Spooky Pooch Parade, HallowFest, Trains and Tricks & Treats. A highlight for many is the Spooky Pooch Parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 18—the only day of the year dogs are allowed at the Garden. Participants are invited to dress up their dogs, mingle in the Krasberg Rose Garden and walk a special parade route. Judges will award prizes for Best Overall Halloween Costume, Events take place October 18 through Sunday, October 26.

Scarecrows on Parade

Clark Street in Lincoln Park hosts its annual Scarecrows on Parade from Saturday, October 11 through Friday, October 31, 2014.  Clark Street between Armitage and Diversey, and on the south side of Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview.  For a complete list of participants, click here, beginning October 10.

The Great Pumpkin Fest 2014 in Highwood

The Great Pumpkin Fest 2014, is a popular annual Halloween celebration in North Suburban Highwood which seems to grow bigger every year. This year’s fest is scheduled for October 17-19.  This fun event features family activities, 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, pumpkin carving and more.  Downtown Highwood.

Scarecrow Fest® in St. Charles

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 10-12. Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown St. Charles (Main St. & 3rd).

City of Chicago Halloween

Happy Hauntings at the Chicago Cultural Center offers a variety of events and activities October 23 through October 26, click here for schedule of events. 78 E. Washington.

Looking for treats…

  • Falafill in Lakeview is inviting trick or treaters to stop by for complimentary ‘BOOklava’!—Falafill’s freshly baked baklava will be offered all day on Halloween for those looking for something more than a snickers bar.
  • Pinstripes in Northbrook, South Barrington and Oak Brook are calling all trick or treaters to stop by for complimentary candy and a Halloween costume contest beginning at 8 p.m. on Halloween.

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