Halloween returns to Chicago with Halloweek 2021 events, trick-or-treating & more

Halloween returns to Chicago with Halloweek  2021 events, trick-or-treating & more

“We are so proud of how far our city has come in regards to COVID-19, and we are excited to celebrate Halloween safely once again in 2021,”
…CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D.

Halloween is back in Chicago with trick-or-treating, parades and special event all getting a green light, Highlighting the celebration from October 23 to October 30 is Halloweek.

Halloweek events and activities

The week kicks off with the UPSIDE DOWN Parade in Washington Park on October 23 from 12–3pm. The UPSIDE DOWN Parade features dancers, musicians, circus acrobats and other creative groups that will entertain attendees as they make their way down the parade route. Other happenings include:

  • Chicago Park District with support from sponsors Mars Wrigley and Xfinity, the Chicago Police Department, The Chicago Public Library among others will help residents celebrate ‘Halloweek on the Block’ with eleven pop-ups on residential streets throughout Halloweek 
  • The Chicago Park District will host virtual and in-person programming throughout the week from October 23 to October 30, including the Campfire Horror Movie Series.
  • Blommer Chocolate Company is creating 10,000 Halloween bags filled with candy and other goodies to help Chicagoans celebrate safely, which will be distributed at Halloweek activities and events. There will also be “golden tickets” hidden in select bags. Winners will receive an exclusive 10 lb. Blommer Chocolate bar.
  • The grand finale of Halloweek is LUMA8’s 7th annual Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade on State Street on October 30 from 6–8pm. The parade celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” and showcases Chicago’s diverse cultural community with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances — all set against the backdrop of historic State Stree t.

For more information visit ChicagoHalloweek.org)


The annual Día de los Muertos Celebration at Maxwell Street Market featuring music, a sugar skull workshop, pumpkin decorating and more returns on October 31 from 9am – 3pm. 

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