Fright Fest at Six Flags
Fright Fest at Six Flags

Chicago Supernatural Ghost Tours “Ghosthunter” Richard T. Crowe leads bus tours of graveyards, gangster massacre sites, and disaster locales.  Through 11/1: Mon-Fri 7-11 PM, Sat-Sun 1-5 PM and 7-11 PM, Goose Island Brew Pub, 1800 N. Clybourn, 708-499-0300,, $44-$54.

Creatures of the Night Nocturnal animals including fruit bats, owls, and spiders will make a daytime appearance at this event to educate kids about their habits and adaptation tricks.  Sat 10/31, noon-3 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, 312-922-2322. 

Dead on Division Joints on Division between Rush and Clark (and the Hangge Uppe on Elm) pitch in for this street spectacle including costume contests, a scavenger hunt, palm reading, and drink specials.  Sat 10/31, 7 PM,

Dream Reapers Haunted House These 22 rooms—”14,000 square feet of sheer terror”—feature animatronics and more than 40 actors. All ages allowed, though it’s not recommended for young children.  Through 10/31: Thu, Sun 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, and Tue-Wed 10/27-10/28, 7-10 PM, Dream Reapers Haunted House, 1945 Cornell, Melrose Park, 708-344-2084,, $16-$30.

Dungeon of Doom Haunted House 60 actors roam attractions like Dead Bums Alley, Cabin of Carnage, and Sewer Underground. Not recommended for kids under 13.  Through 10/31: Wed-Thu 7-10 PM, Fri 7 PM-late (“till the last body crawls”), Sat 6 PM-late, Sun 6-10 PM, Dungeon of Doom, 2701 Deborah, Zion, 262-331-0092,, $15-$35.

The Fear Haunted House Zombie Army Productions presents a nautical-themed haunted house designed for teen and adult audiences. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Through 11/1: Thu, Sun 6-10 PM, Fri-Sat 6-11 PM, and Wed 10/28, 6-10 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 773-843-3327,, $20-$25.

Franken Plaza Halloween-themed activities including mask making, as well as performances by acrobatic troupe the Midnight Circus and fire-dancing troupe Pyrotechniq.  10/23-10/31: Thu-Sun 11 AM-8 PM, Mon-Wed 11 AM-3 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-744-3315,

Fright Fest Six Flags offers a series of Halloween-themed weekends, including kid-friendly events like the Candy Trail and performances by the Wiggles, as well as a zombie parade, a mesmerism performance, a monster musical, and a freak show. Horror movie screenings and the haunted-house areas cost extra. On 10/24 at 7:30 PM, Six Flags will host “Thrill the World,” part of a worldwide attempt to break the world record for most people simultaneously dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (no advance registration required, participants must pay regular admission).  Through 11/1: Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 10 AM-10 PM, Sun 10 AM-9 PM, Six Flags Great America, 542 N. Rte. 21, Gurnee, 847-249-4636, $35.

Hallowed Halls: On Stage! Family activities including mask and costume making, a playwriting and acting workshop with arts-education theater ensemble Barrel of Monkeys, and a performance by the ensemble of a Halloween version of their play That’s Weird, Grandma.  Sat 10/31, 10 AM-1:30 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630,

Haunted Hotel This costume ball features a performance by Kaya Jones, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, and music from local DJs including Nathan Scott, Victor R, and Rock City.  Sat 10/31, 8 PM-2 AM, W Hotel Chicago City Center, 172 W. Adams, 312-332-1200,, $30.

Houdini Seance Supernatural Chicago re-creates a Victorian seance on the anniversary of Houdini’s death.  Sat 10/31, 7:15 PM, Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn, 800-979-3370,, $25.

Mind Shivers Psychic Sidney Friedman performs his annual show of telepathy, ESP, and premonition.  Sat 10/31, 8 PM, Sun 11/1, 7 PM, Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-1830,, $17, two-drink minimum.

North Halsted Halloween Parade The theme of this year’s parade, which runs on Halsted between Belmont and Addison, is “Mad Hatter’s Ball.” The street will be closed to other traffic from about 3 to 9 PM. Registration for the costume contest and parade starts at 4 PM.  Sat 10/31, 6 PM, 312-391-3355,

Pumpkin Patches The Chicago Park District allows kids to pick out and decorate pumpkins in parks around the city, as well as offering hayrides, petting zoos, games, pony rides, and more. See for a complete schedule and list of locations and prices.  Through 10/31: Fridays-Sundays,, $1-$5.

Reaper’s Realm Haunted Attractions This haunted house boasts “three floors of terror” and attractions including the Haunted Mansion, Reaper Woods, Psycho Circus, and Carnevil.  Through 10/31: Fri-Sat 7 PM-midnight, Sun 7-10 PM, plus Wed-Thu 10/28-10/29, 7-10 PM, Reaper’s Realm Haunted House, 626 177th St., Hammond, Indiana,, $10-$35.

Richardson Corn Maze This corn maze, one of the largest in the world, hosts costume nights Fri-Sat 10/23-10/24 (those in costume get a dollar off admission but aren’t allowed to scare other customers) and a five-acre section of maze haunted by local firefighters on Halloween proper.  Through 11/1: Wed-Thu 3-10 PM, Fri 3-11 PM, Sat 10 AM-11 PM, Sun noon-10 PM, Richardson Farm, 9407 Richardson Road, Spring Grove, 815-675-9729,, $8.50-$11.50.

Rosehill Cemetery Tour The Pleasant Home Foundation sponsors this tour of the Rosehill Cemetery Chapel by Joseph L. Silsbee scholar Christopher Payne, who’ll discuss the architect’s memorial work and mortuary chapels. After the chapel, the group will visit the family gravesite of Pleasant Home architect George W. Maher, where Maher scholar Kathleen Cummings will lecture on his life and work. There’s also a free tour of the cemetery from 10 AM to noon.  Sat 10/24, 1 PM, Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N. Ravenswood,, $15.

Seadog Haunted Tours Costumed tour guides will describe “supernatural and odd occurrences” from Chicago’s history, including the Fort Dearborn massacre and the Eastland Disaster, on this cruise along the Chicago River.  Through 10/31: Fri-Sat 6:15 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-822-7200,, $27 adults, $15 kids 4-12, kids under 4 free.

Spooky Science Admission is free all day on Halloween; activities on that day and the preceding weekend include pumpkin smashing, slime making, cow-eye dissection, and a haunted coal mine.  Through 10/31: Sat-Sun 9:30 AM-4 PM, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th and Lake Shore Dr., 773-684-1414,

Spooky Zoo Spectacular Early trick-or-treating for kids, plus crafts and entertainment.  Sat 10/24, 11 AM-2 PM, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon, 312-742-2000. 

Statesville Haunted Prison Prison-themed haunted house with 30 “maximum-security cells” and a City of the Dead. Ages 10+; kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Through 11/1: Thu, Sun 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, plus Tue-Wed 10/27-10/28, 7-10 PM, Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, 17250 S. Weber, Crest Hill, 877-722-7332,, $30-$40.

Trails of Terror This re-creation of a seaside town haunted by the ghostly remains of a boat crew boasts half a mile of “spine-tingling terror.” Not recommended for children under eight.  Fri-Sun 10/23-10/25 and Thu-Sat 10/29-10/31, 6:30-9:30 PM, Peterson Park, 5801 N. Pulaski, 312-742-7584, $8-$10.

Wunder’s Cemetery Tour Goldie’s Place, a support center for the homeless, hosts an hour-long “all-lights-out” tour of Wunder’s Cemetery. Afterward the group will head to the nearby Holiday Club (4000 N. Sheridan), where your tour ticket will get you one free drink.  Fri 10/30, 8 PM, Wunder’s Cemetery, 3963 N. Clark, 847-909-0767,, $20.

For a roundup of Halloween-related theater events, see page 68.