Some events require advance registration or reservations; call ahead to confirm.


Chicagoween The city’s annual celebration at Daley Plaza opens tonight from 5 to 8 with performances by the Midnight Circus. Children’s activities continue through the month, including pumpkin decorating, mask making, and a storytelling and face-painting tent hosted by the cast of Wicked. a Through 10/31: Wed 11 AM-3 PM, Thu-Sun 11 AM-8 PM, Richard J. Daley Civic Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-744-3315, F

Avondale Park Haunted House a 7-9:30 PM, 3516 W. School, 773-478-1410, $2.

Fall Campfire Storytelling

a 5:30-7 PM, Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1359 N. Sacramento, 312-742-7549. F


Devil’s Night Ball 2 Live music, costume contest, and giveaways. a 7 PM, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, 773-252-6179, logansquare, $13.

Harvest Festival a 10 AM-3 PM, North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, 312-742-7529, also Sunday. F

Halloween Pumpkin Patches The Chicago Park District sponsors “patches” featuring pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and other family-oriented events.

a 10 AM-1 PM, Skinner Park, 1331 W. Adams, $1; 10:30 AM-1:30 PM, Armour Square Park, 3309 S. Shields, $8; 11 AM-3 PM, Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd, up to $3; 11 AM-3 PM, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long, $1-$3; 312-742-7529,

Pumpkins in the Park 5K Run & Walk Participants are encouraged to wear costumes. Postrace party includes costume contest, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating, and live music. a 3 PM (kids’ races) and 4 PM (adults’ races), South Fieldhouse, Lincoln Park, 1800 N. Stockton,, $10-$25.


Halloween Costume Clothes Swap/Remix/Remake & Brunchluck Bring costumes, fabric, “scare-sessories,” and food (but no candy corn); sewing machines and instruction will be provided. a Noon-4 PM, Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood, 773-465-4033. F

Harvest Festival a 10 AM-3 PM, North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, 312-742-7529. F

Tales of the Tombstones Tour

a 1-4 PM (tours start between 1 and 2 PM and last two hours), Forest Home Cemetery, 836 Des Plaines, Forest Park, 708-848-6755, $10-$15.


Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour a Tue-Thu 7 PM, Fri-Sat 7 and 10 PM, Sun 7 PM, 610 N. Clark, 773-404-4346,, $20-$30, reservations recommended.

Demons of the Deep and Ghostly Gardens Two environmental attractions at Navy Pier geared for adults and children eight and under, respectively.

a Demons of the Deep Fri-Sun 10/13-10/15, 4-10 PM, then daily 10/20-10/31, 4-10 PM (Fri-Sat 10/27-10/28, 4 PM-midnight), $10-$14, 13+ (children ages

9-12 admitted if accompanied by adult). Ghostly Gardens Fri-Sun 10/13-10/15,

11-7 PM, then daily 10/20-10/31, 2-8 PM, $5-$8 (adults must be accompanied by a child). Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-595-5225,

Disturbed Haunted House Participants stand in a pitch-black room for this live-action and multimedia show. a Through 10/31: Fri-Sun 10/13-10/15, Thu-Sun 10/19-10/22, Wed-Tue 10/25-10/31, 8-11 PM, Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway, 773-244-2980, $5-$8, 18+.

Dream Reapers Haunted House Known for its “sinister scents” (rooms are scented based on their theme), this attraction features 22 rooms with over 80 actors and animatronics. a Through 10/31: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Sun 7-10 PM, also Wed 10/25 and Tue 10/31, 7-10 PM, 1945 Cornell, Melrose Park, 708-344-2084,, $15-$25, 13+.

Excursions Into the Unknown Tours of haunted Chicagoland led by researcher and author Dale Kaczmarek. a Through 11/19: Sat-Sun 7-11 PM, Tue 10/31, 7-11 PM, Westfield Mall, 9500 S. Ridgeland, Chicago Ridge, 708-425-5163,, $37-$45 (some tours include dinner and drinks at Rico D’s restaurant), reservations required.

Frightmare 2006: The Best Scenes of Our Last 15 Years

a Through 10/31: Fri 6-11 PM, Sat 1-11 PM, Sun 1-10 PM, Mon-Thu 6-10 PM, 7759 S. Harlem, Burbank, 708-598-8580,, $8.75, 10+.

Halloween Art Exhibit Eighth annual show includes Halloween-themed art and a Children’s Interactive program featuring a presentation on the history of Halloween, pumpkin coloring contests, crafts, and refreshments. a Main exhibit through 10/31: Tue-Sun 2-6 PM, Mon

2-4 PM. F Children’s Interactive through 10/28: Sat 10 AM-noon, $5. Peter Jones Gallery, 1806 W. Cuyler,

2nd fl., 773-857-2172.

Hancock Observatory Tricks & Treats Free treats and “cool ghoul” caricatures (costumes encouraged), along with a performance by a Frankenstein clown. a Through 10/29: Sat-Sun noon-3 PM, John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan, 888-875-8439,, $6-$9.75

(children four and under free).

The Haunted “L” Quest Theatre Ensemble presents Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” told with puppetry, for this elevated tour. a 10/19-10/28: Thu-Fri 7, 7:25, 7:50, and 8:15 PM, Sat 11:40 AM and 12:30, 12:55, and 1:20 PM. Tickets available at 6 PM Thu-Fri and 10 AM Sat at the Visitors Center of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (enter at 77 E. Randolph), 773-744-3315, limit four tickets per person. F

Haunted Sanitarium Formerly a children’s sanitarium, this space is divided between a 15-room haunted house and the Creepy Cafe, with refreshments and scary movies. a Fri-Sun 10/13-10/15, 7-11 PM, then daily 10/20-10/30, 7-11 PM (Sat-Sun 10/28-10/29, 6-11 PM), also “Kid-Friendly Day” Sat 10/28, noon-4 PM, and Tue 10/31, 6-11 PM, Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Dr., 312-742-7994. $8-$10, 13+.

Octo-Boo! Chicago Public Library’s 79 locations each host storytelling and hands-on events for kids. a Visit or call your local branch for details.

Seadog Haunted River Tour

a Through 10/31: daily 6:15 and 8:15 PM, 600 E. Grand, 312-822-7200,, $15-$27, reservations required.

Supernatural Chicago Necromancer Neil Tobin hosts an interactive virtual tour of Chicago haunts. a Through 10/27: Fri 8 PM, Sat 7 PM, Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944,, $25.

Underworld Haunted House

a 10/14-10/22: Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Sun 7-10 PM. Then 10/26-10/29: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 6:30-11 PM, Sun 6-10 PM, St. Pascal School, 6143 W. Irving Park,

773-725-7641, $7 (children three and under free).