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Chicago Supernatural Ghost Tour Four-hour bus tour conducted by “original Chicago ghost hunter” Richard T. Crowe. a Daily 10/12-11/4, 7-11 PM, and Sat-Sun 10/13-11/4, 1-5 PM, departs from Goose Island Brew Pub, 1800 N. Clybourn, 708-499-0300,, $39-$49.

Chicagoween The city’s annual celebration at Daley Plaza starts today at 5 PM with performances by “aerial entertainers” the Midnight Circus. Children’s activities continue through the month, including pumpkin decorating, storytelling, and an environment-friendly tent hosted by the cast of Wicked. a Through 10/31: Mon-Wed 11 AM-3 PM (Wed 10/31, 11-8), Thu-Sun 11 AM-8 PM, Richard J. Daley Civic Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-744-3315, F

Disturbed II Oracle’s theater space becomes a haunted house again, with live-action and multimedia scares, “intellectual content, and explicit themes.” a 10/12-10/28: Thu-Sun 8-11:30 PM, also Mon-Wed 10/29-10/31 (shows every 30 minutes), Oracle Productions, 3809 N. Broadway, 773-244-2980, $7-$9, reservations recommended, 18+.

Haunted Sanitarium Theater on the Lake returns to its medical origins with “several scary scenes including . . . a demented dentist’s office.” a Fri-Sun 10/12-10/14 and daily 10/19-10/31, Mon-Fri 7-11 PM and Sat-Sun 6-11 PM, Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-742-7994, $8-$10, 13+.


Blood, Guts and Gore Annual art exhibition, with work by Matt Sharp, Mitch O’Connell, Creepy Uncle J, and others. a Opens Sat 10/13, 8 PM-midnight, with “booze and snacks.” Through Thu 11/15: Mon-Sat noon-9 PM, Revolution Tattoo, 2221 N. Western, 773-486-8888.

Pumpkins in the Park 5K Run & Walk Participants are encouraged to wear costumes. Postrace party includes costume contest, pumpkin painting, refreshments, and live music. a 3 PM (kids’ race) and 4 PM (adults’ race), South Fieldhouse, Lincoln Park, 1800 N. Stockton, 312-944-4113, $10-$30.


Samhain/Day of the Dead: Intersection This annual art exhibit explores “the prominence of darkness” in Samhain and compares the Celtic festival with Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival, with photos by Steve Perry and work by Lucia Herrea. a Opens Sun 10/14, noon-4 PM, with costumed Irish storytellers and “roving guerrilla poets.” Through Sun 11/11: Sat-Sun noon-4 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035.


Carpenters’ Halloween A parody of John Carpenter’s film Halloween set to the Carpenters’ pop hits from the 70s. a Tue-Wed 10/16-10/31, 8 PM, Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark,, $10.


La Catrina Installation by Bonnie Lopez celebrating Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival. a Through 10/31: Mon-Fri 9 AM-5 PM, Illinois Artisans Shop, 100 W. Randolph #2-200, 312-814-5321.

Death Masque Two installation artists and a journalist assigned to interview them are at the center of Erynn Miles’s “rated R” thriller. a Through 10/27: Fri-Sat 10 PM, Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-4549, $12.

Dia de los Muertos: A New Beginning Annual Day of the Dead show highlighting works expressing a “new beginning.” a Through 12/16: Tue-Sun 10 AM-5 PM, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, 312-738-1503, F

Freaky Friday Fireworks Cruise Ninety-minute cruise includes a brief Chicago River tour and concludes with a “spectacular spooky” fireworks display. a Through 10/26: Fri 8 PM, departs from the Wrigley Building, 400 N. Michigan, 312-337-1446,, $11-$22, half off with Halloween costume.

Halloween Pumpkin Express The Chicago Park District offers “kid friendly inflatables,” face painting, and pumpkin decorating for the ankle biters. a Through 10/20: Sat 11 AM-2 PM. 10/13, Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton, 312-746-5363; 10/20: Kosciuszko Park, 2732 N. Avers, 312-742-7546. $5.

Halloween Pumpkin Patches The Chicago Park District sponsors “patches” featuring pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and other family-oriented events. a Through 10/20: Sat 11 AM-3 PM. 10/13, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long, 773-685-7235; 10/20, Oz Park, 2021 N. Burling, 312-742-7898. $1-$3.

The Horror Sara Kay Snider directs Corn Productions’ “comically terrifying thriller” (“NOT suitable for kids”). a Through 11/3: Wed-Sat 8 PM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 312-409-6435, $7-$15.

The Magic Cabaret Actor-magicians David Parr and P.T. Murphy mark the month of October with shows featuring a seance to contact ghosts residing in Lincoln Park. a Through 12/18: Tue 8 PM, Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, second floor, 2433 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $15-$20.

Seadog Haunted Tour Navigate the Chicago River and lakefront with a spectral guide. a Through 10/31: Fri 7:45 PM (with fireworks) and Sat 6:15 and 8:15 PM (also Sun-Wed 10/28-10/31), departs from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-822-7200, $14.95-$29.95.