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


Pulaski Park Halloween Festival The park’s field house becomes a haunted mansion, while carnival games, a climbing wall, movies, and pony rides are also offered. a Through 10/21: Thu-Fri 6-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk, 312-742-7559. $7, $5 kids 12 and under; haunted mansion: add $7/$5.


Freaky Friday Party Four psychics will perform private readings as part of the Celtic festival of Samhain. a 8 PM, Weather Mark Tavern, 1503 S. Michigan, 312-588-0230, $10 suggested donation, all-ages until 10:30 PM.

Haunted Sanitarium Theater on the Lake returns to its medical origins with “a demented dentist’s office” and other ghoulish spaces. a Daily 10/19-10/31, Mon-Fri 7-11 PM and Sat-Sun 6-11 PM, Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Dr., 312-742-7994, $8-$10, 13+.


Halloween Pumpkin Express The Chicago Park District presents “kid friendly inflatables,” face painting, and pumpkin decorating for the ankle biters. a 11 AM-2 PM, Kosciuszko Park, 2732 N. Avers, 312-742-7546, $5.

Halloween Pumpkin Patch The Park District sponsors a “patch” featuring pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and other family-oriented events. a 11 AM-3 PM, Oz Park, 2021 N. Burling, 312-742-7898, $1-$3.

State Street Halloween Happening Parade Kids can march in their costumes, then enjoy trick-or-treating and other events as part of Chicagoween (see below). a Noon, State & Randolph, 312-744-3315. F


Mummies Night See painted coffins, an interactive performance “based on tales from ancient Egypt,” and, naturally, a mummy; costumes encouraged. a 6-8 PM, Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th, 773-702-9507. F


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

Carpenters’ Halloween A parody of John Carpenter’s film Halloween set to the Carpenters’ pop hits from the 70s. a Tue-Wed 10/23-10/31, 8 PM, Mary’s Attic at Hamburger Mary’s, 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.

Chicago Supernatural Ghost Tour Four-hour bus tour conducted by “original Chicago ghost hunter” Richard T. Crowe. a Daily through 11/4, 7-11 PM, and Sat-Sun 10/20-11/4, 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 includes daily performances by “aerial entertainers” Midnight Circus at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2 PM (also Thu-Sun 5:30 and 7 PM), as well as pumpkin decorating (Sat-Sun 11 AM-2 PM, except 10/20), 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 AM-8 PM), Thu-Sun 11 AM-8 PM, Richard J. Daley Civic Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-744-3315, F

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

Disturbed II Oracle’s theater space becomes a haunted house again, with live-action and multimedia scares, “intellectual content, and explicit themes.” a Through 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+.

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.

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.

The Rocky Horror Show Steve Hiltebrand directs the play that inspired the 1975 film. a Through 12/2: Fri 11 PM, Sat 4 and 11 PM, Sun 7:30 PM, Mon and Wed 7:30 PM, also Tue 10/30, 7:30 PM, Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, 773-325-1700, $30-$42.50, $5 off Mon-Wed 10/29-10/31 for theatergoers wearing costumes, 17+.

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 Through Sun 11/11: Sat-Sun noon-4 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035.

Seadog Haunted Tour Navigate the Chicago River and lakefront with a spectral guide. a Through 10/27: 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.