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Halloween 2008 in Chicago


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Nightmare at 63rd Street Beach House
63rd St. Beach House: Map It
October 22-23, October 28-30, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; $10
Head to this South Side beach for a two-floor haunted house full of scary scenes. Read more here.

Splatter Theater
Annoyance Theatre and Bar: Map It
Saturdays through October 30, 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 31, 10 p.m.; $15
This "Friday the 13th" parody is back again - be prepared for fake blood, and lots of it.

Halloween Special Festival
Athletic Field Park: Map It
Saturday, October 16 - Sunday, October 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; free
Pick some pumpkins, enjoy a pony ride and explore the indoor, no-scare maze featuring costumed cartoon characters at this all-ages festival in the park. There is a nominal fee for some activities.

A Scare for the Cure at Benchmark
Benchmark: Map It
October 30, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; $100 For $100 per person ($5 of which will benefit the Lynn Sage Foundation), people can indulge in all the food, drinks, beer, wine, and Red Bull they want. Throughout the night there will also be $1,000 prizes for the best costume and the best couple/group costume. Tickets can be purchased on the bar's website.
Eleventh Hour Haunted House
Berthold's Flower Barn, Nursery & Garden Center: Map It
Wednesdays-Sundays through October 31; $18-$35
Yep, it's a haunted nursery -- but not in the baby sense, thankfully. There will be four separate scary activities at Berthold's, including the Eleventh Hour Haunted House, Creatures of the Corn, The Catacombs and Intensity with Chain Reaction. Open 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Get all the info here.

Dead on Division
Bootlegger's: Map It
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Division Street will once again get crazy with a ton of events during the annual "Dead on Division." The fun at the Original Mother's includes a live Saturday broadcast by Q101's Sherman & Tingle (8 p.m.-midnight; $5) and, on Sunday, a huge costume contest and live music from Kings of the Nighttime World (no cover). Other activities include a Super Heroes vs Super Villains battle at Bootleggers, a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Mother's Too, a Hollywood-themed costume show at She-nannigans, heaven and hell-themed bars at the Hangge Uppe and a time machine at The Lodge. Most locations will feature costume contests at midnight on both nights, and drink specials will include $3.50 Blood Lights (red Bud Light) and $5 Yes Vodka cocktails.

Angels and Demons Party at Brownstone Tavern & Grill
Brownstone Tavern & Grill: Map It
October 30, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.; $30
Tickets include call cocktails, domestic drafts, and a wicked witches brew. Throughout the night there will be contests, giveaways, and prizes for the best couples, group, and overall costumes.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
Bucks Saloon: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

Halloween at Carlucci (Downers Grove)
Carlucci (Downers Grove): Map It
Wednesday, October 27, 6-8 p.m.; free
Guest bartenders (including Frank Neuschaefer from ABC's "The Bachelorette") will be creating Halloween-themed cocktails such as the Pumkin Spice (Pumpkin Spice Hiram Walker Liqueur, Absolut Vanilla, Godiva White Chocolate and Goldschlager, $5) in the bar and lounge area. The event will benefit the Crystinosis Research Network.

Little Shop of Horrors
Center on Halsted: Map It
Sunday, October 17, 7 p.m.; free
The Northalsted Business Alliance sponsors a screening of "Little Shop of Horrors," which will be the theme for the annual Halsted Street Halloween Parade.

Monster Mash
Chemically Imbalanced Theater: Map It
Thursdays, October 7-28 and Sunday, October 31, 8 p.m.; $10
Theater ensemble members will dress as famous monsters, from Dracula and Frankenstein to zombies and mummies in this BYOB, interactive improv show.

Halloween at Chen's
Chen's : Map It
Tuesday, October 26, 6:30-8 p.m.; $20
Want to impress at your Halloween party? Learn the art of making "scary-good" martinis including the Pumpkin Spice, the Black Widow and the Bloody Wasabi. Participants will enjoy a sampling of five martinis, hors d'oeuvres and a $20 gift certificate for use on a future visit.

Halloween at Chen's
Chen's : Map It
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Wear a costume to this sushi spot and you'll get a complimentary order of crab meat wonton with the purchase of an entree. And if you're the best-dressed of the weekend, you'll get a gift certificate for dinner for two.

Hallowed Halls
Chicago Cultural Center: Map It
Saturday, October 30; 10 a.m.- 1:15 p.m.; Free

Celebrate Halloween with Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop and fun-filled family activities at the Chicago Cultural Center. The day includes mask and costume accessory-making, a playwriting and acting workshop, and a hilarious performance of Child's Play Touring Theatre's "One Monster After Another."

Galaween at Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; $50 until Oct. 1, $75 after; get tickets at galaween.org
Join other young professionals for this Cultural Center fundraiser soundtracked by DJ White Shadow. You'll enjoy dancing, a costume contest (with a $1,000 prize), interactive game stations, an open bar and hors d'oeuvres galore.

Chronicles of the Cursed: The Sinkhole
Chronicles of the Cursed: The Sinkhole: Map It
October 15-17, 21-24, 27-31; $20-$35
The largest haunted-house experience in the Midwest features 20,000 square feet of ghouls, gore and more. This year's them: The Sinkhole. Tickets (available online) cost $20 each, and an extra $15 will get you straight to the front of the line.

Halloween at Circuit
Circuit: Map It
October 20-22, 24, 27-31, 8 p.m. (7 p.m. on October 31); $15-$25; http://www.scootyjojo.com
Cabaret act The Scooty & JoJo Show pays tribute to "Halloween" in a special production featuring a three-piece band.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
Circuit: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

Retribution: A Magic Chicago Halloween Party
City Lit: Map It
Friday, October 29 (11 p.m.), Saturday, October 30 (11 p.m.), Sunday, October 31 (7:30 p.m.); $25
Eugene Burger joins regulars Benjamin Barnes and Robert Charles for these special Halloween performances. For more details and ticket info, click here.

Spooky Cocktails With a View
Cityscape Bar: Map It
Monday, October 25 - Sunday, October 31
Visit this Holiday Inn bar during the week leading up to Halloween for themed cocktails including the Dra-Kahlua martini ($8), the Little Devil ($7), the Full Moon-tini ($8) and the Bloody Sam Adams ($6).

Clean Halloween
ComedySportz Theatre: Map It
Thursday, October 28 (8 p.m.), Friday, October 29 (8 p.m. and 10 p.m.) and Saturday, October 30 (6, 8 and 10 p.m.); $22
Enjoy family-friendly comedy all weekend at ComedySportz. Dress up for any of the shows and you'll get $5 off at the door.

Tony Macey's Haunted Block
Crescendo: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 10 p.m.-5 a.m.; $20
Head to Crescendo and Y Bar (down the street) for this party featuring music by DJ Jernell Geronimo, appetizers and more.

Halloween at Cubby Bear
Cubby Bear: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 9 p.m.; $10
Cover band Sixteen Candles plays a special show at this Wrigleyville bar, which hosts a costume contest. The winner gets $500, and everyone gets $5 Jameson shots.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
D.S. Tequila Company: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

A Nightmare on Wells Street
Donny's Skybox Studio: Map It
Fridays, October 8-November 12, 11:59 p.m.; $10
What's better than a sketch show? A Halloween-themed sketch show, of course.

Halloween at Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen: Map It
Sunday, October 31
The Crystal Lake craft brew spot (which hosts its second annual "13 Scary Beers" promotion all month long - drink all the beers and you'll get a commemorative t-shirt) will host a Halloween karaoke party and costume contest on the day itself.

Steelerween
Dunlays on the Square: Map It
Sunday, October 31, 7:20 p.m.
Make it a "Steelerween" by watching the Steelers-Saints game and enjoying Iron City bottled beers for $3, draught beers for $4 and a take on the famous Primanti Bros. sandwich for $9 (fries and cole slaw come on the sandwich!). Be sure to wear a football-related costume -- you could win a prize.

Amenti Haunted House at Egyptian Theatre
Egyptian Theatre: Map It
October 22-24, October 27-31; $10-$20
Enter the Egyptian underworld if you dare -- the goddess Amenti may let you in to witness the terrors, but she might not let you out. Expect mummies and more at this DeKalb haunted house. Get all the info here.

House of Horrors
Enclave: Map It
Saturday, October 30; $30
For the 6th year, Enclave will present 15,000 square feet of horror. Tickets include a premium open bar from 9 p.m.-midnight; purchase them before October 15 and you'll get a 25 percent discount at Fantasy Costumes.

Dance With the Devil
Enclave: Map It
Friday, October 29; $10
Kick off your Halloween weekend with an energetic party including an appearance from the "Devil," who has the body of an ancient god but the dress of an Aztec warrior.

Halloween at English
English: Map It
Friday, October 29 (9 p.m.-2 a.m.) and Saturday, October 30 (9 p.m.-3 a.m.); $25-$30
There'll be three levels of Halloween fun at this River North bar, where the top costumes will earn prizes on both Friday and Saturday nights. Guest DJs will spin pop, rock, top 40 and dance.

Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Excalibur: Map It
Friday, October 29, midnight; $10-
Excalibur continues its monthly "Final Fridays" feature with a special screening of the classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show" on a 16-foot screen (plus additional smaller screens). Be sure to dress up if you want to fit in. Specialty cocktails available include the Sweet Tranves-tini, The Screaming Orgasm, The Time Warp and the Virgin Mary ($5 each).

Spooktacular Sunday Brunch
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago: Map It
Sunday, October 31, seatings from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; $72
Enjoy tons of Halloween-inspired brunch items, plus desserts like Blood Velvet Cake, Carved Pumpkin Flan and more. Kids 12 and under who come in costume will dine free - and make arts and crafts inside a haunted castle, if they like.

Creatures of the Night
Garfield Park Conservatory: Map It
Saturday, October 30, noon-3 p.m.; free
This indoor nature wonderland will expose you to creatures of the dark like bats, spiders and owls -- but in the daytime!

Trick or Pizza
Go Roma: Map It
Sunday, October 31
Any costumed child under 12 who says "Trick or Pizza" will receive a complimentary child's portion of cheese pizza on Halloween (dine-in or carry out).

Vampire Squids From Hell!
Gorilla Tango Theatre: Map It
Sunday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.; $10
Local multimedia artist Brandon Kosters pulls together excerpts from vintage horror films and military propaganda for this one-man musical performance. Warning: It's going to get intense.

Everyday Nightmares
Gorilla Tango Theatre: Map It
Sunday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.; $12
Jeremiah Howe produces this show about the nightmares we don't see -- things that happen in our everyday life that remind us that the worst possible thing could happen at any moment. You will never look at the news in the same way again.

Roaring '20s Halloween
Grami: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.; $45
Flappers, gangsters and bootleggers, unite! This Streeterville lounge will offer a speakeasy theme and feature a costume contest with $250 for the winner. The $45 package includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and premium open bar. A live swing band will play from 8-10 p.m., and DJs will spin the rest of the night.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
Halsted's Bar & Grill : Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

Dead on Division
Hangge Uppe: Map It
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Division Street will once again get crazy with a ton of events during the annual "Dead on Division." The fun includes a live Saturday broadcast by Q101's Sherman & Tingle (8 p.m.-midnight; $5) and, on Sunday, a huge costume contest and live music from Kings of the Nighttime World (no cover) at The Original Mother's. Other activities include a Super Heroes vs Super Villains battle at Bootleggers, a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Mother's Too, a Hollywood-themed costume show at She-nannigans, heaven and hell-themed bars at the Hangge Uppe and a time machine at The Lodge. Most locations will feature costume contests at midnight on both nights, and drink specials will include $3.50 Blood Lights (red Bud Light) and $5 Yes Vodka cocktails.

Hotel Massacre
Hotel Massacre: Map It
You will most likely choose not to stay the night at this haunted hotel, now in a new location within city limits. Make your way through more than 16 haunted rooms and stop in on Halloween night for a haunted dance party (21+). The waiting areas are outdoors, so come prepared in case of bad weather.
Anti-Halloween Party
HUB 51: Map It
Saturday, October 30
No costume? No problem at this Anti-Halloween party, which will feature no costume contest, no candy and no other festive touches. Drinks from the fall cocktails menu will be specially priced at $6 each. Lower-level club SUB 51 will offer half-price bottles.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
Hydrate: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

Halloween at Il Poggiolo
Il Poggiolo: Map It
Sunday, October 31, 4-9 p.m.; free
Kids who visit Il Poggiolo from 4-9 p.m. will eat for free from the Kids Menu (limit four children per table).

Halloween at J Bar
J Bar: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.; free
The James Hotel bar will host a vampire-themed Halloween party including cocktails like the Velvet Vampire (vodka, Chambord, fresh lemon and sour) and the Fangini (vodka, Cointreau, St. Germain and cream), both $7. DJ Kevin Taek spins.

Halloween at John Barleycorn
John Barleycorn: Map It
Saturday, October 30; 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
All-day drink specials include $5 4 Rebels Dragonbombs and Black Widows, as well as a costume contest (winners announced at midnight) with $50 and $25 gift certificates awarded to the top two male and female participants. A DJ will spin beginning at 10 p.m.

Halloweve at John Barleycorn Wrigleyville
John Barleycorn Wrigleyville: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 9 p.m.-midnight; $30 (buy tickets here)
Chicago Sport & Social Club hosts this party featuring an open bar with Coors Light, Absolut, Jameson and Malibu, plus a DJ and a costume contest with cash prizes.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Brunch
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club: Map It
Sunday, October 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Diva Madame X will perform songs from the cult classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show" while it is shown on seven large screens and guests enjoy brunch specials like lamb and beef meatloaf with spicy sriracha ketchup and the Sweet Transexual (vodka, fresh strawberry and kiwi juice, splash of champagne). Brunch is available a la carte with an option to add bottomless mimosas or bloody martinis for $10, or as a two-course prix fixe with bottomless mimosas or bloody marys for $25.

Halloween at Koi
Koi: Map It
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Wear a costume to this sushi spot and you'll get a complimentary order of crab meat wonton with the purchase of an entree. And if you're the best-dressed of the weekend, you'll get a gift certificate for dinner for two.

Heroes and Villains Halloween Weekend
LaSalle Power Co.: Map It
Friday, October 29 (9 p.m.-2 a.m.) and Saturday, October 30 (9 p.m.-3 a.m.); $25-$30
LaSalle Power Co.'s super-size Heroes and Villains Halloween Weekend will feature live entertainment on both the second- and third-floor stages as well as prizes for the best costumes. The Friday lineup includes North Shore Pharmacy, DJ Trentino and Skyler Mendoza, while Saturday features Napalm, MGK & DJ Explosive, DJ Ryan Pullano, DJ Erick Martenson and DJ E-V. Go to www.fanfueled.com for tickets.

Halloween Dinner and McCormick Mansion Tour
Lawry's The Prime Rib: Map It
Saturday, October 30
Lawry's annual Halloween dinner will include a specialty menu featuring dishes like a Bloody Eyeball shooter, Ghoul's Goulash in a puff pastry, "monster" mashed potatoes in "graveyard" gravy and some devilish desserts. There will also be guided tours of the 1890s McCormick Mansion every half hour beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Halloween at Le Passage
Le Passage Discotheque: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 10 p.m.-5 a.m.; $20
Missed "Avatar" in 3-D? Now you can experience it for yourself during this themed party complete with body-painted dancers dressed as Na'vi. DJ Jem spins.

Pumpkins in the Park 5K
Lincoln Park South Field: Map It
Saturday, October 16, 4 p.m.; $30 before October 11, $35 race week
This 11th annual race features participants dressed in costume, as well as a kids' costume parade, adult costume contest, pumpkin decorating, refreshments and live music. The CLIF Kid Spooky Sprints begin at 2:30 p.m.

Halloween at Lincoln Square Lanes
Lincoln Square Lanes: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 10 p.m.; free
The Polkaholics will be in costume and playing lots of Halloween polks like "Monster Mash" and "Who Stole the Candy" while you enjoy bowling and other activities (like drinking). The winners of the costume contest will get special Polkaholics merchandise.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
Little Jim's: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

Dead Celebrity Ball
Logan Square Auditorium: Map It
Thursday, October 21, 5 p.m.; $30
Mushroomhead, Stygian, Final Trigger, Koheleth and The Prep School Tragedy will perform at this concert and costume party in Logan Square.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
Lucky Horseshoe Lounge: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

Halloween at Luxbar
Luxbar: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.; free
Dress as your favorite nasty character from history, television or the movies and you could win one of several prizes in the costume contest at this Gold Coast bar and lounge. Rewards include a $250 Luxbar cocktail party, a $100 Gibsons restaurant group gift card and a Bacardi and Grey Goose gift basket. DJ Madrid spins and drink specials and Halloween candy will abound. Costume judging takes place at midnight.

Halloween at Mac's American Pub
Mac's American Pub: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m.-3 a.m.; free
All-day drink specials at this Wicker Park pub include $3.50 Rogue Dead Guy and Goose Island Harvest Ale drafts, $8 PBR pitchers and $3 Jameson and Jagermeister. The staff will be dressed up, and will be giving out a total of $175 in cash to the best-dressed customers as well. DJ substance D spins from 10 p.m.-3 a.m.

Carpenters Halloween
Mary's Attic: Map It
Tuesday-Saturday October 14 through November 7; 8p.m.

The Scooty & JoJo Show presents Carpenters Halloween now in its 3rd year. The play is a spine-shivering send-up of John Carpenter's horror classic set to the The Carpenters' classic songs. For information and tickets, visit scootyjojo.com or call 1-800-838-3006 .

Scary Skate
McFetridge Sports Center: Map It
Sunday, October 31, 4:30-6 p.m.; $4-$5
Before trick-or-treating begins, skate along with friends at this ice rink in California Park. A costume gets you free admission, and skate rental is available.

Halloween at Merkle's Bar and Grill
Merkle's Bar and Grill: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 9 p.m.-midnight; $25
The best costume-wearer will take home $200 in the costume contest, while everyone gets unlimited domestic drafts, well drinks and wine for the price of entry.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
Minibar: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

Pumpkin Carving at Mon Ami Gabi
Mon Ami Gabi: Map It
Sunday, October 24, 1-3 p.m.; free
Got a good jack-o-lantern design? It could win you dinner for four at this French restaurant. Winners will be announced on October 29.

Dead on Division
Mother's Too: Map It
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Division Street will once again get crazy with a ton of events during the annual "Dead on Division." The fun at the Original Mother's includes a live Saturday broadcast by Q101's Sherman & Tingle (8 p.m.-midnight; $5) and, on Sunday, a huge costume contest and live music from Kings of the Nighttime World (no cover). Other activities include a Super Heroes vs Super Villains battle at Bootleggers, a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Mother's Too, a Hollywood-themed costume show at She-nannigans, heaven and hell-themed bars at the Hangge Uppe and a time machine at The Lodge. Most locations will feature costume contests at midnight on both nights, and drink specials will include $3.50 Blood Lights (red Bud Light) and $5 Yes Vodka cocktails.

Halloween at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 9 p.m.; free
This bar and restaurant - a former funeral home - will be transformed to make sure it's in compliance with the pirate theme. There will also be a costume contest with prizes.

Halloween at Murphy's Bleachers
Murphy's Bleachers: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 9 p.m.; free
Want to go to the first game of Next Year? You could win four rooftop tickets for Cubs Opening Day 2011 at this Halloween party - if you have the best costume, that is. There'll also be a DJ and karaoke all night.

The Fear Haunted House
Navy Pier: Map It
October 8-31, 6-10 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays, 6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; $20-$25

Buy a one-way ticket and come aboard this haunted ship at Chicago's historic Navy Pier. This ship is filled with strange and spooky cargo of zombie clowns, vampires and monsters. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
North End: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

North Halsted Halloween Parade
North Halsted Halloween Parade: Map It
Sunday, October 31, step-off at 6 p.m. (registration begins at 4 p.m. at Spin)
This crazy costume party in Boystown is not for the faint of heart - but it is for the creative. If you think you've got what it takes,enter the costume contest after the parade. If nothing else, you're sure to get some ideas for next year.

Spooky Singalong
Old Town School of Folk Music: Map It
Sunday, October 31, 11 a.m.; $12
Wiggleworms faculty will lead kids in a creepy round of songs.

Blood Wedding
Oracle Theatre: Map It
October 8-November 20; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays

Federico Garcia Lorca's play is not recommended for brides-to-be.

Supper with the Snakes
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; $20
Come in costume for a dinner party at the Nature Museum, to be followed by a presentation by the resident reptile specialists. More than eight species of snakes will be on display. There will also be games including rattlesnake mastery, create-a-creature and snake investigation stations.

Trails of Terror 2010
Peterson Park: Map It
October 22-24 and 29-31; 6:30-9:30 p.m.; $10

Wind your way through nearly one-half mile of spine-tingling terror in the woods. The trails are crawling with creepy characters set in a small seaside town haunted by the ghostly remains of their crews. Trails of Terror is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Beggars' Day Halloween Celebration
Quartino: Map It
Saturday, October 30, noon-5 p.m.; free
The River North restaurant's second annual carving festival includes complimentary pumpkins (with stencils), complimentary candy apples and candy corn. Costumes are encouraged.

Halloween at River Shannon
River Shannon: Map It
Friday, October 29, 4-6 p.m.
You don't have to wait until Sunday to celebrate Halloween with the kids. Bring 'em to this Lincoln Park institution, which offers a free pizza and pop party for kids of all ages. Each child will get a Halloween goody bag filled with candy and toys.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
Roscoe's Tavern: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

Spooky Soiree
Salvage One: Map It
Friday, October 29, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; $75-$100
The Chicago Children's Advocacy Center for abused children hosts this second annual event featuring an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, music and a costume contest (old Hollywood costumes are encouraged). All attendees will receive a $25 gift certificate to Rockit Bar & Grill. Purchase tickets at spookysoiree.org.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
Scarlet: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

Dead on Division
She-nannigans: Map It
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Division Street will once again get crazy with a ton of events during the annual "Dead on Division." The fun at the Original Mother's includes a live Saturday broadcast by Q101's Sherman & Tingle (8 p.m.-midnight; $5) and, on Sunday, a huge costume contest and live music from Kings of the Nighttime World (no cover). Other activities include a Super Heroes vs Super Villains battle at Bootleggers, a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Mother's Too, a Hollywood-themed costume show at She-nannigans, heaven and hell-themed bars at the Hangge Uppe and a time machine at The Lodge. Most locations will feature costume contests at midnight on both nights, and drink specials will include $3.50 Blood Lights (red Bud Light) and $5 Yes Vodka cocktails.

Halloween Creep Show
Silver Cloud: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 7 p.m.; free
DJs spin all night at this party that includes specials like $6 pumpkin latte martinis and $5 candy corn shots.

Fright Fest
Six Flags Great America: Map It
October 2-October 31 (weekends only)

There's trick-or-treating during the day, but at night, Six Flags Great America turns into a land of ghosts and ghouls, with haunted houses, freaky feasts and more.

Horny Devil Bar Crawl
Spin: Map It
Saturday, October 23, beginning at 2 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 day of
This second-year crawl includes stops at 12 bars in the Northalsted area. The fun begins at Spin, then moves on to Bucks, Circuit, DS Tequila Company, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Little Jim's, Lucky Horseshoe, Minibar, Roscoe's, Scarlet and the North End. Tickets are available at any of the participating bars.

Statesville Haunted Prison
Statesville Haunted Prison: Map It
Oct. 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 26-31; Thurs. 7-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 7-11 p.m.; $30-$40

Wind your way through 30 maximum-security cells on a tour of this haunted prison where you will encounter 200 of its most terrifying inmates that include Hannibal the Cannibal and its demonic warden. Children under 10 years of age are not allowed in while those under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Check out the website for more.

Madam Barker's Halloween Variety Show
Storefront Theatre: Map It
October 13-November 3; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; $20, $15 for students
Molly Brennan returns as Madame Barker in this celebration of life and death (she presides over her own funeral). Guests include chef Rick Bayless and Peter Sagal of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me."

Dim Sum in the Dark
Sunda: Map It
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, 5 p.m.-midnight
The modern Asian restaurant brings back its Dim Sum in the Dark promotion with a selection of $8.88 dim sum items like crab pot stickers, turnip cake, five-spice chicken wings, sticky rice and more, served in a darkened, candle-lit dinign room. Not into dim sum? The regular menu will be available as well.

Halloween at The Grotto
The Grotto: Map It
Friday, October 29, 8 p.m.; $25
This Oak Brook Italian steakhouse hosts a Halloween party including hors d'oeuvres such as crispy chicken tacos, cocktail meatballs and mini arancini. The evening will also include case prizes for best '70s costume, most original costume, and scariest costume.

Dead on Division
The Lodge: Map It
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Division Street will once again get crazy with a ton of events during the annual "Dead on Division." The fun at the Original Mother's includes a live Saturday broadcast by Q101's Sherman & Tingle (8 p.m.-midnight; $5) and, on Sunday, a huge costume contest and live music from Kings of the Nighttime World (no cover). Other activities include a Super Heroes vs Super Villains battle at Bootleggers, a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Mother's Too, a Hollywood-themed costume show at She-nannigans, heaven and hell-themed bars at the Hangge Uppe and a time machine at The Lodge. Most locations will feature costume contests at midnight on both nights, and drink specials will include $3.50 Blood Lights (red Bud Light) and $5 Yes Vodka cocktails.

Dead on Division
The Original Mother's: Map It
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Division Street will once again get crazy with a ton of events during the annual "Dead on Division." The fun at the Original Mother's includes a live Saturday broadcast by Q101's Sherman & Tingle (8 p.m.-midnight; $5) and, on Sunday, a huge costume contest and live music from Kings of the Nighttime World (no cover). Other activities include a Super Heroes vs Super Villains battle at Bootleggers, a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Mother's Too, a Hollywood-themed costume show at She-nannigans, heaven and hell-themed bars at the Hangge Uppe and a time machine at The Lodge. Most locations will feature costume contests at midnight on both nights, and drink specials will include $3.50 Blood Lights (red Bud Light) and $5 Yes Vodka cocktails.

Halloween at The Southern
The Southern: Map It
Thursday, October 28 - Sunday, October 31
The Southern's "Nightmare on North Ave." promotion includes housemade "Witch's Brew" cocktails ($4 each, with punchbowls for $35), $20 buckets of Abita beer and, on Friday and Saturday, DJ'd music and costume contests with up to $200 in prizes.

Pumpkin Carving Contest
Timothy O'Toole's: Map It
Friday, October 22, 7 p.m.; free
Enjoy $10 pitchers of Miller Lite while carving a bar-provided pumpkin at this Streeterville spot. Prizes will be awarded to the top creators.

Halloween Karaoke Costume Party
Timothy O'Toole's: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.; free
The three top-dressed guests at this party will reap $500 in cash prizes, while everyone gets to enjoy $3 Miller Lite, High Life and Coors Light as well as several Halloween-themed cocktails ($7 each). Karaoke will be in full force, and DJs will spin throughout the evening.

Halloween at Tuman's
Tuman's: Map It
Saturday, October 30; free
Join other revelers for drink specials like $3.50 select microbrew drafts, $8 PBR pitcheres and $3 Jameson and Jagermeister at this West Town bar. DJs James Dia and Dan Malloney will spin from 10 p.m.-3 a.m., and a costume contest (at 12:30 a.m.) features $175 in total prizes.

Tony Macey's Haunted Block
Y Bar: Map It
Saturday, October 30, 10 p.m.-5 a.m.; $20
Head to Y Bar and Crescendo (down the street) for this party featuring music by DJ Jernell Geronimo, appetizers and more.



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