Nighttime parades, spooky movies, haunted hayrides, and a Thriller dance mob–it’s time for Halloween in Chicago! There are innumerable Halloween-themed activities for all ages and interests this month, as well as a events for architecture buffs, and film and music fans.
Halloween events: Take part in the Cultural Mile’s first-ever Halloween Gathering, a day of Halloween events featuring a Thriller dance mob, mask-masking, music, and a nighttime parade (Oct. 24). Speaking of parades, the Northalsted Halloween Parade will cap a day of Halloween activities including a costume contest, a pet parade and more (Oct. 31). The Music Box Theatre’s annual Music Box of Horrors is a 24-hour scary movie marathon (Oct. 24-25). Also at the Music Box, hosts of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, set in a fictional town full of “small town drama and paranormal activities” will talk about their new novel. Fans of EDM should flock to the Freaky Deaky three-day Halloween event at Toyota Park.
Kid-friendly Halloween events: Get lost in a corn maze, take a Haunted Hayride, and much more at the Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! at the zoo (Oct. 17-18 & 24-25). Bob for apples, explore a pumpkin patch, and show off your costume at Wicker Park’s Boo-Palooza event (Oct. 24). What’s happening at a park near you? The Chicago Park District’s website has a comprehensive list of the city’s pumpkin patches, Day of the Dead events, haunted houses, and Halloween parties throughout the city. Dress up your canine companion for the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Spooky Pooch parade (Oct. 31).
Arts: Have you read about the restoration (and transformation) of the Stony Island Arts Bank? The Rebuild Foundation is offering a brief look inside (Oct. 17, from 1:00-2:00pm). This year’s Chicago Architecture biennal asks the question What is the state of the art of architecture? (Some biennial events will take place at IIT’s Main Campus!) Take your pick from 200 architecturally significant buildings to visit (for free!) during Open House Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (Oct. 17-18).
Music: The Wall Street Journal compared Leon Bridges to Otis Redding and Sam Cooke–see for yourself when he comes to Chicago (Oct. 27). Stevie Wonder brings his ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ performance to the United Center (Oct. 16). The Lyric’s Opera’s production of Rossini’s Cinderella showcases inventive costumes along with dazzling vocal performances (until Oct. 30).