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Everything You Need to Do in Chicago This Halloween

Published On 10/25/2017 Published On 10/25/2017
Thursday
Oct 26
Logan Square
There are bound to be tons of rowdy, raunchy viewings of the best Halloween movie ever made. (Yeah, I said it. Don’t @ me.) But this watch party at Slippery Slope promises to be a cut above the rest, given that they’re planning on transforming their bar into a “lair that Dr. Frank-N-Furter would be proud of.” Plus, they're hosting a gigantic dance party after the movie is over.
Cost: No cover
Thursday
Oct 26
Lakeview
For the nerds among us looking to show off your One-Punch Man, My Hero Academia, or Dragon Ball Z cosplay, the Japanese American Service Committee and AnimeChicago.com have come together to host a wonderfully geeky Halloween party complete with a live DJ, cosplay contest, video game tournaments, and merchandise for sale to satisfy even the most discerning Japanophile.
Cost: $15 advance; $20 at door
Thursday
Oct 26
The Loop
I mean, it’s a party DJ'd by artists hand-picked by 3feetdeep, a collective of house musicians local to Chicago. It’s also on a rooftop in the middle of downtown Chicago, with beautiful skyscraper views. There's also a costume contest. And there’s also no cover. Need we say more?
Cost: No cover
Friday
Oct 27
Near Southside
Did you know that Baderbräu Brewery has started hosting pro wrestling matches right inside their brewery on Wabash Avenue? Well, now you do. The Friday before Halloween, Baderbräu is hosting their second BaderBrawl, complete with high-flying antics, a costume contest, and an unlimited drinks package available for purchase. Because nothing goes with pro wrestling quite like beer.
Cost: $20 suggested donation with a drink package available
Navy Pier Halloween
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Friday - Saturday
Oct 27-28
Near North Side
For three nights (including Halloween), the indoor maze over at Navy Pier is undergoing a Halloween makeover. Word is still out on whether or not it's actually as scary as getting lost in a crowd of tourists at Navy Pier during the summer, but either way, it should be a fun diversion for families.
Cost: $15
Friday
Oct 27
Printer's Row
You know what's a lot like trick-or-treating when you're an adult, but won’t result in you being arrested for being insanely creepy? Going on a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt inspired by the early days of Chicago. Go from stop to stop, hearing the ghostly whispers of spirits from the city's past, learn some new facts about the city you live in, and at the end, meet up at a mystery location with your fellow scavengers for drinks!
Cost: $35
Friday
Oct 27
Noble Square
Want to get weird this Halloween? On Friday night, The Hideout is hosting a night of stand-up comedy (featuring ClickHole writers, members of the Holy Fuck Comedy Hour, The Shrimp Boys, and many more), punctuated with noise music from GRÜN WASSER.
Cost: $7
Friday
Oct 27
Near Southside
Halloween isn’t quite Halloween without scary movies, and luckily, you can get your fill at Northerly Island. They’ll be setting up multiple campfires around the park (with complimentary marshmallows!) as they screen the classic film Nosferatu -- complete with a live performance of the score courtesy of Gramps The Vamp!
Cost: Free
Saturday
Oct 28
Logan Square
If you weren’t able to snag tickets to the Empty Bottle 25th anniversary ahow featuring Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, may we interest you in a spine-tingling night of covers at Cole's Bar? Members of local Chicago bands like Bash Bang, Bleach Party, Jollys, and Laverne are throwing a bash, performing hits by Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Pixies, and, scariest of all, taking you back to middle school PE with covers of songs from Jock Jams, volumes 1-3.
Cost: Free
Saturday
Oct 28
Noble Square
If you haven’t been to any of the Another '90s Parties yet, you are missing out. Lucky for you, you can correct that failure by stopping by Beauty Bar's fête on October 28, thrown in honor of the film Spice World. There, you can take advantage of GlitterGuts photo booths, awesome '90s gear from Kokorokoko Vintage, and a free, frosty PBR.
Cost: Free, but RSVP for that first PBR on the house
Spirit Of Chicago
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Saturday
Oct 28
Near North Side
Sure, you may have been to a yacht party on the Spirit of Chicago before, taking advantage of its multi-tiered dance floor and awesome ambience, but they've cooked up something special this Halloween. They promise to dress up the Spirit of Chicago as a ghost ship while their DJs spin EDM and Top 40 hits all night long. The views of the city from Lake Michigan are pretty great too.
Cost: $59
Tuesday
Oct 31
Wicker Park
We’ve all been there -- you couldn’t find a friend to complete your Ash and Pikachu outfit, and now you’re wallowing in despair listening to old Hawthorne Heights records. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. The former location of the Saved by the Max pop-up is now hosting a special Halloween-themed karaoke night featuring a costume contest, karaoke songs from all your favorite emo acts, as well as DJs spinning emo hits all night long.
Cost: No cover
Tuesday
Oct 31
Edgewater
I shouldn’t even need to sell you on this one. For $25, the maestros at Joel Hall Dancers & Center will outfit you with a costume and teach you how to do the iconic dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Then, you’ll traipse around Edgewater and Andersonville, performing the dance as part of a flash mob. What are you still doing on this page? Sign up!
Cost: $25 (includes workshop and costume)
Tuesday
Oct 31
Lakeview
Plenty of Chicago bars and restaurants are getting into the spirit by “dressing up” as locations from popular TV shows and movies, but Cheesie's gets our pick because 1) we love Rick and Morty, and 2) we love grilled cheese. They’ve created four Rick and Morty-themed sandwiches and drinks that are only going to be available for one day, so don’t miss out -- assuming you can stand the intermittent screams of “PICKLE RIIIIIIIICK.”
Cost: Free
Tuesday
Oct 31
West Town
If you want to party for a good cause this Halloween, The Empty Bottle has you covered. In order to help relieve some of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, they've put together an all-star cast of Chicago musicians to play tributes to the late Tom Petty all night long. Proceeds from entry fees will go directly to benefit the rebuilding effort, although entry is free if you bring along a donation of a physical good that is in need. So get out there, don your best Tom Petty costume, and support a great cause while you’re at it!
Cost: $10 suggested donation