Get your Phantom of the Opera on at the Drake Hotel’s Masquerade Ball. The Flat Cats will provide the blues and jazz for a swanky night of fashion and spiked punch. Masquerade mask and black tie dress are encouraged but not required. Seating is first come, first serve. The Drake has other Halloween events happening this season as well, including afternoon Spooky Tea Time, Mad Hatter Tea (with a live harpist), and a Monster Bash dance party. It's 21+ only and the Ball starts at 9pm.
Cost: $40 entrance fee, exclusive of food and beverage offerings
Colvin House Mansion
Search for hidden secrets from the past and dance the night away at this mansion party, broken up into three events: 8pm-10pm is the Immersive Theatrical Experience; 10pm - 12am is a Killer Dance Party; and 12am is The Last Midnight. Tickets include an open bar featuring wine, beer and cocktails; hors-d'oeuvres and desserts; the Killer Dance Party DJed by Michael Rodriguez of Cage & Aquarium; a costume contest with prizes; and immersive theatrical performances at a spooky wedding complete with a full spectacle of sound, lights, and props. VIP tickets are also available. The Thorndale Red line stop is a five-minute walk and there’s street parking on Broadway. Starts at 8pm.
Cost: Starting at $75
Congress Plaza Hotel
The Congress Plaza Hotel was classified as one of the most haunted hotels by USA Today, so it’s appropriate that the hotel is throwing a huge costume party and Halloween ball. Enjoy a lavish VIP nightclub and lounge experience turned into a haunted extravaganza in a massive 20,000-square-foot ballroom. Halloween costumes are encouraged to be outrageous, bizarre, and risqué for a $2,000-cash-prize costume contest. The event is 21+ only and starts at 9pm.
Cost: Exclusive early bird special is $20 (for now)
From “The Raven” to “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the creepy poet’s work is best experienced in these staged dramatic readings. This Halloween tradition has been attracting audiences for three decades. Not recommended for children. (The Glessner House is also hosting a 60-minute haunted walking tour through the Prairie Avenue Historic District on October 26.) Show starts at 5pm.
Cost: $25 per person/$20 for members