THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – The Hauntings and Magic of Halloween Begin!

Our next holiday is approaching quickly.  To get you into the spirit this weekend, the hauntings and magic of Halloween begin!

Experience the sights, lights, and frights of Chicago this Halloween aboard one of Seadog’s Haunted River Tours this Saturday and Sunday (7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) at Seadog Cruises (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood.  This narrated haunted tour on the Chicago River by one of Seadog’s talented tour guides will provide a suspenseful commentary on the city’s most haunting mysteries of supernatural occurrences and legends of infamous figures!  Come and discover Chicago’s spookier side!!

Enjoy a magical nighttime Halloween parade at Arts In The Dark which celebrates Chicago’s diverse cultural community.  This Saturday, head on down to Buckingham Fountain (500 S. Columbus Dr.) in the South Loop for a pre-parade celebration from 4:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. hosted by the Chicago Blackhawks with plenty of special highlights and a chance to win Blackhawks prizes.  Afterwards, the Parade takes place on Columbus Dr. heading north from Balbo Ave. to Monroe St. from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. with unique floats, fanciful giant puppets, and more!  But wait – there’s post-parade activities that include a House Music Dance Party (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.) in Millennium Park at Cloud Gate (a/k/a “The Bean”) and a family-friendly Halloween movie and candy giveaway at Maggie Daley Park (8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.).  It’s an evening of magical entertainment!!

Chase Park (4701 N. Ashland Ave.) in the Ravenswood neighborhood welcomes you to Camp Scare Away Haunted House this Saturday (7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) where the first day of camp will be your last!  Dare to enter their elaborate maze of evil cabins where bloodthirsty killers, demonic ghouls, and grotesque fiends lurk sending you shrieking to your doom.  It’s been said that only the bold will make it through alive!  Will that include you?  If so, head on over to the pumpkin patch for campfires, marshmallow roasting and s’mores!!

Six Stories Up in Haunted Chicago wraps up this Saturday (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (2:00 p.m.) at the Filament Theater (4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in the Portage Park neighborhood.  This Halloween musical tale, written and performed by middle schoolers and their adult mentors with and without disabilities, finds kids on a ghost tour that turns scary when they stop at Resurrection Cemetery and meet famous Chicago ghosts who have a lot to say about the current state of our city!  These spirits include Al Capone, John Belushi, Resurrection Mary and many others!!  (Recommended for ages 9 and up)

This Saturday’s Chicago Park District Fall Activities:

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls – Mayfair Park (4550 W. Sunnyside Ave.) – Mayfair neighborhood (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.).  Learn about the history of Day of the Dead.  Learn to make sugar skulls from scratch and enjoy some traditional Day of the Dead treats!

Pumpkin Patch at Sheridan Park (910 S. Aberdeen St.) – University Village/Little Italy neighborhood (10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.).  Includes a petting zoo, face painting, inflatables, and pumpkins while supplies last.

Pumpkin Patch at Rainey Park (4350 W. 79th St.) – Scottsdale/Greater Ashburn neighborhood (11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.).  Includes a pumpkin patch, pony rides, food, games, treats, hay rides and much more!