THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Pre-Halloween Celebrations Continue!

With so many Halloween events taking place in Chicago, no wonder Chicagoans must celebrate all month long!  And this weekend is no exception!!

As dusk arrives Saturday evening, our creative communities will assemble on State Street from Lake to Van Buren Streets for the 5th annual Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade.  This event is a magical evening (6 p.m.-8 p.m.) parade that celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday.”  It’s a powerful procession filled with large spectacle puppets, legions of lanterns, costumes, performances, music, dance, dramatic lighting and more set against the backdrop of Chicago’s skyline!  Afterwards, attend the free parties at Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park!!

The 4th annual Campfire Horrorscontinues this Friday at Northerly Island (1521 S. Linn White Dr.) showcasing scary classics ranging from tame to terrifying.  Again, each screening will be accompanied by campfires, marshmallow roasting, Mars Wrigley treats, free popcorn and hot beverages.  This Friday’s screenings include:

Shaun of the Dead (R) (7 p.m.)
A man’s uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse, and he decides to use the opportunity to save his friends as a chance to win back his ex.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (R) (8:45 p.m.)
Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.

Come celebrate this Spooktacular time of year at this Saturday’s Halloween in the Parks where there is something for everyone:

Pumpkin Patch (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) – Sheridan Park (910 S. Aberdeen St.)
Enjoy this pumpkin patch featuring treats, costumes, pumpkins, petting zoo, inflatables, and face painting for youths 3 through 12 years.

Pumpkin Patch (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Portage Park (4100 N. Long Ave.)
Portage Park brings a little bit of the country to the city with its annual pumpkin patch.  Join them for an afternoon in the park at this family-friendly event where everyone just loves pumpkins!!

Fall Festival (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) – Jesse White Park (410 N. Chicago Ave.)
Enjoy a day in the park jam packed with fun fall activities, including games, bounce house, and pumpkin paintings.  For children ages 3 through 12 years.

Halloween Festival (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) – Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk St.)
This festival features Inflatables, pony rides, hayrides, face painting, cold-blooded creatures show, and concessions.  The cost is $10 per person.

Pumpkin Patch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) – Rainey Park (4350 W. 79th St.)
You are invited for a goblin good time while enjoying a pumpkin patch, pony rides, food, games, arts and crafts, treats, face painting, hayrides, pictures and more!  Free admission but nominal fee per activity.

Fall Festival (12 p.m.-5 p.m.) – Maggie Daley Park (337 E. Randolph St.)
Join in a fun, family fest filled with fall activities, crafts, and much more family fun.  After the fest at 5p.m., join us as we are led to the Arts in the Dark Parade.  Best of all it’s free!

Halloween Campfire (2 p.m.-5 p.m.) – Kilbourn Park (3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.)
Join us for family fun in the park and S’mores!  $5 fee is per child 3 through11, parents are free.

Little ghosts and goblins of all ages will have a howlin’ good time at Brookfield Zoo’s family-friendly Halloween event Boo! at the Zoo held every Saturday and Sunday through October 27th.  This event features candy stations, kids’ crafts, a hayride, a corn maze, a 1 p.m. costume parade, a 1:30 p.m. dance party, animal chats, hourly pumpkin smashing, and more!  Come dressed-up in your favorite costume and head to Boo! at the Zoo for a day filled with fun and not-so-scary festivities for the entire family!!

Are You Ready to Celebrate Halloween?