Halloween weekend is here! And Chicago’s doing the celebration right, with family-friendly trick or treating, parades, spooky movies, and lots of other fun stuff!
“IT’S SHOWTIME! ” Campfire Horrors, the outdoor horror movie series featuring spooky classics and campfires for roasting marshmallows, features Michael Keaton, Greens Davis and Winona Ryder in ‘Beetlejuice’ at Northerly Island Park, 1521 S Linn White Dr., Chicago, on Friday, October 29 at 7pm. The Chicago Park District requires that you wear masks when not eating, but with a festive holiday atmosphere, warm clothes, and a nice cup of hot chocolate, you’ll be saying, along with Keaton, “GO AHEAD, MAKE MY MILLENNIUM!” Free.
Costumes are welcome, and masks are required at the fun-tastic ‘Saturday with the Snakes’ at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive! On Saturday, October 30, from 1-4pm, you can ‘slither’ to the Nature Museum for a ‘sssuper sssensational celebration of snakes.’ Trick-or-treat with resident cold-blooded critters, create your own ceramic snake with Lillstreet Art Center, get up close with unique preserved collections, and participate in a costume contest for a special surprise. The ticket price includes museum admission. Tickets are $10-25.
Wrapping up a memorable October, the 7th Annual Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade returns to State Street on Saturday, October 30, from 6-8pm as the finale of the city’s “Halloweek” program! Now in its 7th year, the family-friendly event features a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday.” Past participants have included the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Children’s Choir, After School Matters. Featuring unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances – all set against the backdrop of historic State Street. Free
Trick-or-Treat with your kids this year in Lincoln Square Ravenswood! On the Sunday of Halloween the business district transforms into LINCOLN SCARED and RAVENSWoooooD, as children trick-or-treat between participating businesses Sunday, October 31, from 11am – 1pm.Plan your route before Sunday by downloading one of the two maps on the website. A rain or shine event, the businesses are subject to change, and treats will be available while supplies last. **
Voted one of the 10 Best Halloweens in the US by Fodor’s Travel Guide and Redfin’s #3 Best City for Halloween, the Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade—featuring Grand Marshalls Batty Davis and Matthew Rodrigues, Host & Producer, Chicago Today, NBC5, The Dancing Diva, and LIPS Chicago, steps off at Halsted and Roscoe on Sunday, October 31, at 6:30pm. iPop Band Chicago performs live. Along with an iconic parade, Northalsted is sponsoring a Costume Contest, awarding $6,000 in Prizes & Awards for Scary – Drag – Creative – Youth- Cosplay – Group. Awards Show & After Party at: Waveland & Broadway. The parade will go on, despite rain or snow. Pets are welcome to march in or watch the parade (owner assumes responsibility for safety). Free.
The largest touring exhibition of authentic Banksy artworks in the world, ‘THE ART OF BANKSY,’ ends October 31 on the 4th floor of 360 N. State St. Banksy, a British artist, is considered one of the world’s top political artists. Over the years, Banksy has carried out a considerable number of ‘pranks’, including having his “Girl with Balloon” painting go through a shredder just moments after the work was sold for nearly $1.4 million at auction. Tickets are $40 per person.
Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago