3 MIN READ – Rather than being upset that another Chicago summer is over, prepare your favorite costume for a month of spooktacular Halloween festivities in the Chicago Loop. See our top picks for events, specials, and more below.
The 8th Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade will return to State Street on October 29 as the finale of the city's "Halloweek" program. This event has drawn together over 50,000 guests and participants for a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday.” Past participants include world-renowned companies like the Joffrey Ballet, celebrated Chicago organizations like Lookingglass Theatre Company, important programs like After School Matters, and aspiring artists in every field. It is a dazzling event that delights the audience with unique floats, spectacle puppets, and creative performances – all set against the backdrop of historic State Street. Learn more about attending this free event here.
This Halloween, see where it all began in the heart of the Loop! Horror movies and nightmares come to life in the form of history at The Medieval Torture Museum. This collection occupies over 6,000 square-feet, featuring terrifying yet historically accurate exhibits and life-like reenactments showcasing over a hundred torture devices, practices, and weapons. The audio guide lets you hear stories about true fanatics, madmen, and psychopaths and the Ghost Hunting Experience is ghoulishly fun. Are you brave enough? Learn more.
Grab your ghoul gang for a killer Ghoul’s Night Out at AceBounce! They've got a DJ spinning twisted beats all night long while you dance with a cast of live entertainers to make your Halloween so fun, it’ll be sinister Indulge in curious potions & bloody bites as you transition into a true ping pong monster. Also, come dressed up for your chance to be crowned the winner of the night’s costume contest! Ticket includes a 3.5-hour open bar, passed appetizers and unlimited games. $85 early bird tickets are available while supplies last. Learn more.
Step into Flight Club's Cabinet of Curiosities! Did you know that the game of darts was invented at the British Fairgrounds during the Victorian era? This Halloween, they are celebrating their heritage and taking it back to the place it all started! Enter a world of magical mysteries and uncanny oddities at Flight Club Darts, where things are not always as they seem! Learn more.
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