12 Best Halloween Activities in Chicago

by Tom Hermes October 18, 2017

12 Best Halloween Activities in Chicago

As the weather (finally!) begins to cool down here, and our Windy City lives up to its nickname a bit more as the days get shorter and shorter, it’s time to think about Halloween. Need help thinking of some fun events to do to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve? Look no further!

1.     Lincoln Park Zoo’s Spooky Zoo Spectacular (October 28) and Brookfield Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo (October 21-22 & 28-29). Guests young and old can enjoy all of their favorite fall activities while checking out lions, tigers, and bears!

2.     Bust out your inner Dude at the Saints & Sinners party (October 28) at Lucky Strike, complete with open bowling, a cash bar, a costume contest, and dancing.

3.     Ever feel that your Halloween party was missing a boat? Then all aboard the Spirit of Chicago for the Haunted Halloween Party Cruise (October 28). Be sure to get your tickets ASAP before prices increase.

4.     Hit the theater for a series of spooky and hilarious plays at Mr. Lee’s Night of Horror(October 20 & 27), at the Public House Theater.

5.     Get your popcorn and Junior Mints ready for the Chicago International Film Festival(every day and night, ending October 26) at the AMC River East 21.

6.     Grab a PSL and check out the fall foliage all over town! Our favorite spots include Lincoln Park and Jackson Park in the city, and the Chicago Botanic Garden and Morton Arboretum in the suburbs.

7.     Make sure you have what you need for your Jack-O-Lanterns this year! Get your pumpkin patch fix downtown at the first-ever Chicago Riverwalk Pumpkin Patch (through October 30), or head out of the city to Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch, Didier Farms, or County Line Orchard.

8.     Make your way through a #FlyTheW (!) corn maze at Siegel’s Farm.

9.     Grab your Eggos and bust out some neon for the Stranger Things 80s Halloween Party (October 27) at Duet Dance Studio in Humboldt Park.

10.  Miss the trick-or-treating days of your youth? Relive them (in a more grownup-y way) at the Andersonville Dessert Crawl (October 29).

11.  Can’t wait for TBOX? Check out the Halloween Bar Crawl (October 27) or (and?) A Nightmare on Hubbard Street (October 28).

12.  If you can handle it, check out the Realm of Terror Haunted House (October 20-21, 27-29, & November 3-4) in Round Lake Beach. Proceed at your own risk!

Anything we missed? Be sure to let us know (hi@buoynow.com), and with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, stay tuned for more Chicago holiday activities






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