Celebrating Halloween in Chicago

Are you ready for Halloween in Chicago? It’s one of the best times of the year, since it’s not yet winter, and people get dressed up in whimsical costumes. Between parties and haunted houses, there’s a lot to do.

Here’s your guide to Halloween in Chicago.

Northalsted Halloween Parade

October 31
Belmont Ave

The Northalsted Halloween Parade boasts some of the most stunning costumes in Chicago – you can expect nothing less from Boystown. Drag queens, kids, and pets share the street to parade around in Halloween garb.

The Halloween Gathering

October 22
55 N Michigan Ave

If Boystown is all about stunning, then this Halloween gathering is all about art and creativity. This daytime festival is a perfect place to come with kids – there will be special activities, dancing, and art! A parade closes out the evening.

Halloween at Navy Pier

October 22-31
Navy Pier

Movie screenings, trick or treating, and a haunted spin on the Amazing Chicago Maze. What more could you ask for? With 6 days of activities to choose from, make sure to plan your visit accordingly!

Day of the Dead at the National Museum of Mexican Art

November 1, 4-9pm
4953 N Broadway

Can’t give Halloween up, even when it’s over? The National Museum of Mexican Art understands. Their Day of the Dead celebration honors those dearly departed in addition to face painting, live music, and a number of vendors!

Spooky Zoo Spectacular

October 29, 10am-1pm
Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is free and family-friendly. Bring the kids for toddler activities, trick or treating, and arts and crafts. Since it’s their 30th anniversary, the event has expanded this year to provide a haunted house and fall fest rides.

Statesville Haunted Prison

17250 S Weber Rd, Crest Hill

Stateville is 50 minutes away from Chicago, but is one of the best haunted houses in Illinois. It’s not recommended to bring kids – this haunted house doesn’t mess around. Expect to dodge zombies and traverse 23 different cells filled with rioting prisoners.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America

542 N Rte 21, Gurnee

If you like Six Flags regularly, you’ll love it even more during Fright Fest. Guests are encouraged to dress up and they won’t be the only ones. Hundreds of monsters roam the park to get a rise out of visitors. There will be special shows, trick or treat trails, and haunted houses!

There’s so much to do in Chicago during Halloween. What activities are on the top of your list?

Author: Maddy Osman, an SEO Content Strategist who has a passion for blogging. Her lifestyle blog, ChicagoCheapAss, shows young adults how to find the best deals and values in Chicago!