Halloween isn’t just a day in Chicago: it’s a month-long celebration for both kids and adults alike. Festivities aren’t just limited to trick-or-treating, but also parades and parties. Here’s a list of the best Halloween events in downtown Chicago, both paid and free!
For the Family
Halloween is one of the kids’ favorite holidays, perhaps because of the ridiculous amount of candy at stake. Take the opportunity to bond with your young ones at these Halloween events.
The Sod Room
The Sod Room is an eco-friendly indoor playspace in the South Loop neighborhood. Adhering to their green advocacy while still having fun, they invite everyone to EEK-o-Friendly Halloween, happening on October 27 and 30, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Kids can enjoy a concert by Sarah Jayne Lane, pizza, and lots of playtime. Be sure to bring them in their best costumes, as TK Photography will be there to capture the moment. Tickets cost $35 for a child and adult pair, $20 for each additional child and $7 for each additional adult. For more information, you can visit their website.
Arts in the Dark
One of the most anticipated activities in Chicago, Arts in the Dark brings the city’s most diverse community in one awesome nighttime parade. The festivities happen on October 21, with pre-parade activities starting at 4pm, and live music, floats and giant puppets to look forward to. The event is free to attend.
Halloween at Navy Pier
There is so much to look forward to for Halloween at Navy Pier. There are free movie screenings (Monsters Inc and Ghostbusters on October 21st, and Beetlejuice and Monster House on October 28th), trick or treating, a haunted maze and a fireworks show on the 28th. Visit the Navy Pier website for the full event schedule and more information.
Halloween isn’t only for kids! Some adults like to unleash their creativity, play dress up, and get loose with booze!
Haunted Halloween Ball
Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier
Besides the festivities aimed at children, adults can also look forward to some Halloween fun at the Haunted Halloween Ball. Party with over 3000 guests, and dance to sick beats by Chicago’s very own DJ Metro.
Godfrey Haunted Hotel
127 W Huron St
On October 28th, the Godfrey Hotel in River North transforms into a haunted hotel. The whole 5th floor will be occupied by ghosts and ghouls, and if you are brave enough to make it past the creeps, you will be granted admission to the Halloween party up on the I|O rooftop lounge, where you can get a scary makeover, join the creepy celebrations, and drink petrifying potions until 3am.
Superhero & Super Villain Halloween Soiree
108 E Superior St
The Peninsula Chicago offers a halloween party sans the spook with the Superhero & Super Villain Halloween Soiree, which happens on October 28. Arrive in your best costume for the chance to win a dinner for two at any of The Lobby, a membership at The Spa and an overnight stay at the hotel.
What are your plans for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below! 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!