Halloween Event Roundup

31 October 2019


Today marks the ultimate occasion that spooky season has been building up to Halloween night. Chicago knows how to celebrate in style, so if you’re still looking for the perfect event to attend tonight, then look no further. We’re bringing you a roundup of the best Halloween events happening across town: 


Northalsted Halloween Parade

The Northalsted Halloween Parade was voted one of the 10 Best Halloweens in the US by Fodor’s Travel Guide — and with good reason. Taking place in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, the night begins with a Thriller zombie flash-dance, followed by a parade and a costume contest that is seven-fold. The seven contest categories allow seven different costumes to each win a $500 cash prize. Categories include: scary, creative, drag, cosplay, youth, group < 10 and group 10+. The categories are, of course, judged by a panel of discerning drag queens.


Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up

If you haven’t made it out yet, Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up is one of Chicago’s premier seasonal pop-ups, with the outdoor experience taking place across two acres. Highlights include Chicago’s largest corn maze, carnival games, axe throwing, food and drinks, three full-service bars and more. It doesn’t get much more classic Halloween fun than that. 


Pier Pumpkin Lights

For those that want a night out that’s a little more low-key, Navy Pier is hosting Chicago’s newest, free pumpkin pop-up experience, Pier Pumpkin Lights. The installation brings a variety of seasonally-themed light displays, from jack-o-lantern towers to sky-high luminescent skeletons that are bringing new life to the classic Chicago locale. 


It Halloween Popup

Replay Lincoln Park never ceases to bring new and exciting ideas to the Chicago bar scene. This season, they’re bringing big scares with their Steven King-themed It Halloween Pop-Up. Best of all, if you take advantage of this spooky pop-up as your Halloween-night festivities, your visit to Replay will also coincide with their Trivia Thursdays. 


Alice’s Wonderland of Horrors at the Darling

The Darling is a restaurant-meets-cocktail-bar-meets-flower-shop, so you can only imagine the atmosphere it brings to the table (no pun intended) throughout the year. But this year, they’re amping up the mood to the surreal, with an Alice in Wonderland themed theatrical drinking and dining experience. Curious to know more? You can schedule your reservation today.


Bad Femme: Halloween Double Feature

Are you all about a movie on Halloween night? Take the night’s film experience up a notch. The Museum of Contemporary Art is celebrating Halloween with Bad Femme, a double-feature centered around evil women characters. Hosted by Kat Sass and Siichele, the night lines up to historical art house horror films, Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977) and Andrzej Żuławski’s Possession (1981). Concessions will be offered by none other than famed MCA restaurant Marisol, with a specialty cocktail, The Bad Femme, crafted just for the night.