Halloween is one of Chicago's shining moments, with haunted houses, parties, costume parades, and more. And even though Halloween is only one day, you can celebrate with spooky events all month long in Chicago. Get all the details on Halloween fun in Chicago with our Guide to Halloween 2011, including event listings and times and dates for haunted houses, corn mazes, and more. If you have a Halloween event you would like listed, send details to Chicago@aboutguide.com.
1. ChicagoweenChicago's own Halloween celebration is Chicagoween and takes place in the city's Daley Plaza throughout October. Chicagoween includes pumpkin decorating and crafts, circus-type entertainment, and a farmers market selling pumpkins, squash, apples, and other fall specialties. Admission to Chicagoween is free.
Chicago's Daley Plaza becomes Franken Plaza October 28-30 with special Halloween-inspired performances, hayrides, trick-or-treating, a screening of the movie Beetlejuice on October 28 at 5:50 p.m., and more. There is also a costume contest on October 29 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. October 29 is actually designated as Monster Bash at Franken Plaza. Admission is free.
Halloween isn't really Halloween without a visit to a haunted house. The Chicagoland area has several haunted houses, including Nightmares Basement of the Dead in Aurora, Illinois and Massacre Haunted House in Naperville,Illinois. Get information on Chicago area haunted houses.
Unfortunately, the Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier will be canceled this year. According to their Web site: "The Fear Haunted House is not going to be operating this fall. After a long series of discussions about the upcoming season, Navy Pier has informed us that they do not want to host a haunted house on the pier or in South Gateway Park." Zombie Army Productions, which puts on the Fear haunted House does have another haunted house - the Statesville Haunted Prison in Crest Hill, Illinois.
Take the kids to the family-friendly Spooky Zoo Spectacular! at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo on Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, which is free to attend, includes a haunted house, trick-or-treating, costume parade, entertainment, and more.
Family-friendly Halloween events at the Brookfield Zoo this year include pumpkin carving, costume parade, a haunted carousel, 7,000 square-foot corn maze, and more. Dates are October 22-23 and October 29-30, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The zoo also has "Creatures of the Night," which includes an underground pathway tour to see a research team's dig for prehistoric life, as well as a haunted tram, and snippets of classic horror movies. Dates for "Creatures of the Night" are October 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission to the Brookfield Zoo is $13.50 for adults and $9.50 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. Parking is $9.