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Halloween 2012 | Restaurant and bar parties

Nothing to be afraid of at these boozefests.

Photograph: Dave Rentauskas

Halloween Riot at Gino’s East Sports BarA $30 cover sounds scary, but chill out: Here it buys you an open bar, killer appetizers and a costume contest with prizes for the top three winners. 521 S Dearborn St (312-939-3366). Fri 26 at 10pm.

Chicago Avenue Halloween Bar CrawlRoots, High Dive and Cleos band together for this crawl, where $3 Jameson shots and $4 pints will be on special at all three bars, which you’re supposed to hit in this order: Cleos at 9pm, Roots at 10:30pm and High Dive at midnight. 1924 W Chicago Ave (773-645-4949). Sat 27 at 8pm.

“Creatures of the Night” at EPICDress to (elicit fear) and impress: It could win you the prize for scariest costume, and that’s bottle service for ten—not too shabby. 112 W Hubbard St (312-222-4940). Sat 27 at 8pm.

Costume parties at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper ClubYou can’t do Kit Kat without drinking a martini, and on Oct 31, when the bar throws its Dead Presidents costume bash, the Halloween ’tinis are half-price. That’s not the case for the fairy-tale-themed Once Upon a Time party on Sat 27, but for that one, you get to wear fairy wings. 3700 N Halsted St (773-525-1111). Sat 27 at 5:30pm; Wed 31 at 5:30pm.

Mirror Mirror—Snow White and the Huntsman at minibarYou may find your prince on the dance floor at one of these Boystown bashes. If not, just drink yourself to sleep with $10 Poison Apple martinis. 3341 N Halsted St (773-871-6227). Sat 27 at 9pm; Wed 31 at 8pm.

Hillbillies & Hellcats Halloween Party at PorkchopThis “white trash drinking bash” (Porkchop’s term, not ours) comes complete with $3 PBR tallboys, moonshine shots and fried lamb-brain sandwiches. Best costume wins bottle service for seven. 941 W Randolph St (312-733-9333). Sat 27 at 9pm.

Halloween Harvest Ball at Ravenswood Event CenterProceeds from this Green City Market fund-raiser (which features a costume party and online auction) will benefit Illinois food assistance program LINK. 4011 N Ravenswood Ave (773-880-1266). Sun 28 at 4pm; $75.

Dead Can Dance Spooktacular at Maria’sMexican horror movies from the ’50s. Deep funk, rock and soul cuts. Pumpkin ales for $5. So far, we see nothing scary about this party at all. 960 W 31st St (773-890-0588). Tue 30 at 8pm.

Halloween Spookeasy at FrontierHead to this West Town saloon for live music, an open bar (8–10pm) and a costume contest. To get in the door, you need a password (hint: It’s at speakeasychi.com). 1072 N Milwaukee Ave (773-772-4322). Wed 31 at 8pm.

Dragon Ball at Mahoney’s Pub and GrilleMahoney’s hosts electro-funk trio Ghosthouse, and big money has been set aside for costume-contest winners. 551 N Ogden Ave (312-733-2121). Wed 31 at 9pm.

Halloween at PUBLIC ChicagoPay $40 at the door of the Library Bar for two specialty cocktails and live music from Paul Oakenfold. 1301 N State Pkwy (312-787-3700). Wed 31 at 10pm.

Maxim Halloween Party at Untitled Are you naughty or nice? (If you’re attending a Maxim party, you’re probably the former.) Dress up like an angel or devil for this heaven-and-hell–themed party, where you’ll try Jim Beam’s new bourbon, Devil’s Cut. 111 W Kinzie St (312-880-1511). Wed 31 at 9pm; $20.