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Halloween in Chicago 2016

Your ultimate guide to the best events, scariest spots and hottest costumes for Halloween in Chicago

Photograph: Max Herman
Costumed dancers get down at the 2014 Freaky Deaky Halloween party with headliner Flux Pavilion.

Fall is the best season in Chicago. Period. When you add Halloween in Chicago on top of Oktoberfest celebrations, incredible foliage and an awesome lineup of October events, this season can't be beat. Halloween, of course, is autumn's crown jewel, and Chicago isn’t afraid to break out its freaky side. Don’t let yourself slap together some last-minute costume on October 30 again this year—follow our Halloween events guide and you'll have your spookiest fall in Chicago yet. 

Halloween in Chicago

Halloween activities for kids (that aren't too spooky)
Kids

Halloween activities for kids (that aren't too spooky)

The little ghouls and goblins love this time of year

Horror movie screenings in Chicago
Movies

Horror movie screenings in Chicago

The gruesome, the classics and the all-time cult favorites

The best haunted houses in Chicago
Things to do

The best haunted houses in Chicago

The impeccable production value of these top venues make them well worth the trek

The best corn mazes near Chicago
Kids

The best corn mazes near Chicago

Lose yourself in these haunted corn fields around Chicago

The most haunted spots in Chicago
Things to do

The most haunted spots in Chicago

They're closer to home than you may think

The best candy stores in Chicago
Restaurants

The best candy stores in Chicago

Stock on the best trick-or-treat goodies at these fabulous candy shops

The best concerts in Chicago to see on Halloween
Music

The best concerts in Chicago to see on Halloween

Add these frighteningly good concerts to your Halloween plans 

Chicago named sixth-best city in U.S. for trick-or-treating
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Chicago named sixth-best city in U.S. for trick-or-treating

Grab your pillow case 'cuz it's official

Pumpkin patches near Chicago
Kids

Pumpkin patches near Chicago

The best pumpkin patches near Chicago have it all—and a trip to one of these should definitely top your list of the best things to do in October. I mean, it wouldn't really be the fall season without a big ol' pumpkin, right? Make a whole day out of it and take a trip to try out some corn mazes or do some apple picking.   RECOMMENDED: The complete guide to fall in Chicago      

Halloween restaurant and bar specials
Restaurants

Halloween restaurant and bar specials

We've got all the food & drink specials you need to fuel your celebrations

Candy and costumes

The best Halloween stores in Chicago
Things to do

The best Halloween stores in Chicago

From killer costumes to unforgettable party decor alike, these shops have everything you need for Halloween

The best candy stores in Chicago
Restaurants

The best candy stores in Chicago

Call us biased, but when it comes to candy stores, we think Chicago does it better than anyone else

Halloween flavor taste test
Restaurants

Halloween flavor taste test

We found the best and dish on the rest

3 things we learned from Chicago’s year-round costume shop
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3 things we learned from Chicago’s year-round costume shop

Chicago Costume's Courtland Hickey never knows what to expect

The 20 best Halloween songs
Music

The 20 best Halloween songs

Bone up on the hottest Halloween hits

17 Chicago-centric Halloween costume ideas

17 Chicago-centric Halloween costume ideas

Al’s Beefcake is the new sexy kitten

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Photos of Halloween in Chicago

Wild Halloween photos from the 2015 Freaky Deaky festival
Music

Wild Halloween photos from the 2015 Freaky Deaky festival

Photos from Chicago's first Halloween Gathering 2015
Things to do

Photos from Chicago's first Halloween Gathering 2015

Photos from the Northalsted Halloween Parade 2014
Things to do

Photos from the Northalsted Halloween Parade 2014

Photos from the Voodoo Ball at Untitled 2014
Things to do

Photos from the Voodoo Ball at Untitled 2014

Photos from Redmoon's Boneshaker party in Pilsen 2014
Things to do

Photos from Redmoon's Boneshaker party in Pilsen 2014

Crazy photos from the 2014 Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party
Music

Crazy photos from the 2014 Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party

Archived coverage of Halloween events

Halloween restaurant and bar specials
Restaurants

Halloween restaurant and bar specials

Fat Rice transforms into Kill Grill this Halloween
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Fat Rice transforms into Kill Grill this Halloween

See 'Little Shop of Horrors' on Halloween in Millennium Park
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See 'Little Shop of Horrors' on Halloween in Millennium Park

Chicagoans celebrate Halloween with #SpookyCTA
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Chicagoans celebrate Halloween with #SpookyCTA

Halloween makeup magic
Kids

Halloween makeup magic

Tricks ’n’ treats
Kids

Tricks ’n’ treats

Obsessed with ghosts
Kids

Obsessed with ghosts

For Horrorbles owner John Aranza, every day is Halloween
Kids

For Horrorbles owner John Aranza, every day is Halloween

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