Halloween in Chicago 2017

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

Photograph: Max HermanFreaky Deaky Halloween

Fall is the absolute best time to be in Chicago. Thanks to Oktoberfest celebrations, breathtaking 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 show off its freaky side. Don’t slack on festivities—follow our Halloween guide and have your spookiest fall yet. 

Halloween in Chicago

The best Chicago Halloween parties and events
Things to do

The best Chicago Halloween parties and events

Embrace the spirit of the season at spookiest parties in 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

Pumpkin patches near Chicago
Kids

Pumpkin patches near Chicago

It wouldn't really be the fall season without a big ol' pumpkin, right? 

The best Halloween stores in Chicago
Things to do

The best Halloween stores in Chicago

Chicago is filled with places where you can rent a Darth Vader getup, throw together a gangster outfit or stock up on cobwebs

Chicago candy makers offer grown-up Halloween treats
Restaurants

Chicago candy makers offer grown-up Halloween treats

When Halloween rolls around, trick-or-treating doesn’t have to be a distant memory

6 Halloween costumes that will show off your Chicago pride
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6 Halloween costumes that will show off your Chicago pride

You still have enough time to craft or cobble together these outfits

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

Glazed and Infused has some adorably spooky Halloween doughnuts
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Glazed and Infused has some adorably spooky Halloween doughnuts

If they taste as good as they look, these might be one of our favorite treats of the season

Horror movie screenings in Chicago
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Horror movie screenings in Chicago

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

The best corn mazes near Chicago
Kids

The best corn mazes near Chicago

Lose yourself in these haunted corn fields around Chicago

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
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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
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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
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Photos from the Voodoo Ball at Untitled 2014

Photos from Redmoon's Boneshaker party in Pilsen 2014
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Photos from Redmoon's Boneshaker party in Pilsen 2014

Crazy photos from the 2014 Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party
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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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