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Halloween events guide to Chicago

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

Photograph: Stacey Rupolo
Electronic music fans showed up in costume at the 2015 Freaky Deaky Halloween festival in Toyota Park.

Fall is the best season in Chicago. Period. When you add Halloween events on top of Oktoberfest celebrations to getting lost in corn mazes, this season boasts the best activities in Chicago. 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

Northalsted Halloween Parade
Things to do

Northalsted Halloween Parade

Boystown hosts Chicago's most eclectic Halloween event

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The Halloween Gathering
Things to do

The Halloween Gathering

Join the daytime festival for a creative take on Halloween

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Chicago haunted tours guide
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Chicago haunted tours guide

Experience in Chicago’s bloody history and paranormal past

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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

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The best haunted houses in Chicago
Things to do

The best haunted houses in Chicago

So many terrifying attractions, it's scary

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Horror movie screenings in Chicago
Movies

Horror movie screenings in Chicago

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

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Candy and costumes

The scariest Chicago gangster you've never heard of
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The scariest Chicago gangster you've never heard of

Meet a true Chicago terror 

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Halloween flavor taste test
Restaurants

Halloween flavor taste test

We found the best and dish on the rest

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17 Chicago-centric Halloween costume ideas
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17 Chicago-centric Halloween costume ideas

Al’s Beefcake is the new sexy kitten

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Best Halloween stores
Things to do

Best Halloween stores

Because dressing up in Chicago means going all out

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50 terrifying movie moments
Movies

50 terrifying movie moments

Don't worry, we'll let you know when it's over

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The 10 best candy stores in Chicago
Restaurants

The 10 best candy stores in Chicago

They're wickedly delicious

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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

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Photos from the Northalsted Halloween Parade
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Photos from the Northalsted Halloween Parade

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Photos from Chicago's first Halloween Gathering 2015
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Photos from Chicago's first Halloween Gathering 2015

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Photos from the Voodoo Ball at Untitled
Things to do

Photos from the Voodoo Ball at Untitled

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

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Crazy photos from the 2014 Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party
Music

Crazy photos from the 2014 Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party

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Archived coverage of Halloween events

Halloween restaurant and bar specials
Restaurants

Halloween restaurant and bar specials

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

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

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Sticky-note confessions: Embarrassing Halloween costumes
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Sticky-note confessions: Embarrassing Halloween costumes

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Freaky Deaky expands into a three-day Halloween-themed EDM festival
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Freaky Deaky expands into a three-day Halloween-themed EDM festival

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Kids

Five trick-or-treating disasters, and how to fix them

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These dog Halloween costumes will destroy you with cute
Shopping

These dog Halloween costumes will destroy you with cute

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25 Halloween costume ideas for 2014
Shopping

25 Halloween costume ideas for 2014

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Halloween parties and events
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Halloween parties and events

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