Halloween in Chicago 2018

Celebrate the scariest holiday of the year with events, a trip to a haunted house and more Halloween fun

northalsted halloween parade, 2017
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

Aside from the colorful colorful foliage, one sure-fire way to tell that fall in Chicago has arrived is the appearance of witches, vampires, tombstones and gigantic spider webs on your neighbors' porches. Halloween may occur at the end of October, but its celebrated all month long with spooky events and happenings throughout the city. It's the only time of year when you can easily experience a haunted house, walk through a corn maze and attend a masquerade ball in the course of a single day. Not sure how to spend the scariest holiday of the year? Conquer your fears with our guide to Halloween in Chicago.

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Halloween in Chicago

The spookiest Halloween parties and events
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The spookiest Halloween parties and events

Find a place to show off your costumes and your dance moves

The best haunted houses in Chicago
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The best haunted houses in Chicago

Looking for a good scare?

The most haunted spots in Chicago
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The most haunted spots in Chicago

They're closer to home than you may think

Pumpkin patches near Chicago
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Pumpkin patches near Chicago

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

The best corn mazes near Chicago
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The best corn mazes near Chicago

Lose yourself in these haunted corn fields around Chicago

The best Halloween stores in Chicago
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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

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

Chicago candy makers offer grown-up Halloween treats
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Chicago candy makers offer grown-up Halloween treats

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

Chicago haunted tours guide
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Chicago haunted tours guide

Experience in Chicago’s bloody history and paranormal past

Candy and costumes

The best Halloween stores in Chicago
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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
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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
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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
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Photos from Chicago's first Halloween Gathering 2015

Photos from the Northalsted Halloween Parade 2014
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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
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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
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Halloween makeup magic

Tricks ’n’ treats
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Tricks ’n’ treats

Obsessed with ghosts
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Obsessed with ghosts

For Horrorbles owner John Aranza, every day is Halloween
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For Horrorbles owner John Aranza, every day is Halloween

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