Halloween in Chicago 2020

Scare up some things to do during Halloween in Chicago, including spooky events and creative costumes.

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When fall foliage reaches its peak in Chicago, the appearance of witches, werewolves, tombstones and gigantic spider webs in front yards throughout the city usually isn't far behind. Halloween in Chicago 2020 isn't going to be spooky business as usual (no macabre parties, fewer haunted houses and far less trick or treating), but there's nothing stopping you from carving a jack o'lantern, donning a costume and viewing one of the best horror films at home or at a Chicago drive-in theater. Looking for some inspiration for your Halloween get-up or a great place to stock up on candy? We've put together this frighteningly comprehensive guide to making Halloween in Chicago 2020 extra hair-raising this year.

When is Halloween 2020?

This year Halloween falls on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Will there be trick or treating during Halloween 2020?

Yes, the kids can still put on their costumes and go out searching for candy this year. Chicago has released guidelines for safe trick or treating, including limiting groups to no more than six people and distributing candy from a distance.

Halloween in Chicago

The spookiest Halloween events and screenings
Things to do

The spookiest Halloween events and screenings

Costume parades and parties are out, but you can still have some creepy fun this year.

Haunted houses near Chicago
Things to do

Haunted houses near Chicago

Check out these spots for socially-distanced scares this season.

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 Music Box is hosting a drive-in horror movie series
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The Music Box is hosting a drive-in horror movie series

Head to Pilsen to see Freddie, Jason and more obscure movie monsters.

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A ‘Hocus Pocus’-themed rooftop bar is popping up in West Town
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A ‘Hocus Pocus’-themed rooftop bar is popping up in West Town

Homestead On the Roof serves cocktails and food inspired by the ’90s classic.

Experience 360-degree scares at this drive-in haunted house
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Experience 360-degree scares at this drive-in haunted house

Highway of Horror transforms an abandoned parking lot into a 90-minute scare fest.  

Get scared at a drive-thru haunted house in Lincoln Park
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Get scared at a drive-thru haunted house in Lincoln Park

Replay Lincoln Park is transforming an alley into a socially-distanced scare zone.

These Chicago beers pair perfectly with Halloween candy
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These Chicago beers pair perfectly with Halloween candy

Make it a real treat by pairing your sweets with a boozy beverage.

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

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

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

The most beautiful cemeteries in Chicago
Things to do

The most beautiful cemeteries in Chicago

There's no need to get scared (unless you want to) at these graveyards.

The best candy stores in Chicago
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The best candy stores in Chicago

When it comes to candy stores, Chicago definitely has a sweet tooth.

The best Halloween stores in Chicago
Things to do

The best Halloween stores in Chicago

Where to rent a Darth Vader getup, throw together a gangster outfit or stock up on cobwebs.

The best corn mazes near Chicago
Kids

The best corn mazes near Chicago

Run wild through fields of winding corn stalks.

More October events
Things to do

More October events

Plot out your October in Chicago with our calendar of things to do, including the best theater and concerts.

Archived coverage of Halloween events

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

Halloween makeup magic
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Halloween makeup magic

Uber will bring you a free Halloween costume this weekend
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Uber will bring you a free Halloween costume this weekend

25 Halloween costume ideas for 2014
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25 Halloween costume ideas for 2014

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