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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

Northalsted Halloween Parade
Things to do

Northalsted Halloween Parade

Boystown hosts Chicago's most eclectic Halloween event

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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

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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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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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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

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The best corn mazes near Chicago
Kids

The best corn mazes near Chicago

Lose yourself in these haunted corn fields around Chicago

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The best Halloween stores in Chicago
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The best Halloween stores in Chicago

The best Halloween stores are known for killer costumes and unforgettable party decor alike

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The most haunted spots in Chicago
Things to do

The most haunted spots in Chicago

They're closer to home than you may think

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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The 20 best Halloween songs
Music

The 20 best Halloween songs

Bone up on the hottest Halloween hits

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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

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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 Northalsted Halloween Parade 2014
Things to do

Photos from the Northalsted Halloween Parade 2014

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Photos from the Voodoo Ball at Untitled 2014
Things to do

Photos from the Voodoo Ball at Untitled 2014

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

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

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

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

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Halloween makeup magic
Kids

Halloween makeup magic

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Tricks ’n’ treats
Kids

Tricks ’n’ treats

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Obsessed with ghosts
Kids

Obsessed with ghosts

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For Horrorbles owner John Aranza, every day is Halloween
Kids

For Horrorbles owner John Aranza, every day is Halloween

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