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.
When is Halloween 2019?
This year Halloween falls Thursday, October 31, 2019. So get ready to party all weekend long.
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Halloween costume shops for kids
Card and Party Giant (1880 W Fullerton Ave, 773-342-1500) boasts a bunch of costumes for all ages; the new-for-2011 flapper dress and gangster suit are well-made, and this sock monkey jumper (12–18 months, $25) isa bona fide heart-melter. Southwest suburbanites can visit the 75-year-old, family-owned Riley’s Trick Shop in Worth (6442 W 111th St, 708-448-0075), where quirky offerings for kids include ketchup and mustardbottles and a unisex bowl of mac ’n’ cheese, complete with noodle hat (ages 4–6, $30). Portage Park mainstay Fantasy Costumes (4065 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-777-0222) is open around the clock in the days leading up to Halloween. And no temporary Ghoul-Mart can touch Fantasy’s friendly staff, jam-packed racks or massive wig selection. This year, owner George Garcia expects Captain America and Thor to be big with tween boys and Monster High with tween girls. He also touts his wide variety of zombie costumes, such as this ”undead doctor” (pictured above), good for both little “boos” and “ghouls” (three sizes for kids ages 4–14, $40). For the smallest spooks, hit one of Chicago Costume Company’s two locations (1120 W Fullerton Ave, 773-528-1264; 4727 W Montrose Ave, 773-282-1264), which offer disguises such as the adorable garden gnome (ages 12–18 months, $33) and Very Hungry Caterpillar (18 months to 2 years, $60).
The cutest kids' costumes on the Internet
There are many reasons to have kids—and raise them in the city. One of the biggest: dressing them up on Halloween in the most adorable kids' costumes imaginable and joining them for trick or treating in the ritzy neighborhoods (mainly to show them off, but also to eat their candy). Here are the 15 most ridiculously cute costumes we could find on etsy and other sites. Plus, don't forget to check out the selection at local costume stores. RECOMMENDED: Halloween events in Chicago