Once the colorful fall foliage arrives in Chicago, the witches, vampires, tombstones and gigantic spider webs usually aren't far behind. Halloween in Chicago is really just a month-long series of events, marked by spooky parties and happenings at some of the best Chicago attractions. It's the only time of the year when you can brave a creepy haunted house, walk through a corn maze and attend a macabre masquerade ball at a Chicago hotel over the course of a single day. Feeling frightened about finding a costume and celebrating the most sinister holiday of the season? Conquer your fears with the help of our guide to Halloween in Chicago.
When is Halloween 2019?
This year Halloween falls Thursday, October 31, 2019. Get ready to party all weekend long.
Halloween in Chicago
Candy and costumes
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).