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Halloween in Chicago 2019

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.

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 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

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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

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Candy and costumes

Halloween costume shops for kids
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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).

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The cutest kids' costumes on the Internet
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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

Halloween masks
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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

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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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