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Halloween in Chicago 2019

Scare up some things to do during Halloween in Chicago, including spooky parties, haunted houses and more

arts in the dark 2018, halloween parade
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

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

The spookiest Halloween parties and events
Things to do

The spookiest Halloween parties and events

Find a place to show off your costumes and your dance moves

Pumpkin patches near Chicago
Kids

Pumpkin patches near Chicago

It wouldn't really be the fall season without a big ol' pumpkin, right? 

The 10 best corn mazes near Chicago
Kids

The 10 best corn mazes near Chicago

Run wild through fields of winding corn stalks

The best haunted houses in Chicago
Things to do

The best haunted houses in Chicago

Looking for a good scare?

The most haunted spots in Chicago
Things to do

The most haunted spots in Chicago

They're closer to home than you may think

The best Halloween stores in Chicago
Things to do

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

These Chicago beers pair perfectly with Halloween candy
Bars

These Chicago beers pair perfectly with Halloween candy

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

6 Halloween costumes that will show off your Chicago pride
News

6 Halloween costumes that will show off your Chicago pride

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

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

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

Halloween flavor taste test
Restaurants

Halloween flavor taste test

We found the best and dish on the rest

3 things we learned from Chicago’s year-round costume shop
News

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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Photos of Halloween in Chicago

Wild Halloween photos from the 2015 Freaky Deaky festival
Music

Wild Halloween photos from the 2015 Freaky Deaky festival

Photos from Chicago's first Halloween Gathering 2015
Things to do

Photos from Chicago's first Halloween Gathering 2015

Photos from the Northalsted Halloween Parade 2014
Things to do

Photos from the Northalsted Halloween Parade 2014

Photos from the Voodoo Ball at Untitled 2014
Things to do

Photos from the Voodoo Ball at Untitled 2014

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Selling fast Halloween events

Zombie Scavengers Game
Things to do Buy tickets

Zombie Scavengers Game

$20

Buy
Gangsters and Ghosts Tour
Things to do Buy tickets

Gangsters and Ghosts Tour

$27

Buy

Archived coverage of Halloween events

Creepy neighbors
Kids

Creepy neighbors

25 Halloween costume ideas for 2014
Shopping

25 Halloween costume ideas for 2014

Kids

Halloween party decorations

Uber will bring you a free Halloween costume this weekend
News

Uber will bring you a free Halloween costume this weekend

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