Chicago Halloween 2013: events and parties

Scare yourself with the best Chicago Halloween events and costume parties this year.

Halloween 2013: Detholz! perform spooky soft-rock covers for Jukebox of the Dead on Halloween night at Hideout.

Halloween 2013: Detholz! perform spooky soft-rock covers for Jukebox of the Dead on Halloween night at Hideout.

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Supernatural Chicago

"Necromancer" Neil Tobin shares stories of local paranormal history and interactive demonstrations of the magical and psychic at the Castle, said to be one of the city's most haunted sites. The Castle. Fridays, Sept 27–Oct 25, 7:30pm. $25.

Seadog Haunted Tours at Navy Pier

Discover Chicago’s architecture at night...with a spooky twist. Costumed tour guides share stories of the city’s past infamous and supernatural happenings that are connected to the famous buildings along the Chicago River. Navy Pier. Oct 4–Oct 27 at 6:15pm; Oct 31 at 6:15pm. 600 E Grand Ave. $1–$30; all ages.

The Rocky Horror Show
The pH Comedy Theater will transform into Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s laboratory where audience participation is a must and fishnet stockings are recommended. pH Comedy Theater. Oct 4–Nov 16. $20, students $15.

The Passion of Dracula
Bring a blanket and hike from scene to scene at this show based on Bram Stoker’s classic. Various venues. Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, Oct 5–27, 3pm. Price varies based on location.

Musical of the Living Dead
Mixing classic zombie films and musical theater, the undead apocalypse hits the stage in this satire. Brave the front row "splatter zone," while witnessing bloody tap dancing, power ballads and street-smart rapping zombies. Stage 773. Oct 10–Nov 9. Thu 8pm; Fri, Sat 8, 11pm. $25.

Death Toll—A Drinking Game Performance
Humorous and spooky sketches take the stage, and as the death toll rises, the audience drinks. The show features "guest appearances" by Charles Manson and Gordon Ramsey. Cornservatory. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 11–26 at 11pm; Oct 30–31 at 11pm. $15.

Peek-A-Boo: An Ooky Spooky Burlesque
The Kiss Kiss Cabaret's Halloween-themed burlesque show is emceed by Mr. Bones and features the glow-in-the-dark number “Red Right Hand.” Greenhouse Theater Center. Oct 4–Nov 8 at 11pm. $20, advance $15.

The Boobs of the Dead
A virus has taken over and transformed most of Chicago into undead zombie dancers in this nerd-lesque parody The Walking Dead. Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown. Oct 10–Dec 27. $28–$35.

Searching for Peabody’s Tomb
While being guided through the historic Mayslake Hall by the manse’s ghostly butler, you may bump into the spirits of the home's former owners and staff. Tours run every half hour. Reservations recommended. Mayslake Peabody Estate. 31st St and Route 83, Oak Brook. Oct 16–31, 7–10:30pm. $10.

Click, Clack Boo! A Tricky Treat

The family musical centers on a group of barnyard animals as they plan a Halloween party—but first they must convince ol’ Farmer Brown. Lifeline Theatre. Saturdays and Sundays Oct 19–Nov 24, 11am & 1pm. $15.

Kids and Pumpkins Brunch
Carve a pumpkin while enjoying a feast from Old Town Social executive chef Jared Van Camp. Mini apple caramel treats will also be available from Element Collective’s pastry chef Nate Meads. Old Town Social. Oct 20, 11am-1pm. Carving pumpkin $10; brunch not included.

RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead
Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, the quippy geeks behind Mystery Science Theater 3000, riff on the zombie classic. The event is simulcast in cinemas nationwide. City North 14, Webster Place 11 and ShowPlace ICON. Oct 24 at 7pm. $10.50–$12.50.

Freaky Deaky V Halloween Costume Party: Friday
This two-day Halloween costume party in its fifth year will celebrate day one with DJ Griz, rapper Danny Brown, Kill Paris and psychedelic L.A. beatmaker Tokimonsta. Aragon Ballroom. Oct 25 at 7pm. $29.

Tower of Terror
Elevate your Halloweekend on the 99th floor of Willis Tower. This formal Casino Royale–themed dance party will have an open bar, free hor'dourves, blackjack and poker tables, all to the electronic and dubstep of local mixers BottleRokitz, Papa Skunk, Pandamonium and King of Class. Willis Tower. Oct 25 at 9pm. $82.

 Mind Shivers
Host of one of the longest-running Halloween show in Chicago, mentalist Sidney Friedman performs a range of telepathic and extrasensory wonders. Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret. Oct 25, 26 at 8pm; Oct 27 at 7pm. $20 (two-drink minimum).

Freaky Deaky V Halloween Costume Party: Saturday
Day two of this freaky costume party will feature EDM gurus Dada Life, Clockwork and Craze. Aragon Ballroom. Oct 26 at 8pm. $35.

Halloween Trolley Crawl
Keep it moving on this trolley car that takes you to over 20 bars around Lincoln Park, Old Town and River North. A ticket gets you three drink tickets, no covers and drink specials at all the bars. Dress in your best costume because more bars means more costume contests, which also means better odds of winning. Lion’s Head. Oct 26, 8pm. $25–$45.


Haunted Halloween Hotel Ball 
Come dressed in your best spooky costume to enjoy this Halloween bash. With a $5,000 costume contest and international DJs, this ball is sure to bring out some impressive costumes. Hilton Chicago. Oct 26 at 10pm. $50.

Haunted Hospital 
Drumbar transforms into a haunted Wesley Memorial nursing home this Halloween, accompanied by music by My Boy Elroy and special drink concotions. Drumbar. Oct 26 at 8pm. 

Something Wicked This Way Comes: An Evening of Shakespeare
The Promethean Theatre Ensemble offers a Shakespearean Halloween performance, which features the Bard’s many ghosts, tricksters, and villains. The Red Lion Lincoln Square. Oct 29–31, 7pm and 9pm. Suggested donation.

Catie O’s Organ Grinder’s Monkey Halloween
Enjoy horror films as you get down to obscure, vintage spooky records. Resident Catie O. spins vinyl dating back to the '50s. Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar. Oct 31 at 9pm. No cover.

Halloween with John Digweed
Sound-Bar's 10th annual Halloween party features tech-house DJ John Digweed, with openers Ghosts of Venice and NORDJs. Sound-Bar. Oct 31 at 10pm. $20.

Halsted Halloween Parade
The 17th annual Northalsted Halloween parade attracts thousands of constumed attendees each year for the procession through Boystown. This year’s theme is “Twisted Circus." Oct 31 at 8pm. Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue. Free.

Halloween Show featuring the Quakes + Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band + The Krank Daddies + Nothing To Gain + Dead Bundy & The Neat Neat Neats
Dress to impress for a costume contest hosted by Cozzie & Pea. The winner takes home $150. Reggie's is also hosting a second costume contest for the Most Interesting Man in the World. Recite your best line and you could win your weight in beer. Yes, you read that correctly. Reggie's Rock Club. Oct 31 at 8pm. $15–$20.

Detholz! Present: Jukebox of the Dead…Reanimated!
After bidding us farewell at the Empty Bottle two years ago, Detholz! reunites to rekindle Jukebox of the Dead, a Halloween tradition that dates back to 2001. Performing a set of offbeat covers of contemporary and soft-rock faves like “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “Sussudio,” the group will attempt to replicate the setlist of its original 2001 performance. Hideout. Oct 31 at 9pm. $12.

Rodan Costume Contest
Rodan is hosting a costume contest for those willing to go out and dress up on Halloween despite it being a Thursday night. Four Loco drink specials and half-price bottles of wine accompany this spooktacular night. Rodan. Oct 31 at 10pm.

Freakeasy: Day of the Dead!
Metro/Smart Bar partners with the Freakeasy to throw a DJ and music-packed halloween. With musical artists ranging from Phuture to and Michael Serafini, guests will enjoy performances across both Metro and Smart Bar stages. The Metro. Oct 31 at 9pm. $20.

I Put A Spell On You
DJ Smokey Joe Bryl shines a light on the Mexico's tradition Day of the Dead, playing a variety of Latin music. Smokey Joe will compliment his musical stylings with projections of Mexican horror films including The Witches Mirror and The Curse of the Crying Women. Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar. Nov 1 at 9pm. Free.

Amon Tobin
Get spooky with a DJ set from drum & bass master Amon Tobin's alter-ego Two Fingers. The Mid. Nov 1 at 10pm. $10.

'90's Halloween Jam Featuring Slick Rick
Dress in your '90s best for a chance to win $500 and check out a performance by Slick Rick. Early-bird tickets are available for $15. The Shrine. Nov 1 at 9pm. $15–$22.