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The best Chicago Halloween parties and events

Show off your costume at spooky Halloween parties at some of Chicago's best bars and venues

Photograph: Courtesy Chicago Sport and Social Club

Halloween (and the weekend preceding it) can be the scariest time of year, especially if you're not great at making plans. If you're feeling frighteningly indecisive about where to show off your costume, we've gathered some of the best Halloween events where you can enjoy a cocktail, head to a dance party or hang out in a hotel. Embrace the spirit of the season at spookiest parties in Chicago.

RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Halloween in Chicago

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The Godfrey Haunted Hotel

The Godfrey's I|O rooftop gets transformed into a creepy apothecary at the hotel's annual Halloween party, serving Dia de los Muertos black margaritas and cocktails in syringes. After you've gained a bit of liquid courage, head up to the fifth floor where 20 hotel rooms have been transformed into haunted experiences, each with a different terror lurking behind its door.

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28 Oct 2017

LondonHouse Disco Halloween

Throw on some bell bottoms and celebrate Halloween on the dance floor at this ‘80s-themed bash on LondonHouse's tri-level rooftop. Each ticket includes an open bar from 9 to 11pm and access to the costume contest, which will award the best-dressed attendee with a free weekend stay at the hotel.

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28 Oct 2017
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The Conrad's Game of Thrones Halloween Bash

You may have to wait until 2019 before the final season of Game of Thrones finally arrives, but you can travel to Westeros (for a night) at the Conrad's Halloween bash. The bar will be serving Wild Fire Veuve and King’s Blood Belvedere cocktails, while the Small Council determines the evening's best costume and awards a banquet for two at Baptiste & Bottle and a one-night stay at the Conrad.

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28 Oct 2017

SPiN Chicago Boos & Booze

Show off your costume and your ping pong skills at SPiN, where balls will be bouncing all night long during the Boos and Booze Halloween party. Each ticket includes a four-hour drink package, access to ping pong tables and a costume contest.

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28 Oct 2017
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Driehaus Museum Murder Mystery

A vintage 19th-century residential building is the perfect setting for a murder mystery, especially one set during the Columbian Exposition of 1893. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a three-course dinner in the historic ballroom, while trying to figure out whodunit. Period attire is encouraged, so don your top hats, suits and frilly gowns.

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Fri Oct 20 - Sat Oct 28

Chicago Athletic Association A Twilight Zone

Enter a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity as the Chicago Athletic Association takes some cues from Rod Serling with its Twilight Zone-themed Halloween bash. The event takes place on the hotel's 13th floor and its rooftop lounge, Cindy's, with DJs, dancing, mind-bending experiences and a special Zombie cocktail.

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28 Oct 2017
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ACRE Zombi Disco

Artist-run gallery ACRE hosts a Zombi Disco in its Pilsen space, which was formerly a funeral home. The undead dance party will be hosted by Valentine Addams, with DJ sets from Jungle Jim, Jesse S Andwich and DJ Pluto. All proceeds benefit ACRE.  

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28 Oct 2017

Chicago Sport and Social Club Halloween Party

John Barleycorn hosts Chicago Sport and Social Club's Halloween party, featuring a three-hour drink package that will make your Friday night extra fun. The theme of this year's gathering draws inspiration from Stranger Things and the ‘80s, so arrive prepared to dance to the Clash, Toto, New Order and more.

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27 Oct 2017
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San Junipero Halloween Party

Hop into "San Junipero," the Black Mirror episode with a cult following, at this 80s-tastic Halloween bash. The BYO-leg warmers event kicks off with a cocktail hour called “Meet me at the Quagmire” (a reference to the shady club in San Junipero). Following drinks, there’s a four-course meal, dance party and costume contest. The October 31 event starts at 7pm, and tickets are $45. Dressing up isn’t a requirement, per se, but c’mon, how could you not?     

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31 Oct 2017

GMan Tavern's Misplaced Lagoon

A tiki bar in Wrigleyville? It's happening on Halloween weekend for one night only, as GMan Tavern recasts itself as Misplaced Lagoon. You'll be able to throw on a Hawaiian shirt while sipping tiki drinks, listening to tropical tunes from DJ Samorama and enjoying Polynesian-inspired cuisine from Döner Men. 

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31 Oct 2017
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Fremont Freakmont

Fremont gets freaky on Halloween weekend, transforming into a carnival-themed experience with food stations, a drink package, performers, games, DJs and more. You're going to get funnel cake dust all over your getup, but it'll be worth it.

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28 Oct 2017

Haunted Halloween Ball

Don't half-ass your costume for the Haunted Halloween Ball—this annual celebration at the Congress Plaza Hotel has some pretty high standards when it comes to seasonal getups. Once you're inside, you'll find cash bars, DJs and a costume contest with a $3,000 cash prize. Did we mention that the Congress is haunted?

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28 Oct 2017
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