Northalsted Halloween Parade

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Northalsted Halloween Parade
Photograph: Matthew Sperzel

Chicagoans bring out their weird, wild and spooky every year in Boystown

A wonderful cross-section of Chicago converges in Boystown for the Northalsted Halloween Parade each year. From drag queens to kids to pets, this annual Boystown event inspires some of the most stunning costumes in Chicago. So make sure you swing by the costume store beforehand, and if you’re not the creative type, here are some Chicago-centric Halloween costumes you'll love. 

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When is the Northalsted Halloween Parade?

The Northalsted Halloween Parade is on October 31, 2017. Registration begins at 5pm; the parade kicks off at 7:30pm, with the costume contest following.

Where is the Northalsted Halloween Parade?

The parade runs up Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Addison Street; double back to enter the costume contest at Halsted and Roscoe Street. 

Can I march in the Northalsted Halloween parade?

Marching in and attending the parade is free, but you’ll have to register here if you want to march or perform in the parade. The costume contest is also free, but with over 2,000 entrants, you’d better have a damn good costume. Check out our photos from recent years’ parades to see what you're up against.

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