Chicago Halloween Events: Best Things To Do

Chicago Halloween Events: Best Things To Do

Looking for Chicago Halloween Events? This list of events is what’s happening for the Halloween season. Some of the selections here have dates listed past October 31st.

SO take a look and find you something fun and cost-effective to do for Halloween. These choices are the best things to do for adults.

Tell me what you think of the Halloween events listed in Soulful Chicago. What do you have planned for Halloween?  Leave your comments in the form below.

Chicago Halloween Events: Best Things To Do

CRUISE PARTIES

Rock the Yacht: Midnight Halloween Yacht Party

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Odyssey Lake Michigan

600 E Grand Ave

Chicago, IL 60611

Spend your Halloween weekend on Lake Michigan, living it up on a yacht, draped in your finest costume. Make your way down to Navy Pier and come aboard the magnificent Odyssey Yacht for a night of fun, great vibes, good music, costume shenanigans and, of course, amazing views of Chicago.

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 / 11:30pm | Disc: $30 | Org: $60

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The Haunted Ghost Ship

Tricks & Treats Aboard the Haunted Halloween Dance Party Cruise

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Spirit of Chicago 

600 East Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

866-273-2469

Call forth the spirit of the Flying Dutchman and its ghostly crew during the Halloween Haunted Ghost Ship aboard the Spirit of Chicago. Put on your best costume for an unforgettable night on the water during which you’ll celebrate the chills of the season.

These party cruise sets sail from Navy Pier, offering stunning views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan in all its inky-black moonlit beauty. You’ll party with dashing devils, gruesome ghouls, and other hideous hounds while dancing to the music of one of Chicago’s best DJs. You’re sure to get thirsty, and fortunately, there’s a fully stocked cash bar.

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 11:59pm (Boarding Begins at 11:15pm) | Disc: $15 – $20 | Org: $30 – $40

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Haunted Halloween Booze Cruise: Plus Pre- and Post-Parties

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Chicago Cruise Events at DuSable Harbor 

200 N Breakwater Access

Chicago, IL 60601

312-543-9798

Halloweekend heats up on the water with a costume bash-cum-booze-cruise complete with live DJs spinning the best party music and a pair of on-board fully stocked bars.

The yacht also boasts two interior decks and an outdoor observation deck where you can cool off, catch the breeze and check out the crowd in all their Halloween glory. Plus, with this weekend pass, you’ll also receive access to the official pre-party and a post-cruise party.

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm) | Disc: $20 – $30 | Org: $49

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 11:30pm (Boarding Begins at 10:45pm) | Disc: $25 – $30 | Org: $49

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The official pre-party on October 26, 2018, is from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am at the Mid Chicago, 306 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661. Show your Haunted Halloween Ball Ticket at the door.

The official after-party is October 27, 2018, from 2:30 am to 5:00 am at Prysm Chicago, 1543 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642. Show your Haunted Halloween Ball Ticket at the door.

Capacity at both the pre-party and post-party is limited and entry is on a first-come, first served basis; admission is not guaranteed.

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The Haunted Halloween Costume Party Extravaganza Cruise

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Spirit of Chicago

600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
866-273-2469

Don your cleverest and kinkiest costumes for a Halloween night of music, dancing, and drinks along the deep waters of Lake Michigan. Aboard the Spirit of Chicago, you’ll have the chance to groove your way across three floors to this year’s most popular jams while gazing at romantic city views of Chicago’s stunning architecture.

Whether you’re a kooky witch or a sleek cat, cash bars serving wine, beer and cocktails on every floor will allow you to truly take your Halloween weekend to the next level this year. For one night of the year, you get to step into someone else’s shoes — or paws. Why not do it while partying on a massive boat?

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm) | Disc: $30 | Org: $60

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Rock the Yacht: Spirit of Chicago Halloween Party

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Spirit of Chicago

600 East Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

866-273-2469

This spirited Halloween bash aboard the Spirit of Chicago party yacht offers a night of good music, great vibes, drinks, and stunning views of the gorgeous city of Chicago. This quadruple-decker boat will no doubt be rocking, with three interior climate-controlled decks, plus a spacious sky deck, if you’re looking for some fresh air with your amazing views.

A live DJ provides thrills and chills with the hottest in pop, hip-hop, electronic and Top 40 hits, and the bars on board will be fully stocked for this spooky sail.

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 / 6:30pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm) | Disc: COMP – $15 | Org: $30

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2 hours

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Costumes are encouraged and beverages are not included.

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Halloween Booze Cruise

Ghoulish Good Times on a Halloween Booze Cruise

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Chicago Cruise Events at DuSable Harbor

200 N Breakwater Access

Chicago, IL 60601

312-543-9798

Take to the waters of Lake Michigan for a floating Halloween extravaganza unlike any other! This Halloween Booze Cruise sets sail aboard the luxurious Anita Dee I yacht, where there are two decks of spooky fun complete with a pair of cash bars and a dance floor where you can do the Monster Mash.

Or, head up to the open-air observation deck to cool off and snap some selfies with the incredible Chicago skyline in the background. Don’t miss this chance to take your Halloweekend to the next level.

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm) | n/a

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 7:00pm | Disc: $20 – $30 | Org: $49

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 11:00pm | n/a

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The official pre-party on October 26, 2018, is from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am at the Mid Chicago, 306 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661. Show your Haunted Halloween Ball Ticket at the door.

The official after-party is October 27, 2018, from 2:30 am to 5:00 am at Prysm Chicago, 1543 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642. Show your Haunted Halloween Ball Ticket at the door.

Capacity at both the pre-party and post-party is limited and entry is on a first-come, first served basis; admission is not guaranteed.

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Yacht Party Chicago’s Halloween Booze Cruise

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Anita Dee II Yacht at DuSable Harbor

200 North Breakwater Access

Chicago, IL 60601

Imagine being at a trendy bar while enjoying the beautiful Chicago skyline as you cruise down Lake Michigan aboard a luxury yacht! Embark on a three-story yacht with a live DJ, dancing, giveaways, fantastic views of Chicago and a drink at the after-party.

The Anita Dee II, departing from DuSable Harbor features three floors with a lounge area, dance floor, and top deck to take in the sights, giving you a beautiful and memorable Halloween party unlike any you’ve had before.

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:30pm) | Disc: $25 | Org: $50

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 / 8:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:45pm) | n/a

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 / 11:45pm (Boarding Begins at 11:45pm) | n/a

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 / 1:30pm (Boarding Begins at 12:45pm) | Disc: $20 | Org: $50

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm) | Disc: $20  | Org: $50

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BAR CRAWLS

Halloween Daytime Pub Crawl in River North

Old Crow Smokehouse on Kinzie Street

149 West Kinzie Street

Chicago, IL 60654

773-348-8899

If you’re concerned about all the ghouls and goblins who may be out after dark on Halloween week, then kick off your celebration with an afternoon of day drinking in River North. Costume up hit some of the neighborhood’s best clubs and bars and still make it home before nightfall. Tickets include a brunch buffet, drink specials, gift cards to use on the crawl, costume contests, giveaways and more.

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 11:00am-6:00pm | Disc: $10 | Org: $20

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2018 Chicago Halloween Bar Crawl

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The Flat Iron

1565 N Milwaukee Ave

Chicago, IL 60622

It’s time to get spooky! Party with Chicago Bars for their Halloween Bar Crawl! Dress up, dress down, be a pal, or be a clown — it’s Halloween in your town!  The spookiness of the night is upon us all — crawl your night away to new bars, filled with plenty of people and booze.

If you are into dressing to impress for Halloween, make sure to enter the costume contest for a chance to win $500 and infamous bragging rights!

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 8:00pm | Disc: $5 | Org: $10

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Haunted Hyde Park Bar Crawl

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57th Street Wines

1448 E 57th
Chicago, IL 60637

Join Hyde Park’s “host with the most” on a walking tour that’s sure to summon the spirits (and a few glasses of bubbly) this Halloween season. The tour kicks off at 57th Street Wine Shop for an introduction and a wine tasting, then heads into the neighborhood and U of C campus area. Along the way, the group stops at a Hyde Park institution, Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap, and the excursion wraps up at SevenTen Lanes.

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 / 6:00pm | Disc: $24.50 | Org: $49

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 / 6:00pm | Disc: $24.50 | Org: $49

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 6:00pm | Disc: $24.50 | Org: $49

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Wrigleyville Halloween Crawl

Chicago’s BIGGEST Halloween Party

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In Wrigleyville

Throw on your best costume and join us as the historic Wrigleyville neighborhood becomes home to the biggest Halloween bar crawl in Chicago. This is a frightening event you do not want to miss.

Tickets include complimentary admission, a dinner buffet, gift cards to use on the crawl, costume contests, giveaways & more.

Bars include John Barleycorn, Casey Moran’s, Country Club, Deuce’s, HVAC, Irish Oak, Merkle’s, Moe’s Cantina, Nola, Old Crow, Rizzo’s Bar & Inn, Roadhouse 66, Sandlot and Stretch. (locations subject to change)

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 7:00pm | $25 – $30

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ADVANCE CHECK-IN/PACKET PICK-UP INFO: You can pick up your wristband, gift cards, etc. at Old Crow Smokehouse River North (149 W. Kinzie) on any of the days and times listed below:

  • Wednesday, October 24th from 4-8pm
  • Thursday, October 25th from 4-8pm
  • Friday, October 26th from 12-8pm

*You can pick up your friend’s packets IF you bring their PRINTED TICKET*

 

DRINKING GAMES/COMEDY

“Death Toll”: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance — Spooky Sketch Comedy

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The Cornservatory

4210 N Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL 60618

773-650-1331

You’ll be prompted to fortify yourself with alcohol every time there’s an onstage death in the Conservatory’s latest edition of “Death Toll: A Drinking Game Performance”, the sketch comedy-slash-BYOB drinking game-slash-horror show.

And we certainly do mean slash … There will be plenty of gory knife attacks and other murderous mayhem to toast, so you can expect to become toasted as you watch a brutal yet hilarious set of skits written by the team themselves. This long-running popular show will hold up a “DRINK” sign to guide you as the “Death Toll” rises.

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 / 11:00pm (Doors open at 10:30pm; BYOB) | Disc: $5 | Org: $10

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 11:00pm (Doors open at 10:30pm; BYOB) | Disc: $5 | Org: $10

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 / 11:00pm (Doors open at 10:30pm; BYOB) | Disc: $5 | Org: $10

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COSTUME PARTIES\MASQUERADE BALL

Haunted Halloween Ball: Chicago’s Biggest Costume Party


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Congress Plaza Hotel

520 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

Don your sexiest, most outrageous costume and come party with 3,000 people at a haunted hotel for Chicago’s biggest costume party, the Haunted Halloween Ball. The Congress Plaza Hotel, said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the world, gets even spookier as the lavish ballroom is overrun with vampire bellmen and zombie cocktail servers.

Meanwhile, you’ll be hitting the dance floor to world-renowned DJs and recording artists spinning beats that’ll get you in the Halloween spirit. There will also be prizes for the most outrageous, bizarre and risqué costumes, so don’t hold back! Your ticket includes admission to the pre- and post-parties, as well as the main event, so you can get a whole Halloweekend out of your ticket.

October 27th, 2018 (9:00pm-5:00am) & October 26th, 2018 (Pre-Party at 10:00pm) | Disc: $35 | Org: $90

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The official pre-party on October 26, 2018, is from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am at the Mid Chicago, 306 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661. Show your Haunted Halloween Ball Ticket at the door.

The official after-party is October 27, 2018, from 2:30 am to 5:00 am at Prysm Chicago, 1543 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642. Show your Haunted Halloween Ball Ticket at the door.

Capacity at both the pre-party and post-party is limited and entry is on a first-come, first served basis; admission is not guaranteed.

Highlights

Watch a video from a previous Haunted Halloween Ball at Congress Plaza, Chicago’s largest Halloween party.

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Halloween Goes Hollywood at The Hard Rock Cafe

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Hard Rock Cafe

63 West Ontario

Chicago, IL 60654

312-943-2252

This Halloween weekend, come out a rocking Halloween monster mash at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. You’re in for a night of costume shenanigans, great music, spooky-cool vibes, and luscious drinks.

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 10:00pm | Disc: COMP – $9 | Org: $10

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“A Nightmare on Main Street”: Halloween Party & Concert

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The Legion

3539 214th St

Matteson, IL 60443

“A Nightmare on Main Street” is a Halloween party and concert, so make sure to come dressed in costume at The Legion in Matteson! Playing this evening will be Keep The Fight Alive, Steadfast, Aletheia, Stairwayz, Up All Night and Brightasnight.

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 / 6:00pm | Disc: $5 | Org: $10

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The Nightmare at Hard Rock Cafe Presents The Haunted Halloween Ball

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Hard Rock Cafe

63 West Ontario

Chicago, IL 60654

Get ready to celebrate a Halloween weekend in Chicago like no other. This year, you are going to start out your Halloween at Hard Rock Cafe. The Haunted Halloween Ball presented by The Nightmare at the Hard Rock Cafe is exactly where you need to be. For the third straight year, this is Chicago’s No. 1 most sought-after Halloween party.

This Chicago Halloween party will have you partying past midnight with this year’s top hits and drinks all night long. There will be fully stocked cash bars throughout the venue for you to order all of your favorite drinks.

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 10:00pm-4:00am | Disc: $9 | Org: $19

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TOURS

Chicago’s Haunted History & Ghost Tour

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American Walks – Clark Street Bridge

NE corner of Wacker Drive

Chicago, IL 60654

The tour starts off at the beloved Garrett’s popcorn. Guests will receive a treat bag of “Garrett’s Mix” before taking a spooky stroll through downtown Chicago narrated by one of the expert guides. Chicago has a very storied past and is known to be one of the most Haunted cities in America.

The fact that Lincoln Park and much of the land along the lakefront sits on a graveyard with bodies still being discovered to this day may explain some of the hauntings. Or maybe it has more to do with Chicago’s love affair with gangsters, guns, crime, and murder. For October and November only, there are additional days and times available (see full event listing for details).

Good for Any Available Saturday or Sunday at 7:00 pm through April 28, 2019 (Reserve in Advance) | Disc: $12.50 | Org: $10

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October-November Only:
There are additional days and times available October-November: Friday nights at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm and Saturdays at 9:00 pm.

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Naperville Hauntings Tour

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Quigley’s Irish Pub

43 E Jefferson Ave

Naperville, IL 60540

Meet up at Quigley’s Irish Pub in Chicagoland and take an eerie on-foot excursion through Naperville, one of Illinois’ most haunted towns.

Any Friday or Saturday through November 3, 2018 at 8:00pm (Advanced Reservation Required) | Disc: $12.50 | Org: $25

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Haunted House

“Midnight Terror” Haunted House 2018

 

Midnight Terror Haunted House

5520 W 111th St

Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Midnight Terror Haunted House is a company with 20 years experience in the haunted house and entertainment industry. Driven by passion, they have discovered what it takes to create something completely original. A balance of “old-school” scares and new-school technology makes Midnight Terror an actor-driven and terrifying experience.

Midnight Terror’s expansive playground in Oak Lawn covers 26,000 square feet, with more rooms than you can count, and actors packed into every nook and cranny. Explore the twists, turns and tight spaces of “Factory of Malum,” which leads into the theatrics and special effects of “Black Oak Grove.” To finish off the night of fear, you’ll tread through “Chainsaw Alley,” with an ending you won’t see coming.

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 / 7:00pm | Disc: $12.50 | Org: $25

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 / 7:00pm | Disc: $12.50 | Org: $25

Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 / 7:00pm (Clown Takeover) | Disc: $12.50 | Org: $25

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4 Replies to “Chicago Halloween Events: Best Things To Do”

  1. Riaz Shah says:

    Wow! Reminds me of the Fright Night event in Malaysia and Singapore! They have local folklore and curses now but I go to them every year an wanting to try something new. I noticed that there’s a Haunted Hyde Park Bar Crawl, is it in Chicago? an Miniature Hyde park in Conjunction with the celebrations probably?

    1. Ladi Soul says:

      Yes it is in Hyde Park! There is a list for all the bars in Hyde Park that are participating and yes in conjunction of the celebrations. THanks for commenting Riaz!

  2. I love Halloween.  It’s truly my favorite holiday!  I always struggle with what to do so this post is great!  I love all the cruises.  I have never thought of going on a Halloween cruise but I think this year I may have to check it out.  These cruises would also be fun for a corporate party.  How fun right?

    KARA

    1. Ladi Soul says:

      Hi Kara! I’m going to the cruise too! I’ve never went to a Halloween Cruise. But I expect to have fun and meet new people. Hope to see you there. Thanks for commenting!

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