The smell of pumpkin spice and crisp cool Chicago air can only mean one thing: Halloween is coming. For kids, it’s a chance to stock up on a year’s worth of candy in one day. For adults, it’s a fun escape from reality – allowing you to dress up and sip on spirits. However, combining the two to get the day just right can be a little tricky. Luckily, we’ve put together a guide for both adults and families of all ages to help you navigate fall’s spookiest holiday.
For the Whole Family
Boo! at the Zoo
Oct. 21-22, 28-29
10am-4pmAre your kids itching to get into their costumes? Well, Brookfield Zoo has got the remedy! Boo at the Zoo is a family fest at the zoo with games, activities, corn mazes, a costume contest and special exhibits on Halloween animals (think bats, wolves, spiders, etc.). For more information, click HERE.
Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns
Chicago Botanic Garden
6:30pm-10pmIf you’ve ever tried to carve a pumpkin, you know how hard (and messy) it can be – now multiply that by 1,000! New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns has hand-carved more than 1,000 pumpkins available for viewing at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Gasp at the wonderful creations, witness live carving, encounter entertaining characters, and fill your belly with ghoulish eats and drinks for little ones and adults alike. For more information and ticket prices, click HERE.
Clark Street Spooktacular
Celebrate Lincoln Park’s annual Halloween extravaganza with trick-or-treating at participating local businesses from Armitage to Diversey, and on the south side of Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview. You can also find jugglers, magicians, and stilt walkers all along Clark Street. For more information, click HERE.
For Adults Only
Nightmare at Navy Pier: The Haunted Halloween Ball
Aon Grand Ballroom
Get ready for the Halloween party of a lifetime! Chicago’s hottest DJs will be spinning the top tunes in the Grand Ballroom all night long. This 21+ party will have plenty of drinks to keep you howling into the night. So grab some friends, put on your dancin’ shoes, and have yourself an unforgettable Halloween. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Halloween Fireworks Booze Cruise
8pm-10:30pmTake it to the lake this Halloween with a booze cruise along Lake Michigan. With un-boo-lievable views of the city, and 3 floors of fun – it’s sure to be spooktacular for everyone. There will be a live DJ to party it up while on the yacht, and an after party at a trendy River North bar. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Chicago Halloween Trolley Bar Crawl
8pm-2amHop on a trolley and crawl through the town in style, stopping at some of Lincoln Park’s best bars! Your ticket includes two $5 gift cards, drink specials, no cover charge, and more. Not to mention a costume contest with a grand prize of $500! For more information and tickets, click HERE.