Endless frights and fun this year in the Windy City
In a big city like Chicago, there are quite a few Halloween events to pick from. Honestly, it’s pretty overwhelming, and even the most adventurous person might not be able to keep up with it all.
There are so many awesome ways to celebrate Halloween that we figured we’d make it easier by running through every event in one easy-to-read breakdown so you don’t miss out on the ones you’re most excited for. We jam-packed any and everything that’s happening for Halloween in the city onto this list so that all your options are in one place. You’re welcome!
Don’t forget, Halloween’s on a Tuesday this year. So make sure your entire weekend and Monday are extra spooky.
Here is Chicago’s Ultimate Halloween 2018 Guide.
Not so fast. Before you hit the party, you need to pick out a costume first! Chicago has plenty of costume shops and some are even open year-round for you early birds.
Halloween Hallway Costume Stores – These stores might be your best bet for a grab-and-go costume. Check out their website or visit one of their locations in the Loop, South Loop, River North, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, or Wrigleyville.
Chicago Costume– This spot is open year-round and offers unique, hard-to-find, and upscale costumes fit for any event.
Hollywood Mirror – The famous novelty shop in Lakeview has plenty of gag gifts, wigs, and silly accessories for you to build your own costume.
Fantasy Costumes – This Portage Park megastore has been around for over 50 years and is fully stocked. You need it, they have it.
Spirit Halloween – If you’re out in the burbs, you’ve probably seen these pop-up around Halloween time. These are great for trendy, grab-and-go costumes.
Why not celebrate Halloween with some monster jams? There are always great acts coming to Chicago and there’s no shortage of them on Halloween weekend (or weekends, depending on how you look at it).
Freaky Deaky – This year, the premier Midwest Halloween-themed music festival is traveling between Wisconsin and Texas, and returning to Chicago with the best in EDM and hip-hop with Nightmre Before X-Mas on November 3rd at the Aragon Ballroom.
Ween – Indie favs Ween are back on HalloWEEN itself at, you guessed it, the Argon Ballroom.
Lily Allen – Lily is throwin’ down on the 31st at the Vic.
Gramps the Vamp – Head to Schubas on October 31st to see Gramps the Vamp’s 8th annual Halloween show!
Billie Eilish – The spider kween herself is showin’ up to the Metro on October 28th.
Get weird for Halloween with some good ol’ fashioned day drinking. Here are some of the best bar crawls you can hop into during Halloween weekend.
2018 Chicago Halloween Bar Crawl– Hit up favorite haunts in Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, and River North and enter the costume contest for a chance to $500 at this classic crawl on October, 27th.
Wrigleyville Halloween Crawl – Chicago Twenty Something is bringing another fun bar crawl experience to the Wrigleyville neighborhood, including a buffet and costume contests on Saturday, October 27 at 7 pm.
If you want to keep it traditional, Chicago has some wonderful neighborhoods where you and your family can enjoy a fall breeze while visiting beautifully decorated homes. According to multiple surveys, these are the best ‘hoods for trick-or-treating.
Anything we missed? Got a tip on a super cool Halloween event that you want everyone to know about? Tell us below!
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After graduating from the U of I with a Bachelor’s in English, Courtney hit the ground running. A lifelong passion for writing (oddly foreshadowed by a tendency to live on streets named after dead British authors) is what drives her professional endeavors. When she’s not at her desk with headphones in, cranking out articles on Chicago’s music, dining, and nightlife scenes, you can usually find her at concerts around the city, watching horror movies, psyching herself into going to the gym, or obsessing over scented candles.