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Avondale Park Haunted House a 7-9:30 PM, 3516 W. School, 773-478-1410, $2.

Halloween Dance a 6-9 PM, Vittum Park, 5010 W. 50th, 773-284-6022, $5, children in grades five through eight.

Robie House Secrets and Shadows Tour a 7-9 PM (tours begin every 20 minutes), 5757 S. Woodlawn, 708-848-1976, $12-$16.


Dark Magic Performances by "Fitzgerald's Realm of Magic."

a 8 and 10 PM, Peter Jones Gallery, 1806 W. Cuyler, 2nd floor, 773-857-2172,, $13.

Dream Halloween Annual fund-raiser for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, hosted by CSI: NY's Melinda Kanakaredes. a Windy City field house, 2367 W. Logan, 312-580-1150,, 5-8:30 PM, $100-$200.

Framing Mode Masquerade Ball Costume party/contest featuring DJ Rat, tarot card readings, "monster makeovers," and access to ongoing exhibit "Art Exploring the Dark Side." a 8 PM-midnight, Framing Mode & Gallery, 1526 S. Wabash, 312-566-0027,, $13.

Halloween Pumpkin Patches The Chicago Park District sponsors "patches" featuring pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and other family-oriented events. a 10:30 AM-noon, Andersonville Playlot Park, 5233 N. Ashland, 312-742-7877 F; 11 AM-3 PM, Archer Park, 4901 S. Kilbourn, 773-284-7029, $12; 11 AM-3 PM, Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon, 312-747-6023, various prices; 10 AM-2 PM, Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Sacramento, 312-742-7549 F; 11 AM-2 PM, Kosciuszko Park, 2732 N. Avers, 312-742-7546, $5; 11 AM-2 PM, Lake Meadows Park, 3117 S. Rhodes, 312-747-6287, $5; 11 AM-3 PM, Mount Greenwood Park, 3724 W. 111th, 312-747-6564 F; 11 AM-3 PM, Oz Park, 2021 N. Burling, 312-742-7898, $1-$3, 10:30 AM-noon, Revere Park, 2509 W. Irving Park, 773-478-1220, $10; 11 AM-2 PM, Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball, 312-742-7529 F;

State Street Halloween Happening Parade a Noon, State and Randolph, 312-744-3315, F

Wateriders "Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters of Hustlertown" Tour Kayak tour of the Chicago River and its connections to the underworld and spirit world. a 10 AM-2:30 PM, Montgomery Ward Complex, 900 N. Kingsbury, 312-953-9287,, $50-$55, reservations required.


Wateriders "Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters of Hustlertown" Tour See listing for Sat 10/21. a 10 AM-2:30 PM, Montgomery Ward Complex, 900 N. Kingsbury, 312-953-9287,, $50-$55, reservations required.


Halloween Party a 6-7:30 PM, Kelly Park, 2725 W. 41st, 312-747-6197, $2, ages 6-12.


The Night of 100 Drag Queens XIII a Sidetrack's annual revue benefits Equality Illinois. a 8:30 PM, Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, 773-477-9189, Advance tickets $5 or $15 for reception beginning at 7 PM; tickets at the door $10, $20 for reception.


Halloween Dance a 6-8 PM, Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th, 312-747-6147, $5, children in grades six through eight. F

Haunted "Ha Ha" House and Spooky House a "Ha Ha" House: noon, ages three to five (must be accompanied by adult), $1; Spooky House: 3 PM, ages 6-12 F. Cornell Square Park, 1809 W. 50th, 312-747-6097.

Magic Chicago's Spooky Halloween Show With magicians Robert Charles, Benjamin Barnes, Sean Masterson, and Dan Mindo. a 8 PM, City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-334-4192,, $15, 17+.

Mummies Night! Tales and Treats for Halloween a 6-8 PM Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th, 773-702-9507, F

The Night of 100 Drag Queens XIII See listing for Tue 10/24. a 8 PM-2 AM, Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, 773-477-9189, Advance tickets $10 or $20 for reception beginning at 7 PM; tickets at the door $15, $25 for reception.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

a 7 PM, McGee's Tavern & Grille, 950 W. Webster, 773-549-8200, pumpkins provided. F


BooBall 2006 Benefit for the Fairygodmother Foundation, includes costume contest judged by TV news personalities. a 6-10 PM, Buzz Nightclub, 308 W. Erie, 773-388-1160, $75 (includes cocktails and appetizers).

Bowl-a-Thon Annual costume party and fund-raiser for Alternatives Youth Agency. a 6:45-10 PM, Diversey River Bowl, 2211 W. Diversey, 773-506-7474, $40.

Canine Halloween Party With a pet costume contest and refreshments for dogs and owners. a 6-8 PM, Grant Park, 300 S. Columbus, 773-885-2505, $10-$12, $5-$6 for dogs.

Clark (John) Park Haunted House a 4-6 PM, Clark (John) Park, 4615 W. Jackson, 773-287-7794, ages 6-12. F

Descent Into the Maelstrom One-man show exploring Edgar Allan Poe's writings. a 8 PM, Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie, 312-326-1480,, $22-$25, reservations required.

Field of Screams a 6-9 PM, Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th, 312-742-7529, $1-$6.

Nightmare on Hubbard Street Dance party featuring basement labyrinth and costume contest. a 9 PM-2 AM, Cabaret, 15 W. Hubbard, 312-245-3100, $10, 21+.

Spooky Stories a 7-7:45 PM, Mayfair Park, 4500 W. Sunnyside, 773-685-3361. F


Annual Halloween Art Exhibit Includes Halloween-themed art and a children's interactive program featuring a presentation on the history of Halloween, pumpkin coloring contests, crafts, and refreshments. a Main exhibit through 10/31: Tue-Sun 2-6 PM, Mon 2-4 PM. F Children's program through 10/28: Sat 10 AM-noon, $5. Peter Jones Gallery, 1806 W. Cuyler, 2nd floor, 773-857-2172,

Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour a Tue-Thu 7 PM, Fri-Sat 7 and 10 PM, Sun 7 PM, 610 N. Clark, 773-404-4346,, $20-$30, reservations recommended.

Chicago Supernatural Ghost Tour Four-hour bus tour conducted by ghost hunter Richard T. Crowe departs from Goose Island Brewpub. a Through 11/5: daily 7-11 PM, also Sat-Sun 10/21-11/5, 1-5 PM, 1800 N. Clybourn, 708-499-0300,, $47, reservations required.

Chicagoween The city's annual celebration at Daley Plaza includes pumpkin decorating, mask making, and a storytelling and face-painting tent hosted by the cast of Wicked. a Through 10/31: Wed 11 AM-3 PM, Thu-Sun 11 AM-8 PM, Richard J. Daley Civic Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-744-3315, F

Demons of the Deep and Ghostly Gardens Two environmental attractions at Navy Pier, geared for adults and children eight and under. a "Demons of the Deep" through 10/31: 4-10 PM (Fri-Sat 10/27-10/28, 4 PM-midnight), $10-$14, 13+ (children ages 9-12 admitted if accompanied by adult). "Ghostly Gardens" through 10/31: daily 2-8 PM, $5-$8 (adults must be accompanied by a child). Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-595-5225,

Disturbed Haunted House Participants stand in a pitch-black room for this live-action and multimedia show. a Through 10/31: daily 8-11 PM, no show Mon-Tue 10/23-10/24, Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway, 773-244-2980, $5-$8, 18+.

Floating Hayride Cruise A kid-friendly boat ride along Lake Michigan with Halloween stories and treats. a Through 10/29: Sat-Sun 11-4 PM (cruises leave hourly), Shoreline Sightseeing, Illinois and Streeter (at Navy Pier), 312-222-9328,, $6-$12.

Hancock Observatory Tricks & Treats Free treats and "cool ghoul" caricatures (costumes encouraged), along with a performance by a Frankenstein clown. a Through 10/29: Sat-Sun noon-3 PM, John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan, 888-875-8439,, $6-$9.75 (children four and under free).

The Haunted "L" Quest Theatre Ensemble presents Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," told with puppetry, for this elevated tour. a Through 10/28: Thu-Fri 7, 7:25, 7:50, and 8:15 PM, Sat 11:40 AM and 12:30, 12:55, and 1:20 PM. Tickets available at 6 PM Thu-Fri and 10 AM Sat at the Visitors Center of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (enter at 77

E. Randolph), 773-744-3315, limit four tickets per person. F

Haunted Sanitarium Formerly a children's sanitarium, this space is divided between a 15-room haunted house and the Creepy Cafe, with refreshments and scary movies. a Through 10/30: daily 7-11 PM (Sat-Sun 10/28-10/29, 6-11 PM), also "Kid-Friendly Day" Sat 10/28, noon-4 PM, and Tue 10/31, 6-11 PM, Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive, 312-742-7994. $8-$10, 13+.

Octo-Boo! Chicago Public Library's 79 locations each host storytelling

and hands-on events for kids. a Visit or call your local branch for details.

Seadog Haunted River Tour a Through 10/31: daily 6:15 and 8:15 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-822-7200,, $15-$27, reservations required.

Supernatural Chicago Necromancer Neil Tobin hosts an interactive virtual tour of Chicago haunts. a Through 10/27: Fri 8 PM, Sat 7 PM, Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944,, $25.

Trails of Terror Eighteen outdoor scenes. a Thu-Sat 10/26-10/28, 6-9 PM, Sun-Tue 10/29-10/31, 5-9 PM, Peterson Park, 5801 N. Pulaski, 312-742-7584, $6-$8; 8+.

Tiki Transit Tour of Haunted Chicago a Through 10/30: Fri-Sat 8 and 10:30 PM, also Tue 10/31, 8 PM, Trader Todd's, 3216 N. Sheffield, 773-348-3250, $30, reservations required.

Underworld Haunted House

a Through 10/22: Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Sun 7-10 PM, then 10/26-10/29: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 6:30-11 PM, Sun 6-10 PM, St. Pascal School, 6143 W. Irving Park, 773-725-7641, $7 (children three and under free).

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