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OperaModa and American Chamber Opera Halloween Concert Kind of pricy, but there are no better costumes than opera's. Here you'll find Halloween-themed activities capped off by a concert of theater hits. 6-9 PM, Flederhaus Haunted Mansion, 2461 N. Geneva Terrace, americanchamberopera.org, $100, kids under 18 free.
Peek-A-Boo: An Ooky Spooky Halloween Burlesque Hey, I reviewed this revue a while back, noting that Kiss Kiss Cabaret's annual Halloween show "swaggers only when the vamps turn truly vampirical." They will tonight, I wager. 11 PM, Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336, greenhousetheater.org, $20, $15 in advance.
Happy Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of canned and dry dog food, toys, werewolves, and cleaning supplies to benefit the Famous Fido Rescue and Adoption Alliance.* Noon registraton, 1:30 PM parade, Bow Wow Lounge, 1744 W. Winona, 773-728-5474, asnachicago.org, $5 entry fee per dog, free for humans.
*actually, only three of those things are encouraged
Boo Ha Ha! The Raven Theatre's annual fall festival features bounce houses, trick-or-treating, face painting, and more. 2-5 PM, Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, 773-338-2177, raventheatre.com, free.
Halloweekend Twelve bands (six per night) portray rock acts from the 70s and 80s. Fri-Sat 10/26-10/27, 8:30 PM, Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln, 773-404-9494, martyrslive.com, $12, $10 in advance.
Pumpkin Carving Pumpkins, carving tools, stencils, and advice are provided. "Space is limited, as are pumpkins." Noon-4 PM, Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western, 773-278-0155, challengerscomics.com, $10.
Creatures of the Night Owls, wolves, hedgehogs, and other nocturnal animals are featured in a Halloween-themed program with "boo-grass music," a costume parade, and more. 4-8 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, 312-746-5100, garfield-conservatory.org, $3 suggested donation, kids under three free.
Naked Ghouls Reading The Naked Girls read "the scariest of scary tales, macabre moments, and ghoulishly ghastly stories." Reservations required. 8 PM, Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph, nakedgirlsreading.com, $20, $35 for two tickets.