Some events require advance registration or reservations; please call ahead to confirm your plans.
Haunted Houses The Chicago Park District creates horrific habitats throughout the city. a Through 10/31. See chicagoparkdistrict.com for times, locations, and prices.
Trails of Terror The Park District presents a half-mile stretch of "the dark side of a deserted carnival." a Through 10/30: daily 6:30-9 PM, Peterson Park, 5801 N. Pulaski, 312-742-7584, $6-$8, $1 off today.
Chicago Dance Halloween Party Do the foxtrot and cha-cha in costume, or don't (make-believe is optional), at this ballroom dancing event; kids are welcome till 9 PM. a 8 PM, Chicago Dance, 3660 W. Irving Park, 773-267-3411, $10.
Halloween Ball 2007 Mayor and Mrs. Daley host a fund-raiser for the Cultural Center, with dinner, dancing, and "costume or black tie" attire. a 7 PM-midnight, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-1364, $600.
DANK Haus Halloween Party This fund-raiser for the DANK Elevator Fund includes a performance by Mr. Blotto, "tasty German beer for sale," and a chance to win $250 in a costume contest. a 8 PM-1 AM, DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western, 773-561-9181, $12.
Moreau's House of Pain Lifeline Theatre throws a party after its 7:30 PM performance of The Island of Dr. Moreau, with costume contests and a Ramones tribute band. a 9:30 PM, Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, 773-761-4477, $15.
Night of the Living Dead: The Musical George A. Romero's zombie allegory, now with singing and dancing. a Through 10/27: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 S. Water St. Mall, Aurora, 630-897-9496, $12-$15.
YMCA Halloween Happenings Family event with carnival games, a bake sale, and "three new haunted attractions." a 7-9 PM, Pav YMCA, 2947 S. Oak Park, Berwyn, 708-749-0606, $5 kids, free adults and kids under two.
Carnival of Terror Featuring "a real witch burned alive in a 7-foot coffin," Happy the Human Pin Cushion, an Alice Cooper tribute band, and more. a 7 PM-2 AM, Cigars and Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden, Berwyn, 708-484-1043, $12.
Creatures of the Night Nocturnal animals who use "tricks" to adapt to the dark make a midday appearance at this family event. a Noon-3 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, 312-746-5100, $5 suggested donation.
Dick's Last Resort Halloween Blowout With a costume contest, Halloween-themed food and drinks, and music by the Houseboyz. a 7:30 PM, Dick's Last Resort, 435 E. Illinois, 312-836-7870.
Double Door Halloween Bash Local bands play dress up: the Last Vegas performs as Alice Cooper, Catfish Haven as the Misfits, and more. a 9 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160, $12.
Fierce Halloween Costume Party Live performances by the Cool Kids, Hollywood Holt, and others, plus DJs, a costume contest, and free beer. a 10 PM-5 AM, address given to RSVPs and presale-ticket buyers only, $10 presale tickets at ticketleap.com, $15 with RSVP at going.com/fierce, 21+.
The Haunted The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra's annual Halloween concert features "spooky storytelling" and the music of Wagner, Dvorak, and others; costumes encouraged. a 7 and 9 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th, 773-702-8069, $4-$8.
Hitchcock Halloween See Hell in a Handbag Productions' stage adaptation of The Birds at Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan, then follow it up with a party at the Spot, 4437 N. Broadway, that includes an open bar, "a Hitchcock-character costume contest," and a performance by the Joans. a 7:30 PM, 312-409-4357, $15-$35.
Legendary Haunted House Music Bash Featuring "the king and creator of house music," Farley "Jackmaster" Funk. a 8 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee, 708-743-0174 or 312-559-1212, $25, 21+.
Mind Shivers Psychic Sidney Friedman presents "a stage show of telepathy, ESP, premonition & mind games." a Through 10/28: Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-1830, $16 (two-drink min.).
Nocturna Halloween Gothic Ball DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins "dark dance music," plus a costume contest and CD giveaways. a 11 PM-4:30 AM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, americangothicprod.com, $15, $12 with costume, $10 in advance (till 10/26), 18+.
pHrenz-o-ween The long-running improv show pHrenzy dresses up for Halloween, then throws a party featuring "a screaming contest." a 11 PM-1 AM, Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield, 773-732-5450, $15 ($1-$5 discount "depending on costume quality").
Pimp and Ho Halloween Party Live vicariously for a night and compete for $1,000 prizes; DJs Mixin Marc and Nathan Scott spin. a 9 PM-5 AM, Crobar, 1543 N. Kingsbury, 312-266-1900, $20, 21+.
Symphony Center Hallowed Haunts The Civic Orchestra of Chicago is joined by author Lemony Snicket, who narrates The Composer Is Dead. a 3 PM (preconcert games and activities start at 1:30), Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114, $9-$46.
Weather Mark Ghost Ship The tavern becomes dry-docked, so to speak, with a costume contest and "not-so-traditional" Halloween games. a 10 PM-2 AM, Weather Mark Tavern, 1503 S. Michigan, 312-588-0230, $50.
Janice Del Negro The acclaimed storyteller "gives voice to avenging ghosts seeking justice from the other side." a 3 PM, Village Players Theatre, 1010 W. Madison, Oak Park, 866-764-1010, $15, 13+.
Halloween for Dogs A parade and costume contest for impossible-to-embarrass pooches, ending in Washington Square Park. a 11 AM-1 PM (owners and their dogs gather at 1 E. Delaware at 10), 901 N. ClarkState & Delaware, 312-649-0347, $5 dog registration to benefit PAWS Chicago, free to watch.
Hitchcock Halloween Family Program The Block Museum hosts a scavenger hunt in its "Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film" exhibition, followed by family time making "Halloween-themed crafts." Suitable for kids ages 7-14. a 1-3 PM, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern Univ., 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, 847-491-4852, $5 per family, reservations required.
Mystic Blue Cruises Halloween Brunch Includes a kiddie costume contest, goodie bags, and a DJ. a 1-3 PM (boards at 12:30), departs from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 877-299-7854, $40, $12 kids 3-11, kids under 3 free.
ScribbleMonster & His Pals The kid-friendly monster of rock gives a Halloween concert. a 1 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $5.
Sunday School Cinema: Horror Movie Edition Sister (Elaine Carlson) reviews Psycho and other horror classics. a 3 PM, Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, 312-988-9000, $30.
Trick or Treat Trot This benefit for La Rabida Children's Hospital includes 5K and 10K runs, a 5K "Addams Family Walk," and a Monster Mash Dash for kids. a 9-11 AM (registration begins at 7), Montrose Harbor, 4400 N. Lake Shore Dr., 773-561-1392, $15-$35.
Beverly Arts Center Halloween Bash A screening of Young Frankenstein (1974) is followed by a costume contest, a raffle, and live music. a 7:30 PM, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th, 773-445-3838, $5 (cash bar).
Buena Pumpkin Neighbors Monitored trick-or-treating in Buena Park, plus actors from National Pastime Theater "haunting" the Buena Circle play lot. a 6-8 PM, Kenmore between Irving Park and Montrose, email@example.com.
Cealed Kasket The local joke-metal band puts on a Halloween show featuring "sexy dancers, pounds of dope and little clothes for all patrons." a 9 PM, Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln, 773-404-9494, $10.
Jukebox of the Dead Detholz! curates its eighth annual Halloween show, full of "soft rock favorites retooled for a funereal setting"; Mucca Pazza headlines, Lord of the Yum-Yum opens. a 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600, $12.
Lumen Halloween Party The upscale bar adopts an "old mansion-esque theme" for the occasion. a Wed-Sat 10/31-11/3: 8 PM-2 AM (Sat till 3), Lumen, 839 W. Fulton Mkt., 312-733-2222, "cover will vary each night."
MOD Chicago Halloween Party Dress up as your favorite 1960s rock star and compete for prizes. a 9 PM, Sonotheque, 1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-7600.
Monster Mash Party The Coffin Banger welcomes Happy the Human Pin Cushion, Tomas the Geek Magician, and other special guests. a 8 PM, Reggie's Rock Club, 2105 S. State, 312-949-0120, $15 ($10 with zombie costume), 18+.
North Halsted Halloween Costume Parade This year's theme is "Fire Breathin'," i.e., dragons, plus a costume contest for adults and groups as well as kids and pets; free registration at Spin, 800 W. Belmont, starting at 5:30 PM. a 7 PM, Belmont & Halsted, 773-868-3010.
Scary Skate "Wear a costume and get in free," then enjoy fake blood on the ice. a 3:30-5 PM, McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California, 773-478-2609, $2-$5 without costume, $3 skate rental.
Blood, Guts and Gore Annual art exhibition, with work by Matt Sharp, Mitch O'Connell, Creepy Uncle J, and others. a Through Thu 11/15: Mon-Sat noon-9 PM, Revolution Tattoo, 2221 N. Western, 773-486-8888.
Carpenters' Halloween A parody of John Carpenter's film Halloween set to the Carpenters' pop hits from the 70s. a Through 10/31: Tue-Wed 8 PM, Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's, 5400 N. Clark, myspace.com/scootyjojo, $10.
La Catrina Installation by Bonnie Lopez celebrating Mexico's Day of the Dead festival. a Through 10/31: Mon-Fri 9 AM-5 PM, Illinois Artisans Shop, 100 W. Randolph #2-200, 312-814-5321.
Chicago Supernatural Ghost Tour Four-hour bus tour conducted by "original Chicago ghost hunter" Richard T. Crowe. a Through 11/4: Mon-Fri 7-11 PM, Sat-Sun 1-5 and 7-11 PM, departs from Goose Island Brew Pub, 1800 N. Clybourn, 708-499-0300, ghosttours.com, $39-$49.
Chicagoween The city's annual celebration includes daily performances by "aerial entertainers" Midnight Circus at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2 PM (also Thu-Sun 5:30 and 7 PM), as well as pumpkin decorating (Sat-Sun 11 AM-2 PM), storytelling, and an environment-friendly tent hosted by the cast of Wicked. a Through 10/31: Mon-Wed 11 AM-3 PM (Wed 10/31, 11 AM-8 PM), Thu-Sun 11 AM-8 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-744-3315, chicagoween.us. F
Death Masque Two installation artists and a journalist assigned to interview them are at the center of Erynn Miles's "rated R" thriller. a Through 10/27: Fri-Sat 10 PM, Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-4549, $12.
Dia de los Muertos: A New Beginning Annual Day of the Dead show highlighting works expressing a "new beginning." EExhibit tours Sat 10/27, noon (in English) and 1 PM (in Spanish). a Through 12/16: Tue-Sun 10 AM-5 PM, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, 312-738-1503, nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org. F
Disturbed II Oracle's theater space becomes a haunted house again, with live-action and multimedia scares, "intellectual content, and explicit themes." a Through 10/28: Thu-Sun 8-11:30 PM, then Mon-Wed 10/29-10/31 (shows every 30 minutes), Oracle Productions, 3809 N. Broadway, 773-244-2980, $7-$9, reservations recommended, 18+.
Freaky Friday Fireworks Cruise Ninety-minute cruise includes a brief Chicago River tour and concludes with a "spectacular spooky" fireworks display. a Through 10/26: Fri 8 PM, departs from the Wrigley Building, 400 N. Michigan, 312-337-1446, $11-$22, half off with Halloween costume.
Haunted Sanitarium Theater on the Lake returns to its medical origins with "a demented dentist's office" and other ghoulish spaces. a Through 10/31: Mon-Fri 7-11 PM, Sat-Sun 6-11 PM, Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Dr., 312-742-7994, $8-$10, 13+.
The Horror Sara Kay Snider directs Corn Productions' "comically terrifying thriller" ("NOT suitable for kids"). a Through 11/3: Wed-Sat 8 PM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 312-409-6435, $7-$15.
The Magic Cabaret Actor-magicians David Parr and P.T. Murphy mark the month of October with shows featuring a seance to contact ghosts residing in Lincoln Park. a Through 12/18: Tue 8 PM, Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, second floor, 2433 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $15-$20.
Mars Gallery Halloween Art Exhibit Local and national artists present their unique take on Halloween. EClosing reception and costume ball, Wed 10/31, 7-11 PM, with music by the Sam Saunders Machine at 9 PM, $5 donation. a Through 10/27: Thu noon-7 PM, Fri-Sat noon-6 PM, Mars Gallery, 1139 W. Fulton Mkt., 312-226-7808.
Samhain/Day of the Dead: Intersection This annual art exhibit explores "the prominence of darkness" in Samhain and compares the Celtic festival with Mexico's Day of the Dead festival, with photos by Steve Perry and work by Lucia Herrea. EExhibit tours Sat 10/27, noon-10 PM. a Through Sun 11/11: Sat-Sun noon-4 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035.
Seadog Haunted Tour Navigate the Chicago River and lakefront with a spectral guide. a Through 10/27: Fri 7:45 PM (with fireworks) and Sat 6:15 and 8:15 PM (also Sun-Wed 10/28-10/31), departs from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-822-7200, $14.95-$29.95.