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Best Things to Do for Halloween 2022 in Chicago 🎃

Searching for what to do in Chicago for Halloween 2022? Here are the top things to do for Halloween in Chicago for all ages.

These are many Halloween events and activities taking place in Chicago and the suburbs the entire month October leading up to Halloween weekend. From costume parties and scary activities for adults to family friendly parades and events for young kids, you will find something for any age.

For out of town visitors, please note that the weather in Chicago during Halloween weekend is very unpredictable and temperatures can vary greatly. Be prepared for fall, winter, or summer like temperatures (sometimes all in one day!) as well as rain.  Make sure to pack a travel umbrella, layers and check the weather right before your visit to know what to expect.

I suggest bookmarking this blog post as I will be updating it regularly with new events and activities.

Halloween 2022 in Chicago

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Best Things to Do for Halloween in Chicago

Take a Ghost Tour

Explore Chicago while learning about its haunted past. Visit the sites of some of the most gruesome disasters and murders in Chicago’s history while hearing stories of death, disaster, murder, ghosts, and infamous gangsters from your local guide.

This haunted segway tour and Halloween bike tour are only offered in October.

This ghosts and gangsters tour is available year round and also covers Chicago’s history of organized crime.

You can also discover the haunted hotspots of Chicago on a self-guided ghost exploration game on your phone.

Halloween Inspired Candlelight Concert

Candlelight Concerts is a series of special classical music concerts that take place in beautiful venues bathed in candlelight in the city and the suburbs. Enjoy these Halloween inspired candlelight concerts in Chicago:

Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics at Wicker Park Lutheran Church – October 29 and 30, 2022
Candlelight Día De Los Muertos: Celebrating the Day of the Dead – November 2, 2022

You can find the full list of candlelight concerts in Chicago here.

Pier Pumpkin Lights at Navy Pier

 

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Navy Pier is a must do if you are visiting Chicago with toddlers or kids. Fun attractions include a large Ferris wheel (click here to purchase a fast pass ticket and skip the long line), rides and games, restaurants, shops and the Chicago Children’s Museum.

During the entire month of October, Navy Pier will transform into an insta-worthy fall spectacle with nearly 1,000 pumpkins and a variety of pumpkin pop-up installations.

Navy Pier is also the starting point for many boat rides and lake cruises.

Take Photos at Jack’s Pumpkin Patch Pop-Up


Jack’s Pumpkin Patch Pop-Up is an outdoor fall experience located on over 2 acres in Goose Island. You will find the largest corn maze in downtown Chicago, hidden boozy bar, axe throwing, carnival games, music, fortune telling, three full-service bars and several picture back drops to take instagrammable fall photos. Pre-purchased access is required.

Address: 1465 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Dates: September 22 – October 31, 2022

Cost: Prices vary by date.

Halloween in the Parks

Looking for fun Halloween fun themed events for children? The Chicago Park District’s Halloween in the Parks holds various kid-friendly events at parks throughout the city the entire month of October including pumpkin patches, Halloween parties, haunted houses and fall festivals.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

There are many pumpkin patches and farms you can visit in Chicago and the suburbs in October. Here is a list of the best pumpkin patches in and near Chicago.

Watch Free Spooky Movies at Gallagher Way

Enjoy free spooky movies outside at Gallagher Way next to Wrigley Field. Gallagher Way has teamed up with the Music Box Theatre to show free outdoor movie screenings on select days in October. Attendees can bring their own food, or grab a meal from the food truck or nearby restaurants. The movie schedule is as follows:

October 6: Coco
October 12: Gremlins
October 19: Hocus Pocus

When: Wednesdays, October 6, 12 & 19. Gates open at 6 p.m. and movies start at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Gallagher Way Chicago, 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Cost: FREE. VIP seating is available for $30.

Watch Halloween Themed Movies on a Rooftop

During the entire month of October, Rooftop Cinema Club will be showing classic horror movies as well as other Halloween themed movies. Rooftop Cinema Club is an outdoor screening series on a rooftop located on the fifth floor terrace of The Emily Hotel in Fulton Market. The high end movie experience has state-of-the-art LED screens, individual wireless headphones and a range of seating options including lounge chairs and loveseats. Guests can also order drinks and snacks.

Address: The Emily Hotel (311 N Morgan St)

Dates: Select dates all of October.

Cost: Prices vary. You can see prices and purchase tickets in advance here.

Watch 24 Hours of Horror Movies

Watch 24 hours of horror movies at the Music Box Theatre starting at noon on October 22. In addition to 24 hours of movie madness, The Music Box of Horrors will feature special guests, giveaways, vendors, and more. Passes gain entry for you to come-and-go throughout the entire 24 hours.

When: October 22 -23, 2022.

Where: 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Cost: $30 General Admission / $25 Music Box Members (if purchased before October 21st) or $35 General Admission / $30 Music Box Members (Day of)

Chicago Halloween 2022 Events

UPSIDE DOWN Parade

The 3rd Annual UPSIDE DOWN Parade is a “reverse” family-friendly parade that consists of 20-25 performance groups (including dance performances, circus acrobats, musical groups, sports mascots and more) stationed along Russell Drive. Families will be invited to wear costumes and walk through the route together.  Attendees will receive a complimentary goody bag at the end of the route (While Supplies Last).

Where: Washington Park

When: Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 12pm-2pm.

Cost: FREE

Arts in the Dark Parade

Now in its eighth year, Arts in the Dark is an evening family-friendly parade that celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances – all set against the backdrop of historic State Street.

When: Saturday, October 29, 2022 6-8pm

Where: State Street moving south from Lake to Van Buren

Cost: FREE

More Halloween Chicago 2022 Events

In addition to the activities mentioned above, more Halloween events in Chicago include: Rosehill Cemetery ‘Crypt’ 5K Run/Walk (October 22, 2022), Spooky Zoo (October 22, 2022), Pumpkin Party at Gallagher Way (October 22, 2022), Pup-O-Ween (October 22, 2022), Slightly Spooky Saturday (at Navy Pier) (October 29, 2022) and Lincoln Scared and RAVENSWoooooD (October 30, 2022).

Chicago Halloween 2022 Parties for Adults Only

These Halloween parties and events are for adults only:

Join a Halloween Bar Crawl

Wear a costume and and have fun bar-hopping across town. Here are the best Halloween bar crawls taking place in Chicago:

Trick or Drink Chicago Halloween Bar Crawl (October 28, 29 & 31, 2022) starting at Rock Bottom Brewery (1 W Grand Ave) in River North.
2022 Chicago Halloween Bar Crawl (October 29, 2022) starting at Beaumont Bar and Grill (2020 N Halsted St) in Lincoln Park
Drink or Treat Halloween Bar Crawl (October 30, 2022) starting at Standard Bar and Grill (1332 N Milwaukee Ave) in Wicker Park

Chicago Vampire Ball

Chicago Vampire Ball is a wild vampire only event with burlesque entertainment and a Vampire Queen competition and live DJ afterparty event. Enjoy all things vampirical from the best retro vampire and horror film trailers to unique photo ops and surprises for the most discerning vampires. Vampire attire is required. This event is 21+.

Where: Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL USA, 60610

When: October 15, 2022 from 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Cost: $60 general admission

Adults Night Out: Howl-o-ween at Lincoln Park Zoo

Adults Night Out: Howl-o-ween is an adults only (18+) spooky after-hours event at Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests will enjoy unique animal chats, a live DJ, and multiple bars throughout the zoo all evening. Other activities include: cornhole, foosball, giant Jenga, and giant Connect Four, free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and a costume contest at 9:30 pm.

Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

When: October 27, 2022 from 6:30–10 p.m.

Cost: $15–25. There is no difference between ticket types except for the price – the earlier you purchase the lower the price.

Haunted Halloween Ball Chicago at Congress Plaza Hotel

Haunted Halloween Ball, Chicago’s biggest Halloween costume party, takes place at the Congress Plaza Hotel, which is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the world by USA Today. The Ball will combine elements of a lavish VIP nightclub and lounge experience, with the exclusiveness of a luxury hotel gala, and the terror and chills of a haunted house. The massive 20,000 square foot ballrooms of the 122-year-old hotel has been transformed into an abandoned hotel run by zombies. Other entertainment includes encounters with the Haunted Halloween Ball vampire bellmen, zombie cocktail servers dressed as French maids and theatrical performances by costumed go-go dancers. This event is 21+.

Where: Congress Plaza Hotel Chicago, 520 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

When: October 30, 2022 from 9pm – 3am

Cost: Early-bird tickets are $20.

More Chicago Halloween 2022 Events for Adults

More great Halloween events for adults include:Halloween Weekend BOO Cruise (October 28, 2022), Offshore Rooftop’s Halloween Party (October 29, 2022) and The Hallows (October 28, 2022).

Best Things to Do for Halloween Chicago Suburbs

Listen to Halloween Classics by Candlelight

Listen to Halloween inspired classical music concerts in beautiful venues bathed in candlelight in Evanston or Oak Park. Candlelight Concerts in the suburbs include the following:

Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics at Oak Park Arts Center – October 21, 2022
Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston – October 28, 2022

Visit Brookfield Zoo During Boo! At the Zoo

Boo! at the Zoo is a spooky Halloween-themed event perfect for families. Activities include a corn maze, creepy carousel, photo ops, and more. Children will receive a sweet treat as they exit the zoo. They are not having a costume contest, but kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Where: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60513

When: Saturdays and Sundays, October 8 to 23, 2022

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

There are many corn mazes in the Chicago area – from large intricate mazes perfect for adults and older children to small kid-friendly corn mazes.

Richardson Adventure Farm located in Spring Grove, Illinois (about an hour north of the city) claims to be world’s largest most intricate corn maze.

In addition to their daytime corn maze, Jonamac Orchard has a haunted corn maze on Friday & Saturday nights.

Here are more corn mazes near Chicago.

Visit a Haunted House

There are several haunted houses in the Chicago area but these are the two scariest:

13th Floor Haunted House Chicago (5050 River Road in Schiller Park), rated as one of the Top 5 Haunted Houses in the U.S.A. by USA Today.

Old Joliet Haunted Prison (401 Woodruff Rd., Joliet, IL) is Chicagoland’s only haunted house inside a real abandoned prison.

As you can see there are many things to do in and near Chicago for Halloween.


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