The Reader's Guide to Halloween 

From haunted houses and horror flicks to dance parties and doggie costume contests

Haunted Places

The Asylum Xperiment A 30,000-square-foot haunted house with animatronics, advanced props, and movie-style sets.  Through 10/31: Thu 7-10:30 PM, Fri-Sat 7 PM-midnight, Sun 7-10:30 PM, the Odeum, 1033 N. Villa, Villa Park, 630-941-9292, asylumxperiment.com, $20.

Chicago Hauntings Author Ursula Bielski leads bus tours of the city's "haunted locales." All tours leave from 600 N. Clark.  Ongoing: Mon-Thu 7 PM, Fri 7 and 10 PM, Sat 3:30, 7, and 10 PM, Sun 3:30 and 7 PM, 888-446-7891, chicagohauntings.com, $32.

Chronicles of the Cursed: The Sinkhole A haunted house based on a "mysterious sinkhole" at 500 W. Grand.  Through 10/31: Wed-Sun 7-11 PM, parking lot of the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center, 500 W. Grand, 312-222-3986, cursedchicago.com, $20, $35 VIP.

Dream Reapers Haunted House A high-tech haunted house with 22 rooms and more than 40 actors.  Through 10/31: Wed-Thu 7-10 PM, Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Sun 7-10 PM, 1945 Cornell, Melrose Park, dreamreapers.com, $16, $30 VIP.

The Fear This haunted house is adults-only on Thursdays and Sundays; a kid-friendly version (the lights are kept on) is Saturdays and Sundays.  Through 10/31: Thu 6-10 PM, Fri-Sat 6-11 PM, Sun 6-10 PM, Wed 10/27, 6-10 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-595-7437, navypier.com, $20-$25.

Halloween Ghost Tours Four-hour bus rides focusing on Chicago's haunted history, hosted by "ghost hunter" Richard T. Crowe. Tours leave from Goose Island Brewing (1800 N. Clybourn).  Through 10/31: Fri 7-11 PM, Sat 1-5 PM and 7-11 PM, Sun 7-11 PM; additional tour Sun 10/31, 1-5 PM, 708-499-0300, ghosttours.com, $44-$54.

Haunted Forest Tour Guides tell the story of a "twisted, psycho circus" on ten-minute hayrides through Twin Lakes Woods, which adjoins Twin Lakes Park. Matinee performances for kids begin at 5:30 PM.  Sat 10/23, 5:30-9:30 PM, Twin Lakes Park, S. Williams and W. 59th, Westmont, 630-963-5252, wpd4fun.org, $8, $20 for families up to five people.

Haunted Hollow The theme of this year's haunted house is "asylum." Bringing kids under seven is discouraged.  Through 10/31: Thu 7-10 PM, Fri and Sat 7-11 PM, Sun 7-10 PM, Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem, Bridgeview, 877-598-8703, bridgeviewhauntedhouse.com, $10.

The END? Evil Never Dies A haunted house hosted by the Lombard Jaycees. A free matinee for kids with games, prizes, and candy is Sat 10/30 from noon to 4 PM.  Through 10/31: Wed-Thu 7:30-10:30 PM, Fri-Sat 7:30-11:30 PM, Sun 7:30-10:30 PM, 10/31 7:30-11:30 PM, 141 S. Main St., Lombard, 708-572-0619, haunted-house.com, $12, $6 for children under 11.

Nightmare at 63rd Street Beach House Jackson Park's beach pavilion becomes a haunted house. Recommended for ages 10 and up.  10/22-10/30: Thu-Sat 6:30-9:30 PM, 63rd Street Beach House, 6300 S. Lake Shore, 312-742-5369, chicagoparkdistrict.com, $10.

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Seadog Haunted Cruises Costumed tour guides tell stories about Chicago massacres, hauntings, and the like, all with an eye toward local architecture.  Through 10/31: Fri-Sun 7:15 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 866-391-8439, seadogcruises.com, $26.95, $14.95 for kids 4-12, kids under 4 free. Social Disturbance A visual arts-oriented haunted house.  Fri-Sun 10/29-10/31, 6-9 PM, Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 S. Halsted, 773-318-9407, chicagourbanartsociety.org, $2, kids $1.

Spooky Zoo Spectacular A family-oriented haunted house, arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, and more.  Sat 10/23, 11 AM-2 PM, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon, 312-742-2000, lpzoo.org

Statesville Haunted Prison A prison-themed haunted house.  Through 10/31: Fri-Sat 7-11 PM, Thu and Sun 7-10 PM, Statesville Haunted Prison, 17250 S. Weber, Crest Hill, 877-722-7332, statesville.org, $30.

Trails of Terror Half a mile of haunted woods. Recommended for ages eight and up.  Through 10/31: Fri-Sat 6:30-9:30 PM, Sun 10/31, 6:30-9:30 PM, Peterson Park, 5801 N. Pulaski, 312-742-7584, chicagoparkdistrict.com, $10.

Performance

After Dusk but Before Daylight: A Parody of a Very Famous Vampire Series An improvised parody of the Twilight movie series, directed by Scott Woldman and based on audience suggestions.  Through 11/13: Sat 10 PM, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights, 847-577-2121, metropolisarts.com, $18.

Axe Lizzie & the Possession of Alice Von Truskin This gothic double feature from writer/director Chris Peak affects the style of Paris's Theatre du Grand Guignol (1897-1962), which was famous for presenting programs of short, macabre plays designed to make patrons faint. Peak's creepy spectacle mixes song, puppetry, and rich design elements to create a kind of slide carousel of gore—but the Cock & Bull Theatre production hangs on the considerable strengths of its two leading ladies. As Lizzie Borden, Kristen King offers a porcelain contrast to the grotesque giant puppet portraying her sister, Emma. And Tuckie White exercises impressive range as the possessed Alice Von Truskin, gliding smoothly from pettish preteen victim to powerful seductress. These splatter fests have all the substance of the airiest meringue, but they couldn't be more scrumptious. —Keith Griffith  Through 10/31: Mon-Sat, check with theater for showtimes, the Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, $15-$25.

Carpenters Halloween Scooty & JoJo host a show that includes a screening of John Carpenter's horror feature, Halloween, and pop music by the Carpenters.  Through 10/31: Wed-Sun 8 PM, no show 10/23, show 10/31 at 7 PM, Circuit Nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted, 800-838-3006, scootyjojo.com, $15-$25.

Clean Halloween Family-friendly improv comedy provided by the ComedySportz house teams.  Thu 10/28, 8 PM, Fri 10/29, 8 and 10 PM, Sat 10/30, 6, 8, and 10 PM, ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont, 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212, comedysportzchicago.com, $22, $5 off with costume.

The Clockwork Vaudeville's Carnivale Delirium A Halloween steampunk extravaganza with the Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow, stunt performers the Show Devils, Environmental Encroachment, and more. 18+.  Fri 10/22, 9 PM, Reggie's Rock Club, 2109 S. State, 312-949-0121 or 866-468-3401, reggieslive.com/rockclub, $10-$15.

Crazy Sexy Ghoul The Lincoln Lodge, a weekly comedy series, presents a showcase with Timmy Mayse, Jet Eveleth, the Puterbaugh Sisters, Brady Novak, and others.  Thu-Fri 10/28-10/29, 9 PM, Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln, 773-251-1539, thelincolnlodge.com, $10.

The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Theatre-Hike Afternoon sunlight and crisp fall air don't exactly conjure up Victorian London's sooty cobblestones and repressed depravity. But director Bradley Baker doesn't let pleasant surroundings compromise this psychologically intense Theatre-Hikes staging of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 horror novel, performed outdoors at the Morton Arboretum. Baker treats families on blankets to brutal—though not graphic—mutilations, murders, and more. Jeffrey Hatcher's 2009 adaptation plays up Stevenson's emphasis on the unconscious by deploying multiple Hydes to lurk at the periphery of the action. As the primary Hyde, Geoff Crump provides a hulking counterpoint to Dan Toot's high-strung Jekyll. Their relationship is so effective, in fact, that the multi-Hyde device quickly starts to feel like a distraction. —Keith Griffith  Through 10/31: Sat-Sun 1 PM, Mon 10/11, 1 PM, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, 630-725-2066, mortonarb.org, $13-$19 (includes arboretum admission).

Dracula Jeff Award-winning storyteller Megan Wells presents a one-woman adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel about a vampire.  Fri 10/22, 8 PM, Historic Pleasant Home, 217 S. Home, Oak Park, 708-445-4440, oakparkfestival.com, $15-$20.  C

Dracula: A Tragedy This swirling, hallucinogenic overhaul of Bram Stoker's classic horror novel is full of potent ideas. Playwright Mark Mason connects vampirism with the suppression of female sexuality—depicting both Jack and Ripper and a Victorian abortionist as human vampires—and also with colonial exploitation. Incensed that the British revile his blood-sucking, yet drain colonized people of the resources they need to survive, Dracula aims to bring the empire down. But Mason hasn't found a coherent way to express his insights as theater. His 85-minute swoon lurches through fragmentary scenes that are usually more confusing than evocative. Stephen James Anderson's long-suffering cast can't make sense of it—I'm not sure anyone could. —Justin Hayford  Through 10/31: Mon-Wed 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 11:30 PM, Sun 7:30 PM, additional show 10/31 at 7:30 PM, Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-728-7529, redtwist.org, $15.

An Evening of Classic Horror and Suspense The Hyde Park Community Players celebrate Halloween with a selection of short radio-style stories by Charles Dickens, Mary Wilkins-Freeman, W.W. Jacobs, Oscar Wilde, and Edgar Allan Poe. Includes music and sound effects.  Fri 10/22, 7 PM, Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone, 773-319-9249, experimentalstation.org, $5-$10.

Ghostbox A young widow receives messages from her late husband through a transistor radio and eventually pays a visit to the tiny, bare-bulbed room in which he's spending eternity. Through long speeches and tense exchanges we learn that they're devout evangelical Christians whose faith was shattered by the loss of a child. The father, mad with grief and believing himself to be God's outcast, drowned himself in the bath. Rising playwright Randall Colburn specializes in sympathetic portrayals of born-agains in crisis, but this time he's heavy-handed and portentous—and the overheated performances in Mitch Golob's Infusion Theatre Company staging only make matters worse. All the emoting pulls focus from the show's best and eeriest effect: Kevin Viol's flickering video projections. —Zac Thompson  Through 10/31: Thu-Sat 8:30 PM, Sun 10/31, 8:30 PM, Apollo Theater, studio, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100, apollochicago.com, $20.

Halloween: Enigmas and Perplexities With Psychic Ross Johnson A performance by magician and psychic Ross Johnson, with guest magician Tomas Medina.  Sat 10/30, 8 PM, Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, 773-381-4554, maynestage.com, $20.

Halloween Havoc Comedy Show A comedy show with Ali Clayton, David Helem, Clark Jones, B.Self, Lem Slaughter, and Jay "Trauma" Washington, and live harmonic hip-hop by the rap group A.M. (AmbitiousMind).  Sat 10/23, 9 PM, the Edge Comedy Club, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green, 312-773-6000, theedgecomedyclub.com, $12-$15.

Halloween Thriller Festival The New York Black Arts Festival, a youth-oriented dance and theater group, performs a musical tribute to pop singer Michael Jackson.  Thu 10/28, noon, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, newyorkblackarts.com, $7-$10.

Late Night Freak Show A comedy show hosted by a "mad scientist" and his sidekick, a talking plant monster. Features different special guests each week.  Open run: Thu 10:30 PM, Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1420 W. Irving Park, 773-865-7731, cicomedy.com, $10.

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving's spooky tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman is told by Brian Pastor, with help from three assistants who serve as musicians, sound effects artists, and prop masters. A ghost story needs to cast a spell, but some of the devices used in this adaptation by Pastor and director Stephen Murray—frequent musical interludes, ruminations on real-life sources, and rooting around in the grandma's-attic-like set for toys and such to illustrate the action—interrupt the narrative rather than augment it. Still, Murray and Pastor find a nice galloping momentum that carries through from the climactic chase scene to the end. —Zac Thompson  Through 10/31: Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, City Lit, 1040 W Bryn Mawr, 773-293-3682, $18-$25.

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow A haunted horse adventure based on the Washington Irving folk legend.  Through 10/31: check with theater for showtimes, Noble Horse Theatre, 1410 N. Orleans, 312-266-7878, noblehorsechicago.com, $16-$25.

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story Adapted by David Rice, and directed by Michael Goldberg, this play features Poe and his wife Virginia as narrators who guide the audience on a tour through Mayslake Hall. Presented by First Folio Theatre.  Through 11/7: Wed-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 and 7:30 PM, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st, Oak Brook, 630-986-8067, mayslakepeabody.com, $20-$35.

Monster Mash Your favorite creepy characters try their furry, gloved, and knife-wielding hands at improv in this show from Chemically Imbalanced Comedy. On the night I attended, the energetic cast stayed in ghoulish character—as Dracula, Werewolf, Killer Doll, Zombie, Mad Scientist, and Frankenstein—while performing suggestion-based games about everything from town hall meetings to murder mysteries. They also embraced even the strangest audience requests, like "hobos fighting in an alley" done in the style of the Terminator franchise. Jay Gish plays Dracula with sincerity and, yes, bite, despite the absence of fangs. An entertaining, all-ages seasonal show filled with puns for kids and topical humor for adults.—Marissa Oberlander  Through 10/28: Thu 8 PM, Sun 10/31, 8 PM, Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1420 W. Irving Park, 773-865-7731, cicomedy.com, $10.

Musical of the Living Dead A musical parody of zombie movies and musical theater directed by Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts and produced by the Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company.  Through 10/30: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 10/31, 7:30 PM, Charnel House Chicago, 3421 W. Fullerton, 773-871-9046, thecharnelhousechicago.com, $20, $35 for Halloween show and after-party.

A Nightmare on Wells Street A comedy sketch show celebrating classic horror cinema.  Through 11/12: Fri 11:59 PM, Donny's Skybox Studio, 1608 N. Wells, 4th fl., 312-337-3992, secondcity.com, $8-$10.

Nightmares on Lincoln Ave. Too—Totally Tubular Tales of Terror Corn Productions hangs ten on the rising wave of 1990s nostalgia with this smart, silly, very funny parody of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the spooky Clinton-era television show for kids. As members of the Up Past Bedtime Brigade—the sort of cross-clique teen mix found only on children's TV—Corn's expert adult ensemble performs a rapid-fire series of sketches that explore the turbulence of adolescence and the most embarrassing aspects of fin de siecle youth culture. Phrases like "no dip!" and "dotcom" as a suffix for everything took me back to middle school. The meticulous costume design is perhaps the show's scariest element: seemingly every awful piece of 90s fashion has been resurrected to walk among the living once more. —Keith Griffith  Through 10/30: Wed-Sat 8 PM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 312-409-6435, cornservatory.org, $7-$15.

pH Halloween Comedy Weekend pH hosts "spooky" versions of their usual comedy shows: pHrenz-O-Ween (Fri 10/29, 8 PM), in which improv comedians, dressed in inconvenient costumes, vie for audience applause; pHear! The Musical! (Sat 10/30, 8 PM), an improvised, dark musical comedy based off audience suggestions; and pHucked up pHrenz-O-Ween (Fri-Sat 10/29-10/30, 11:59 PM).  Fri-Sat 10/29-10/30, 8 and 11:59 PM, Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield, 773-732-5450, $10.

Rachel Corn and the Mystery of Cabin 13 The Corn Family presents a Halloween mystery about a gold-hungry ghost.  Through 12/4: Sat-Sun 2 PM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 312-409-6435, cornservatory.org, $5-$10.

Retribution: A Magic Chicago Halloween Party Magician Eugene Burger performs a show that includes appearances by Robert Charles, Benjamin Barnes, and Jeanette Andrews.  10/29-10/31: Fri-Sat 11 PM, Sun 7:30 PM, City Lit Theater Company, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 800-838-3006, magicchicagoshow.com, $25.

The Rip Nelson Halloween Spooktacular Like most Hell in a Handbag shows, this campy, vulgar send-up of mid-70s television variety specials constantly teeters on the brink of collapse. Sometimes it's sublimely coarse, as when a mentally clouded Kate Smith has a bowel movement while belting God Bless America. And sometimes it just seems like it could use another day of rehearsal. Still, David Cerda's deliciously overstuffed script captures the inherent absurdity of old network specials, with has-beens and newcomers shoehorned into dreadful skits that make everyone look bad. While the central thread—the desperate efforts of drunken, lecherous, D-listed Rip Nelson to save his career—is the least successfully developed element in the show, the surrounding mayhem is golden, building to Charo's jaw-droppingly awful finale, "Hoochie Coochie Halloween." —Justin Hayford  Through 11/6: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 10/31, 7:30 PM, Mary's Attic Theatre, 5400 N. Clark, 773-784-6969, www.handbagproductions.org, $12-$17.

Salem! The Musical Set in 17th-century Salem, this musical comedy—which first ran at the Annoyance Theatre in 2009—tells the story of Abby, a preacher's niece whose ability to read, write, and do sums leads the sinister Dr. Grimes (a delightful, mustachioed Kayce Alltop) to suspect her of witchcraft. The all-female cast put on an energetic show that may please rowdy Halloween crowds satisfied with little more than incest and bestiality jokes. —Josh Sumner  Through 11/13: Sat 8 PM, Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway, 773-561-4665, annoyanceproductions.com, $15.

2nd Story Halloween The ongoing storytelling series 2nd Story presents writers/performers Kim Morris, JC Aevaliotis, and Julie Ganey. Includes swing music by the Pin-Ups.  Wed 10/27, 7:30 PM, Morseland, 1218 W. Morse, 773-764-8900, 2ndstory.com, $10.

Splatter Theater A parody of horror flicks with archetypal characters such as a nun, a bumbling old man, and a school jock.  Through 10/30: Sat 10 PM, Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway, 773-561-4665, annoyanceproductions.com, $15.

True Twilight: A Glee Club Musical In this omnibus parody of True Blood, Twilight, Glee, and High School Musical, writer Amy Whittenberger and director Andrew Kraft combine two pop-culture crazes: vampires and singing, dancing high schoolers. Sixteen-year-old Suckie Stickhouse moves to a town called Wiccan Park, enrolls in a school filled with undead musical-theater lovers (Glee's trademark "Don't Stop Believin'" becomes "Don't Stop Bleedin'"), and falls into a love triangle with a shirt-hating werewolf and a brooding vampire (hilariously played by James Scott, careening from James Dean-esque cool to Gene Wilder-esque hysteria). Whittenberger correctly locates what all of her targets have in common—suppressed desire, whether allegorized as ambivalent bloodthirstiness or channeled into production numbers. But she's bitten off more than she can spoof, and the thing never quite coheres. —Zac Thompson  Through 11/13: Sat 8:15 PM, Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-4549, gorillatango.com, $12.

Vampire Squids From Hell! Chicago-based multimedia artist Brandon Kosters dons his Halloween mask microphone to perform a one-man musical show with excerpts from his favorite vintage horror and military propaganda films.  Sun 10/24, 7:30 PM, Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-4549, gorillatango.com, $10.

War of the Worlds Tribune columnist and WGN host Rick Kogan joins actor Rob Dorn for a performance of Orson Welles's classic radio broadcast.  Sun 10/31, 2 PM, Skokie Theatre, 7924 N. Lincoln, Skokie, 847-677-7761, skokietheatre.com, $35, $30 advance.

Zombies Attack Chicago Interactive horror movie-themed performances.  Through 11/6: Thu-Sat 8 PM, The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway, 773-728-8933, facebook.com/zombiesattackchicago, $15.

Parties

Beauty and the Beast DJ Bamn and DJ Rhated R spin hip-hop and R&B at this party that caters to "mature women" who "enjoy the company of other mature women; no matter what their sexual preference is." Hosted by iQ2 Entertainment.  Sun 10/31, 9 PM-3 AM, Le Passage, 937 N. Rush, 312-255-0022, lepassage.com, $5, $10 after 10:30 PM.

Crawl With the Creeps A DePaul area bar crawl with trolley transport, with stops at McGee's (950 W. Webster), Duffy's (420 1/2 W. Diversey), Durkin's (810 W. Diversey), Redmond's (3358 N. Sheffield), Wrightwood Tap (1059 W. Wrightwood), and Maeve (1325 W. Wrightwood). Admission covers a buffet and unlimited domestic drafts at each stop. Participants can begin the crawl at any participating bar.  Sun 10/31, 7-10 PM, bar1events.com, $20.

Dance with the Dead Dance music is by DJ Crash on Friday and DJ Homicide on Saturday, with optional drink packages available till midnight each night.  10/29-10/30: Fri 9 PM-2 AM, Sat 9 PM-3 AM, Bon V Nightclub, 1100 W. Randolph, 312-829-4805, $10, $40 with drinks package.

Dead on Division Six neighborhood bars hold simultaneous parties that include costume contests. The Original Mother's (26 W. Division) will host a live broadcast of Q101's "Sherman and Tingle" radio show on Saturday from 8 PM to midnight ($5 cover) and a costume contest on Sunday from 8 PM to 1 AM. Other participating bars: Mother's Too (14 W. Division), Bootleggers (13 W. Division), the Lodge (21 W. Division), She-Nannigans (16 W. Division), and the Hangge-Uppe (14 W. Elm).  Sat-Sun 10/30-10/31, Rush & Division, rushanddivision.com.

Doggie "Pupkin" Party Owners and dogs alike are encouraged to dress up for a dog parade, dog and owner lookalike contest, and prize drawings.  Sat 10/30, 10 AM-noon, Brands Park, 3259 N. Elston, 312-742-4786, chicagoparkdistrict.com, $5.

Enclave Two nights of dance parties: Friday's theme is "Dance with the Devil," and Saturday's is the annual House of Horrors costume and dance party. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.  10/29-10/30: Fri 9 PM-2 AM, Sat 9 PM-3 AM, Enclave, 220 W. Chicago, 312-654-0234, enclavechicago.com, Friday $10, Saturday $30.

English Prizes for best costumes, and guest DJs spin pop and dance music each night.  10/29-10/30: Fri 9 PM-2 AM, Sat 9 PM-3 AM, English, 444 N. LaSalle, 312-222-6200, englishchicago.com, $25-$30.

Eyes Wide Shut Body-painted dancers, an erotic performance at midnight, an open bar till 1:30 AM, end-of-night snacks, and a "sexual chocolate candy buffet." The "most sensual" costume wins $500.  Sat 10/30, 8 PM-3 AM, Lumen, 839 W. Fulton, 312-733-2222, lumen-chicago.com, $55.

Family Halloween Party A party for LGBTQ families and their allies, with "haunting" movies, games, and snacks. Costumes are encouraged.  Sat 10/30, 2-4 PM, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, 773-472-6469, centeronhalsted.org, $5 suggested donation.

Franken Plaza The city hosts three days of Halloween events, including magic shows, mask-making, circus performances with acrobats and clowns, and group instruction on dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. Visit chicagoween.us for the full schedule.  Fri-Sun 10/29-10/31, 11 AM-8 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-346-3278. 

The Friendly Tap Halloween Bash Live music, raffles, dancing, treats, and a costume contest.  Sat 10/30, 8 PM, the Friendly Tap, 6733 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn, 708-484-9794, suggested donation.

Fright Night Fun House Admission includes an open bar and the chance to win $500 for best costume.  Fri-Sat 10/29-10/30, 9 PM-1 AM, Harry Caray's Tavern, 3551 N. Sheffield, 773-327-7800, harrycaraystavern.com, $40.

Grami The Streeterville lounge Grami (formerly the Reagle Beagle) hosts a Roaring 20s-themed bash, with a swing band from 8 to 10 PM and DJs from 10 PM to 3 AM, an all-you-can-eat buffet for $45, and a costume contest with a $250 cash prize (20s-themed costumes are not required).  Sat 10/30, 8 PM, Grami, 160 E. Grand, 312-755-9645, gramichicago.com.

Grave-atar Video production company Golan Studios and the graphics/animation firm Atomic Imaging open their shared warehouse for a night of dancing, costume contests, and performances by Maggie Speaks, Chubby Nothin' and the Bone, DJ Rockstar, and a mystery guest. Includes an open bar; costumes are encouraged.  Sat 10/30, 8 PM-3 AM, Golan Productions Studio, 1501 N. Magnolia, 312-642-4500, atomicimaging.com, $75-$175.

The Gypsy Curse Halloween Ball Alhambra Palace provides a preview of the Palace Nightclub (opening November 4) at this party featuring DJ sets by Psycho Bitch, Billy the Kid, and Gus Karas. Prizes totaling $5,000 will be awarded to costume contest winners.  Sat 10/30, 9 PM-3 AM, Alhambra Palace, 1240 W. Randolph, 312-666-9555, alhambrapalacerestaurant.com, $25, $20 in advance.

Halloween Bash A dance party and costume contest to benefit Urban Initiatives, a not-for-profit that runs health and education soccer programs in Chicago Public Schools. Admission covers domestic beer, wine, call drinks, and soda.  Fri 10/29, 8 PM-midnight, Griffin Lounge, 326 W. Chicago, 312-715-1763, urbaninitiatives.org, $50.

Halloween Bash and Splash Both dogs and their owners can compete in a costume contest at this party that includes play areas for pets, drinks and snacks, and a raffle to benefit the not-for-profit Chicago Canine Rescue. RSVP in advance at tinyurl.com/rnoct23.  Sat 10/23, 1-3 PM, Pet Care Plus, 1328 W. Lake, 312-397-9077, petcp.com

Halloween Karaoke Costume Party Karaoke, DJ sets, and a costume contest with cash prizes. Halloween-themed cocktails include the Vampire Bite and the Mad Eye Martini.  Sat 10/30, 10 PM-3 AM, Timothy O'Toole's, 622 N. Fairbanks, 312-642-0700, timothyotooles.com.

Haunted Block Admission includes access to parties at Y Bar (224 W. Ontario) and Crescendo (222 W. Ontario), passed hors d'oeuvres, and live hip-hop and dance music spun by DJ Jernell Geronimo and others.  Sat 10/30, 10 PM-5 AM, 773-577-1992, ychicago.com, $25.

Haunted Hotel Ball A costume contest with cash prizes, a performance by pop and R&B singer Mia Martina, and DJ sets by Mixin Marc, Nathan Scott, Rock City, Jerzy, and others.  Sat 10/30, 8 PM-2 AM, Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, 312-226-6990, hauntedhotelball.com, $40, VIP package $60 (includes express entry, gift bag, and access to a VIP room).

Heroes vs. Villains Two nights of costume contests, giveaways, music by hip-hop/electro rock band North Shore Pharmacy and DJ Trentino on Friday, and hip-hop, electronic, and dance spun by Napalm, MGK & DJ Xplosive, DJ Ryan Pullano, and DJ EV on Saturday.  Fri-Sat 10/29-10/30, 8 PM, LaSalle Power Co., 500 N. LaSalle, 312-661-1122, lasallepowerco.com.

Mac's American Pub The bar screens classic horror movies as well as football, a costume contest (with prizes in the form of cash and gift certificates) is at 12:30 AM, and drink specials include $3.50 Rogue Dead Guy Ale drafts and $3 Jameson drinks. DJ Substance D spins.  Sat 10/30, 11AM-3 AM, Mac's American Pub, 1801 W. Division, 773-782-4400.

Masquerade Ball/Latinise' Album Release A costume party with prizes, a salsa lesson by Sway Dance, tango, samba, modern, and belly dance performances, face-painting, and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Merit School of Music, a not-for-profit music school for kids.  Thu 10/28, 7 PM, Stan Mansion, 2408 N. Kedzie, 773-276-1099, stanmansion.com, $30.

Mr. Brown's Lounge The winner of the costume contest gets a night at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Sat 10/30, 7 PM, Mr. Brown's Lounge, 2301 W. Chicago, 773-278-4445, mrbrownslounge.com

Nacional 27 A DJ spins salsa, and the featured cocktail is the Bloody Maria: tequila, Tecate, house-made hot sauce, sriracha, lemon, and lime. The winner of the midnight costume contest gets a free cocktail party for 27 people.  Sat 10/30, 11 PM-3 AM, Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron, 312-664-2727, nacional27.net, $10.

People Lounge DJ Ryan Aubin spins starting at 9 PM, drink specials are $4 Rogue Dead Guy Ale drafts and $5 Jager bombs, and costumes are judged in a midnight contest.  Sat 10/30, 5 PM-3 AM, People Lounge, 1560 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-9339, peoplechicago.com

The Polkaholics Spooky Halloween Polka Party! Polka rockers the Polkaholics add Halloween elements to their songs. Includes a costume contest.  Sat 10/30, 10 PM, Lincoln Square Lanes, 4874 N. Lincoln, 773-561-8191, thepolkaholics.com

Project Exploration Masquerade A costume-friendly fund-raiser for Project Exploration, a not-for-profit that promotes opportunities for women and minorities to receive education in the sciences. Beer and wine will be available; raffle prizes include a tandem skydive package and a month of free yoga at Corepower Yoga.  Thu 10/28, 7-10 PM, Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln, 773-834-7626, projectexploration.org, $35, $25 in advance.

The Rail Costume party with a cash prize for first place and gift certificates for second and third, plus drink specials: $5 Jager bombs, $3 import drafts, and $2 domestic drafts.  Sun 10/31, the Rail Bar & Grill, 4709 N. Damen, 773-878-9400, therailbar.com.

Rockin' for a Cure The Dads' Chapter of the Leukemia Research Foundation hosts its annual Halloween-themed fund-raiser, emceed by WGN-AM's Brian Noonan and featuring live disco dance music by Libido Funk Circus. Costumes are encouraged.  Fri 10/29, 7 PM, Durty Nellie's Pub, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, 847-358-9150, $20.

Rockstars and Groupies A costume party with live music by hip-hop artist PDA and sets by DJs Criz R and Ko.  Sat 10/30, 10 PM-5 AM, Hard Rock Cafe, 63 W. Ontario, 312-943-2252, hardrock.com/chicago, $25.

Spooky Soiree A fund-raiser to benefit the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, a not-for-profit that serves abused children. The costume theme is "Old Hollywood," and all attendees receive a $25 gift certificate to Rockit Bar and Grill (3700 N. Clark).  Fri 10/29, 9 PM-1 AM, Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard, 312-492-3721, spookysoiree.org, $74-$100.

Team Karaoke Dance Party Free Halloween makeovers, a photo booth, a costume contest, and music from DJ Bstarr, Codebreaker, and Kid Color.  Sat 10/30, 9 PM, Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-8828, thebeautybar.com/chicago, $3, free with RSVP to chicagorsvp@thebeautybar.com.

True Blood Halloween Parties A week-long, vampire-themed party with costume contests; winners receive cash prizes. Entertainment is by celebrity impersonators Aurora Sexton on Saturday and Kayla Crawford on Sunday.  Sat-Sun 10/30-10/31, 5:30 PM-2 AM, Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club, 3700 N. Halsted, 773-525-1111, kitkatchicago.com.

Tuman's DJs spin from 10 PM till 3 AM, and at 12:30 AM there's a costume contest with $100 cash prize for first place and gift certificates for second and third. Drink specials include $3.50 microbrew drafts and $3 shots of Jameson and Jagermeister.  Sat 10/30, Tuman's, 2159 W. Chicago, 773-782-1400.

Vampire Halloween DJ Kevin Taek spins a set at a party that includes themed cocktails, including the Velvet Vampire (vodka, Chambord, lemon, and sour) and the Fangtini (vodka, Cointreau, St. Germain, and cream).  Sat 10/30, 8 PM-3 AM, Jbar, 610 N. Rush, 312-660-7200, jameshotels.com

Villains Halloween Party DJ Madrid judges a midnight costume contest; prizes include a $250 cocktail party, gift cards, and a Bacardi and Grey Goose gift basket.  Sat 10/30, 10 PM-3 AM, Luxbar, 18 E. Bellevue Pl., 312-642-3400, luxbar.com

Miscellaneous

Great Pumpkin Fest The city of Highwood's four-day-long pumpkin celebration culminates in a shot at a world record: planners hope to light 32,000 jack-o-lanterns on Sat 10/23 at 6:30 PM. Other highlights include a farmers' market, pumpkin pie baking and eating contests, a "Pumpkin Regatta" on Lake Michigan, and a costume parade. Most events are at City Hall Park, 17 Highwood Ave., Highwood.  Through 10/23: Thu-Fri 3-8 PM, Sat 9 AM-8 PM, 847-432-1924, celebratehighwood.com

Halloween Parade "Little Street of Horrors" is the theme for this year's parade, hosted by drag performer Miss Foozie. The route begins at Belmont and Halsted and ends at 3514 N. Halsted. Includes a costume contest.  Sun 10/31, 6:15 PM, 773-883-0500, northalsted.com

Halloween Pet Parade Advance registration is required for this annual parade, which begins at the Tails in the City store and ends at Washington Square Park. Costume categories (for both dogs and humans) include "scariest," "most glamorous," "best duo," and "best overall."  Sun 10/24, 11 AM, Tails in the City, 1 E. Delaware Pl., 312-649-0347, tailsinthecity.com, $10.

Halloween Pet Parade Costume contest winners receive gift certificates to University Village restaurants. Begins at 14th Place and S. Halsted and heads north to Maxwell.  Sat 10/30, 11 AM-1 PM, 773-523-4100. 

HallowFest: A Garden of Good . . . and Evil Pumpkin-carving, "spooky" walks through the Model Railroad Garden, a 15-minute garden ride on the "Eerie Express," fortune-tellers, live entertainment, and more. The Garden Cafe will serve a "Monster Menu" with Halloween-themed meals.  10/22-10/24: Fri-Sat 6-8:30 PM, Sun 4-6:30 PM, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, 847-835-5440, chicagobotanic.org/hallowfest, $16.

Haunted Houses Neighborhood parks across the city host haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and Halloween parties. See chicagoparkdistrict.com for a full list.  Through Sat 10/30, 312-742-7529.

Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest Dogs and their owners compete for cash prizes. Proceeds benefit the Andersonville Neighborhood Association's beautification fund; includes refreshments.  Sat 10/30, 12:30 PM, Ravenswood and Carmen, 773-989-4514, asnachicago.org, $5 per dog.

Pumpkin Carving Tools, stencils, and pumpkins are provided with the $10 admission fee. Tom Stillwell, creator of the Honor Brigade comic book series, is the special guest.  Sun 10/24, noon, Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western, 773-278-0155, challengerscomics.com.

Pumpkin Carving Contest Pumpkins and tools are provided; winners get prizes.  Fri 10/22, 7 PM, Timothy O'Toole's, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 312-642-0700, timothyotooles.com

Pumpkins With a Purpose Diners who paint pumpkins can win a free one-year subscription to Netflix. Includes a toy drive for Children's Memorial Hospital. A costume parade on Halloween ends with a toy drop-off at the hospital.  Through 10/31: parade Sun 10/31, 2-5 PM, Pippin's Tavern, 806 N. Rush, 312-787-5435, rushanddivision.com.

Saki Seance Live music by country cabaret act Bitter Tears and rockers Bob Dey's Tank Engine Man, and stories about the Fox sisters, who helped popularize the practice of communicating with the dead. E-mail info@sakistore.net to RSVP.  Sat 10/30, 7-11:30 PM, Saki, 3716 W. Fullerton, 773-486-3997, sakistore.net, donations accepted. 

Scarecrows on Parade Clark Street merchants display scarecrows inside or in front of their businesses. The general public can vote for their favorites at visitclarkstreet.com to become eligible for prizes. Participating businesses are located along N. Clark from Armitage to Diversey, and on Diversey from Orchard to the lake.  Through Sun 10/31, 773-880-5200, visitclarkstreet.com

Spooktacular Refreshments, crafts, games, trick-or-treating, costume contests, and distribution of a "Spooky Savings" coupon book.  Sat 10/30, 1 PM, Halloween Headquarters, 2338 N. Clark, 773-880-5200, visitclarkstreet.com

Spooky Pooch Parade Dogs parade through the gardens—normally they're not allowed—before the costume contest judging. Categories include "Best Dog/Owner Costume," "Best Senior in Costume," and "Best Horticultural Interpretation." Register dogs in advance.  Sat 10/30, 1-3 PM, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, 847-835-5440, chicago-botanic.org, $19, $14 per dog.

Music

Victorian Halls as Brand New, Republic of Lights & Kevin Thomas as the Strokes, Suns as Black Sabbath a Wed 10/27, 8 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, schubas.com, $10, $8 in advance, 18+.

Tomorrow the Moon as Pink Floyd, Penthouse Sweets as the Kinks, Ellis Clark & Epicycle as the Beatles, Who's This Mary as the Cure, Canasta as Elton John, Sentinels as MC5 a Fri 10/29, 8:30 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-463-5808 or 866-468-3401, abbeypub.com, $12, $10 in advance.

Cealed Kasket, Human Aftertaste, Ruiners a Sat 10/30, 11 PM, Reggie's Rock Club, 2109 S. State, 312-949-0121 or 866-468-3401, reggieslive.com/rockclub, $5, 18+.

Chromeo, A-Trak, Kid Sister, Theophilus London, Midnight Conspiracy, Zebo, Alex Zelenka "Freaky Deaky 2." a Sat 10/30, 7:30 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-0852, congresschicago.com, $35, 17+.

Pin-Ups "Haunted House of Winehouse." a Sat 10/30, 10 PM, House of Blues Back Porch Stage, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 866-448-7849, houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago, $12, $10 in advance.

Last Vegas as Aerosmith, Midnight Shows as Duran Duran, Blackbox as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Husker Dudes as Husker Du, Sweeps as the Cars a Sat 10/30, 9 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 877-435-9849, doubledoor.com, $12.

Okee Dokee Brothers "Halloween Hootenanny Hoedown." a Sat 10/30, 11 AM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, schubas.com, $6, kids two and under free. A

White Mystery, Loose Dudes, Pink Torpedo "Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Button Party." a Sat 10/30, 7 PM, Ronny's, 2101 N. California, myspace.com/ronnysbar, mpshows.com, $5. A

ZZ Listening as ZZ Top, Phil Angotti as Buddy Holly, Webstirs as the Beach Boys, Delafields as New Order, Curtis Evans as Nirvana a Sat 10/30, 8:30 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-463-5808 or 866-468-3401, abbeypub.com, $12, $10 in advance.

LMFAO, Dirt Nasty, Hyper Crush, Jump Smokers, Napalm, Ryan B "Party Rock Halloween." a Sun 10/31, 7 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-0852, congresschicago.com, $25. A

Misfits, Juicehead, Turbo Vamps a Sun 10/31, 7:30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, 773-472-0449 or 866-448-7849, victheatre.com, 18+, $22.50.

Monk 9, Female Motorists as the White Stripes, Rad and Subtract as Weezer a Sun 10/31, 8 PM, Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State, 312-949-0120, reggieslive.com/musicjoint, $5.

Rodeo as Nirvana, the Earth Program as Joy Division, Fuck You Kiss My Asses as Bob Dylan, Terrible Spaceship a Sun 10/31, 8 PM, Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago, 773-276-1411, darkroombar.com, $5.

Tubes, Ain't No Er Like a Stripper, Moist Guitars, Springa Sonic Droogs a Sun 10/31, 7 PM, Reggie's Rock Club, 2109 S. State, 312-949-0121 or 866-468-3401, reggieslive.com/rockclub, $20, 17+.

University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra "Witches of Yore" (Dvorak, Liadov, Humperdinck). a Sat 10/30, 7 and 9 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th, 773-702-8068, $8, $4 students and children.

Ronnie Vegas as Elvis, Jon Langford as Tom Jones, Alby Martinez as Wayne Newton, Reggio McLaughlin as Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Tomasello as Dean Martin, and others a Sun 10/31, 7 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000, oldtownschool.org, $15, $13 members. A

Voice of Addiction as the Descendents, She Likes Todd as NOFX, the Fakery as Nirvana a Sat 10/30, 9 PM, Mutiny, 2428 N. Western, 773-486-7774, themutinychicago.com

Wiggleworms "Spooky Sing-Along." a Sun 10/31, 11 AM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000, oldtownschool.org, $12, $11 members. A

Movies

See our movie listings on page 25 for complete information.

American Psycho  Music Box

An American Werewolf in London  Portage

Army of Darkness  Portage

Beyond the Door  Portage

The Car  Portage

Count Yorga Vampire  Delilah's

Devil  

Duel  Portage

Enter the Devil  Univ. of Chicago Doc Films

Evil Ed  Facets Cinematheque

The Fog  Portage

Frankenstein's Daughter Beverly Arts Center

Fright Night  Facets Cinematheque

Haunted Castle 3D  Navy Pier IMAX

Horror Society Film Festival  Portage

L.A. Zombie  Music Box

The Land of the Pharoahs   Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago

Mutants  Music Box

My Soul to Take  Chatham 14, Cicero Showplace 14, New 400

My Soul to Take 3D  City North 14, River East 21

The Outing  Delilah's

Paranormal Activity 2  Chatham 14, Cicero Showplace 14, City North 14, Gardens 1-6, Gardens 7-13, Lake, Niles Showplace 12, New 400, River East 21, ShowPlace ICON, 600 N. Michigan, Webster Place

Paranormal Activity 2: The IMAX Experience  Crown Village 18

Prince of Darkness  Portage

RiffTrax Live: House on Haunted Hill  Century 12 and CineArts 6, City North 14, River East 21, ShowPlace ICON

The Rocky Horror Picture Show  Wilmette

Saw 3D  Century 12 and CineArts 6, City North 14, River East 21

Scary Movie Party  The Whistler

Slices of Life  Portage

The Thing  Portage

The Wave  DANK-Haus

Kids

Carnival of Curiosities Family-friendly Halloween entertainment features costumed characters, stunt people, fortune tellers, and other fun on the Navy Pier grounds.  Through 10/31: Sat noon-9 PM, Sun noon-6 pm, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-595-7437, navypier.com

Children's Halloween Tea Pumpkin-decorating, storytelling, and a costume contest at an upscale celebration. Refreshments include pizza, cupcakes, and pumpkin macaroons for kids, and champagne and tea for adults.  Sat 10/30, 11 AM-1 PM, Avenues, 108 E. Superior, 312-573-6754, peninsula.com, $50.

Creatures of the Night Garfield Park Conservatory staff explain the habits of fruit bats, spiders, owls, and other nocturnal fauna at this kid-friendly event.  Sat 10/30, noon-3 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, 312-746-5100, garfield-conservatory.org, $3, kids under 4 free.

Fallapalooza Candy, games, and concessions for kids age ten and under. Soul Church is accepting donations of toiletry items—soap, toothpaste, etc.—to give to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a residential home for hurting youth in need of a helping hand, .  Fri 10/29, 6-9 PM, Soul City Church, 1130 W. Adams, soulcitychurch.com

Halloween Fun Times A kid-friendly Halloween comedy show with Kelsie Huff and the Kates.  Sun 10/31, 3 PM, Little Green Baby, 4654 N. Rockwell, 773-505-2066, mylittlegreenbaby.com

Halloween Treats and Beats A costume and dance party.  Fri 10/29, noon-6 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-595-7437, navypier.com

Happy Hull-o-ween A costume party and fall and winter clothing drive.  Thu 10/21, 6 PM, Jane Addams Hull House Association, 1030 W. Van Buren, 6th Fl., 312-235-5382, hullhouse.org

Mummies Night A screening of the Reading Rainbow-produced Mummies Made in Egypt, a treasure hunt in the museum's Egyptian Gallery, and more. Recommended for kids ages four and up.  Thu 10/28, 6-8 PM, Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th, 773-702-9514, oi.uchicago.edu, $3, kids under four free.

Patch's Halloween Costume Party Hosted by Patch, Navy Pier's mascot. Includes dancing and prizes from the Navy Pier store and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.  Sat 10/30, 11 AM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-595-7437, navypier.com

Punkin' Prom A costume dance party sponsored by Channel 19's "Chic-A-Go-Go" television show for kids, hosted by Miss Mia and Ratso. Adults can watch the Bears game on HD.  Sun 10/24, noon-2 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, lincolnhallchicago.com

Spooky Story Hour The Book Cellar sponsors a reading of scary stories by professional storyteller Nili Yelin, the "Storybook Mom."  Sat 10/30, 11 AM-noon, Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665, bookcellarinc.com

Trick or Treat on Southport Southport businesses between Roscoe and Irving Park hand out treats to costumed kids who knock at their doors. A pumpkin party on Southport between Grace and Byron ($5) includes pumpkin-decorating, a double slide, a haunted maze, and a pumpkin bounce house.  Sun 10/24, 1-4 PM, 312-458-0762, southportneighbors.com

Art

It's Your Funeral A group exhibition of "art inspired by death."  Fri 10/29, 6-11 PM, Tattoo Factory Gallery, 4443 N. Broadway, 773-989-4077, tattoofactory.com.

Heavy Metal Harvest Work by more than 30 artists, plus a costume contest, black T-shirt swap, "heavy metal baked goods" including whiskey bacon brownies, and beer from Three Floyds.  Sat 10/23, 8 PM-midnight, Revolution Tattoo, 2221 N. Western, 773-486-8888, revolutiontattoo.net.

Mischief Weekend On Friday, the Hyde Park Art Center's "Back Alley Party" includes food and drinks, live graffiti painting, art auctions, and music by Wild Jesus and the Devil's Lettuce Family Band. Saturday's free, all-ages "Mischief Night" festival includes art, workshops, and performances by Lookingglass Theatre, the Moving Architects, and Neighborhood Writing Alliance.  10/29-10/30: Fri 7-11 PM, Sat 1-10 PM, Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org, Back Alley Party $45, "Mischief Night" free.

Sweet Abominations Halloween-themed group show "celebrating the dark arts."  Reception Sat 10/30, 8 PM-midnight (costumes encouraged; $1 suggested donation). 10/30-1/1, Gallery Provocateur, 2125 N. Rockwell, 773-661-2341, galleryprovocateur.org.

Food & Drink

Beggars' Day Halloween Celebration Pumpkins, candy apples, candy corn, and other treats, plus a pumpkin-carving tutorial by chef John Coletta.  Sat 10/30, noon-5 PM, Quartino, 626 N. State, 312-698-5000, quartinochicago.com

Chen's All weekend, costumed diners get a free crab-meat wonton appetizer with the purchase of an entree; the winner of the costume contest gets a free dinner for two. The offer also applies at Chens's sister restaurant in Evanston, Koi (624 Davis).  10/30-10/31, Chen's, 3506 N. Clark, 773-549-1280, chenchicago.com.

Freaktoberfest 2 Brewer Jeremy Cowan, owner of New York's Schmaltz Brewing, samples out six of his sideshow-themed beers, including the blood-red Freaktober lager. Hot wings are also on the menu; performers like the Hamburglars and Gigoolo Johnny Merceders provide the entertainment. Costumes are encouraged.  Thu 10/28, 7-10 PM, Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden, Berwyn, 708-484-1043, cigarsandstripes.com, $20.

The Gage Staff vote on the best costumes; the winner receives a $250 gift certificate to the restaurant.  Sun 10/31, 3-7 PM, The Gage, 24 S. Michigan, 312-372-4243, thegagechicago.com.

Go Roma On the condition that they shout "Trick or pizza!" at their servers, trick-or-treaters under 12 years old get free pizza during dinner tonight.  Sun 10/31, Go Roma Italian Kitchen, 848 N. State, 312-252-9946, goroma.net.

Halloween Pastry Market This two-day showcase features treats from Bake, Fritz Pastry, Ipsento Coffee House, Nice Cream, and more.  Sat-Sun 10/30-10/31, 10 AM-3 PM, Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee, 773-342-2333, logansquarekitchen.com, $1.

Kith & Kin Chef Andrew Brochu offers a five-course Halloween prix fixe menu: spiced pumpkin soup, Swan Creek apple salad, seared scallops, buttermilk fried chicken thighs with braised collard greens, and choice of dessert. Wine pairings are available for an additional $20.  Sun 10/31, 6 PM, Kith & Kin, 1119 W. Webster, 773-472-7070, www.knkchicago.com/, $45.

Lawry's Lawry's Halloween prix fixe menu includes dishes like goulash in puff pastry and "spinning bowl salad"; the entree is prime rib with Yorkshire pudding. Tours of McCormick Mansion are available every half-hour starting at 6:30 PM.  Sat 10/30, guided tours every half hour starting at 6:30 PM, Lawry's the Prime Rib, 100 E. Ontario, 312-787-5000, lawrysonline.com, $48.

Market Admission covers four hours' worth of open bar and passed appetizers, as well as a complimentary brunch entree at Market on 10/31. Dress up: there will be costume contests. RVSP to events@marketbarchicago.com.  Sat 10/30, 8 PM-midnight, Market, 1113 W. Randolph, 312-929-4787, marketbarchicago.com, $45.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Brunch Diva Madame X sings songs from the cult classic while it airs on TV screens throughout the bar, and a special martini list includes the Rocky Martini: vodka, pineapple, and an envelope of Pop Rocks poured tableside. Brunch is available a la carte, or as a two-course prix fixe with bottomless mimosas or bloody martinis for $25.  Sun 10/31, 11 AM-3 PM, Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club, 3700 N. Halsted, 773-525-1111, kitkatchicago.com.

Trick-or-Treat at Chicago French Market French Market vendors pass out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Sat 10/30, 11 AM-3 PM, Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton, 312-575-0306, frenchmarketchicago.com

Wine, Chocolate, & Architecture: A Haunting Halloween Trio Marion Street Cheese Market curates the wine and chocolate selection at this fund-raiser for the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Unity Temple.  Thu 10/28, 7 PM, Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park, 708-383-8873, utrf.org, $35, $30 advance.

WineOween Tickets include food served buffet-style, wine, beer, and special Halloween cocktails. A DJ spins music, and guests are encouraged to come as their "favorite character."  Sat 10/30, 8 PM-midnight, Blue Star Wine Bar, 1209 N. Noble Street, 773-868-0126, $45.

Zocalo In celebration of Dia de los Muertos, Zocalo will offer a special Day of the Dead menu featuring items like cream of lima bean, pan-seared halibut with green Oaxacan mole, zucchini blossom quesadillas, and pumpkin flan. On Tuesday, November 2, at 6:30 PM there's a tasting of artisanal Ilegal mezcal; $20 gets you tastings, cocktail, passed appetizers, and a raffle.  10/29-11/2, Zocalo, 358 W. Ontario, 312-302-9977, zocalochicago.com.

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