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Hang Out Around a Campfire and Watch Friday the 13th and Casper This Friday Night At Northerly Island

Photograph courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Photograph courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The Cubs are in the World Series for the first time in over 70 years and the frenzy surrounding them is almost inescapable. Halloween isn’t until Monday, so what are you gonna do if you want to get weird and need a Cubs break? You could hop on a bus and check out Freaky Deaky. That’s definitely one option. Another choice is that you can head downtown with friends and some popcorn for a late night screening of Friday the 13th by a campfire.

We reported last week that the Chicago Park District is going to show classic horror films during October at Northerly Island Park, the newly established nature preserve on Northerly Island. Poltergeist was the main attraction last time. This week, we’re getting a double feature as both Casper and Friday the 13th will be shown at the park.

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Photograph courtesy of Universal Pictures

The night kicks off at 6:30 pm with the family-friendly Casper. Released in 1995, Casper is about a haunted mansion and the treasures it has inside. Bill Pullman plays an expert of paranormal activity who is assigned to rid a derelict house of mischievous ghosts, so logically he moves into that house with his daughter, who is played by Christina Ricci. The daughter befriends a friendly ghost named Casper and the two of them go on a quest to find a mysterious treasure hidden deep in the house. It doesn’t have the Addams’ Family MC Hammer rap but it should be kooky fun nonetheless.

Casper is rated PG.

Photograph courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Photograph courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The night gets decidedly more sinister at 8 pm when they show Friday the 13th. A horror staple, Friday the 13th came out in 1980 and is about a gang of rowdy teens at a summer camp who are being stalked by mysterious killer who may or may not be a lunatic in a hockey mask named Jason Voorhees.

Friday the 13th is rated R and is not at all kid friendly.

The free film screenings include a massive campfire and marshmallows. You gotta bring your own blankets and chairs though. Campfires are lit at 6 and everything gets going at 6:30.

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