Have a Blast This Halloween Weekend! Tips for Magic, Theater, Lit, Music, Food

Looking for some spooky events to attend this weekend? Or maybe you’d rather take in a fun Halloween play? Whatever you’re interested in, Chicago has something for you! Third Coast Review has scoured the city for some choice events happening this weekend and on Halloween night.

Haunting History with David Parr, Evanston History Center, October 27-29

Labeled as a “Halloween treat for grown-ups” (no children under 13 will be admitted), magician and TV personality David Parr has planned a night of supernatural history and spine-chilling discoveries. “History is much weirder than the version we learn in school,” explains Parr, “People in the past believed they were surrounded by the supernatural, especially around Halloween. Haunting History gives a sense of what it was like to live in that world.”

Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased on David Parr’s site.

Underscore Theatre Company presents: Carrie 2: The Rage, The Arkham, through November 19

This rock n’ roll performance is a musical parody based on Stephen King’s iconic novel. Ten years after Carrie burned her school to the ground, moody goth teen Rachel Lang faces the same psychic powers and needs to talk it out with the school’s guidance counselor. The play promises lots of laughs and playful jokes at Carrie’s expense. Carrie 2: The Rage is running through November and is located at The Arkham in Uptown. A special Halloween performance has been added as well.

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased on the Underscore Theatre Company’s site.

Frightfully Fit Feast, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Saturday, October 28

Kids love playing with their food, so why not whip up something that’s fun and delicious? Chicago Children’s Theatre and iCook After School have teamed up to create a cooking class for kids and their parents that promises to leave kids full and happy. Items on the frightfully tasty menu include “Spooky Eyeball Tacos, Chocolate Mice, Bloody Cocktails,” and lots of other goodies. Costumes are encouraged.

Tickets are $20 per family member, or $68 for a family of four. Each additional family member after that is $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the iCook After School website.

Nevermore: The Prose, Poetry, and Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, Volumes Bookcafe, Tuesday, October 31

The master of macabre himself will be honored at Volumes Bookcafe on Halloween night in a creepy performance of his work. There’s no cover charge for this event, and everyone is invited to attend. What better way to get the scariest night of the year started than with a reading of some of the most horrifying literature ever written?

For directions and more information about Volumes Bookcafe, visit their site.

Freaky Deaky, Aragon Ballroom and Concord Music Hall, today and tomorrow, October 27-28

Looking to see some killer music this weekend? React Presents has you covered! With three huge EDM shows happening across the city, Freaky Deaky promises to be the best way to dress to the nines and take in some bass-dropping music. Dance music legends Oliver Heldens and Dillon Francis are headlining at the Aragon, while Gorgon City have already sold out their show at Concord Music Hall.

Tickets for Oliver Heldens start at $29 and can be purchased here.
Tickets for Dillon Francis start at $45 and can be purchased here.

Looking for some more great Halloween parties and events?

Northalsted Halloween Parade, Belmont and Halsted, October 31: FREE

Mysterious Chicago Tours, downtown Chicago, October 28-31: tickets start at $20

All Seasons Apple Orchard, Woodstock, open daily through October: tickets start at $8

Halloween Weekend Booze Cruises, downtown Chicago, October 27-31: tickets start at $60

Halloween Haven, Chicago French Market, October 28: FREE

Fright Flicks, Navy Pier, October 28: showings at 3pm and 5:30pm are both FREE

Halloween Kinderfest, Hofbrauhaus Chicago in Rosemont, October 29: $5 meals and free events for kids

Lincoln Park Zoo Ghost Tours, Lincoln Park Zoo, October 30: $25 for members, $29 for nonmembers

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest, The River Shannon, October 31: FREE

Major Threat, Cobra Lounge, October 31: $10

Splatter Theatre Bonus Halloween Show, The Annoyance Theatre, October 31: $15/students, $20

Tom Petty Scary-oke and Halloween Party, Tonic Room, October 31: FREE

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Music Box Theatre, October 31: $12


Jack-o-lantern photo courtesy of Urban Matter.

Kate Scott
Kate Scott

Kate Scott Daly specializes in music journalism. Her body of work includes live documenting over 200 bands, reviewing several albums and concerts, and multiple artist interviews. Kate continues to brave the photo pits of major music venues and outdoor festivals throughout the Chicagoland scene.