Chicago Halloween Guide: Bar Crawls, Parade, Run and Flash-Mob!


zombiesvsvampiresDeciding on what to do for Halloween? We’ve put together a list of bar crawls and other special events to make your Halloween this year a little extra memorable.

OCT. 26

McKinley Park Halloween Run (and Costume Contest)
Type: Run
Cost: $10
Run to raise money to improve McKinley Park.

Redmond’s “Crawl with the Creeps” Halloween Pub Crawl
Type: Bar Crawl
Cost: $25 meal package
A trolley takes you between Redmond’s, McGee’s, Duffy’s and Durkin’s. Admission includes domestic drafts and buffet at each bar.

Halloween Trolley Crawl
Type: Bar Crawl
Cost: $25, $35, $45
Over 20 buses and trolleys will shuttle you to access over 20 bars through Lincoln Park, Old Town and River North. Admission includes three drink tickets.

Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl
Type: Bar Crawl
Cost: $22.09
Pick your side! Dress as either a zombie or a vampire and drink your way across Wicker Park.

Crawl-O-Ween Bar Crawl
Type: Bar Crawl
Cost: $10
Start your crawl at Clarke’s Bar and Grille in Lincoln Park.

OCT. 31

MB Financial Park at Rosemont’s “Zombie Bar Crawl”
Cost: $5 admission with proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Northalsted Halloween Parade
Type: Parade
The general public is encouraged to get dressed up and march in the parade on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison. The theme this year is “Twisted Circus.”

Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse
Type: Dance Party
Similar to a flash mob, the free event gathers people dressed as zombies and have them dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

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  1. Scary Lady Sarah

    October 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Saturday, 26 October 2013: The Annual Nocturna All Hallow’s Eve Ball!

    Our huge annual favourite holiday event is back at Metro!
    This is *THE* Halloween event to attend, brought to you by American Gothic Productions- the people who live *every* day as if it were Halloween!!!

    Cool & spooky things provided for this affair include:

    – Our annual Halloween costume contest up on the big Metro stage (win big cash, free concert tickets, cds, prize packages from Chicago’s alternative retailer THE ALLEY, gift certificates from local other goth-friendly businesses & much, much more!)
    – A totally decked out for the holiday venue (even MORE than ever!!!)
    – GLITTER GUTS live photo booth; free; show off your costume to the world!
    – Frightening film features
    – Spooky vendors including (Nocturna faves:) DreadedJenocide: The Place for Lovely Spooky Things offering dread falls, pony falls, spooky barrettes, horns, clothing & more!
    ~E~: One of a kind fantastic masks, skulls, & many artistic delights!

    – Treats (& maybe tricks?!) for *all*
    – Halloween-themed performances (to be announced soon!)
    – The dark music you love to dance to all night long, spun by DJ Scary Lady Sarah
    …and more!
    Join in the spirit of the season and accompany us for a grand time!!! 🙂

    Nocturna, now in its 25th year, is an 18+ dark alternative dance night held once a month in Chicago. DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins a highly request-driven mix of current & classic goth, industrial, post-punk, deathrock, ethereal, shoegaze, new wave, ebm, darkwave, dark indie & more. It’s a lot of fun & you should go! 😉

    At METRO, 3730 N. Clark St, Chicago
    11:59pm – 5am- Dance until dawn!
    18+ / $15.00 (or $18.00 if you’re not wearing some semblance of a costume!)

    More info here:

    Thank you!

    …It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!

  2. Steven

    October 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Municipal Bar + Dining Company invites Chicagoans to celebrate Halloween with a pumpkin carving party on Wednesday, October 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For $10 per person, guests will receive a pumpkin and an Oktoberfest beer. A wine option is available for $12. While carving pumpkins, guests will enjoy a lineup of spooky movies including Beetlejuice and Nightmare on Elm Street on over 35 HD flat screen televisions with the sound on.

    Oktoberfest beer selections include Central Waters Brewers Reserve Oktoberfest, Boulevard Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest, and Southern Tier Pumking. Guests can also opt for Municipal’s Wednesday special, which features half-price bottles of wine and half-price flatbreads.

    WHEN: Wednesday, October 23
    6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    COST: $10

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