Update: This post is for 2008. For information on 2009 Halloween events on Chicago’s North Side, see here.

Halloween may be a one day event in some parts of the country, but here in Chicago, there’s nearly a month’s worth of parades, haunted houses, pumpkin carvings, fun runs, spooky mazes, and other events dedicated to the holiday. Many of these events are cheap (or free), are geared towards children, and don’t involve the ingestion of mass amounts of candy. In others words, they make for good, wholesome family outings.

The Chicago Parks District has a list of all their Halloween offerings, and About.com has a good general summary of city-wide events.

For simplicity’s sake, however, I had a Google map made up of all the North Side Halloween events. Use it to find the upcoming events near where you live. Blue markers are Parks District events, red markers are parades, and yellow markers are all other events.

Please click through to the website for each marker to get the most up-to-date information for each event.
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Did I miss any great Chicago Halloween events? Let me know with a comment!


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  • One great annual concert is the University of Chicago's Halloween show! Join the University Symphony Orchestra for an evening of astrological and astronomical adventures, featuring Gustav Holst’s magnificent seven-movement suite, The Planets, as well as Star Trek Through the Years, and music from John Williams’ Star Wars film scores. The University Women’s Chorale and the Hyde Park School of Dance join the costumed University Symphony Orchestra for these two family-friendly performances, enhanced by story-telling and a variety of special effects. Audience costumes are encouraged!

  • I forgot to mention that the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs TWO concerts Halloween night (Oct. 31) at 7pm and 9pm. Each lasts about an hour.

  • One great annual concert is the University of Chicago's Halloween show! Join the University Symphony Orchestra for an evening of astrological and astronomical adventures, featuring Gustav Holst’s magnificent seven-movement suite, The Planets, as well as Star Trek Through the Years, and music from John Williams’ Star Wars film scores. The University Women’s Chorale and the Hyde Park School of Dance join the costumed University Symphony Orchestra for these two family-friendly performances, enhanced by story-telling and a variety of special effects. Audience costumes are encouraged!

  • I forgot to mention that the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs TWO concerts Halloween night (Oct. 31) at 7pm and 9pm. Each lasts about an hour.