13 haunted things to do in Chicago

This Halloween season, there’s no shortage of events (both family-friendly and for adults only) that will give you some ghostly thrills! We’ve rounded up our 13 top picks. Check them out — if you dare!

Shop at Wolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities.

Walking into Wolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities in Andersonville is a bit like walking into a nightmare. The shelves are lined with strange taxidermy (beavers wearing capes, Alligators holding light bulbs in their mouth), real animal bones, human teeth, preserved animal fetuses in jars, clown heads and other bizarre relics that’ll stop you in your tracks.

1513 W. Foster Ave., Chicago

Take a specialty tour.

Get the low down on Chicago’s most gruesome and creepy stories on Chicago Ghost Tours, an on-foot tour that’ll show you the darker side of Chicago. Curious about the Windy City’s connection to ghosts and gangsters? The Weird Chicago Tour takes you to famous and little-known spots by bus — from former crime scenes to gangster hangouts. Head to Joliet for a spine-chilling Old Joliet Prison Haunted History Tour, where you can hear grim stories as you walk through the prison at dusk.

Various locations in Chicagoland

Feed your morbid curiosity at an International Museum of Surgical Sciences After Hours event.

Take an all-ages tour of one of Chicago’s hidden gems: the International Museum of Surgical Sciences. On this special after-hours tour, Museum staff will shine a light on some of the darkest tools in the history of medicine! This tour is complemented by highlights from the Museum’s chilling surgical art collection, including ancient human skulls, bone-saws and bloodletting knives.

1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Catch a live horror show.

Running Oct. 11-Nov. 9, now is your chance to snag tickets to the world premiere of “Hell Followed With Her” at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park. This horror flick promises plenty of blood and gore.

1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Take a gruesome makeup class on Oct. 14.

Whether you or your kiddos are looking to dress up like a zombie or villain this year, The School of Makeup Artistry has got you covered. On October 14, they’ll host a special 2-hour workshop where you can watch and learn from the pros, as they demo Halloween makeup looks.

100 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1010, Chicago

Have supper with the snakes on Oct. 25.

It wouldn’t be October without the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s annual Supper with the Snakes event. Here, families can explore the museum after hours, and engage with various species of snakes.

2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago

Attend the Chicago Vampire Ball on Oct. 25.

Don your best cape and pair of bloodsucking fangs and get ready for a night to remember, adults-only style. The Chicago Vampire Ball, which will be held at The Hyde Speakeasy in Hyde Park promises an evening of live entertainment, culminating with the selection and coronation of Chicago’s newest Queen Vampire.

5115 S. Harper St., Chicago

Visit one of Chicago’s most haunted spots.

With a rich history of being one of the most haunted cities in the Midwest, Chicago does not fall short on a haunted spot. Named one of the 13 most haunted hotels in the world, guests at The Congress Plaza Hotel have reported paranormal activity and ghostly sightings of Al Capone and Peg-Leg Johnny. Visit Lincoln Park after the sun goes down to see of Couch Tomb. The stone mausoleum is the most visible record of the park’s history as a cemetery, and spirits have been known to haunt visitors. Finally, Country House Restaurant in Clarendon Hills has an unexplained haunting, where diners have reported hearing pounding in the walls, seeing pots and pans move on their own, and hearing screams of crying babies that don’t’ exist.

Various locations in Chicagoland

See what goes bump in the night on Oct. 26.

The Garfield Park Conservatory is pulling out all of the stops this Halloween with its Creatures of the Night event. There, kids can interact with live creatures including owls, snakes and bats! Little ones will also enjoy creating their very own creepy craft.

300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago

Walk through a Haunted Maze at Navy Pier.

On select weekends and on Halloween, the Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze at Navy Pier transforms into the Haunted Maze inspired by famous Chicago ghost stories.

600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

Catch the return of Disney in Concert: The Nightmare Before Christmas.

For two nights only on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, catch a screening of Tim Burton’s classic stop-motion film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the Auditorium Theatre, featuring beloved songs like “This Is Halloween!” and “Jack’s Lament” performed live-to-film by the Chicago Philharmonic, who bring to life this spooky classic.

50 E. Ida B Wells Drive, Chicago

See a horror movie.

From classics like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Candyman”, to lesser-known but equally as freaky films like “Last House on the Left” and “Hausu”, The Logan Theater is showing an array of horror movies all month long.

2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Visit a kid-friendly haunted house.

Yes, the little ones can visit haunted houses too! There are many in Chicagoland that cater to the younger set without scaring the pants off of them.

Various locations in Chicagoland


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