Being in a new city means disruptions of our typical routines. For the last couple of years, we've been going to Safe Halloween in New York, and we've been trick or treating in various places in NY. This year, in Chicago, it's to steal a Disney musical song, "A Whole New World"
But it's not too shabby here in Chicago. There's a million things to do that are Halloween related. We can't do everything, but it would be intriguing to try! Here's some of the more promising things on the potential menu:
THE CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO
OCTOBER 25 AT 3 PM (pre-show activities for kids start at 1:30pm)
"Hallowed Haunts" is a special family show at the Symphony Center that brings scary and magical classical and popular music together for a selection that will delight (and perhaps very slightly haunt) your children. It's a great way to introduce your kids to some pretty amazing classical music, including music from Grieg's Peer Gynt, Stravinski's Firebird, and John Williams score for the first Harry Potter movie! The concert is an annual event, and has been successful enough that it is the only Civic Orchestra event for which there is a charge. There are also some school performances scheduled for the day before. Costumes are encouraged (even the musicians get dressed up!) Tickets range from $15-$60 (depending on where you are sitting.
More info and tickets available on their website: https://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=6634 or by calling 312.294.3076.
HAPPY HAUNTINGS at the Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center is hosting the City of Chicago's Halloween Festival, which is a free celebration of all things Halloween. The entire event is free, and features magic and puppet shows, a Ghost tour of the Cultural Center, and my friends the Midnight Circus who will be doing a number of free shows over the course of the weekend. They'll also show some scary movies, have face painting and arts and crafts, and on Saturday there's a costume contest and parade. Food trucks on one side of building will add to the festivities. You can get a full schedule of events at http://chicagoween.us .
SPOOKY ZOO SPECTACULAR at Lincoln Park Zoo
BOO! AT THE ZOO at Brookfield Zoo
At the Brookfield Zoo (in the western suburbs) they are doing the Boo! at the Zoo, which includes pumpkin carving, performances by local high school bands, a Halloween themed carousel, a Haunted Hay Ride (extra charge) and you also get to watch some animals enjoy their own pumpkins.
More information about Spooky Zoo Spectacular: LINCOLN PARK ZOO
More information about Boo! At the Zoo: BROOKFIELD ZOO
HALLOWEEN IN THE PARKS
Chicago Park District
Navy Pier (which includes a Zombie themed haunted house, a masquerade ball, and trick-or-treating sponsored by a candy company!) and lots of safe trick or treating events and costume parades at many various neighborhoods, including Lincoln Square, Roscoe Village and Andersonville , to name just a couple.
If you can't figure out what to do from this list, you should just stay home!