8 Spooky Things to Do In Chicago This October

Do you dare?

September 11, 2018

Chicago loves Halloween. And the city is the perfect backdrop to get your spooky on as the weather cools down, the landscape turns a nice bronze hue, and homes light up with some of the most wicked decorations. 

Let us guide you to some of the best thrills the city has to offer.


1. Obviously, Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses do not play around anymore. Gone are the days of animatronic clowns randomly jumping out at you. Nowadays, there's gore, imagery that will make your spine tingle, and real people behind those creepy costumes that get quite a thrill from seeing you scream. The more scared you are, the better for them! There's Statesville Haunted Prison, Dungeon of Doom, 13th Floor Haunted House, Evil Intentions, House of Torment, Hellsgate Haunted House, The Massacre, Midnight Terror Haunted House, and Realm of Terror. Go if you dare. 



2. Take a Haunted Tour of the City

The Original Haunting's Tour shows visitors a chilling side of the city by hitting up sites of massive tragedies — Eastland disaster, Iroquois Theater Fire, bloody Fort Dearborn, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and more. If you think you have it in you to brave this 2.5-hour tour by bus, grab your tickets

Separately, you can take on the Devil in the White City tour which explores the site of the notorious "murder castle" of serial killer H.H Holmes who preyed on victims during the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. If it gets too intense, you can just crack open a cold one because it's BYOB! 

All the info on walking tours can be found HERE!



3. Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America

An hour outside of Chicago, you'll find all the thrills you need at Six Flags Great America. You never know who will chase you down with a chainsaw, or which murderous monster will sit next to you on a raging coaster. There are also haunted houses so you can double your dosage of scares! All Fright Fest info can be found HERE! And keep checking B96.com/Contests as we may be giving out tickets! 



4. Party Somewhere Haunted on Halloween Night 

The Congress Hotel has a reputation as being Chicago's most haunted hotel with guests reporting eerie occurrences, organ music being played and folks disappearing from photos. The 12th room is apparently so terrifying, it has been permanently closed. Rumor has it, one of its rooms is also the inspiration for Stephen King's "1408." Naturally, one of the biggest haunted bashes takes place there every Halloween! Check out Haunted Halloween Ball at Congress Plaza Hotel on October 27th

Other haunted Halloween galas include The 3rd Annual Haunted Halloween Ball at Navy Pier Grand BallroomHalloween Masquerade at the Lyric Opera Housethe premier Midwest Halloween-themed Electronic music festival Freaky Deaky, and MAX + Bryce Vine at the Bottom Lounge! 



5. Haunted River Tour

This October, Seadog Cruises helps tourists and locals discover the spookier side of Chicago with Haunted River Tours! According to the website, "tour guides divulge the many secrets, spirits, scandals, and sins of the Windy City through spine-tingling tales of mysterious supernatural occurrences and infamous figures along the beautiful Chicago River." Sign us up! Grab your bloody tickets here! 



6. Boo at the Zoo

For minimal scares perfect for you tiny ghouls and goblins, check out Boo at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo! There's a haunted hayride, giant pumpkin carving, costume parade and SO MUCH MORE! Get all the info right HERE!



7. Real Life Terror Courtesy of "The Horror of Humanities" Program

You know what's scarier than haunted houses? A haunted house filled with student debt and GMOs. Check out this socially-conscious event which tops off with a contemporary horror film screening on October 30th. Get all the info HERE



8. Catch a Classic Horror Flick at the Theater

Horror movies in October is not only acceptable it's mandatory. You can check out classic films at Music Box Theatre and Logan Theatre