Dennis Watkins in the Magic Parlour

Halloween is around the corner! Chicago has a whole host of fun events and cool things to do for the holiday. But if you're looking for a unique way to celebrate Halloween in Chicago, check out what's playing on stage this fall. From awe-inspiring magic shows to hilarious horror spoofs, Chicago theatre has you covered. Read on to find shows that will put you in the Halloween spirit. [more]

 

The Magic Parlour presented by The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton

Dennis Watkins in the Magic Parlour, House Theatre

Halloween is the perfect time to enjoy mind-boggling magic, and no one is better than Chicago's own Dennis Watkins. The third generation magician plays host at The Magic Parlour: an enchanted evening of magic and wonder that will turn any skeptic into a believer. Watkins entertains his audience with awe-inspiring physical feats, card tricks and mind reading. Watkins professes that magic is much better in an intimate space where one can literally be a part of the show, and he is 100% correct. The historic Palmer House Hotel is the perfect setting, transporting audiences back to a time when live entertainment was a primary means of recreation. The Magic Parlour ignites the imagination and awakens a child-like wonder in audiences of all ages. 
  • Open run: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM and 9:30PM; Plus Saturday afternoons at 4:30PM
  • Tickets are $79 and include beer, wine and soda
  • 17 E. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60603
  • Recommended for ages 12 and up
 

There's Something About Bloody Mary presented by Huggable Riot at The Annoyance Theatre

There's Something About Bloody Mary, The Annoyance Theatre

This hilarious all-female sketch revue has all the components of a good Halloween show: blood, bras and sexy costumes! Just kidding... kind of. There's Something About Bloody Mary is a fun and witty exploration of gender stereotypes. The show features a variety of sketches, some spoof female horror tropes while others riff on the ridiculous expectation to dress sexy on Halloween. But the show slyly points out (and makes us wildly laugh at) some of the crazy female clichés that we ladies battle with daily. There's Something About Bloody Mary is directed by Amy Anderson, head written by Dana Angelo, and features original sketches from cast members Lexi Alioto, Brittany Flynn, Allison Kochanski, Adrienne Peters, Megan Stalter, and Lily Staski. This show is so smart and funny; this Halloween you should dump the sexy kitten outfit and head to The Annoyance with your friends instead.

  • Runs through November 2: Wednesdays at 8PM
  • Tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door
  • 851 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
  • Recommended for adults

 
 

Thrones! Apollo Theatre

Produced by Chicago's hilarious "Baby Wants Candy" musical improv group, this spoof of the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones" is a must see for any Thrones superfan. Six friends convene at home to watch the series finale of "Game of Thrones". But their excitement is cut short when Brad reveals a dirty secret: he has never actually watched the show... ever. Aghast with horror, the group of friends decide to catch him up on the series. They proceed to gleefully act out the last six seasons of the show, complete with ad-hoc props and costumes made out of materials found in their apartment. This hilarious romp is written by Chris Grace, Zach Reino, Al Samuels and Dan Wessels and directed by Hannah Todd. The group of friends takes the audience on a hysterical, raunchy, musical journey featuring 21 original songs in 90 minutes.

Bonus! Thrones will have a special Halloween performance and costume contest on Monday, October 31. So don your best costume and join Chicagoland Cosplay Groups Geeks A Gogo, AllGeeks HQ and The Age of Geeks and you could win $200 in prizes! 

  • Runs through January 15, 2017: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30PM; Saturdays at 6PM and 9:30PM; Sundays at 3:30PM and 7PM
  • Tickets are $39-59 for regular performances; Halloween performance tickets are $20 using the promo code COSPLY
  • 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
  • Recommended for adults
 
 
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
 
This late night production originated in 1988, making it the longest running show in Chicago. At the top of the show an alarm clock is set, and the ensemble sets out to perform 30 original plays in 60 minutes. Each of the short plays are written and directed by the performers, and span a wide range of topics: some pieces are dramatic, some are musical, some are political, while others are just plain silly. Adding to the fun, the audience members are not treated as merely bystanders; rather they are active participants in the art. At the beginning of the show audience members are given a list of the evening's given plays. When one play is complete, the audience is invited to shout out the next play they wish to see. The outcome is a 60 minute roller coaster ride of entertainment.
 
Bonus! On Sunday, October 30 at 10:30PM Too Much Light will turn into Too Much Fright! Kick off Halloween at the Neo-Futurarium. You can expect 30 the plays to cover the macabre, the strange and the unknowable terrors of the back of your mind. Also, you can expect candy. Costumes and advanced reservations are encouraged.
Open run. Fridays and Saturdays at 11:30PM Sundays at 7:00PM.
  • Tickets are $10-$15 at the door ($9 plus the roll of a six-sided die) or you can buy advance tickets online for $20 (plus service charge); when you arrive to the theatre you will roll a six-sided die and receive $1-6 back on admission. Doors open one-half hour before the show. It is recommended to arrive early.
  • 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60640
  • Recommended for adults
 
 
Plus! One more show to consider: Zombie Broads at the Factory Theatre opens Friday, October 21. 
 
Maxine and Marco, and their book club 'The Zombie Broads', have all the weaponry and knowledge they'll ever need for the zombie uprising. Their daughter, Shelby, is trained for the worst, but would really like to just get a cell phone and date her secret boyfriend. Besides, zombies won't happen. It's not like a scientist is accidentally gonna do anything stupid, right...? 
  • Runs through November 26: Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM; Sundays at 3PM
  • Tickets are $10-$25
  • 1623 W. Howard St. Chicago, IL 60626

 

For more Halloween event, parties and celebrations happening in Chicago, visit choosechicago.com/halloween.


Photo credits: Dennis Watkins in The Magic Parlour, photo by Ryan Bourgue. Cast of There's Something About Bloody Mary, photo by Sam Bengston. Cast of Thrones, photo by Michael Brosilow. Bilal Dardai in Too Much Fright, photo by Joe Mazza.