Too old for trick-or-treating but looking for a way to show off your creative costume? Have a laugh, head to the high haunted seas and get a good scare with these five unique ways to celebrate Halloween in Chicago.
Get your shirt scared off at a spooky burlesque tribute to all things Halloween
Gorilla Tango Burlesque will be presenting its Spook-tacular holiday hit, SPOOKY BOOBS. Featuring such familiar eerie faces as Frankenstein, mutant turtles and zombies, this sassy show promises lots of glittery gore. SPOOKY BOOBS performs Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m. at Gorilla Tango Bucktown (1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647). Tickets are $28; 18 and over only. Advance purchase highly recommended at gorillatango.com or by phone at 773-598-4549.
Hop aboard the Seadog for a haunted Halloween cruise (above)
You'll discover Chicago's architecture at nighttime while learning ghostly secrets about the city's eerie past on the speedy Seadog speedboat's haunted Halloween cruise. Costumed tour guides will highlight infamous and supernatural stories from the past. Tours depart from Navy Pier on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in October. Reserve online at seadogcruises.com.
Run with the pumpkins
Lace up your running shoes, don your Halloween costume and join in on the annual Pumpkins in the Park 5K, Chicago's Official Halloween race for the entire family, on Saturday, Oct. 25. You'll wind through beautiful Lincoln Park then celebrate at the post-race party featuring costume contests. CLIF will be sponsoring Kid Spooky Sprints for kids 12 and under, so even the younger members of your family can take part; Other kid-friendly activities include pumpkin decorating, and a children's costume parade. To register, visit fleetfeetchicago.com.
Visit Chicago's one and only floating haunted house
With the world under siege from the zombie outbreak, Merikorp was contracted by the government to study and contain the zombie disease and find a cure. Their floating research facility is now docked at Navy Pier, and visitors are welcome to learn more about the wonderful world of zombie containment. Look for the barge located just north of the Landshark Beer Garden at the east end of the Pier. For more info, visit navypier.org.
Catch a scary movie, check into a haunted house, then drown your fears with beers
A double whammy of horror awaits visitors to MB Financial Park at Rosemont this October in celebration of Halloween. On Oct. 24 and 25, Muvico will present the 40th anniversary showing of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" 40th Anniversary film beginning each night at 11:30 p.m. Afterwards, head over to "Disturbia: Screams in the Park at Rosemont," the haunted house located in the parking garage at MB Financial Park from 7 p.m. to midnight. Both the movie and the haunted house are guaranteed to scare your pants off.
Take the Blue Line direct to Rosemont from downtown Chicago so you can enjoy more beers at Hofbräuhaus Chicago, a family-friendly restaurant and brewery located right in the MB Financial Park, where it's Oktoberfest all year round: modeled on the 400-year-old venue in Munich, Germany, this family-friendly venue features traditional Bavarian specialties, live music, and brewery for the production of the Hofbräuhaus' world renowned beer. For more info, visit rosemont.com/mbfinancialpark.