Looking for some spine-tingling Halloween fun? While little ones have trick-or-treating and costume parties to look forward to, adults will want to discover some truly scary spots around town. Enjoy an evening searching high and low for the friendly ghosts of Chicago on a spooky tour guided by an expert historian or help to solve a murder mystery at the World Fair of 1893. Here are six spooky tours plus a murder mystery dinner you won't want to miss this Halloween in Chicago. 


Spooky Walking Tour with Historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach

Thursdays and Saturdays, October 19–October 28, 4–5:30 p.m.

Strolling through beautiful Lincoln Park with its flowers, verdant fields, ponds and pathways, it's almost impossible to believe that there are thousands of people buried beneath your feet. Yet the southern edge of this lakefront park once served at the city cemetery. Join historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach for a walk back in time as you discover the macabre history of lovely Lincoln Park.

Register at driehausmuseum.org.


Devil in the White City Bus Tour

Saturdays, September 30 and October 21, 1 p.m.

H. H. Holmes stands as one of the worst serial killers in Chicago history. Anyone who entered his infamous Murder Castle risked finding a dastardly end. Inspired by Erik Larson’s best-selling book Devil in the White City, this tour, guided by historian Al Walavich, will take you back to the 1893 World's Fair.

Register at chicagohistory.org.


After Hours at Bohemian National Cemetery Tour

Sundays, October 22 and November 5, 4 p.m.

Bohemian National Cemetery Chicago

Step behind the stately lime gatehouse into of one of Chicago's oldest graveyards. Bohemian National Cemetery is the final home of a number of SS Eastland shipwreck victims as well as Anton Cermak, a Chicago mayor who was assassinated in 1933. Historian Al Walavich will show you all of the hidden history of this peaceful final resting place after hours.

Register at chicagohistory.org.
 

Chicago Hauntings

Offered 3 times/week during the months of October and November, times vary

The Chicago Hauntings Ghost tour is a 2.5-hour fully narrated tour by coach bus that promises to take you to the most actively haunted sites in Chicago, from the site of the Eastland Disaster, where 844 souls perished on the Chicago River, to the site of the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Murder sites include a serial killer's body dump and Chicago's most haunted house. While this tour is offered yearround, Halloween time is when paranormal activity peaks.

For tickets, visit chicagohauntings.com.

 

Leopold and Loeb Walking Tour

Sundays, October 22 and 29, 2 p.m.

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb dreamed up the perfect murder, or so they thought, kidnapping and murdering a young boy on May 21, 1924. Return to the scene of the gruesome, senseless crime and track the clues that led to solving the case with author and historian Paul Durica.

Register at chicagohistory.org.

 

Self-Guided Tour of Graceland Cemetery

Year-round, visit during cemetery hours

Graceland Cemetery Chicago

Graceland Cemetery is the final resting place of some of Chicago's most illustrious early citizens, including Daniel Burnham, Potter Palmer, Marshall Field and George Pullman. You can take a tour of your own any time of the year, guided by your smartphone: Access the online map and then wander through the winding paths of this beautiful, history-filled cemetery. Beware of ghosts along the way . . . this is allegedly one of the most haunted cemeteries in the city.

Access the online tour at gracelandcemetery.org/map-of-historical-resting-places.

 

Unsolved Mystery at the Chicago World's Fair: 7th Annual Murder Mystery at the Driehaus Museum

Fridays, October 20 & 27, Saturdays, October 21 & 28, 7–10 p.m.

Step back in time . . . just in time to solve a mystery! Welcome to the White City, where the Columbian Exposition of 1893 will unfold before your eyes. A murderer is afoot, and you're the detective, at the 7th Annual Murder Mystery at the Driehaus. Tickets include a reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a three-course dinner in the historic Ballroom. Wear your best period attire (highly encouraged but not required).

For tickets, visit driehausmuseum.org.