Tentacles movie poster

Costume parties and haunted houses full of costumed actors are solid go-to Halloween plans but, every few years or so, you need to switch things up! If you're still struggling to make plans in Chicago this year and the same bar crawl you've made for the last few years sounds a little stale, try one of these alternative activities out.

Weird Chicago gives some of the most unforgettable tours in town. Creepy, strange, historical and sometimes just plain scary, the company's Haunted History Tour gives you a peek into Chicago's most spirited places - literally. While most bus tours of the same ilk simply give you a 50-foot view of the attractions, Weird Chicago actually takes you inside some of the stops on this spooky tour. Buy tickets on Weird Chicago's website starting at $35 per person. 

The Logan Theatre's recent renovation gave owners the idea to put some fresh eyes on the decades-old horror movie poster collection they've amassed. Visit the I Am Logan Square gallery (2644 N. Milwaukee Ave.) from now until November 14 to check out vintage originals from classic films like "Young Frankenstein" and obscure creature features ("Tentacles," pictured at top, and "Golden Needles"). The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. After passing through the exhibit, check the nearby theatre's movie schedule. It's packed full of new and old scary flicks all month long. 


Upset that so many Halloween events were geared toward kids, local magician and scary story enthusist David Parr has designed an adults-only haunted house that veers away from cheap, startling scares and more towards the sense of eeriness that a good ghost tale can evoke. The setting for this creepy interactive tour is the Evanston History Center (part of the century old Dawes House) and each room will offer a new set of haunted happenings. Half interactive theater, half haunted house, Parr's Haunting History should be a truly unique experience for anyone looking for a different take on typical Halloween attractions. The show runs hourly from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 24, 25, 30 and 31 (note: Oct. 30 will only feature an 8 p.m. show). Tickets are $20.