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Even with Halloween still a week away, you're already in the spooky season mood, so why not enjoy a few Halloween-themed activities this weekend? Check out what's happening in Chicago that's fun for all ages, fun for your funnybone, and fun that just might break a Guinness World Record (say what?). Here's this week's Weekend Alert.

Spooky Zoo Spectacular and Boo! at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo

Whether you're bringing the kids to the zoo for trick-or-treating, pumpkin-carving or any Halloweenish activity in between, you've got options. Lincoln Park Zoo is holding its annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular this Saturday, a day for costumes and trick-or-treating (for free!) at the Zoo, featuring opportunities to learn more about the animals, make crafts, and enjoy the entertainment of "Spooky Glee," an ensemble of local show choirs singing and dancing with the crowd. This Saturday and Sunday, you'll also be able to catch the last weekend of Boo! at the Zoo at the Brookfield Zoo - and be sure not to underestimate the 7,000-square-foot Dino Track corn maz. Hop on a haunted hayride, carve a pumpkin, or take a spin on the Haunted Carousel, tickets for Boo! at the Zoo are $15/adults, and $10.50/children. Go to either or go to both, and enjoy a good spook and a treat at both of Chicago's premier zoos this weekend.

Franken Plaza (10/25-27)

Franken Plaza

This weekend only, make your way to Daley Plaza in the Loop for a fun and unique Halloween experience. Bright orange water fills the fountains, monsters compete in a costume contest, ghouls and gobblins trick-or-treat, and the Midnight Circus amazes throughout this three day celebration. Catch the Friday Film screening of Hotel Transylvania at 6 PM on Friday night (with voices from Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samburg and Selena Gomez), and the Monster Bash on Saturday, including free hayrides, trick-or-treating, and the Kids Costume Contest. If you get hungry for something other than candy while at the plaza, Food Trucks at Franken Plaza hooks guests up with tasty goodies to fuel the fun.

The 30th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival (10/25-11/3)

International Children's Film Fest

With over 280 films from 43 countries, the 30th Annual Chicago International Children's Festival promises to deliver quirky, thought-provoking films that are the best from around the world. The largest festival of films for children in North America will see 25,000 children, adults and educators gather throughout the course of the festival to see the best in culturally diverse, value-affirming, and non-violent new cinema for children. All movies are screened at a variety of Chicago venues and cultural centers. Check out the details and full schedule here.

Bill Cosby at The Chicago Theater (10/25)

Bill Cosby. At the Chicago Theater. In case that isn't incentive enough to grab some last minute tickets, let us put it this way: Bill Cosby is one of the most beloved comedians of all time. He has captivated generations of fans with his iconic albums, his Cosby Show, his comedy routines and even his own best-selling books, such as Fatherhood. Watch the legend in action as he takes the Chicago stage this Friday night.

Freaky Deaky: Dada Life at The Aragon (10/25-26)

 Aragon
Originally started in Detroit, local dance music promoters React Presents's Freaky Deaky weekend-long event has since expanded to and taken over Chicago. This massive Halloween party is in its fifth year here in Chicago and has a wicked lineup. GRIZ kicks things off by taking the stage Friday night, along with party rapper Danny Brown. Saturday's lineup is headlined by Swedish eccentric duo Dada Life, who plans to not only put on a large scale performance for this spooked audience, but are attempting to set the Guinness World Record for the largest pillow fight of all time. How will they do it, you ask? Get tickets here and find out (available for one or both nights).