10 Must-See Halloween Shows

Chicago is a theater town, so expect chills, spills and thrills on stages throughout the city this Halloween.

With more than 250 companies, Chicago is known across the world for its innovative and vibrant live theater. Add a performance (or two) to your Chicago itinerary this Halloween – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From kid-pleasing spooky tales to penetrating horror-filled dramas, Halloween season is theater season in Chicago.

1. The Innocents

(re)discover theatre at Preston Bradley Center
941 W Lawrence Ave in Uptown
Playing October 7-November 4, 2018

The Innocents show poster in Chicago

Inspired by a concert held in the Paris Catacombs in 1897, The Innocents is an immersive queer thriller for every soul. Prowl the catacombs like ghosts and follow Gui, a composer on a quest for love, as he conjures spirits, confronts death, and creates light. In the Empire of the Dead, chaos reigns and the hungry survive. We'll see you in the catacombs! Recommended for ages 16 and up. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

2. The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go!

The Theatre School at DePaul University (Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences) at Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E Balbo in the Loop 
Playing September 27-November 3, 2018

Wong Kids

Ever wish you could be unique without being different? All Bruce and Violet Wong want is to fit in and to have friends. When they discover they both have superpowers, the fate of the world falls into their hands. The question is, will their unique strengths be enough to save humankind from the Space Chupacabra? Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

3. Masque Macabre

Strawdog Theatre Company
1802 W Berenice in North Center 
Playing October 4-31, 2018

Masque Macabre

A new immersive theatrical experience from Strawdog is inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe and set in Prospero’s underground Masquerade Ball on the eve of the end of the world. Guests will be encouraged to follow stories of revenge and murder as they happen in real time or explore the fully realized open world as they desire. A nondisclosure agreement will be required before entry. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

4. Splatter Theatre

Annoyance Theatre
851 W. Belmont in Lakeview
Playing Saturdays at 10:30pm September 15- October 27 + bonus Halloween show

Splatter Theater

A parody of Friday the 13th-type movies, the characters in Splatter Theatre include archetypes such as the nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and, of course, the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in different ways: Tongue pulled out, drill in the head, evisceration, slashed throat, and many other hilariously appalling fates await! With freshly painted white walls on the stage before each performance, the audience will be both horrified and delighted by all that splatter! Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

5. POE

Theatre Above the Law at The McKaw Theater
1439 W Jarvis in Rogers Park 
Playing October 19-November 11, 2018 

Welcome to the Mystic Moon, a cabaret bar where the denizens of Edgar Allen Poe's most frightful and delightful tales gather night after night. Let the lost Lenore and her cast of ghouls lead you through four of Poe's classic stories, including Fall of the House of UsherMasque of the Red DeathThe Tell-Tale Heart, and of course The Raven, as they are transported onto the stage in an evening of creepy comedy. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

6. Frankenstein

Court Theatre
5535 S. Ellis in Hyde Park 
Playing November 1-December 2, 2018

Actors for Frankenstein at the Court Theatre in Chicago

Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and Frankenstein's Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood—or destroy it by their absence. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

7. Frankenstein

Lifeline Theater
6912 N Glenwood Ave. in Rogers Park 
Playing September 7-October 28, 2018

An unexpected death shatters a family and Frankenstein retreats into the darkest recesses of the psyche in search of a way forward. To find meaning in this impossible loss, a terrible creation is brought to life – one whose existence threatens all hopes for the future. Haunted and hunted at every turn, Frankenstein must endure a nightmare journey of the soul in a quest for survival. Grapple with the demons of grief and denial in this world premiere adaptation of the 1818 thriller by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

8. Hitch*Cocktails

High Stakes Productions at Annoyance Theatre
851 W Belmont in Lakeview
Plays Fridays at 10 pm 

Actors during Hitch Cocktails show in Chicago

It starts with an audience suggestion, then the players create a full-length thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. There could be murder, car chases, gun play, beautiful women, exciting music and swanky drinks…plenty of drinks! Since this is high-class crime, the stage is fitted out with a wet bar and the actors will be "forced" to imbibe as the plot develops. By the end of the show, you might not be able to stand the suspense and the actors might not be able to stand at all. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

9. The Golden Girls: Bea Afraid – The Halloween Edition

Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave in Lakeview
Playing October 13-November 3, 2018 

It’s not Halloween without a Hell in a Handbag show, so Artistic Director David Cerda is conjuring up a special edition of the company's hit TV sitcom parody. Better get your tickets early! Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia are only back for 10 wig-raising performances. Bea afraid, Bea very afraid!
Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

10. That’s Weird Grandma: Ghosts, Ghouls, and Talking Potatoes

Barrel of Monkeys at The Neo-Futurists Theater
5153 N. Ashland in Andersonville
Playing October 7-November 4, 2018

Just in time for Halloween, gather ye ‘round for a line-up of scary (and silly) stories featuring creepy twins that appear in photos, talking potatoes getting lost in the woods, Malcolm X fighting zombies, and other spooky scenarios conjured up by Chicago elementary school students. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Bonus! Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Auditorium Theatre
50 E Congress Pkwy in the Loop
Playing October 31 & November 1, 2018

Disney in Concert at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago

“This is Halloween, this is Halloween!” Celebrate Halloween with this very special screening of the beloved movie, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Follow along as Jack, the Pumpkin King, attempts to bring the Christmas spirit to his spooky hometown. The classic film is brought to life with a concert performance featuring the Chicago Philharmonic and the residents of Halloweentown! Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Note that the schedules included above are subject to change; visit the Hot Tix website for exact dates and half-price ticket availability. Visit to find other exciting productions on stage while you're here, and find insider guides to all things performing arts and the Chicago theatre scene to create your Chicago itinerary.

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