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13 screamingly fun things to do in Chicagoland for Halloween

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  1. Haunted drive-in movie, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, Margate Fieldhouse, Uptown, $5 (includes popcorn and hot dog).

    Margate Fieldhouse becomes a drive-in movie theater, featuring “The Addams Family.” Seating is limited.

  2. ‘Fear,’ 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, The Neo-Futurarium, Andersonville, $15.

    Visit the “thinking man’s haunted house” of Edgar Allen Poe with the Neo-Futurists. Travel through the dark corners of the Neo-Futurarium with your own guide, stopping at stations that explore different pieces by Poe.

  3. ‘Skin Crawlingly, Hair Raisingly Creepy Stories,’ 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, $10 ($5 students and seniors).

    Master storytellers Janice Del Negro and Dan Keding present eerie tales that’ll have you whispering to yourself, “It’s only a story….” (There’s a less scary, family-friendly version at 7 p.m., too.)

  4. Eugene Burger

    Eugene Burger

  5. ‘Fear & Fate: A Halloween Celebration with Eugene Burger,’ 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, City Lit Theater, Edgewater, $25.

    A Magic Chicago special presentationful of chills, thrills and surprises. Award-winning Chicago magician Eugene Burger, who is dean of McBride’s Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas, will perform a magic feat so dangerous that he’ll attempt it only for these two shows. Reservations strongly encouraged: (773) 334-4192.

  6. Doggie PUPkin Party, 9 a.m.–noon, Saturday, Oct. 31, Brands Park, Avondale, $5 per dog.

    Cavort with some real carnivores! Dress yourself and your dog in costume and take part in the doggie parade and the doggie/owner look-a-like contest. Local pet businesses, including a pet photographer, will offer goods and services for dogs.

  7. Be nice to the trick or treaters, or …
  8. Dress up for free nibbles, all day Saturday, Oct. 31, Chens Chinese and Sushi, Wrigleyville, and Koi, Evanston, free with order.

    Staying home to hand out the goodies? Chens and Koi will bring you a free $20 gift certificate if you say “trick or treat” when placing your delivery order. Dine-in in costume and you can get a free order of Shanghai spare ribs, vegetable rolls, crabmeat won tons or other appetizer with your meal.

  9. Scary Skate, 4:30–6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, McFetridge Sports Center, North Center, free.

    Have a chillingly good time on ice. Wear a costume and get in free (otherwise $2 to $5)! Skate rental available.

  10. Halloween in the Haunted Mansion, 5–11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, River North, $45.

    Lawry’s skeleton crew will take you on a tour of the historic mansion, with the ghost of Mrs. McCormick. Vote for top pumpkins on display in the lobby, for the chance to win an “Addams Family” dinner-theatre package including tickets to the pre-Broadway, world premiere musical. The menu includes Mrs. McCormick’s “Bloody Eyeball” shooter and “Ghoul”ash in a puff pastry; spooky spinning bowl salad; the mad scientist’s blood orange intermezzo, 8-ounce cut of roasted prime rib (or fresh fish or vegetarian entree); Yorkshire pudding; “Monster Mash’d” potatoes and “Graveyard” gravy; creamed spinach or creamed corn; “Devilish” food cake or “creepy” pumpkin Pie; fresh “Boo”ed coffee or “Cauldron” tea. Reservations required at (312) 787-5000.

  11. 3-D Creature Feature, 5:30 p.m. –3 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club, Northalsted, no cover.

    Hang out with the divas, watch 3-D Halloween films on five jumbo screens, munch on free garlic popcorn, blood red caramel corn and spiced pumpkin popcorn, and drink specialty cocktails like the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (Hypnotiq, pineapple juice, a splash of vodka and dry ice to make it “foggy”). Cash prizes for the best costumes. Reservations suggested.

  12. Boo-rito, 6 p.m.–closing, Saturday, Oct. 31, Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants, area-wide, free.

    Get out the aluminum foil! Dress up as your favorite burrito or other menu item from Chipotle’s menu and receive a free burrito for your effort.

  13. Arlene Bardelle & The Monsters Trio Early Jazz Halloween Show and Jazz Costume Party, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, Katerina’s, North Center, $5 cover

    Get out your zoot suit or your slinky dress and roll down your stockings for a jazzy Halloween. Dance to monstrously good jazz and slurp down Halloween drink specials. Dress as one of your favorite legendary (or obscure) jazz artist from the 1920s through the ’70s to win prizes.

  14. ‘Theatre of Souls,’ 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, Village Players Performing Arts Center, Oak Park, $20 ($16 seniors and students).

    An exploration of the strange, the macabre, and the terrifying — the tale of three souls who run afoul of the mysterious Randolph L. Howard.