Haunted Happenings in Lakeview East

Halloween isn’t just a date on the calendar; it’s a state of mind, a festival of the bizarre, and a celebration of all things spooky. It’s that bewitching time of year again – the season of Halloween! Unleash your inner horror obsessed self, que up the scary movies, and prepare yourself for a season of fright. Read on how to discover the best LVE has to offer to savor the season of the witch. 🎃👻🕷️


Month Long Events

Nightmare on Clark Street

Chicago’s ONLY haunted house experience is opening September 21st in Wrigleyville! Bamboo Club transforms into a multi-level house of horrors. Walk through the haunted house (if you dare) and then treat yourself to a creepy cocktail that smokes, and food that is scary good. Purchase your tickets now and creep it real at the much-loved, immersive, and over-the-top haunted house experience of Nightmare on Clark Street at Bamboo Club!

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Sweet Dreams

Celebrate October in spooktacular style at Rizzo’s Bar & Inn, with a 20,000 square foot indoor-outdoor Halloween pop-up. It’s Just…To Die For!
This fanciful nightmare come to life, is a creepy fragment of a macabre world, where 22 classic horror movies all collide. From Elm Street to Silent Hill and from Killer Klowns to Zombie Land, we’ll have all your classic slasher favorites!
This vibrant collusion of fun and fright will keep you entertained every inch of the way.
Freddy, Jason, Leatherface and IT…will all be joining the debauchery and we promise to produce some of the most epic Halloween scenes and social moments ever!
So, get those cameras ready! This one-of-a-kind Halloween pop-up will be a scream for all ages. Early ghoul tickets are available now!

 

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Bloody WHIM Immersive Halloween

Running from Sept 27 – November 5

BLOODY WHIM invites you to partake in a haunted immersive art installation where all mediums of art – paintings, music, sculpture, street art, and live characters – come together to create a terrifying Halloween experience.

Experience new rooms of immersive environments filled with dark corners, creepy characters and jump scares pushing audiences to scream their way through. Try a fully reVAMPed line of delicious and unique cocktails created by a team of the best mixologists in the city – the IV Blood bag, the Witches Brew which is meant to share and the Green Zombie – all within the bowls of The Butcher Bar, a Texas Chainsaw inspired bar in the heart of the haunt.

Your ticket includes a blood bag cocktail; access to the Lobby of Second Chances and entertainment on most nights in the Disenchanted Forest.

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Halloween Weekend Events

Tim Burton Halloween

Drag Brunch

Saturday October 28th & Sunday October 29th

Pre-game before your Halloween adventures at Lark! Fun games & prizes with your boo-tiful drag hosts Pixel, Vivian, Coco Sho’nell, and Americas.

Costume contest for the best Tim Burton character, win $100!

All-inclusive food and beverage ticket!

  • Bottomless drinks, breakfast sweet starter, and choice of entrée from a select menu
  • One seating at 11 am per day
  • For nonalcoholic options there are bottomless mocktails available
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Halloween at The River!

Saturday, October 28th

It’s officially spooky season and The River wants to CELEBRATE! The annual Halloween party is on Saturday, October 28th from 9 pm-12 am. Don’t miss out on a true HAUNT! Featuring a decorated bar, special spooky cocktails, and a costume contest you definitely want to win! Tickets available NOW — the sooner you buy, the cheaper they are!

Each ticket includes entry, beer, select liquor, and wine. 9 pm-12 am

Table purchases include a bottle of champagne, a bottle of select liquor + a reserved place for you and your friends to gather from 9 pm-12 am.

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Zombie Halloween Drag Brunch

Saturday Oct 28th and Sunday Oct 29th

Brrraiiiiins, and brrrrunch. Join Kit Kat Lounge on Halloweekend for TWO days of The Zombie Halloween Drag Brunch! Featuring Shantell D’marco with hostess Angelicia Maria. There are three seatings each day (Saturday and Sunday) at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:15 pm. The Lark Brunch Package includes brunch tickets, an entrée, and free-flowing mimosas for 2 hours per seating.

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Wrigleyville Halloween Crawl

Saturday, October 28th

On October 28th, the historic Wrigleyville neighborhood will be full of party-seekers creeping and crawling from bar to bar. Halloween is the one night that you can act like a kid and drink like an adult. You and your friends can show off your kick-ass costumes as you sing, dance, and drink the night away.

Throw on your best costume and join in on all of the frightening fun for this haunted holiday at the BIGGEST Halloween Party in Chicago!

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Tickets include admission, free dinner buffets, gift cards to use on the crawl, costume contest, giveaways and more!

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Halloween Dance

October 26

GMan Tavern

Gman is going to rock & roll all night when the Halloween Dance hits The Back Room on 10/26! They booked a killer four-band bill, starring some of your favorite rockstars… Damager as KISS • Tommy Kessler as The White Stripes • Madame Reaper as Lady Gaga & Disaster Kid as The Killers Costumes are (highly) encouraged!⁠

 

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The Q101 Pop-Up

Halloween Bash

Friday, October 27th at The Cubby Bear

It’s time for the Annual Q101 Pop Up Halloween Bash at The Cubby Bear! The performing band this year is Weathers! After their performance, they will take the stage for a second set as Green Day! This show is first come, first served (21+ Only). Download your first come, first served ticket at Q101.com.

Haunted halsted halloween parade

Tuesday, October 31st

Get ready for the 26th annual Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade, October 31st, 2023. The free parade is a spectacle of sights, frights & spooky mayhem concluding with an Awards Show, live performance & dance party.

The Parade includes a Costume Contest with $4,000 in cash prizes. Sign up to participate free, all ages.

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Nocturna All Hallows’

Eve Ball

Saturday, October 28th at The Metro

The tradition continues! Nocturna All Hallows’ Eve Ball is returning to Metro Halloween weekend on Saturday, October 28th! Come dressed to impress your favorite dark master of ceremonies, DJ Scary Lady Sarah! The ball starts at 10 pm and goes all the way till 5 am. ⁠

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A Ghost Tour With a death doula

Saturday, October 28th

Go on an in-person tour of haunted places from Lakeview East to Lincoln Park and back again. Learn what these ghost stories teach us about life and death. Outdoors, rain or shine, with dinner and drinks (sold separately) afterward at the most haunted pub in Illinois. Be prepared to slowly walk about a mile altogether. We will send more details a week before the session.

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Paint a Calavera Pot

Saturday, October 28th at Plant Stand Collective

Spend a couple hours unleashing your creativity and paint a hand made cement Calavera plant with Evelyn, founder of Las Crafty Anties.

Workshop attendees get a 10% off coupon to shop the day of the workshop. It’s only $30 to participate!

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Ghouls Night Out

Saturday, October 28th at Trace

The night comes alive at Trace on Oct 28 from 10pm-5am for Ghouls Night Out! Dive into a realm of games and ghostly drink specials to keep the spirits high. Unleash your eerie ensemble in our Creepy Costume Contest at midnight with a chance to bewitch the judges and snatch a $200 cash prize. It’s where the ghouls gather for a night of wicked whimsy!

Halloween Drag Brunch

Sunday, October 29th at Lost Never Found

On Sunday afternoon, get your ghouls and dollars ready for an iconic drag brunch at Lost Never Found! Unlimited Mimosa package available for $30, and Unlimited mimosas & call cocktails package available for $40 Food will be ordered a la carte from a slightly limited menu!

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Halloween Brunch

Saturday, October 28th at Duffy’s

Fill up before your big night out at Duffy’s! For just $40 per person includes Bottomless buffet, mimosas, bloody marys, well liquor mixed drinks and all drafts.

Come in your best costume to win prizes! Brunch is from 11 am to 3 pm.

Afternoon Halloween Party

Saturday, October 28th, at LEAP Fitness

Join LEAP Fitness for their annual Halloween bash on Saturday, October 28th from 10am-12pm. Anyone and everyone is welcome, you don’t have to be a member! All you have to do is RSVP.

Bring your own pumpkin for a carving contest
Human and pup costume contest (yes, bring your pup if you want!)
Enjoy some treats from our neighborhood friends!
They also have multiple classes at 8 and 9am as well. If you would like to participate in a class at no cost, just send LEAP a DM to reserve yourself a spot!
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Pumpkin Pizzaz

Saturday, October 28 at Cuddle Bunny

Bring your friends for a creative Halloween event! There will be scary movies, pumpkins in different colors, shapes & sizes, paint, an assortment of bling, and of course, free-roaming bunnies joining the fun!

Hot apple cider and seasonal yummies will be provided. Costumes are not required, but are encouraged!

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Halloweek-day Events

Tricks and Treats at The Closet

Monday, October 23st

Who’s ready for a fang-tastic night? Sink your teeth into The Closet, and enter their vampire costume contest on Monday, October 23rd! The spontaneous judging will take place from 6 to 10 pm, and late night at from 11 pm to 4 pm. The 23rd is also the first day of their pumpkin carving competition! Pumpkin carving judging will take place on the 27th, and winners MUST be present in order to receive the prize ($50 Closet gift cards). May the bloodiest vampire win!

Spooky Themed Trivia

Thursdays at Graystone Tavern

Do you watch scary movies and TV shows as a way to wind down? Put your freaky knowledge to the test on Thursdays at Graystone! Trivia is free to play, and there are prizes to be won! Good luck!

Pumpkin Carving Party

Wednesday, October 18th at Lucky Dorr

Love carving pumpkins but don’t have the supply and energy to clean up after? Lucky for you, Lucky Dorr is hosting a pumpkin carving party! Happening on Wednesday, October 18th from 4 to 11 pm. The first 12 to DM Lucky Dorr on Instagram can reserve a pumpkin, all others will have to BYOP!

Creature Feature: An Improvised Monster of the Week Show

October 21st – October 28th

Otherworld Theatre

Join the CinEvil Society as they search for the world’s most evil film! Be the test audience as your villainous host screens a select horror movie to see if it can terrify you into submission. Unfortunately, the aging VHS tapes used to copy these fiendish films from late night tv in the 80’s have degraded over the years, and the missing scenes must be re-created by a cast of damned improvisers freshly summoned from the netherworld. Even though they’ve never seen the original movie. What creature will feature next? The hungry C.H.U.D.? The groovy Ghoulies? Or the big balls of Phantasm? Dare to buy a ticket to this late night fright and find out!

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Scary Movie Trivia

Wednesday, October 25th at Brickhouse Tavern

Do you like scary movies? On Wednesday, October 25th, kick off Halloween week at Brickhouse Tavern! Play scary movie trivia and enjoy drink deals that are scary good. Drink specials include $5 Bud Light and Bud drafts, $6 Casamigos shots, $12 Casamigos margaritas, and $25 buckets of NUTRL. The fun starts at 7:30 pm! Be afraid… be very afraid. But also, be prepared! The top three winners will bring home prizes!

Before Halloween Week

Lakeview Halloween

Pup Crawl

Saturday, October 21st

Bring your pooch out in their best Halloween costume to strut their stuff along North Halsted for treats, giveaways & prizes from Aldine to Cornelia (3300 N. to 3400 N. Halsted). Stop at our Miss Foozie photo booth for professional holiday pic. Have brunch on Lark’s awesome patio at 3441 N. Halsted, which will be open for all dogs. On the patio at 2p Miss Foozie will be hosting a raffle drawing and fun Q&A to win prizes. Your $10. registration for each dog is your entry for a raffle prize, you need not be present to win. Organized by the Northalsted Business Alliance

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MY Cabaret: Scream Queen Halloween Hijinks

Saturday, October 21st

The Newport Theater

Muffy Fishbasket (M) and Mrs. Yuka Layme (Y) combine the best elements of drag & live cabaret to bring you a night of music, sass, shade, and booze! Accompanied on the piano by Fancy Bandit Brown, this is an evening you won’t want to forget.

Join MY Cabaret for some Scream Queen Halloween Hijinks with special guests Vallery Dolls & Dixie Deveraux. So, gather that tipping cash and get those tickets for this interactive DRAGARET experience you’re not likely to find anywhere else!

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