Halloween is a great time to explore our neighborhood, with lots of activities for kids and families, and adults! See below for a list of event happenings.
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Sunday, October 7, 2018
That’s Weird, Grandma: Ghosts, Ghouls and Talking Potatoes
Sundays, October 7-November 4 | 3PM: Just in time for Halloween, Barrel of Monkeys is kicking off their 2018-19 season with a line-up of scary (and silly) stories featuring Malcolm X fighting zombies, creepy old photos that haunt houses, talking potatoes getting lost in the woods, and other spooky scenarios imagined by Chicago elementary school students. Runtime is 65 minutes with no intermission. Tickets: $5-25. Special half-priced tickets for their preview performance on 10/7 and there will be a talk-back with the artistic director, Brandon Cloyd, and members of the cast following their 10/14 opening night performance.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Pumpkinpalooza at Rogers Park Montessori | 11AM-2PM: Come join Rogers Park Montessori School at 1800 W. Balmoral in the school parking lot for their annual Fall Fest! There will be games, food, fun and pumpkins for purchase! Come in costume!
Harry Potter Night | 8-10PM: On Saturday, October 20, join StudioUs and Ridman’s Coffee at The Guesthouse Hotel for Grown-up Harry Potter Craft Night. Adults ages 21+ can create Weasley Family Clocks and Potter-themed artwork while enjoying treats and drinks provided by Amy’s Candy Bar, Ridman’s and Defloured Bakery. There will be a costume contest, photo booth and Umbridge Pinata. Thank you to the event sponsor Melissa Sanchez of State Farm, Cost is $40.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium’s Annual Horror Show | 7PM: A LIVE recording of Small Fish Radio Theatre’s Annual Horror Show will take place on Sunday, October 21 at 7PM at the Swedish American Museum. $10 cash admission. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 26, 2018
Pumpkin Carving Party at Vincent | 5:30-10PM
$20 for Pumpkin Carving & a Special Cocktail. Purchase includes carving tools and templates. Grown-ups and kids welcome.
Friday, October 26, 2018
Behind the Mirrors of POLTERGEIST III at Chicago Filmmakers | 7-10PM: Enter Chicago Filmmakers on Hollywood Avenue and go behind the scenes of Poltergeist III in this screening with live directory commentary. Director Gary Sherman will walk the audience through how he made the mind-bending special effects seen in this classic 1980s horror flick. All effects were done in camera, no CGI was used! This special presentation is a fundraiser for Chicago Filmmakers. Purchase tickets here!
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Andersonville Halloween Parade | 10AM: The 48th Ward and ETNA Block Club (Edgewater Triangle Neighbor Association) will team up this year for the annual Halloween Parade! This year’s event will take a costumed stroll from Peirce Elementary School to Gethsemane Garden Center on Saturday, October 27. Meet at the playground at Peirce (1423 W Bryn Mawr) beginning at 10AM. The parade steps off at 11AM!
Annual Children’s Fall Festival | 11-4PM: Join the folks at Gethsemane Garden Center from 11AM to 4PM on October 27 for the annual Children’s Fall Festival! For the spookiest time, attend the event in your favorite Halloween Costume.
Trick or Treating along Clark Street & Costume Contest | 12-3PM: AlleyCat Comics is heading up Treat-or-Treating once again for the children of Andersonville. Look for the ORANGE PUMPKIN door signs in storefronts of the neighborhood to find participating businesses. There will also be a costume contest that will be judged by the staff at AlleyCat – please check in from 11:30-3PM and the costume winner will be announced at 3:30PM. Thank you to George’s Ice Cream & Sweets, Ranalli’s and Toys et Cetera for their support of this event.
Halloween Comic Fest at AlleyCat Comics and Graham Crackers Comics | Hours vary: Stop on by AlleyCat Comics and Graham Crackers Comics for new Halloween reads! Halloween ComicFest is the perfect opportunity to introduce family and friends to the coolness of comics.
Chicago Police Department Halloween Party |1-3PM: The 20th District (5400 N. Lincoln) will be hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 27th, at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. There will be arts and crafts for the kids, costume contest, games, candy and a spooky garden. Come bring the kids and see our inflatable decorations. Lots of fun for the whole family.
WANT Ghostly Garden | 5-6PM: It’s that time of year again and West Andersonville Neighbors Together is planning its annual Ghostly Garden event in their lovely West Andersonville Garden at Ravenswood & Berwyn. This is a non- scary event designed for families with small children. Come in costume. Games, treats, and prizes will be provided. We hope you can make it!
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Andersonville Sweetish Stroll | 2-5PM
It’s trick-or-treating for adults with a gourmet flair! Choose between two routes, each featuring host destinations with delectable goodies. Children and teens are welcome. IDs will be checked at any alcohol tastings. Click here for details.
Harry Potter Night for Kids | 4-6PM
Celebrate Halloween with your favorite magical wizards and witches! StudioUs, Ridman’s Coffee , The Guesthouse Hotel, and Melissa Sanchez of State Farm have teamed up to offer an enchanting evening of crafts, treats, and fun inspired by Harry Potter. Create your own character masks and magical creature pillows while enjoying spellbinding snacks from Amy’s Candy Bar and Defloured Bakery. Hosted at Ridman’s Coffee. Cost is $25.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Storytime at Hartwell Place | 3-4PM
Children ages 0-5 are invited to join the residents at Hartwell Place for a Halloween theme story time and play date with CMSS’ favorite troupe, Vaudeville Chicago. Be sure to wear your costume! Hartwell Place is located at 5520 N. Paulina. RSVP to email@example.com.
Happy Hour and Costume Contest at Bar Roma | 5PM
Start the spooky night with happy hour at Bar Roma! From 5-6:30PM in the bar, all appetizers will be half-price and glasses of rose will be $6. At 8PM, a costume contest will be held for three top prizes. The duo with the best duds will win dinner for two ($100 gift card), the second top costume will win a $50 gift card, and the third place winner will receive a bottle of Italian wine. All dining guests that arrive in costume will receive a complimentary dessert.
Spooky-etti and Meanballs with Bones at Vincent |4PM
Come enjoy spaghetti with meatballs and breadsticks with the kids before heading out to Trick-or-Treat! Don’t worry parents, there are cocktails for you.
Highlighted Fall Events and Specials
George’s Ice Cream and Sweets
Get into the Halloween spirit with special treats at George’s Ice Cream! Featured Caramel Apples and ice cream flavors like: Snap-O-Lantern (pumpkin flavored ice cream and ginger snap cookies). George’s will also have Quart Top Pumpkin Face coloring!
Summerdale by David Jay Collins
Earlier this week David Jay Collins was interviewed for the Frigay the 13th horror podcast. Make sure you read Summerdale, a new LGBT horror novel set in Andersonville! It’s available on Kindle and iBooks just in time for Halloween! (Paperback by Small Business Saturday-November 24th). Four gay men. Four addictions. One landlord from Hell. Summerdale is the launch of a horror novel series that focuses on charismatic landlord Mr. McGreevy, a sociopath who enables and isolates his tenants until the only place they feel safe is inside his house. Check out David’s author page at davidjaycollins.com!