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Halloween is approaching, and whether you’re looking for a not-so-scary place to take the kids to an adults-only fright night, Chicago has no shortage of Oct. 31 options. Here’s a look at just a few.


Northalsted Halloween Parade

Head to Boystown in Lakeview for the annual Halloween Parade, and you’re sure to see your share of costumes – from guys dressed in drag to costumed kids and pets. The parade takes place Halloween night, Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Halsted Street, between Belmont north to Addison.


Horror Movie Madness

Halloween is the perfect time for scary movies. All October long, Logan Square’s Logan Theatre’s is devoting its late-night film series to the genre with screenings of classics such as Nosferatu” to 2008’s “Let the Right One In,” and of course, the Jamie Lee Curtis version of “Halloween” play on Oct. 31. Click here for a full schedule.


Halloween in the Parks

All across the city, the Chicago Park District is offering kid-friendly events – everything from pumpkin patches to Halloween parties and haunted houses. The fun takes place at parks all over. For a schedule of events, click here.


Tricks and treats at Navy Pier

Looking for a safe place to take the kids this Halloween? Navy Pier is hosting a variety of family-friendly events. On Saturday, Oct. 29, there’s a costume contest at 5 p.m. Come watch, or arrive at the Family Pavilion at 4 p.m. to register. Afterward, weave through the Haunted Maze, which is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29. It’s open from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Oct. 31. Admission is $15 per person.

There will also be a fireworks show with a “creepy twist” Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday and Monday, there’s free trick-or-treating for the little ones from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Oct. 31. In addition to candy, kids get a stampable “passport” they redeem for a prize.


Chicago Riverwalk Pumpkin Patch

Through Sunday, the revamped Riverwalk lets kids pick a pumpkin in the middle of a city. Stick around afterward for carnival games, a bouncy house, slides and seasonal treats. There’s free admission to the patch, but the extra activities require admission. The patch is open from 9 a.m. to sunset on weekends and from noon to sunset on weekdays. For more information, click here.