Fright Flicks at Polk Bros. Park
The festivities kick off with Fright Flicks, a special Halloween-themed film series at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park. On Oct. 28, guests are invited to view “Monster House” at 3 p.m. and “Beetlejuice” at 5:30 p.m. A limited amount of Halloween goody bags will be distributed to moviegoers on a first-come, first-served basis, while supply last. Guests may bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the free, family-friendly movie events. After the movie on Oct. 28, catch a special Halloween Fireworks Show presented by Miller Lite at 9:30 p.m.
Haunted Happenings Around the Pier
Starting Friday, Oct. 27, Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze will transform into a Haunted Maze – featuring 4,800 square feet of pure terror, with surprises at every twist and turn. The Haunted Maze will be operational from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 28, and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on site.
There are no tricks, only treats at Brown Sugar Bakery, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and McDonald’s at Navy Pier this Halloween! Stop by Brown Sugar Bakery now through Oct. 31 for sweet deals on Halloween-themed goodies. On Oct. 31, children can receive a free Kid’s Meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. with the purchase of an adult entrée. McDonald’s will offer free small bags of candy on Halloween – available on a first-come, first-served basis while supply lasts.
Those 21 and over can wreak havoc into the witching hours of the night at The Nightmare at Navy Pier: 3rd Annual Haunted Halloween Ball on Oct. 28 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The special event offers cash bars, music selection from Chicago’s top DJs and unparalleled views of the lake and skyline. Tickets begin at $15 and can be purchased online.
Rather take your chances out on the deep, dark waters of Lake Michigan? Board the Spirit of Chicago – if you dare – for one of the following cruises: Titanic Masquerade – Pier Pressure Chicago Halloween Party Cruise on Oct.27; The Haunted Halloween Party Cruise on Oct. 28; or The 3rd AnnualMidnight Haunted Ghost Ship on Oct. 28. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online. The Odyssey will also voyage out into the mystic waters for its Masquerade Fireworks Dinner Cruise, featuring a delicious three-course plated dinner, spooktacular views of the skyline and fireworks display, live DJ, complimentary champagne toast, and of course, bold, beautiful masquerade-style costumes.
In addition to the cruise parties, Entertainment Cruises is offering the following family-friendly celebrations at sea: Tricks & Treats Family Halloween Brunch Cruise aboard the Spirit of Chicago on Oct. 29; Halloween Sunday Funday Bruch Cruise aboard the Mystic Blue on Oct. 29; and Chicago Haunted River Tours aboard the Seadog on weekends throughout the month of October. Tickets and other details are available online.
Back on land, Riva Crab House and Tiny Tavern are conjuring up Halloween-themed drink specials all month. At Riva Crab House, guests can enjoy $3 mocktails: Autumn Chiller (ginger beer; orange juice; cranberry juice) and Vampire’s Blood (Sierra Mist; grenadine; cherries); or $8 cocktails: Purple People Eater (Tito’s Vodka; Blue Curacao; sweet and sour mix; grenadine; cranberry juice) and Ghoulish Ginger Beer (Bacardi Rum; ginger beer; orange slice; rosemary garnish). To see what creepy concoctions are brewing at Tiny Tavern, check out the menu online.
For more information or a full listing of the haunted happenings at Navy Pier, visit navypier.com/halloween.