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Things to Do in Lincoln Park and Old Town: Halloween Edition

By Emily Morris | October 31, 2013 9:47am
 A customer checks out some last-minute Halloween costumes in a Chicago store.  
A customer checks out some last-minute Halloween costumes in a Chicago store.  
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LINCOLN PARK — Even with a rainy Halloween in store for Thursday, the neighborhood offers a few options for those looking to celebrate the particularly soggy holiday indoors.

Chicago International Children's Film Festival at Facets Multi-Media and Music Box Theatre, 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

The festival is playing a variety of Halloween-themed short films. It's too late to buy passes online, but tickets may still be available at the box office 30 minutes before a showing, according to the fest. Tickets for individual showings are $6 for kids and $9 for adults. Check out the schedule here.

Halloween Highlight: Green Halloween at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The museum invites kids and their parents to make an "eek-o friendly" mask while they learn more about bats, rats, snakes and owls indoors. The event is free, but it'll cost extra if you want to dissect an owl pellet ($3 each).

Boo: A Halloween Ball at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Listen to ghost stories from local theater director Jessica Thebus and party to music spun by DJ Nix (aka Jenna Nixon) at the Chicago History Museum Thursday night. There will also be magic performances, cocktails and "horror d’oeuvres". Tickets, restricted to those 21 and older, are $50 for general admission and $40 for members.

Costume Contest at Glascott's Saloon, 2158 N. Halsted St., 10 p.m. 

The bar posted on its Facebook page that it's having a costume contest starting at 10 p.m.

Have a "Carrie" night

Halloween is obviously the best time to watch a creepy film about what happens when a teen girl with telekinetic powers is pushed to the brink by bullies. See the classic version on Netflix and then catch the remake at Regal Webster Place 11 at 7:10 p.m. or 9:55 p.m. if you're willing to spend a few bucks to see Chloë Grace Moretz in the role. To really go all out, read the Stephen King book.