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10 Ways To Celebrate Halloween on the Near West Side This Weekend

By Stephanie Lulay | October 30, 2014 5:48am
 Part out-there costume party, part theater event, Redmoon Theater's Boneshaker promises a surreal Halloween celebration in Pilsen Friday.
Part out-there costume party, part theater event, Redmoon Theater's Boneshaker promises a surreal Halloween celebration in Pilsen Friday.
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NEAR WEST SIDE — Whether you're taking your little ones trick or treating or picking out a truly epic costume, the Near West Side neighborhoods are packed with Halloween destinations this weekend.

From haunted houses and costume parties to trick or treat stops, here are our top picks.



West Loop Families Halloween Parade West Loop Families will host a family-friendly Halloween costume parade with face painting and games at Mary Bartelme Park. After the parade, kids can trick or treat at participating businesses on Madison Street. 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, 115 S. Sangamon St., West Loop

Haunted House at Fosco Park — Appropriate for kids 6 and up, the Fosco Park haunted house promises to be a "ghostly good time." 6-8 p.m. Thursday, 1312 S. Racine Ave., University Village


Halloween at Hubbard Street Dance — At this trick-or-treat tour of the Hubbard Street dance studio, kids and adults alike can learn the Michael Jackson's "Thriller" moves, have photos taken in their cool costume and snag candy. The event is free until 7 p.m. After that, admission to a Halloween-themed showcase is $3. 5-8 p.m. Friday, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd., West Loop

Tots Halloween Party at Skinner — A Halloween celebration for children ages 3 to 6, the tots party at the Whitney Young gym includes a costumes contest, games and every little kid's favorite — inflatables. 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Gym C at Whitney Young Magnet High School, 211 S. Loomis St., West Loop



Boneshaker at Redmoon Theater — Part out-there costume party, part theater event, the Redmoon Theater's surreal, over-the top Halloween celebration is expected to draw 1,000 people. On tap this year: a pastry Ferris wheel, a Mezcal tasting salon, an outdoor fire garden, three DJs and interactive performances. Redmoon is also staging a haunted house for the first time. At $100, tickets include food and an open bar. 9 p.m. Friday, 2120 S. Jefferson St., Pilsen

Masquerade Ball at Soho House — Halloween brings a masquerade ball to The Allis, Soho House's first-floor lounge. Free. 5 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday, 113-125 N. Green St., West Loop

Haunted Punch House Thalia Hall's retro basement bar gets spooky for a party co-hosted by Salonathon's Jane Beachy and interdisciplinary arts group The Inconvenience. The best costume goes home with a $100 gift card to Dusek's and two tickets to any upcoming Thalia Hall show. Tickets are $22. 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, 1127 W. 18th St., Pilsen

Spookeasy Halloween Bash Fulton Market Kitchen heads back to the '80s for a "spookeasy" bash hosted by Speakeasy Chicago's Saam Hagshenas and Adam Savin. Their house super-band will play Michael Jackson's entire 1982 "Thriller" album and other MJ hits. Revelers are encouraged to dress the part. RSVP required. 9 p.m. Friday, 311 N. Sangamon St., West Loop

La Casa de Satanas True Terror Haunted House — Nudity, violence, gore — you've been warned. True Terror is an immersive, unconventional dark-art haunted house blurring the line between the supernatural and "deeply horrific reality." Due to the adult content of the performance, no one under the age of 18 will be admitted. Tickets are $13-$25. 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Slumber Room, 1654 S. Allport St., Pilsen

Tiga vs. Audion Halloween — With help from French house trio Apollonia, Canadian EDM artist Tiga will debut a new spooky stage show in this 15,000-square-foot Lacuna Artist Lofts space. Winners of the costume contest land tickets of VIP tickets to Paradigm's New Year's Eve party. For ages 21 and up. Tickets are still on sale for $60. 10 p.m. Friday, 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Pilsen

Tickets to two of the West Loop's hottest events — a Friday night Halloween Party at Carnivale and a first-ever haunted house at Little Goat — are sold out.

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