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10 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Wicker Park, Bucktown

By Alisa Hauser | October 30, 2015 9:41am
 A mechanical Frankenstein in a local dentist's window.
A mechanical Frankenstein in a local dentist's window.
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WICKER PARK — We are big fans of Halloween at DNAinfo Chicago (check out "vintage" photos of our staff dressed up!) and have rounded up 10 ways to celebrate in the Wicker Park area.

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Visit a Spooky Dentist:  Dr. William Dejean bought a mechanical life-sized Frankenstein back in 1997 and puts the zombie in his office window overlooking Ashland Avenue every October.  The display —  including a mask collection and other monsters —  lights up at night. 1363 N. Ashland Ave.

Zombie in Dr. Dejean's waiting room [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]

Get Spooked at a Haunted House. The Pulaski Park Advisory Council's scary setup is not for little ones, so this house is open to goblins over age 13 only. Tickets are $10; 1419 W. Blackhawk St.  Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. Phone: 312-742-7559.

Party Like a Heavy Metal Rock Star:  All weekend long, Links Taproom plans to dress up as "Lynx Bar," with some help from Half Acre Beer Company, 3 Floyds, and Surly Brewing.  Costumes are encouraged, according to the bar's Facebook page. 1559 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Go Back in Time to Neo:  Fans of the closed Lincoln Park club have been flocking to Debonair Social Club every Thursday, so Friday will be a "Neo Lives" party with $500 in prizes.  And there's a 9th anniversary and Halloween bash on tap for Saturday, the bar tweeted.

Scare Your Waistline with Buttery Shrimp and Grits:  A Michelin-rated eatery on Division Street known for Southern comfort food plans to close Sunday and reopen in mid-December as "a laid-back Southern hangout," the Tribune reports.  Saturday is your last chance to enjoy Carriage House before it becomes something else.  Saturday hours start at 10 a.m., 1700 W. Division St.

Trick-Or-Treating and Family Fun:

3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday  Costume Party and Parade in Holstein Park. Youngsters under age 13 and their parents are invited to participate in a party and Halloween Parade. 2200 N. Oakley Blvd. Phone: 312-742-7554

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday  Spooky Skate Party in Smith Park. Bring along roller skates and skate around the gym in costume at the "Haunted Rink." All ages welcome; "creepy music" will add to the ambience, organizers say. 2426 W. Grand Ave., 312-742-7534.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday  Halloween Festival in Pulaski Park. Pony and hay rides, performances and crafts are all on tap at this six-hour-long festival presented by the Pulaski Park Advisory Council. Admission is $10, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 312-742-7534.

3-5 p.m. Saturday Trick-or-Treat along The 606's Bloomingdale Trail. Suggested ground-level parks to trick-or treat at, from east to west, include Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland Ave.; Churchill Field Park, 1825 N. Damen Ave.; Park 567 at 1805 N. Milwaukee Ave.; California Avenue Park at California and Bloomingdale; Julia de Burgos Park, 1805 N. Albany Ave., and the Ridgeway observatory, just south of the McCormick Tribune YMCA at 1834 N. Lawndale Ave. in Humboldt Park.

5- 7 p.m.  Costume Contest, "Beetlejuice" at Shakespeare District Police Station.  Participate in a costume contest at 5 p.m. followed by a screening of "Beetlejuice."  The Shakespeare Police District is sponsoring the "606" events with the Park District, Trust for Public Land and Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail.  NOTE: Due to anticipated rain, organizers moved events such as bike and pumpkin decorating from 3p.m. to 5 p.m. indoors to 2150 N. California Ave.


Rain won't wash away our Trick or Treat fun, but we do want to help keep the kiddos dry. We're moving our Halloween...

Posted by The 606 on Thursday, October 29, 2015



Serene and spooky yard on Hoyne in #wickerpark

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