Halloween Guide 2013
Don’t let the Halloween season pass you by without seeing one… or two… of these spooky and fun thrillers!
For more fall shows in Chicago, check out the Fall 2013 Theatre Guide.
ALL GIRL FRANKENSTEIN
Chicago Mammals at Zoo Studios
4001 N. Ravenswood , Chicago
October 19 - November 30, 2013
Science and magic upset the natural order, when Man attempts to use the Promethean Flame to control the mechanisms that generate life! The Chicago Mammals bring their dark, indulgent, salacious style to the classic tale of Frankenstein. After his demanding mother passes from the mortal coil, Victor Frankenstein is driven by his regrets to discover the means of reanimating the dead. When the creature he resurrects attempts by itself to manifest life, resurrection and procreation co-mingle igniting disastrous abominations.
Pegasus Players at Chicago Dramatists
1105 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
October 29 –December 1, 2013
When Franklin Park discovers that the love of his life is dating an ancient African vampire, no one believes him, so he enlists the help a strange vampire-slaying duo to help save the girl . . . and maybe even the world.
2120 S Jefferson St, Chicago
November 1-2, 2013
A roaring costume event that combines Redmoon’s signature site-specific design and unique interactive contraptions. Expect fire performances, fantastic food, specialty drinks, dancing, and hours of unimaginable entertainment. Includes food and drinks throughout the evening. 21 and over.
CLICK, CLACK, BOO! A TRICKY TREAT
6912 N. Glenwood Avenue, Chicago
October 19 - November 24, 2013
It’s Halloween! Duck, Pig, Cow, and Hen can’t wait to throw a party, complete with apple-bobbing, bottomless candy bowls, and a spook-tacular costume contest. But when mean ol’ Farmer Brown refuses to allow the festivities, it’s going to take some clever trickery to enjoy the tasty treats. Join the beloved barnyard crew as they teach Farmer Brown that sometimes a little scare can be big fun, in a world premiere musical for the entire family.
CREATURE FEATURE: THE WOLFMAN OF MUMMY ISLAND
Chemically Imbalanced Theater
1422 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago
October 4 - November 2, 2013
Set in 1938 on a radio soundstage, "Creature Feature Radio Hour: The Wolfman on Mummy Island" tells the story of the era's spookiest radio show, The Creature Feature. As the show goes live from coast-to-coast for the first time to bring "The Wolfman of Mummy Island" to life before the audience's ears, the studio is intruded upon by a strange and malevolent extraterrestrial force with the ability to change shape. No one is safe, and everyone is a suspect. The cast may be killing each other, but "the show must go on!"
DEATH TOLL: A DRINKING GAME PERFORMANCE
Corn Productions at Cornservatory
4210 N. Lincoln, Chicago
October 11 - October 31, 2013
The leaves are turning, the days are shorter, there's a nip in the air, and the folks at Corn Productions are breaking out the ole body bags and shovels for the fifth incarnation of the smash-ed hit, Death Toll - A Drinking Game Performance. Hey, Halloween is a party so why not go with the gruesome flow. We present an hour of comedy/horror sketches and you drink every time someone dies...PARTY! And as always, DeathToll is BYOB. Boo-ray!
The Civic Orchestra of Chicago at Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
October 26, 2013
Program: Bach, Arr. Stokowski Toccata from Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
Stravinsky Infernal Dance of King Kastchei from The Firebird
Falla Ritual Fire Dance from El amor brujo
Revueltas Noche de los Mayas from La noche de los Mayas
Traditional, Arr. Pichardo Higinia
Bach Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Traditional La Muerte
HALLOWEEN DOUBLE FEATURE
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights
Celebrate Halloween with these favorites! In Hocus Pocus, a trio of witches from the 1600s is brought back to life in the 1990s where they run amuck on Halloween night. And the late showing will feature Psycho, the 1960 classic thriller from Alfred Hitchcock.
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW: CONCERT READING
City Lit Theater
1020 W Bryn Mawr, Chicago
October 30, 2013
Join City Lit for its first in a series of Holiday readings. City Lit presents a concert reading version of its hit adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring co-adaptors Brian Pastor and Stephen F. Murray as storyteller and musician respectively.
THE MAGIC PARLOUR HALLOWEEN SHOW
The House Theatre of Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel
17 E. Monroe St.
October 31, 2013
Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers a special Halloween performance of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City’s most unique entertainment experiences. The Magic Parlour is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.
MUSICAL OF THE LIVING DEAD
Cowardly Scarecrow at Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave. , Chicago
October 10 - November 09, 2013
Voted Chicago’s BEST MUSICAL (The Chicago Reader), Musical of the Living Dead takes audiences on a rip-roaring journey beyond the grave with its satirical send-ups of classic zombie films and musical theater. The curtain opens on 10 survivors of a recent zombie apocalypse, trapped in a farmhouse and willing to try anything to escape. The show gleefully fulfills horror-film conventions in creating the melee of the zombie apocalypse as we watch the cast of memorable characters – all brought together seeking refuge from a ravenous horde of brain-eating (and dancing) zombies.
NIGHTMARES ON LINCOLN AVE. 5: B IS FOR BLOOD
Corn Productions at Cornservatory
4210 N. Lincoln, Chicago
October 09 - October 31, 2013
B-movies are laughable, low budget and low-brow and Corn Productions is no stranger to creating low-brow laughs on a low budget, so why not dedicate the fifth installment of their annual Halloween review to satirizing B-Horror Movies? Monsters, weather and toxic waste combine with gory stories and the unfortunate weight-conscience campers at the Dr. Atkins Kill The Carbs Camp to give you this terrifyingly hysterical Halloween treat. Leave the kids at home...but bring the booze 'cuz we're BYOB!
THE PASSION OF DRACULA
October 05 - October 27, 2013
This version of the Dracula legend, based on the 1897 Bram Stoker novel, is set in the English countryside in 1911 where several village girls have died under mysterious circumstances. Dr. Seward presides over a nearby mental hospital and the locality has acquired a new resident, Count Dracula! A trio of doctors, a young reporter, and a stouthearted English lord battle the Count for possession of the lovely heroine. With a dash of Holmesian sleuthing in this Baskerville hound country setting, our heroes save the heroine and dispatch the Count in the traditional manner.
PHENOMENA OF MATERIALIZATION
BoyGirlBoyGirl at Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave. , Chicago
October 18 - November 01, 2013
BoyGirlBoyGirl presents a spooky evening of spooky monologues inspired on an infamous 1920 study of paranormal activity. Inspired by a widely discredited study of paranormal activity first published in 1920, Stephanie Shaw, David Kodeski, Diana Slickman, and Edward Thomas-Herrera conjure four unearthly tales of disembodied hands, disembodied breath, disembodied memories, and haunted college campuses that reveal the supernatural power of suggestion, photography, and suggestive photography.
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
The pH Comedy Theater
1515 W. Berwyn Ave., Chicago
October 04 - November 16, 2013
One of the most notorious musicals of all time! A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.
SEARCHING FOR PEABODY’S TOMB
First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st St. , Oak Brook
October 19 - October 31, 2013
Join the spirits of Mayslake Hall as they take you Searching for Peabody's Tomb! This 20 minute haunting Halloween experience will take you from room to room in historic Mayslake Hall as the ghost of Mr. Peabody's butler welcomes you into the 1920's. Come join us for an eerie evening in a genuine haunted mansion as we search for the ghost of coal magnate F.S. Peabody. Suitable for ages 12+
2120 S Jefferson St, Chicago
November 2-3, 2013
An unforgettable, family-friendly event for parents and children to adventure together in a spectacular, exploratory environment of surprise and wonder. Amazing acrobats swing above our transformed space while you perform in gigantic shadow puppet shows, build skeleton masks to wear in a parade alongside Redmoon’s massive mobile DJ, play in an indoor park of swings and... more!
STROKES BEFORE THE COMING OF MIDNIGHT / DEAD. DRUNK. GIRLS.
The Arts Before Entertainment Collective at Gorilla Tango Theatre
1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. , Chicago
October 10 - October 31, 2013
Two horror plays, one cast, buckets of terror...Surreal psychological horror play, Strokes Before the Coming of Midnight, explains the original concept of Déjà vu, Doppelgangers, and the demonic individuals who inspired their creation. The evening's second original piece - Dead. Drunk. Girls. - follows a cinematic stage study of the horror genres' most frequent stereotype: the tragically drunk girl. Follow a bartender as she navigates through stories of grind house suspense, highlighting the downfall of the innocent and reckless. Don’t forget to tip your bartender... Onstage seating is $24 and includes complimentary beverages; standard seating $18.
TWELFTH NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre
7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
October 18 – October 26, 2013
A Chicago-premiere, this show mixes text from "Twelfth Night" as well as "Night of the Living Dead" in addition to original material by Bryan Renaud to present just what happens when a zombie apocalypse plagues a production of one of the bard's funniest comedies. Join the cast on stage and off as they attempt to survive - without letting the audience know what's happening!
WAR OF THE WORLDS, A RADIO DRAMA
The Gift Theatre
Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long, Chicago (October 30 - November 2, 2013)
Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago (November 7-9, 2013)
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ spectacular, historic Halloween media hoax about Martians invading the earth, the Gift Theatre offers an alternate re-imagining of the infamous 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton’s staged re-creation of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast is updated with locations shifted to 1938 Chicago.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Ave. , Western Springs
October 17 - October 27, 2013
A play that has captivated audiences in London’s West End for more than 16 years is about to make Western Springs a little uneasy: The Woman in Black tells the macabre tale of London solicitor Arthur Kipps, who believes he was cursed by a woman whose business affairs he handled early in his career. With the help of a hired actor, he relives the terrifying story, hoping to exorcise the evil spirit. As they descend deeper into the story, they find themselves caught in a world of eerie marshes, mysterious manors, ancient graveyards and howling winds. As the border between reality and fantasy blurs, the terror starts, and just in time for Halloween.
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles
at Center on Halsted-Hoover-Leppen Theatre
3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago
October 29, 2013
They’re coming! Save yourselves from the onslaught of flesh-eating zombies by joining us for our creepy monster mashup of music that’s sure to get “under your skin”...and suck your brains out. This program of chart-topping hits made famous by jazz legends from the Funk, Fusion, and Swing eras will make the undead get up and dance. We even have Beulah serving up her special witches brew cocktail at our cash bar, where you won’t be the only one waiting in line with fuchsia hair and false eyelashes, for a change.