2015 Chicago Theatre Halloween Guide
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 2015 Theatre Guide.
Chicago Horror Theatre Festival
Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre at Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave. , Chicago, 60657
Oct 29 – Nov 7, 2015
The nation’s only celebration of the murderous and macabre performed live onstage. This first-of-its-kind festival will feature performances ranging from sketch comedy, cabaret, dance, burlesque, and one act and full length plays – all with a Halloween or horror theme. Produced by the Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company and the creators of the multi-award winning Musical of the Living Dead, Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts, the festival will include shows from Chicago favorites such as pH Productions, Matter Dance, sketch comedy from Rabbit, Rabbit, and more.
Feathers and Teeth
170 N. Dearborn, Chicago, 60601
Sep 19 - Oct 18, 2015
Home-sweet-home turns into a haunted house for 13-year-old Chris when Carol—her stepmother from hell—moves in. Struggling with the recent death of her mother, Chris is convinced her father’s new live-in fiancée is evil, but she just can’t persuade Dad to her point-of-view. When a mysterious and potentially dangerous creature is found in the family’s backyard, Chris assumes it’s a sign from above to eliminate Carol once and for all. This imaginative world premiere—both bone-chilling and wildly funny—brings the notion of dysfunctional family drama to sensationally scary heights.
Ghostbusty: A Ghostbusters Burlesque
Gorilla Tango Burlesque at Gorilla Tango
1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 60647
Aug 15 - Dec 19, 2015
It’s the story we all know and love with a sexy spin. “Ghostbusty: A Ghostbusters Burlesque” brings the classic comedy to the stage in a sensual style that only Gorilla Tango Burlesque can offer. See your four favorite fear-fighters battle a sexy Slimer, a stimulating Stay Puft Marshmallow Woman, and a barrage of gorgeous ghosts. When there’s someone stripping in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Gorilla Tango Burlesque’s “Ghostbusty: A Ghostbusters Burlesque”!
Black Button Eyes Productions at Flat Iron Arts Building
1579 North Milwaukee Suite 332, Chicago, IL, 60622
Oct 02 - Oct 31, 2015
Two adult sisters, Lizzie and Laura, return to their childhood home and relive the dark fantasies of their adolescence, in which goblin men capered and tempted them to sample forbidden fruits. When Laura succumbs to goblin blandishments, it is up to Lizzie to take a stand and save her sister’s life. Blending haunting songs and story theater, this musical adaptation of the poem by Christina Rossetti spins a captivating spell.
Under the Gun Theater
956 W. Newport, Chicago, 60657
Oct 02 - Oct 30, 2015
Tell us what scares you, and we will make you a horror movie. Scary movies created on the spot based on the things that haunt your dreams at night. Zombies or vampires? Slasher or ghost story? Sci-fi or fantasy? It's different every week.
House on Haunted Hill
Three Brothers Theatre
115 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, IL, 60085
Oct 16 - Oct 31, 2015
The millionaire Frederick Loren is offering $10,000 to stay one night with five other strangers in a haunted house. However, Loren has a very special celebration planned for his third wife and these strangers. Adapted from the classic 1959 Vincent Price horror film, “House on Haunted Hill” will make its live debut on our curiously creepy stage during this fall's Halloween season. He’ll show you that there are more than ghosts stalking the halls of Three Brothers Theatre this Halloween.
In the Asylum with Edgar Allan Poe
ColorBox Theatre at Royal George Theatre Center
1641 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL, 60614
Oct 16 - Nov 01, 2015
Edgar Allan Poe was a master at creating fantastical terror and imagery through the written word. However, many believed his brilliance was the result of a disturbed mind. In the Asylum with Edgar Allan Poe dramatizes the possibility that Poe was institutionalized where his famous writing might have occurred. In the Asylum with Edgar Allan Poe is the perfect backdrop to theatrically recreate Poe’s most favored stories and poems – as he is visited by spirits of his past that inspire his storylines and mysteries.
Scream, Queen, Scream!
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic
5400 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60640
Sep 25 - Oct 31, 2015
A World Premiere!
Inspired by everything from Night Gallery, Tales From the Crypt and Creepshow, Handbag presents three terrifying tales like the ones your parents didn’t allow you to see when you were a child. Savage secretaries, a monster in a box and deadly identical twins– are all here to scare the living daylights out of you. Note: due to the subject matter, SCREAM, QUEEN, SCREAM! is recommended for immature audience ONLY.
1115 W. Berwyn , Chicago, 60640
Oct 01 - Nov 07, 2015
It's the end of October, 2012: John and Anne have two children and a good marriage - they have sex, drive hybrids, and have cut out sugar. But John has been spying on the neighbors, frankly, for a while now, and at 9 a.m, Halloween morning, the neighbors have come for a visit. The Cheats: a play about your marriage, and how it can get f*cked when you forget to lock the front door.
The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe
First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st St. , Oak Brook, IL, 60523
Through November 1, 2015
Madness… brings Poe’s macabre and melancholic tales & poems to life as Poe and his beloved wife Virginia guide you through historic Mayslake Hall, taking you from the garrets to the dungeons and deep into the madness of Edgar Allan Poe. Moving throughout the mansion, audience members will experience such tales of terror as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Masque of the Red Death.”
The One Act Festival: Halloween Edition
1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 60657
Oct 09 - Oct 30, 2015
Seven theatre companies thrill your Friday night with a Halloween, haunted, or horror themed one act. This third installment of the Stage 773 One Act Festival features spook-tacular stories from Babes With Blades Theatre Company, Cold Basement Dramatics, Hobo Junction Productions, New Millennium Theatre Company, Organic Theater Company, (re)discover theatre, and the Ruckus. The talent in this festival production sharing a single stage, is downright scary.
The War of the Worlds
Idle Muse Theatre at Chicago Center for the Performing Arts
777 N. Green St., Chicago, IL, 60622
Oct 30, 2015
This infamous radio play had many terrified listeners convinced an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place when it originally aired from Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre in 1938. Detailing the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover to thrill and chill audiences. Idle Muse ensemble member Tristan Brandon directs a team of actors and Foley artists to recreate this chilling story! Join the fun - and even participate - as the performance is recorded onsite!
Vampyre Hunter High
Under the Gun Theater
956 W. Newport, Chicago, 60657
Oct 03 - Oct 31, 2015
An improvised romantic horror show about slaying the undead. The new school year has begun, and already one student has disappeared. Were they attacked by a rabid animal, or was it something more sinister? A slayer will rise to hunt down the creature responsible, but the real question is will they also find a date for the big dance? Is that new transfer student a werewolf or vampire, or just a loner with a bad attitude? This improvised comedy is unique and different each week.
Gorilla Tango at Gorilla Tango's Skokie Theatre
7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL, 60077
Oct 10 – Oct 31, 2015
Manhattan is overrun with a zombie apocalypse and the cast from television’s Seinfeld is right in the middle of it! Is Jerry’s girlfriend stringing him along, or does she really possess an anti-zombie vaccine? Will George successfully trick Mr. Steinbrenner into thinking he’s a zombie, just to gain access to the executive washroom? Why is Kramer acting like a father from a 1950s television sitcom? Will Elaine learn the truth about David Puddy – whose either turning into a zombie or just incredibly, incredibly dense? One thing’s for sure - this hilarious parody is hardly a ‘show about nothing’!