6 Fright-Free Ways to Celebrate Halloween for the Easily Spooked
Let’s be real: Halloween can be scary. Ghosts, and witches, and zombies – oh my! But that’s no reason to stay in. Here are six tame alternatives to screaming your head off this Halloween.
1. Day of the Dead Chicago
The National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen is housing its second annual Day of the Dead Chicago celebration on October 30, complete with a festival of light, live performances, and transforming a neighboring soccer field into a cemetery filled with ofrendas.
2. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns
A short drive north of Chicago in Glencoe, the Chicago Botanic Gardens offer lush, expansive views of a whole array of natural wonders. This Halloween, however, they are working with New York artist groups Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns to create an immersive experience of more than a thousand jack-o’-lanterns depicting classic Halloween images as well as famous Chicago landmarks. Tickets are selling fast, so hurry!
3. Spooky Zoo Spectacular
Go on this family-friendly romp through Lincoln Park Zoo looking your Halloween best. The animals will be out, as well as crafts, treats, and live entertainment! Did we mention it’s free?
4. Spooky Seas
A sleepover at the Shedd Aquarium with a pumpkin scavenger hunt. What else do you need to know?
5. Young Frankenstein
What’s better for Halloween than a classic monster as hilariously interpreted by Mel Brooks and then remade into a musical? Nothing we know. Catch it onstage now at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.
6. Lucia di Lammermoor
If after this cushiony list of Halloween activity you’re ready to bump it up a little and try something a wee bit more frightening, hop on over to the Lyric Opera for their production of Lucia di Lammermoor. (Just wait until the “Mad Scene” and then you’ll understand why we’re frightened for you.)
Not in the mood for Halloween? Check out these productions before they close!
- albina shagimuratova
- chicago botanic gardens
- day of the dead
- jack o' lanterns
- lincoln park
- Lincoln Park Zoo
- lucia di lammermoor
- Lyric Opera
- mel brooks
- metropolis performing arts centre
- national museum of mexican art
- night of 1000 jack o' lanterns
- piotr beczala
- rise of the jack o' lanterns
- shedd aquarium
- spooky seas
- spooky zoo spectacular
- young frankenstein