Four freakishly fun Halloween happenings

Godfrey Hotel has haunted rooms. (Godfrey Hotel photo)
Godfrey Hotel has haunted rooms. (Godfrey Hotel photo)


Party in the Haunted Hotel

Some Chicago hotels are reputedly haunted such as the Congress Plaza on Michigan Avenue. But seeing ghostly figures there is not guaranteed. Thus, to be sure to come across spooky guest rooms, visit the Godfrey on West Huron, Oct. 27, 2018 when it holds its annual Haunted Hotel. The fourth floor rooftop lounge will be serving bewitched potions. Daring guests are welcome to explore the 20 haunted rooms on the fifth floor. The event goes from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets start at $45 per person. For ticket and other information visit Godfrey events.  The Godfrey Hotel Chicago is at 127 W. Huron St.

Or party with the real Frankenstein

Before the Court Theatre holds Manual Cinema’s world premiere of its version of “Frankenstein” on Nov. 1, it is opening the show’s final dress rehearsal to a limited number of ticket holders who are ready to party Oct. 31, 2018.  Attendees should come dressed ghoulishly creepy or creatively spooky to compete in a costume contest and hungry enough to wolf down strange hors (or is it horror) d’oeuvres and cocktails. Tickets are $75 and cover the pre-show party at 6:30 p.m., performance and then a post-show artists’ mingle. Purchases of two or more tickets drop the price by $5. The Court Theatre is at 5535 S. Ellis Ave. at the west end of the University of Chicago Hyde Park campus. For tickets or other information visit the box office, call (773) 753-4472, or visit Court Theatre.


Poe periodically takes up residence in this haunted mansion. (J Jacobs photo)
Poe periodically takes up residence in this haunted mansion. (J Jacobs photo)

See macabre Poe tales in a haunted mansion

Because Halloween often elicits t a proliferation of horror tales, Poe is the  perfect person to visit  during this grisly time of year. Fortunately, he periodically takes up residence in the historic, Mayslake Peabody Manison which is ruored to be haunted. He does so when First Foio Theatre remounts its popular “The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story.  Running now through Nov. 4, the show is a good reason to revisit Poe’s tales and step into the gloomy Mayslake Peabody Mansion, located  in the Du Page County Forest Preserve at 1717 31st St., off Hwy 83, in Oak Brook. For tickets and other information visit First Folio.

Or find family-friendly trick or treating where treats seem endless at shops you may not know

Halloween traditionally has been a chance for kids and their adults to re meet and greet neighbors but it can also be a chance to adopt the Wicker Park, Bucktown and West Town areas as new, favorite neighborhoods. More than 60 businesses in those Chicago areas are welcoming families to their Trick-or-Treating event Oct. 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. Just look for the balloons to see the route marked out by the Chamber of Commerce in each area. . For more information, visit Wicker Park Buck Town Events.


Jodie Jacobs


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