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More Halloween Happenings

By Rachelle Bowden in News on Oct 26, 2004 11:48AM

Chicagoist has been pouring over all of the local media sites trying to decide what we want to do this weekend to celebrate Halloween. There's so much going on. Last week we posted on some city-sponsored events and things going on at the big museums. This week we're trying to highlight other happenings around town. I'm sure we'll miss some, so feel free to add or make suggestions in the comments, but here are some things that looked interesting to us:

2004_10_halloween_devil_white_city.gifA Benefit for Scarrie: The Musical Hell in a Handbag productions is putting on a benefit for their upcoming musical, Scarrie, which is a musical adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie. The event is a Helloween Prom and guests are encouraged to dress up in 70s prom outfits. Desserts and an open bar of beer, wine, and special mixed drinks are included. Sunday, October 31 at 7pm at the Theatre Building Chicago. Tickets are $35 - call 312.409.4357.

Devil in the White City Halloween Bash This one is for the history nerds who don't like to dress up (that's us!). Go see some Chicago-themed artwork depicting events from Erik Larson's book "Devil in the White City," about a serial killer in Chicago during the 1893 World's Fair. There will also be a silent auction including a World's Fair ticket stub, brochures for the fair, silver souvenir spoons, stereoview photographs and a couple of half dollars. Friday, October 29 from 6pm - 11pm at the DvA Gallery. Free.

Halloween Clubbing Tons of clubs around town are having Halloween festivities and contests.

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour. Take a spooky 2-hour stroll through Chicago's best-known and most historic cemetery. Daniel Chester French, Lorado Taft, Louis Sullivan, John Kinzie, George Pullman, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marshall Field are among the famous Chicagoans buried here. Sunday, October 31 at 2pm. Meet at the cemetery's Clark Street and Irving Park entrance. Advanced registration is recommended, but not required. $10.

2004_10_halloween_howlin_hounds.gifSpooky Zoo Spectacular. Trick or treat with the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo. The event kicks off with a costume parade featuring the Lincoln Park High School Marching Band. More than 30,000 kids and adults are expected to attend. Also includes costumed characters and entertainers and educational outposts where kids can learn about animals. It's pretty hilarious that this event is cosponsored by the Chicago Dental Society. Saturday, October 30 from 1pm –4pm. Free.

Howlin’ Hounds Halloween. Dog & cat owners are invited to this festival at Urban Out Sitters. Activities include pet costume contests, pet adoptions, tricks & treats, pet related merchants and a raffle. First-prize winners get an overnight stay at the pet-friendly Allegro Hotel. Proceeds support Chicago’s Animal Care and Control’s animal adoptions and promote awareness to recent canine distemper outbreaks. Saturday, October 30th, 2004 from 12pm – 4pm.

Haunted Houses Galore! Click the link for some of Centerstage's recommended haunted houses.

Don't Throw Away the Pumpkin Guts! After carving your pumpkin, use the insides to make these recipes by Chef John Manion of Mas.