Sure, Halloween may be falling on a Wednesday this year -- but that's no excuse to miss out on another opportunity to throw on a costume and be someone -- or something -- else for the day, even if it complicates your attempt to forge a connection with that certain special someone.
In preparation for the mid-week holiday, HuffPost Chicago has rounded up nine promising picks for a frighteningly fun time here in the city, including dance parties, film screenings, concerts and more.
Need more options? There's always the traditional haunted house route, for which CBS Chicago has curated some fine suggestions.
Did we miss your Halloween haunt of choice, Chicago? Let us know below.
Northalsted Halloween Parade
<a href="http://www.northalsted.com/pages/16th_annual_northalsted_halloween_parade/114.php">The 16th annual Boystown Halloween parade</a> kicks off Wednesday at 7 p.m., traveling south on Halsted from Waveland to Belmont. This event is always a showstopper. Lake View Patch has <a href="http://lakeview.patch.com/articles/halsted-halloween-parade-changes-route-stays-outrageously-fun">a preview on the parade's new route</a>. <em>FREE</em>
'Boobs Of The Dead' Burlesque
The Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.) presents <a href="https://www.gorillatango.com/cgi-bin/public/gttv2.cgi?location_number=2&show_id=954">a special Halloween night edition of its "Walking Dead" parody</a> which is said to be a "slyly satirical exhibition of reanimated flesh [that] will appeal to any audience seeking some glittery gore for the spooky season." <em>$20</em>
'City of Ghosts: A Historic Seance'
The Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St.) hosts "<a href="https://services.chicagohistory.org/loader.asp?target=hall.asp?event=16651">an interactive program of spine-tingling stories, eerie histories</a>, and inexplicable supernatural occurrences." <em>$35 ($30 for members)</em>
Rocky Horror Picture Show vs. Beetlejuice
Are you on Team Tim Curry or Team Teen Winona Ryder? Do312 and 3 Penny Was Here present the Rocky Horror Picture Show vs. Beetlejuice party at Lincoln Hall ( 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.), featuring screenings of both iconic films. <em>FREE</em>
Soul Train Halloween Party
Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli will guest DJ headlines <a href="http://www.theshrinechicago.com/main.php">the Soul Train Halloween Party</a> at The Shrine (2109 S. Wabash Ave.). <em>$10</em>
Mucca Pazza @ Double Door
Chicago's very own 30-piece "circus punk marching band" <a href="http://www.doubledoor.com/event/159811/">plays the Double Door</a> (1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.). <em>$15</em>
'Dead On Division'
Too White Crew will perform live at <a href="http://rushanddivision.com/blog/dead-on-division-2012/">this Division Street booze crawl Wednesday</a>, which includes stops at The Original Mother’s, Mother’s Too, Bootleggers, The Lodge, She-nannigans and The Hangge-Uppe (pictured) plus a costume contest with big cash prizes. <em>FREE</em>
'Halloween' At The Logan
What better way to celebrate the Halloween holiday with t<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077651/">he 1978 film that started it all</a> -- on the big screen at the newly-renovated Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.)? Screening, capping off <a href="http://www.thelogantheatre.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=96">the theater's Horror Movie Madness showcase</a>, begins at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday (as well as 10:30 p.m. the previous evening). <em>$7</em>
'Jeepers Creepers' At The Portage
The Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is well known for their support of the horror genre so it stands to reason that they've curated <a href="http://www.portagetheater.org/Events/141/halloween-havoc-5/">a fantastic bunch of spine-tinglers this month</a>. Their late-night Halloween day feature is the Victor Salva-directed 1999 film "Jeepers Creepers" at 9:30 p.m. Can't pass up Michael Myers at the Logan? The series continues with other features through Thursday. <em>$10 (adults), $5 (kids)</em>
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